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Leaos carbon e-bike heading for the US

Armin Oberhollenzer's Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike
Armin Oberhollenzer's Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike
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The Leaos e-bike features a self-supporting unisex carbon fiber monocoque frame
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The Leaos e-bike features a self-supporting unisex carbon fiber monocoque frame
An MPF 36-volt mid-motor with 10 levels of pedal assist delivers up to 50 Nm of torque
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An MPF 36-volt mid-motor with 10 levels of pedal assist delivers up to 50 Nm of torque
Armin Oberhollenzer's Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike
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Armin Oberhollenzer's Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike
The chain is hidden within the body of the e-bike
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The chain is hidden within the body of the e-bike
Each model has independent torque, crank speed and e-bike speed sensors
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Each model has independent torque, crank speed and e-bike speed sensors
The wiring is routed through the body so as to be almost invisible, and only showing at the handlebar on the way up to the brake levers
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The wiring is routed through the body so as to be almost invisible, and only showing at the handlebar on the way up to the brake levers
The Leaos has Supernova LED lights front and rear
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The Leaos has Supernova LED lights front and rear
A 2.5 hour fast charge of the 11.6 Ah removable Li-ion battery developed by BMZ is reported good for up to 110 km
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A 2.5 hour fast charge of the 11.6 Ah removable Li-ion battery developed by BMZ is reported good for up to 110 km
The 22 kg Leaos benefits from NuVinci Harmony automatic transmission
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The 22 kg Leaos benefits from NuVinci Harmony automatic transmission
The e-bike features milled CNC pedals
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The e-bike features milled CNC pedals
A Leaos e-bike fitted with a child seat
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A Leaos e-bike fitted with a child seat
The Leaos e-bike comes in either black or white
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The Leaos e-bike comes in either black or white
A 2.5 hour fast charge of the 11.6 Ah removable Li-ion battery developed by BMZ is reported good for up to 110 km
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A 2.5 hour fast charge of the 11.6 Ah removable Li-ion battery developed by BMZ is reported good for up to 110 km
The carbon fiber handlebar has a digital display at the center
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The carbon fiber handlebar has a digital display at the center
The Leaos e-bike at ISPO 2013
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The Leaos e-bike at ISPO 2013

Pedal-assist electric bikes come in all shapes and sizes, and are made from a range of materials including aluminum and steel. Armin Oberhollenzer's material of choice is carbon fiber and, though his Leaos 2.0 Carbon City Design e-bike has been making appearances at bike shows throughout Europe since last year, it's now set to land on US soil.

The Leaos e-bike features a self-supporting unisex carbon fiber monocoque frame in two colors, with frame sizes ranging from 155 cm to 190 cm (61 - 75 in). The wiring is routed through the body so as to be almost invisible, only showing at the handlebar on the way up to the brake levers, which control the hydraulic disc braking. The chain is also hidden within the body of the e-bike.

The front fork is fashioned from carbon fiber, as are the mudguards and the handlebar, the latter having a digital display at the center. An MPF 36-volt mid-motor with 10 levels of pedal assist delivers up to 50 Nm of torque. The Leaos comes in either a 25 km/h (15 mph) version, which is said to be road legal in the EU without a license plate or insurance, or a 45 km/h model that's classed as a moped. Each includes independent torque, crank speed and e-bike speed sensors.

The Leaos e-bike comes in either black or white
The Leaos e-bike comes in either black or white

A 2.5 hour fast charge of the 11.6 Ah removable Li-ion battery developed by BMZ is reported good for 110 km (68 miles) on the lower speed version, or 90 km for the higher speed model. The 22 kg (48.5 lb) Leaos also benefits from NuVinci Harmony automatic transmission, Supernova LED lights front and rear, milled CNC pedals and a Selle San Marco saddle.

There's no onboard suspension, but the manufacturer says that the "special balloon tires" by Schwalbe on the 26-inch wheels should provide for comfortable trekking or city riding.

The Leaos e-bike is available for a starting price of €4,980 (US$6,800), and will launch in the US shortly through Ferracci Distribution at a similar cost to its European price tag.

Source: Leaos

1 comment
StWils
$6,800.00, just to start? Absolutely off the wall. No way this ever sells more than a hand full. Even then the overly-wealthy can find more pretentious ways to conspicuously over-spend. For far less than $6,800 I can buy a very nice used car, still have lots left over for gas and buy another pedelec whilst biding my time waiting for better pedelecs to come.
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