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Lightweight e-bike powers you through short commutes and all-out adventures

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The All-Go is the latest light, clean e-bike
The All-Go is the latest light, clean e-bike
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The M2S All-Go relies on a 500-watt mid-motor drive
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The M2S All-Go relies on a 500-watt mid-motor drive
The "adventure package" upgrades you for cargo hauling
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The "adventure package" upgrades you for cargo hauling
The All-Go has a 27-speed Shimano powertrain
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The All-Go has a 27-speed Shimano powertrain
The stem-integrated display shows important information
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The stem-integrated display shows important information
The All-Go is the latest light, clean e-bike
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The All-Go is the latest light, clean e-bike
M2S is currently raising Indiegogo money for All-Go production
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M2S is currently raising Indiegogo money for All-Go production
M2S All-Go electric bike
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M2S All-Go electric bike

Just a few years ago, "weird" and "heavy" were two adjectives that were nearly unavoidable when discussing e-bikes. Things have started to rapidly change over the past few years, with a number of companies stepping up and offering lighter, less conspicuous electric bikes. The M2S All-Go is the latest in this growing field, its carbon frame offering both distinct looks and a light ride weight.

There are still plenty of weird electric bikes out there, if that's your thing, but there are also some options for those that want an e-bike that looks, feels and carries more like a traditional bike. In the course of about a year, we've seen the 36-lb (16.3-kg) Propella, 26.5-lb (12 kg) Freygeist Classic, 21.6-lb (9.8 kg) BestiaNera Sport and 25-lb (11-kg) Maxwell EPO, all of which have the good looks to complement those modest weights. If we roll the calendar back a few more months, we even saw Pininfarina, the design house that makes Ferraris look like Ferraris, putting its pen to work designing a more aesthetic e-bike of its own.

The new All-Go from North Carolina's M2S fits comfortably in that category of "clean, stylish design with manageable weight," coming in at a listed 33 lb (15 kg). A full carbon fiber frame is integral in keeping that weight in check, making the bike easier to pedal when the battery runs out and easier to shoulder when you have to carry it.

The All-Go features a 500-watt (peak power) mid-mounted, pedal-assist electric drive that provides power up to speeds of 28 mph (45 km/h). The removable, lockable 8.7Ah lithium-ion battery in the down tube is good for up to 30 miles (48 km) of pedal-assist cycling. It takes about four hours to charge. M2S is considering upgrading that battery as a stretch goal of its Indiegogo campaign.

The stem-integrated display shows important information
The stem-integrated display shows important information

Should electric boost not be needed or desired, the rider can always switch off the motor completely and rely solely on pedaling the 27-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain. Stopping power comes from mechanical disc brakes, and a stem-integrated display provides readings of speed, watts, trip distance, battery power and more.

In terms of styling, we like the overall shape and flow of the bike, but the top tube looks a tad thin and meager hovering over the stout, battery-securing down tube. The size ratio seems a little too extreme, and we think it'd look better with a slightly thicker top tube. Other than that, it's a sharp-looking bike that pops in gray and orange.

The "adventure package" upgrades you for cargo hauling
The "adventure package" upgrades you for cargo hauling

Electric bikes are often framed as tools for the city-dwelling commuting hordes, but M2S has a few different demographics in mind, including city-dwelling commuting hordes. The most interesting customer that it's aiming to reach is the fully-loaded adventure cyclist.

While the 30-mile electric range is a bit slim for full-blown touring expeditions (and an electric powertrain just adds unnecessary weight if you're planning on pedaling most of the way), M2S sees its bike being used for things like wheeling climbing gear to a local crag or rolling a cooler and gear to the beach. For that purpose, it offers an "adventure package" that includes a bike trailer, waterproof bag and spare battery pack.

M2S has developed a prototype and put in some 500 miles (805 km) of test riding on it. It's now trying to crowdfund the money it needs to scale up production. It's offering the All-Go at Indiegogo pledge levels of US$2,000+ and spare batteries at $250. The adventure package, which includes the bike itself, the cargo trailer and the other accessories mentioned earlier, comes in at the $3,000 level. If things move along as M2S hopes, deliveries will begin in September.

The video below offers a closer look.

Sources: Indiegogo, M2S

M2S Bikes All-Go | Carbon Fiber Electric Bike

4 comments
BillScheitzachJr.
Every day in every way these tech articles, blogs, and "what a cool gizmo this is" articles are continuously pushing the sport of cycling deeper and deeper into the realm of motorcycling.  You can't swing a dead cat by the tail without seeing at least two or three articles per week like this one.  And I for one don't like it. So what's next?  Once you irrevocably change bicycles into power-assisted machines, then what?  Battery-operated jump-ropes that will automatically turn themselves?
Joe F
funny bill, i look outside and see plenty of traditional bicycles, not going anywhere. did the motorcycle replace the bicycle? the scooter? the automobile? no and more no, so why would expensive, heavy electric bikes be different? electric bikes appeals to certain types of pedalers that maybe aren't in shape or don't want to arrive to work sweating like a hog. like a regular bike, ride a regular bike. no need for wrong doomsday predictions because someone likes something you don't.
Keith Reeder
If this bike ever hits the UK at something like a comparable price, I'm having one. I hope that's OK with Bill...
EricCrews
Keith, hopefully you'll find us on Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1071920640/all-go-the-carbon-fiber-electric-bike) and find that we're offering shipping to the UK. Get in now to grab an early bird special!