Calamus say their brand new e-bike, simply called the One, is so far ahead of the game it's a whole new class of bike. Proclaimed as an 'Ultrabike', the One has super clean lines, smart safety tech and a high quality Bafang motor with a belt drive that they believe will make ditching the car even more appealing than ever.
The Ultra-drive Bafang mid-motor can get you 70km of range on a single charge, driven by a tough and maintenance-free Gates carbon belt drive. The battery is integrated into the downtube and is also detachable for speedy and convenient charging. Calamus say their motors are super quick and responsive, with a highly sensitive torque sensor that provides a smooth ride and knows when the rider needs assistance based off the pedalling input. 250 watt and 750 watt versions of the motor are available.
The bike's chipset stores information about the riding patterns of the cyclist, which it uses to help with auto gear shifting. This intelligent shifting happens with the help of a combination of the Shimano Di2 computer, shift motor and the Calamus intelligent drive.
Calamus have designed the One to look 'seamless' with few line breaks on the 6000 series aluminium frame, that weighs 3kg. The cables are mostly hidden except for a bit of brake cable that disappears into the cockpit, and the large weather-proof computer is cleverly integrated into the front end. It's touchscreen with built-in navigation provided by Google Maps and all the ride data you need on the display, and Calamus say it's the first bike to be equipped with sensors that scan your blind spots - the handlebar grips vibrating to warn you of approaching vehicles.
On the bar ends are LED safety lights that also double up as turn indicators, operated with the touch of a button. While you wake the computer up with the touchscreen, there is also a remote on the left hand side of the bars for ease of use when riding.
Finishing off the spec are a set of Schwalbe Marathon tyres, which can be swapped out for Tannus Aither solids if you worry about punctures, a smart-looking tan saddle and matching bar grips and Shimano Di2 shifting with hydraulic disc brakes. The bike also has smart security features, with a fingerprint scanner to lock and unlock it, geo-tracking in conjunction with the Find My Ride app and an anti-theft alarm.
A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign will begin in July to bring the One into full production, with up to 40% off for super-earlybird backers. You can over to the Calamus website to sign up for further updates.