When someone says "e-bike" to you, you're probably thinking of a nice city cruiser, or a trail-munching mountain bike. But a BMX? Life EV are currently crowdfunding to launch their e-BMX to the world (well, the United States): "Every kids and young adults dream has come to LIFE", they tell us.
Can it work? Well, why not? A few years ago everyone was rubbishing the idea of electric MTBs ever taking off but as we recently saw at the Eurobike Show, the world's biggest bike show, that was the bike that every manufacturer was talking about. Will BMX be next?
In all probability the answer is "probably not": BMX is pretty niche right now. But that's not to say you can't make an effective assisted one, given the current state of electric bike technology. And that's what Life EV are planning to do.
You wouldn't clock it was an e-bike at first glance. The 225Wh battery is hidden inside the down tube and the motor is built into an already-chunky-looking cast magnesium wheel. The only real giveaway is the control unit on the bars. Since the bike is Bluetooth-enabled to pair with your smartphone, you might even be able to do away with that in the future.
Life EV are hitting their home market, the US, first. The bike has a 350W, 20mph power system with a throttle control so it wouldn't be legal in the UK. It does look like it'd be a laugh around the skate park though, and these New York pro BMXers seem to think the idea's got legs:
Anyway, if you're thinking that it's just the bike for you then it might be a bit of a wait before there's a UK-spec version built and ready to ship; it might never happen. But if you want to check out the initial offering, head over to the indiegogo page.