Update 7/5/21: Electrip Bikes has been accused of running a misleading crowdfunding campaign. Despite the firm's claims to have designed the Three Phase One, many believe the same bike was already available elsewhere under a different name.
London-based dealer Electrip Bikes is to launch its own electric city bike. Described as a bike “to be ridden everywhere, by everyone,” the Three Phase One has raised over £200,000 through its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
As with many electric city bikes, versatility seems to be at the heart of the pitch.
It’s a fairly minimalist design with a one-size-fits-all frame and a total weight of just 20kg, including the battery and motor.
“Whether you’re 5'2 or 6'7, the Three Phase One is designed to suit all shapes and sizes,” says Electrip. “Plus, it even has a throttle to make it easy for you to just step on and go, perfect for if you don’t want to pedal.”
Electrip says the angle of the top frame bar along with the adjustable saddle post is what makes this range of sizes possible.
It’s also worth pointing out that in the EU, a throttle isn’t allowed, except for speeds up to 6km/h. However, buyers can ask for this to be removed.
The bike comes with a removable, lockable battery and fast charger; concealed in-stem front suspension; and front and rear LED lights.
Lights, mudguards and rear carrier are also removable “if you want the more hipster look.”
The base model features mechanical disc brakes, a 36v 10Ah battery and a 250W Jia rear wheel motor. They reckon on about a 50-mile range.
There’s also a ‘boost’ model with a 350W Bafang motor and 14Ah battery. This would basically be considered a moped in the UK and would therefore need to be registered, taxed and insured.
Both models come in a near-Fordian two colours – black or white – to keep production costs down.
The Three Phase One is priced at €1,400 or €938 (£812) through the Indiegogo ‘early bird’ offer.
Estimated shipping is May 2021.