There's plenty of sensible city e-bikes out there. But if you're looking more for something idiosyncratic to swank about on, and you're not shy of a few bob, then you might be interested in the Noordung Angle Edition bike. There's only 15 in the limited pre-production series and owning one will cost you €9,760 (£8,200).
What are you getting for all that cash? Well, the bike has some interesting features. The battery (the silver bit on the top tube that looks like a fuel tank on this cafe-racer-inspired bike) is not just a battery but a multi-purpose unit. It has Bluetooth connectivity and integrated speakers, so it can stand on its own as a boombox streaming stuff from your smartphone. It even comes with its own natty leather strap. Look!
Given that it's a 450Wh battery pack you'll probably get about a week's worth of tunes out of it too. Or a claimed range of 30km if you stick to powering the bike's motor. The battery/boombox is magnetically coupled to the top tube so it's easy to remove. It even has some air quality sensors to let you know what you're breathing in: maybe you can work out the cleanest route to work?
The motor is the Vivax Assist system, which sits hidden inside the down tube and directly powers the crank axle (in this case Shimano's urban-friendly Metrea). It's certainly not the most powerful system, adding about 100W as opposed to the 250W you'd get from a standard mid motor or hub. There's only one gear, too, so you'd better cross this off your list if you live anywhere with proper hills.
The Vivax unit is embedded into a rather natty carbon cruiser frame. The bike looks heavy buit it's not: the whole thing weighs in at 15.6kg which is less than a Gocycle G3, for example. You'd be pushing it to say that it's "one of the lightest urban electric bikes in the world", though, as Noordung do on their website. Pretty much any other Vivax-equipped bike is going to be lighter than this one, and it's getting on for twice as heavy as the Steinbach Sonnblick we told you about last week. Horses for courses though: that's a full on carbon road bike and this is a chunky cruiser. We've already noted the single gear; mechanical disc brakes (They look like Avid BB7s) are a pretty big disappointment on a bike costing eight grand. Sort that out please, Noordung.
Anyway, if we've tickled your fancy the place to go to drop your stash is www.noordung.com - tell them we sent you. They might send us a cake or something. Cheers!