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The Leaos Pressed e-bike made of two halves now has gears and is crowdfunding on Indiegogo soon

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Jack Sexty

Jack is the news editor here at eBikeTips, and also edits the live blog and writes tech news over on our sister site road.cc. Jack first became fascinated with e-bikes when an elderly gentleman breezed past him without a care in the world up a big old hill in North Wales - thus realising e-bikes are the real deal! Although he genuinely enjoys time trials and lung-busting climbs without assistance, Jack likes nothing more than cruising round town on an e-bike during his days off.   

5 comments

5 months 1 week ago

It's not the ugliest bike I've ever seen, and I maintain that a battery that slides into a frame tube (see also the VanMoof and the Flit) is the best solution for practical bikes and far better than compromising the downtube structure.  Although the extra weight that high up must be quite noticeable.  But as mentioned already, if this is a new way of making simple bikes in an economical way, why is it twice the price of perfectly usable traditonally-built bikes?

5 months 1 week ago

Ok, so it's not unique at all. It's still interesting. The way the battery is in the top tube is a neat piece of design. I must admit my first reaction was to thin, 'it's ugly,' but since then I've changed my opinion and I know think it looks neat and tidy. I'm not a fan of single speeds, so I'd want a mech on there.

5 months 1 week ago

Considering the bike industry appears incapable of making a fully working press fit bottom brakcet god knows how they think they can now make a press fit bike wink

5 months 1 week ago

This 'completely new, innovative method of production' was used in that 'exact same manner' in automobiles since the 1930's.. for reasons...wait for it.. to achieve higher strength and cheaper productivity in manufacturing. 

Those flamboyant Italians will try and fluff up any old nonsense.

My eyes still sting from seeing this bike... I don't care how leathery the saddle and handlegrips are... it's akin to putting lipstick on a pig

5 months 1 week ago

Hang on a sec.   That isnt 2 pressed halves - otherwise there would be no welds around the head tube or where each tube meets each other.   

There is nothing unique about this - not even for an e-bike.  My Birdy has a monocoque frame with a central weld running down the center (its not pressed) and it used to be available as an e-bike.   Not sure the spot welding is anything but a gimmick, a continual flush weld is going to be much more structurally sound, and any cost savings from the design dont appear to have been passed on to the customer.

And with Italy the home of several legendary tubesets isnt this sacriledge?