There’s an argument that with an e-bike you don’t need to pack things in where you would with an internal combustion engine – so you can have something radical like BMW’s CE-04 . But Maeving packaged the RM1 to look classically cool, and in our eyes, it’s no worse for it.
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What about quality and ride?
The fit and finish, certainly, looks top-notch. Even the batteries, with bamboo trim, look great. They each weigh 12kg and can be charged from 0-100% on a three-prong socket in around four hours and you get two chargers if you specify two batteries. Unlike electric car batteries, small bicycle batteries are too small to accept fast charging speeds.
With the batteries clipped in place, the RM1 boots up with the turn of a key, then you select drive and it’s like a scooter. Throttle response is really well judged, reasonably smooth but very linear, so it’s easy to dose the right amount of power.
The bike is actually quite small and the seat position quite low, and the weight – even with two batteries installed – only 123 kg. It is brilliantly maneuverable. Maeving apparently hired several former Triumph motorcycle engineers and they configured the RM1 to handle both stability and agility.
Given that it’s also cramped and there are no gears or pedals to worry about, it’s an absolute game for rolling and filtering around town – and if you spot your reflection in a window, that’s a looks very cool too.
Anything else I should know?
Considering its compact size, tall boys might feel a bit cramped and the seat is quite firm, but ergonomically it works just fine. There’s no ABS but the brakes are linked – so if you apply the rear brake it applies the front very gently, with most of the braking power from the front coming from the front brake lever.
Either way, it’s still very predictable and reliable, and feels stable at higher speeds thanks to larger wheels than a traditional scooter.
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This notice was published: 2022-08-05 23:01:25
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