The Canadian company Envo Drive has designed modular electric bikes capable of offering several uses depending on the time of year. The Flex Overland, for example, can become a Flex SnowBike to hit the ski slopes in winter.
The Canadian manufacturer Envo Drive started from a simple idea: to design several electric bikes from the same and unique aluminum frame. From this base, it was then possible for him to integrate a principle of modularity by replacing certain components of the models and giving them a new life, a new use.
This is typically the case with the Flex Overland, which can then be transformed into a Flex SnowBike: one rolls on the road, the other on the ski slopes. On its official website, the brand has split a small animation to illustrate this convertibility: just replace the wheels with a caterpillar at the back and a ski at the front.
Banned in Europe
Envo Drive does not specify whether this little sleight of hand is within the reach of any user, or whether a visit to an approved store is necessary. In Canada, this kind of concept can be interesting given the local climate, where cold and snow are commonplace for a good part of the year.
Being able to switch from a classic electric bike with two wheels to a VAE suitable for snowy surfaces could be very practical. Nevertheless, on paper, this type of machine remains prohibited by us with regard to the speeds to which it can claim thanks to the electric assistance.
The Flex Overland can indeed climb at a speed of 32 km/h on the road (motor on the rear hub), which is too high a threshold compared to the 25 km/h imposed by the European Union. Its basic autonomy of 50 kilometers can also increase to 200 kilometers by adding a second battery, despite its weight of 32 kg all the same.
We imagine that this radius of action is achievable by using the lowest electric assistance mode (five levels in all). Definitely versatile, this model marries a few skills of a cargo bike, since it offers a payload capacity of 180 kilos thanks to its front and rear luggage rack.
A price to pay
The hydraulic disc brakes are coupled to a suspension fork, an eight-speed transmission or even an LCD screen (speed, counter, level of assistance). Its base price is indicated at 3,390 dollars, accompanied by another price of 4,324 dollars which probably corresponds to the addition of the options.
The Flex SnowBike model – which can also be converted into a Flex Overland – is announced at 4299 dollars. It would seem logical to pay a surplus of several hundred dollars for switch from an Overland to a Snowbike.
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