Through its BTWIN brand, Decathlon has unveiled a promising electric bike concept, which reveals certain ambitions in terms of high-end e-bikes.
Decathlon is now a central player in the sale of electric bicycles, through its own catalog, which is extensive to say the least, but also through a wider offer made up of other brands. And to materialize its ambitions in the relatively near future, the French brand has split a concept of VAE to say the least interesting.
Interesting on several levels. Responding to the name of Magic Bike, this project aims to show the direction that Decathlon wishes to take. Direction articulated around three main verticals: ease of use, safety of the cyclist and his bike and the ability of the vehicle to adapt to your daily life, can we read on Facebook.
An urban e-bike
The Magic Bike stands out with its modern design and its robust appearance, located at the antipodes of the very traditional aesthetic lines observed on today’s Decathlon bikes. All horizontal, its front light signature gives it a certain cachet, when the front and rear luggage racks remind us of what it was designed for: the city.
Its edge screen located on the handlebars reminds us of that of Xiaomi electric scooters. If Decathlon does not specify whether it will be tactile, the wireless recognition system – the bike turns on automatically when you approach it – guarantees us some connectivity between the two-wheeler and your smartphone.
The Magic Bike goes even further. A bit like some Honda motorcycles with the Combined Brake System (CBS), the bike is able to act on the two wheels simultaneously to brake. But with a single brake lever. A relatively rare system on electric bikes. Turn signals integrated into each end of the handlebars – like the Angell Bikes – also seem to be on the menu.
Up to 90 km range
Its open frame – convenient for straddling your mount – accommodates both the battery and its charging cable, again a sufficiently rare fact to underline it. Its accumulator is able to provide a range of 30, 60 or 90 km, probably depending on the level of assistance you use.
The Magic Bike continues its momentum with a central motor and hydraulic disc brakes. In short, a technical sheet, which on paper clearly categorizes it as a high-end electric bike and which could clearly represent Decathlon’s short-term ambitions. Did you say exciting?
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