The NOVUS e-Bike Is Distinctive, Attractive and Painfully Costly
And it’s simply that: NOVUS stands out for a singular design that’s minimalist and “attractive” (as per the makers), and efficiency worthy of a light-weight bike. NOVUS can also be painfully costly and, when it begins deliveries in 2022, it should most likely nonetheless be one of many priciest merchandise of the type available on the market.
“NOVUS is not only an electrical bike. NOVUS is not only a model,” the introduction to the NOVUS bike reads. “NOVUS is the conviction that we’re in a position to create issues that [do] not but exist. NOVUS stands for selecting up the place others say it would not work. NOVUS thinks forward.”
“We don’t construct bikes. We creates needs,” says one other notice.
You don’t need to be within the enterprise to understand that an organization promoting not a lot a product because the notion, an thought of that product is about to cost you an arm (and a leg) for promoting you that concept. NOVUS retails for €46,284 VAT together with and €39,900 VAT excluding. For our non-EU readers, that’s roughly $55,047 and $47,455 respectively.
That is an e-bike that prices
as a lot as greater than a automotive, to place issues into perspective.
For this sort of money, although, you get an e-bike manufactured from carbon fiber, the place the body and all parts have been constructed with the utmost consideration to element. It’s lovely and glossy, certainly, and it’s additionally fairly good on the efficiency aspect. For a bicycle.
The body on the NOVUS is carbon fiber monocoque and weighs as little as 7 kg (15.4 kilos), with a complete payload of 110 kg (242.5 kilos). The fork and swingarm are additionally manufactured from hand-laid carbon fiber, as are the edges. Rear suspension is totally hidden within the swingarm, with the designers going out of their method to cover all parts from view. Entrance suspension is achieved with a proprietary, adjustable mono fork.
All parts are encased within the body, for that desired clear, minimalist look. The 4.3 kWh battery is non-removable, sitting within the backside a part of the body to decrease the middle of gravity of the bike. An 80 p.c cost takes as little as half-hour, in line with the makers, and estimated vary is of 100 km (62 miles) at metropolis speeds.
Talking of which, the NOVUS is described as fairly the pace demon, however right here’s to hoping you didn’t get your hopes too excessive. Prime pace is 120 kph (74.5 mph), with a 0 to 50 kph (0-31 mph) time of three seconds. That is spectacular for a bicycle, however not so for an electrical bike: for example, one other premium electrical bike launched not too long ago, the Tarform Luna, boasts a high pace of 95 mph (153 kph) and 0 to 60 (0-96 kph) in 3.8 seconds, and prices half the cash. And it’s nonetheless thought of too costly at $24,000.
Energy comes from a rear hub motor peaking at 18 kW (24 hp), with each lively and passive regenerative braking. Three driving modes are attainable: Base, the place energy is proscribed to 40 p.c, Tremendous, with a 70 p.c restrict on energy, and God, the place there is no such thing as a energy restrict.
A small Supernova headlight is built-in within the handlebar and ensures most visibility at nighttime. There’s additionally a LED management show on the handlebars, and it may be swapped on your cellphone with the NOVUS app. It affords stats, settings choices and the power to unlock the bike with out having to make use of the NFC chip.
Assuming that the insanely excessive price ticket is not any deterrent to you, know that the pre-order books are open. The NOVUS is available in Crystal White, Royal Blue, Magma Purple, Horizon Silver, Sunpowder Gold and may be yours in 2022 with a fully-refundable €1,000 ($1,190) deposit payable now.