• Nov 18th 2010 at 1:05PM
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Sinclair X-1 - Click above to watch video after the jump

To us, the Sinclair X-1 looks like a recumbent bike trapped within a bubble. Lo and behold, that's what it is. Well, sort of. Sinclair technically calls the X-1 an electric vehicle (EV) because it's powered by a lithium-ion battery pack linked to an electric pancake motor that's connected to the rear wheel via a fixed gear drive chain. We still think the X-1 is more electric bike than EV, so that's the name we're gonna stick with.

Regardless of what category the X-1 falls into, here's what it offers: the electric bike can be driven ridden for up to 10 miles, provided that the pedals are spun a bit. The X-1 sports front and rear disc brakes, though it's hard to imagine that this 66-pound electric would make full use of such stout brakes. The X-1 features a handlebar that adjusts for comfort, a waterproof acrylic dome, an integral roll cage and reclining seats all for a mere £600 ($970 U.S. at the current exchange rate).

The X-1 is technically classified as a bicycle, so there's no need to insure it and no operator's license required to ride it. Additionally, anyone over 14 years of age can drive it on public roads in the UK. Interested? Hop the jump to watch the Sinclair X-1 dice through congested traffic.

[Source: Treehugger]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully for Sir Clive Sinclair this X-1 will not be the fiasco the C5 was in 1985.

      I loved my ZX spectrum though!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was wondering who else would remember that fiasco, too small and toylike to be serious transportation, too expensive to be a toy.

        This design somewhat reminds me of the earlier attempt, except this has a windshield and roof, and the pedals improve the performance and range. Somewhat more practical, lets see how it competes against other E-bikes.
      • 4 Years Ago

      "up to 10 miles, provided that the pedals are spun a bit"? Surely it has unlimited range provided the pedals are spun a bit. Is this just sloppy reporting, or actual sloppy engineering?

      The 190-watt motor will roughly double the maximum power output of most commuters; I'd love to know the drag coefficient and get an idea of top speed.

      "front and rear disc brakes, though it's hard to imagine that this 66-pound electric would make full use of such stout brakes"? Huh? You don't think this thing should ever need to slow down? You realise that most bicycles have disk brakes, right?

      Why does it stay upright when you stop? The floor makes it look like you have to stick your foot out a very long way indeed. And I'd worry that if there's much of a crosswind it will be difficult to keep it from blowing over at a stoplight. But perhaps BMW already solved that with the C1...

      Why this rather than any other enclosed electric-assist velomobile? Admittedly, the price is right--most of the competition I have seen is nearly 10 times this price.

      Why this rather than any scooter with a hacked-on roof? A complete package is, I suppose, a good thing, but how long can it possibly be before scooter manufacturers start to offer over-the-top windshields?

      I'd also guess that seeing one of these on the bike path will probably make me angry, but maybe it shouldn't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      not bad. could use a bit of a redesign I think. a bit ugly. almost decent price. not bad

      it's not the final word in mobility but it beats walking home. with a seatbelt it might even be borderline safe.
      inexpensive mobility with no insurance or annual fee nonsense. I may have to get one.
      would really like it if it couldn't puncture. air tires are awful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the video says 999£ but their site says 599. that's a quite good price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a plug-in hybrid !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh dude. I totally want to get one of these and hop it up. Turnkey velomobile for the damn win.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lightweight, aero and with a backup power supply. Whats not to love?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's really an astonishingly low price for what you get. Well done to them!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously. I bet even with the extra weight, the aero helps you reach higher speeds with pedal power alone ( if the gearing is generous )

        Add a range extender and suddenly Dan F. has nothing to complain about. THen he can tget on with his life.. haha
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I could get my dog in, it might be worth $1000 to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      quite an dialogue you have with yourself there : ) you know ti's good but you keep looking for reasons to dislike it : )

      I just noticed there is a hole in the floor. I thought it would work fine with the foot out the side but maybe both feet on the ground is nicer in rain.

      interesting to know how it works in rain too vis a vis visibility. maybe slow speed keeps it clear enough.
      it doesn't appear to have a lighting solution either but bicycle lights are very cheap.
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