Daimler's Smart division, best known for its ForTwo two-seat vehicles, will start deliveries of its battery-electric bikes in the UK this month after winning a Red Dot Design Award.

The bike, which was unveiled last year, has a 250-watt electric motor and a battery that can provide as many as 62 miles of range. The Smart will be available in two color schemes – the white with "electric green" trim that we've seen many times now and grey with orange trim, Smart UK said.

Last year, Smart estimated that e-bike sales in Germany alone almost tripled to 200,000 units in 2010 from 70,000 bikes in 2007. European e-bike sales reached 700,000 units in 2010. Smart also said in March that it would start selling its special-edition Brabus e-bike by the end of the year. That bike will have a 25-mile-per-hour top speed and an electric motor delivering 500 watts of power.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice bike but not smartly priced.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      YAWN. I budgeted $2,000 for my race build that does 42mph @ 8,100w peak, that does >100 miles at 20-25mph or 30 miles at 42mph constant. I came a few hundred dollars under budget. I've beat every motorcycle to about 30mph.. My other more sedate ride that has a peak power of 1,500W and does 26mph for 30 miles or 18mph for 70 miles cost only $1,300 to build in total. A 250w bike of equivalent spec to this one would cost about $700 to convert, tops.. that's with top notch stuff. Do you get a "smart" logo and a fancy frame and wheels? no, you do not. But you can take it to a bike shop and they'll have replacement parts for the mechanicals due to nothing being proprietary, uncommon, or expensive to deal with. I feel sorry for the sucker who buys one of these overpriced slugs and doesn't build their own. You don't need to be a grand master EE to build one either, just hand tools and at some point you may need a soldering iron to join a wire here and there. Not hard. My girlfriend could do it. ABG, you need to report on the prodeco bikes. They are not very fancy, but they come close to the price that a DIYer can build their own for. There are tons of other brands as well that provide a drastically better bang for the buck. $4000 for a 250w bike is ludicrous.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I was going to type, '2WM is not impressed' but by your post, you are clearly not impressed.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Actually Paul, the 250w build i am talking about has all the wires tucked into a frame bag. Nobody knows that the two low power builds i have are electric. I don't have a front shifter ( 7 speed in the back ) on both bikes, so the throttle cable runs along where the front shifter cable would go. One bike is 49lbs ( no suspension, cromoloy frame, and heavier than needed motor ), the other is 55lbs due to a larger frame and suspension fork. I could go to a single speed belt drive as well. But chains and gears on a 7 speed drive are not high maintenance items at all. In fact in all 12 years of pedaling along, i've never broke a chain. You cannot walk into a bike store and buy a new belt of appropriate size, you call SMART instead. On a regular bike, you pay $20 for the chain, tops.
          Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          You would think shaft drives would make sense for e-bikes.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Actually ryan, shaft drive doesn't. You get mechanical friction that you don't get with a direct drive motor. Paul, my big bike has regenerative braking. Feels like putting a death grip on a 203mm hydraulic brake, and it regenerates 800 watts back into the battery whenever i engage it. A smaller motor is going to take in less energy due to it's small diameter... so my regen is quite fantastic.. what smart has is going to be kinda piddly. They have a disc brake on the back because it is so wimpy. My big bike doesn't even have a rear brake, and doesn't need one either because the regen is so strong.
          paulwesterberg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          For what its worth the smart ebike also offers regenerative braking which should improve range and average watts/mile.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        But for those that have the bucks and want a nice build the bike looks well designed with internal cable routing and single speed belt drive which should reduce required maintenance and it is lighter than many ebikes at 48lbs.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Behoove all ya like LTAW. You're right in that the magic is an internally geared hub with a coil around it. But that doesn't offer any special functionality or advantage over a bicycle with a hub motor in the front and internally geared hub out back. In fact when it comes time to repair either, you will be looking at a >$500+ motor/gear assembly from Bionx or Smart down the road. When they discontinue the bike, you have a load of proprietary parts and no replacements. Do you know how often people come on the eBike boards trying to find replacement parts for some bike they spent thousands of dollars for years ago? only to be told to re-convert their bike to standard parts at a fraction of the cost of the proprietary ones.. And your comparison to a Tesla is incorrect. The Tesla is a fast car with a good range and a fantastic chassis. It's exceptional in a lot of ways. I have not seen a single car conversion that is better in any way. And often there is not much of a difference in price of converting versus buying... on the eBike world, they try to charge a premium that lingers on 'is this a joke'? This is one of those examples. Sorry to bash your beloved smart bike so hard, but i'm not making stuff up here.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          I like the USB charging and phone integration as well. But the frame and wheels are super sexy! I think it's funny that 2WM is worried about replacing a carbon belt, while admitting that a steel chain is extremely unlikely to wear. The carbon belt should be much more durable, and need even less maintenance. The internal hub should also be pretty bullet-proof, they're typically much longer-lasting than a derailleur. Sure, it's expensive, but it really looks worth it! And over time, prices will come down...
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          For the price of a single carbon belt and drive sprockets on both ends though, you could buy chains and gears and shifters for the entire life of the bike and stil have a little money left for hookers and blow. I know a few people who converted their bikes to belt drive.. they said they did it for looks only because it was expensive and there are no advantages. You could put an internally geared hub on any bicycle and run your electric power in the front.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          The hub-mounted electric motor is apparently attached to the internally-geared hub. "As a pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) the smart ebike is strictly speaking a hybrid: the electric motor – a maintenance-free rear-wheel hub motor from BionX – switches on as soon as the rider starts pedalling, as with a normal bicycle. Muscle power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a lubricant-free, durable and quiet belt drive. An integrated three-speed gear hub enables simple gear changing." I'm not trying to take anything away from you, 2WM - it's great that you built a few bikes for yourself. OTOH, it's really cool to see such a well-designed and fully developed E-Bike being offered. Yes, we know it's expensive, but it's like comparing a Tesla Roadster to a EV-conversion. Some of us a willing to pay a little premium for a nicely finished product with a recognizable provenance. It would behoove you to not refer to potential E-Bike buyers as "suckers" - it just makes you look petty and jealous.
      upstategreenie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually like this. it reminds me of stromer or not too 'nerdy' looking and hopefully it will fly off shelves. I bike regularly and wear a lot of safety gear which is probably 'nerdy' but safe. honestly looks pretty good. seen many bike rentals/e-bike sharing overseas. this one seems most stylish so far.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      *news flash* A Fisker Karma has been involved in a garage fire. Fisker's response: "Last week, Fisker Automotive was made aware of a garage fire involving three vehicles, including a Karma sedan, that were parked at a newly-constructed residence in Sugar Land, Texas. There were no injuries. There are conflicting reports and uncertainty surrounding this particular incident. The cause of the fire is not yet known and is being investigated. We have not yet seen any written report form the Fort Bend fire department and believe that their investigation is continuing. As of now, multiple insurance investigators are involved, and we have not ruled out possible fraud or malicious intent. We are aware that fireworks were found in the garage in or around the vehicles. Also, an electrical panel located in the garage next to the vehicles is also being examined by the investigators as well as fire department officials. Based on initial observations and inspections, the Karma's lithium ion battery pack was not being charged at the time and is still intact and does not appear to have been a contributing factor in this incident. Fisker will continue to participate fully in the investigation but will not be commenting further until all the facts are established." Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120508/CARNEWS/120509860#ixzz1uJQspB30
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        Holy effing ESS I have never seen such a burned up car. Looks like the metal melted ( and we all know fire cannot melt steel!). Wow, thanks for the link.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I couldn't resist. All fun aside, I have never seen a car so badly burned up. In all fairness to the Fisker....or should I say, in all fairness to EV's, I don't believe it has been established as to whether or not this started with the electric side or gas side. Obviously it was a Fisker that burned up, but it may have had nothing to do with EV's.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          The Karma body and chassis are mostly aluminum. But I'm guessing you're making a truther ref? ;)
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the design, except that it should have front shocks at least. If I were to ever do any long distance bicycling, an e-bike would be the only way to go.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't say eZip was great, just that having electric assist / electric only drive is so much easier than getting around on a regular bike, and yes, they are crazy cheap. eZip is bad in that it is very top heavy, due to the location of the battery packs. As with most things, it is the clean lines, internal wiring, convenient phone mounting and other design features that will allow this bike to sell, even if you could DIY for less. My apologies for assuming your bike lacked various features.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's ok. I think i came in with my argument too strong against this bike and that triggered some people to try to discredit me for whatever reason. I agree about the eZip design. If they redesigned it with the battery in the triangle, even with the high weight it could be better. And most people want to buy something based on looks and not specs or price. http://neptronix.org/forumpics/summer2011.jpg ^-- this is the first version of one of the bikes i built... but that's approximately what 1,300 buys you. http://neptronix.org/forumpics/girlbike1.jpg ^-- this is what i built for my lady.. 23mph top speed, 1000w max.. pretty moderate. We later moved the battery into the center triangle for better handling. Not bad for home builts?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm impressed with any DIY achievement - better than anything I could do. I lack any / all ambition to do the same - nothing to gain, nothing to prove, no one to impress. Right now, I am digging on the Roundtail bike by Lou Tortola. These are my latest posts on it: http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?8702-Tortola-Roundtail-Mountain-Bike-Frame&highlight=roundtail
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jason, that is definitely an oddity!
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love it!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will copy what I posted on greencarreports: "Wow, Smart really did their homework on this bike: smartphone interface, removable battery, regenerative braking, carbon drive belt, multiple assist settings ... All these things justify the premium for the bike. Another article put the price at 2,849 Euros (including VAT), so removing VAT and converting to US dollars, it comes in just under $3K, so it's a reasonable price for all you are getting. I rode an eZip for a few years, and the ease of riding is so much greater than a regular bike, you just can't compare the two. Given these unique features, this bike could be a huge hit. I hope they design the new quadracycles with many of these smartphone interconnection features." ABG failed to list all the amazing features on this bike that other bikes completely lack. I am certain 2WM does not have regenerative braking, smartphone connectivity, removable batteries, nor a carbon belt drive.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have regenerative braking, my batteries are removable, i have a $20 DC-DC converter that does smartphone charging at 5V and provides power to the lights @ 12V off my main battery. DC-DC converters and regenerative braking have been around on pre-built electric bikes since the mid 2000's and are nothing unique at all. You can go on the net and find an eBike kit that has regenerative braking for $500 or less. If you know where to look you can pick one up for under $200.. giving you a lot of money to spend on a battery. I am missing the carbon belt drive. I guess that is worth $1,700. And eZips are horrible, but they would actually be faster than this bike ( 450w ). Those sell for about $400. eZip actually sells a lithium powered model that is comparable to this bike in power and price for just around $1000.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        But if you want to be a sucker because you like the branding, then you are free to do so.
          pmpjunkie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Don't get too worked up about the price, my wife buys clothes that cost more than this bike. It gets you great eye candy. Same for this bike, looks beautiful.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We are so used to seeing diamond bike frames that the Roundtail does hit you funny, but you should see the production frame at 2:55 of the video I added to that thread - it has very graceful lines. Still, think how odd the cfl's look after 100+ years of incandecents. The engineer in me loves the structural characteristics - its natural dissipation of shock and vibration through deflection and redirection. Simple, obvious, brilliant.
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