The new Honbike U4 eBike is simplicity at its best
Meet your new daily driver, the new Honbike U4 eBike. Built by a group of engineers from the Honda motorcycle division, the U4 debuted at this year’s European bicycle trade show, Eurobike 2022. Its straightforward, streamlined approach to the ideal electric bike makes it a great pick for urban commuting and for all riders.
The new Honbike U4 eBike is constructed with a round aircraft-grade aluminum frame that’s in an angular-free and unisex design. Additionally, it has the style of a classic bicycle while deftly concealing its motor and battery. Weighing in under 45 pounds (20.2 kg), it utilizes one-piece magnesium rims with 27.5-inch wheels and a maximum carrying capacity of 265 pounds (120 kg).
Integrated into the U4 electric bike’s frame is a 432 Wh battery that powers the motor. Although concealed, it’s not easily detachable and requires the bike to be parked aside a nearby electrical outlet for charging. The battery isn’t intended to be detached, however it can be removed with the right equipment if maintenance is ever required.
According to the up and coming bike manufacturer, Honbike states that the U4 has a range of 62 miles. There are three power assist settings that can help optimize the efficiency of its range, though it may lead to a bit more pedaling for the rider. It also appears that the eBike has the technology to choose the proper power level based on the amount of pedaling given.
The new Honbike U4 eBike uses a single-speed Gates Carbon Drive belt system, making it great for flat pavements. The rear wheel motor doesn’t yet have a power rating, but it’ll likely have a 250W label as the bike will be introduced in Europe with their strict eBike laws and regulations.
Starting price for the Honbike U4 retails at around $1,920, with early shipments scheduled to arrive next month in the UK and EU. Expect a US release later this fall.