In the heart of France, a revolution on two wheels is taking shape. Pi-POP, an Orléans-based company, is redefining the e-bike with its third-generation model. This isn’t your average pedal-assist bike; it’s a testament to innovation, sustainability, and the sheer joy of cycling.
The Tech Behind the Pedal
At the core of Pi-POP’s design lies a patented, lithium-free system. Eschewing the traditional e-bike battery, Pi-POP utilizes supercapacitors, a choice that not only sidesteps the environmental impact of lithium extraction but also offers a longer lifecycle of 10 to 15 years. These supercapacitors charge as you ride, capturing energy during those moments when effort is minimal or when braking. It’s a seamless cycle of energy use and regeneration, ensuring assistance is available whenever you need it, 24/7.
Design and Specs: A Cyclist’s Dream
Pi-POP’s e-bike is a blend of form and function. The frame, crafted from aluminum, caters to a wide range of cyclists, fitting those from 1.55m to 1.85m tall. It’s a unisex design, with adjustable stem and saddle height, ensuring a comfortable ride for everyone. The bike’s dimensions (200cm x 120cm x 70cm) and weight (21.7 kg) speak to its robust yet manageable build.
Color-wise, Pi-POP has opted for a classic white, a choice that reflects the bike’s clean, green ethos. The wheels are sturdy Mach1, 28-inch double-walled with Velox assembly, and it rolls on Michelin World Tour VTC urban tires, size 700×35 (37-622). The motor, a 250W Aikema Electric Drive Systems AKM100SX with 45N.m torque, is paired with a ZOOM 141D telescopic fork and TEKTRO MD-M280 disc brakes, ensuring smooth and responsive handling.
Shifting is a breeze with the Shimano Tourney RD-TY300D 7-speed derailleur, and the Shimano RevoShift 7-speed shifter. The bike also features a SELLE ROYAL Ellipse Relaxed saddle with 3D SkinGel padding for those longer rides. And yes, it comes with mudguards, because practicality should never be sacrificed for style.
Sustainable, Local, Inclusive
Pi-POP’s approach goes beyond the bike. It’s about fostering a community and a commitment to the planet. The bikes are produced locally in Orléans, minimizing resource consumption and maximizing product longevity. Pi-POP’s e-bike is an inclusive vehicle, designed for the daily commuter, the weekend warrior, and everyone in between.
Pricing and Availability
This third-generation e-bike is available directly from the factory in Olivet, priced at 2450 €. It’s a direct-to-consumer model that ensures quality and value.
Pi-POP’s e-bike isn’t just a mode of transportation; it’s a movement. It’s about harnessing your energy, enjoying the ride, and doing good for the planet. With its innovative energy system, inclusive design, and local production, Pi-POP is pedaling towards a greener future, one ride at a time.