This sounds like a lot, so let’s unpack it.
The Eeyo 1 is a premium e-bike that steers clear of an already crowded segment of the e-bike market, that of cargo, all-terrain-capable bikes. Instead, it focuses on the commuter and leisure segment, and is a product that is very light (even compared to regular, non-electric bikes), nimble, fast and very easy to maintain. It makes no compromises on build and materials used, so it’s priced accordingly.
The Eeyo 1 comes in two models, Ultralight (Eeyo 1, in cloud blue and lobster orange) and Ultralightest (Eeyo 1s, in warm white), with the difference between the two being that the latter uses carbon fiber for most components to further reduce weight and increase performance. Pricing also differs: $3,899 and $4,599, respectively. It’s not cheap, but this is meant to be a premium product.
The idea behind this e-bike was to put the fun back into biking, and this was achieved by stripping it down of all non-essentials: fenders, racks, you name it. A seat tube was also deemed non-essential, so the open-frame design came to be. Kevlar reinforced carbon fiber is used for the fork and frame for the cheaper model, and for the rims, seat post (with five different seat post lengths) and handler for the lighter, more expensive variant.
At 26 pounds (11.7 kg), the bike is literally so light you can throw it over your shoulder and carry up the steps, and this was the stated goal.
Thanks to the Gates carbon belt drive transmission with a torque sensor, riders know that their effort in pedaling is met with equal power application. This takes the bike to a maximum motor-assisted speed of 19 mph (30 kph) in the U.S. and 25 kph (15 mph) in the EU – the difference is down to current legislation. Two riding modes are available, Sport and Eco, and estimated range is dependent on them since they imply different levels of power-assist: 40 miles (64 km) and 55 miles (88 km), respectively.
Because the battery is not removable, charging is done either with a proximity charger, which snaps around the hub, or with a Stand charger. In both cases, a full charge can be achieved in 2.5 hours. A proximity lock is included with the Stand charger (sold separately), preventing theft by locking the motor as soon as the owner walks away from the bike.
“Easy to ride and simple to own,” Gogoro says of its first foray into e-bikes, the Eeyo. “Every part has been chosen for durability and to be nearly maintenance-free.”
Pre-orders for both models are now possible, with deliveries scheduled this summer for Taiwain, the U.S. and Europe.