Assisted PedallingThursday 24th October 2013
If you revealed you owned a BMW many people would expect to look at your driveway and see a series 3 or 5 car, or a motorcycle - but more recently it could be a pedal bike and now an e-bike, or more accurately a “pedelec”!
The BMW Cruise e-Bike 2014 has the design lines you would expect from a BMW, the clean, discrete German look that is attractive if lacking panache, with the BMW badge artfully placed on the frame.
It is powered by a 400 Wh battery pack and it takes 90 minutes for a half charge or three and half hours for a full charge. The power comes from a 250W Bosch motor delivering 48 Nm of torque (35.4 ft-lb), and a full battery should provide up to 100 km (62 miles) of help to you pedalling.
Being a pedelec it is a case of supplying assistance as the rider needs to pedal to start the motor. Then the motor provides assistance to match the power of your legs, anywhere between zero and 225 percent, depending on the mode, with the sensor arrays making 1000 readings a second.
As you would expect with a BMW it also comes with a Turbo mode, supplying a boost of power, but at the expense of a rapidly drained battery, there are also four other settings off, eco, tour and sport. Off returning all the work to the rider.
It also has front and rear disc brakes, lights powered by a dynamo, and a handlebar mounted computer.
But you also need to invest in a good bike lock as the cost is a few thousand euros or dollars - but then it is a BMW!
Thursday 24th October 2013