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This 8.5 kg electric bike is the “lightest in the world”, but also one of the most expensive

The Monegasque manufacturer HPS Bike presented its very first electric bike by the name of Domestique. Weighing 8.5 kilograms, it’s one of the lightest, if not the lightest trendy bike in the world. But for a much lower five-figure price.

HPS Cycle Electric Bike

The Domestic electric bike // Gamesdone: HPS Cycle

The Gogoro Eeyo 1s had caused a sensation at the time of its announcement thanks to its weight of 11.9 kilos. But the trendy cycle of the Taiwanese manufacturer had not really won over the editorial staff. This time around, it’s another bike’s turn to catch the media spotlight for its incredibly low weight.

The Domestique, or the Domestique 1-21 Launch Edition of its full name, was designed by the Monegasque manufacturer HPS Cycle. On the scale, the model weighs … only 8.5 kilos, where the majority of its counterparts easily reach the 20 kilogram mark, if not more for some.

A trompe-l’oeil battery

The Domestique is an electric road bike that isn’t electric at first glance. Designed in collaboration with former F1 team designer and technical director Gary Anderson, the 200W motor (20Nm torque) has been cleverly concealed in the seat tube. Other electronic components are both nestled in the diagonal of the frame and in the bottom bracket.

What about the battery? HPS Cycle played the trompe-l’oeil card, since the accumulator is none other than the gourd attached to the seat tube. A very successful visual pirouette which manages to completely fool its world. For this 193 Wh accumulator, the company does not communicate autonomy, but a usage time of one to three hours.

If the assistance is a plus for easily reaching 25 km / h, the weight of the bike can largely benefit from it without any electrical assistance. This is one of its strengths. As such, the brand promises a ” gradual elimination of assistance when approaching top speed so that power does not drop sharply “, highlighted News Atlaswhich relays information.

12,000 euros, please!

Equipped with a carbon frame and Pirelli P Zero tires, the Domestique drops to 7.3 kilos without the battery. The bike is available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and X Large, and takes advantage of an online configurator to refine its customization. Its price may however shake more than one: count 12,000 euros. No more no less…

Always according toNews Atlas, the launch model is available in a limited edition: a total of 21 units will be launched.

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