GQ picks the speediest, sexiest hybrid (or ‘pedelec’) for your personality. Originally published in the October 2012 issue of British GQ.
The Neo Cross looks, in the best possible way, like a normal bike: its Samsung battery is integrated into the downtube, lending the frame a discreet demeanour that will protect it from unwanted attention. Hydraulic disc brakes ensure a powerful halt, plus they’re regenerative – when you stop for red lights, it tops up the battery. Finally, a use for inner-city congestion. Killer app: For all its power, the Neo Cross is journey-improvingly quiet.
We have some pretty exciting additions to the NEO range for 2013. These bikes have just been unveiled to the trade at Eurobike however wont be in stock for a bit. Here is a little promo video to give a sneak peak of what is in store.
The NEO range has been very successful this year and is growing for 2013. Despite only being on the market for a year, the bikes have proved to be very popular and won awards. Working the electrical components into the bike frame makes the bikes look more streamlined and well thought out. The NEO Street is very similar to the NEO City, however it features smaller 26″ wheels and a smaller frame size (41″). Find out more about the NEO Street.
The bikes are available from BH Emotion stockists now.
If your a Wired reader then check out the latest issue – if not then maybe have a peak in your local newsagent! Wired have tested the NEO Cross in their electric bike test and rated it in the top 5! Here is a snippet of what they say:
Apart from the thick down tube (which houses the battery) there’s little difference between the Neo Cross and a standard road bike. At any power setting above 50 per cent the bike pulled away sharply and could cruise at 27kph. The Tektro disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power.
The Volt was voted the best mixed mobility bike by Extraenergy at the Taipei International Bike Show. Extraenergy have become the leading authority when it comes to testing and comparing e-bikes. The Volt stood out for its comfort, ergonomics, light weight, unique frame geometry and cable routing technology, and its high end components which include the Shimano Nexus 8 speed gearing system and the Panasonic IBS system. The Panasonic system and battery allow the bike to travel up to 80km.
Electric Bike Report have done a quick video review of the Neo Xtrem going over all the main features. Please note however in the European version of the bike the 350 watt motor is limited to 250 watts as required by law.
The latest issue of A to B magazine (issue 87, Dec 2011) just landed on our desk with a 5 page review of the Xenion 650. This is one of the first bikes available on the market with the Bosch pedal assist system. The review looks at the Bosch system in a lot of detail and compares it to the more well known Panasonic system. The Xenion 650 gets a very positive write up and the Bosch system was described as “powerful, efficient and adaptable”.
Took the Neo Cross out today to stretch my legs, and what a sensation, power to cruise up hills, headwind no problem, happily riding between 20-25 km/h, the only fly in the ointment I forgot to wear gloves so had to cut my ride short at 5km s, there is no better way to cycle.
When you first see the Neo Cross your brain is telling you that this is not an electric bicycle as there is no bulky battery visible but then you look closer and notice the substantial rear hub, the thicker bottom frame rail and the sleek handle bar mounted display. Setting off after switching on the display unit with eco mode selected is absolutely effortless with the motor assisting you as you pedal you along. Before long you have changed up and are cruising in top gear at 20-25 kmh, suddenly cycling makes perfect sense. Why weren’t bicycles invented with electric assistance?
The handling of this bike is nothing short of spectacular, light weight, nimble and with brakes that put some motorbikes to shame. All in all 5 km s of pure fun.