Little by little, the electric bike sector is trying to democratize and open up its luggage rack to narrower wallets: after, the native electric bike, the retrofit to be carried out on your bike at the bike dealer, here is Quentin Lopez and Quentin Rey who offer Click & Go, the retrofit kit to install yourself.
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Their company, Habelo, headquartered in Lyon 9e (but also has offices in Clermont-Ferrand), finds its original idea in the experience of Quentin Lopez. “The reflection at two years old when I wanted to electrify my mother’s bike so that she could follow me when I play sports. We tried several kits on his old mountain bike, and since then we’ve tried to simplify the concept”.
80 kilometers of autonomy
After many round trips and fine-tuning with its Asian supplier, Habelo ended up succeeding in a system whose basis is simple: whatever the bike, the user replaces his front road with the equivalent model supplied by Habelo, but equipped with an engine which weighs it down by 3 kg.
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It’s up to the customer to install the rest: namely the battery (1.8 kg) in the form of a large bottle, in the place provided for the bottle cage, and a wire to be passed along the frame. Everything is controlled via a smartphone app and promises a range of 80 kilometers.
Around 600 euro
The kit began to be marketed in February, delivered in April at 599 euros. Today Habelo, which had raised 200,000 euros when it was launched, aims to first improve the kit with its first customer feedback, and to develop commercially via partner workshops for repairs. “because we still have people who still ask us if they can get it up, or if someone can make some adjustments to their old bike”.
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For the moment, the kits arrive assembled from Asia, but Habelo would eventually keep assembling them in France, or even in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.