Plug in, ride out: Best electric motorbikes of 2023. Hubless e bike

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Plug in, ride out: Best electric motorbikes of 2023

It’s getting hard to ignore the number of electric vehicles you see on the roads these days. What used to be a novel rarity is now commonplace with models from most major manufacturers and electric specialists like Tesla swooshing almost silently around the road network and filling motorway charge points.

It’s an especially charged topic in 2023, thanks to discussions surrounding the Government’s proposed ban on the sales of new petrol bikes in 2035 – the exact details of which are still to be ironed out.

And while many bikers still regard EVs as a threat to their way of life, one type of rider seems quite happy to adopt battery power: commuters.

Cities are filled with stand-up electric scooters (some legal, some not) and burgeoning low and ultra-low emissions zones are engulfing swathes of the commuter belt. Add to that the skyrocketing cost of petrol and diesel and it’s easy to see why those who commute by car might want to switch to something else.

And while a new Tesla will cost you north of £40k there are plenty of affordable small-capacity electric motorbikes that can be ridden on a CBT to get you to and from the office or railway station.

So what’s out there?

Comparing them in the car park at MCN’s offices, the BMW CE 04 maxi scooter, Super Soco TC Max 125-equivalent and Yadea G5S might look like awkward stablemates but there’s a reason we chose them for this test.

The BMW represents the luxurious, high-tech and expensive end of the market. The Super Soco is the people’s champ, a more affordable option that regularly appears in the sales charts. And the Yadea is the newcomer, a simple, cheap, knees-together scooter imported by Lexmoto.

The £12,270 (or £14,120 in the spec we are testing today) CE 04 would look right at home in the angular, whitewashed garage of a turtleneck-wearing architect. With styling that sits somewhere between a Tron Light Cycle and a Lego Technic build, the BMW will certainly turn heads. But there’s a hint of the kind of po-faced worthiness often associated with Tesla’s early adopters.

Fortunately, all that disappears the moment you twist the throttle. The BMW’s spaceship looks are backed up by spaceship performance from 0-30mph and the first wave of acceleration is more like engaging a warp drive than a throttle. I can’t think of anything else I’ve ridden that takes off from a standstill so quickly… including 200bhp superbikes.

It’s genuinely hilarious and it may explain why BMW saw fit to put the rear wheel quite so far away from the rest of the scooter. The CE 04’s wheelbase is a massive 1675mm, just 2mm shy of a Triumph Rocket 3, largely because the rear wheel is stretched out behind you like a drag bike.

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I honestly think (and suspect BMW do too) that a shorter wheelbase and higher centre of gravity would result in riders “doing a Bautista” on their way out of a Starbucks car park. Performance plateaus from 30-50mph, but it still doesn’t take long to reach the limited top speed of 80mph – plenty for dual carriageway work.

Want to spend a bit less?

Super Soco’s £4399 TC Max (£4499 as tested) feels far more pedestrian than the BMW, but it’s still not what you would describe as slow. Again, performance off the line is impressive and it gets to its 60mph top speed faster than a petrol equivalent could.

The TC Max has a more motorcycle-esque layout than the BMW but it feels a little like one of those folding bicycles – some dimensions have been adapted specifically to create the impression of bigger bike ergonomics. The body is tall with low footpegs to compensate for the small wheels. But it works well and at 6ft, I can ride it comfortably.

Yadea’s G5S is a very small and lightweight option that would be best suited to a short dash across a city. The 55mph top speed limits the Yadea’s abilities in national speed limit sections, but it has just enough about it for a very short stretch if really needed. At £3699, the Yadea is the cheapest option here but it’s still not exactly peanuts.

Despite being a scooter, the BMW actually feels the most like a ‘proper’ motorcycle. Although this is mostly down to its 231kg heft – enough for BMW to feel the need for a reverse gear – you also sit with your feet either side of a central structure, which feels more bikey than the Yadea’s knees-together riding position.

The BMW’s weight means that the front suspension and tyre load up like a proper bike under braking, giving you feedback and stability. The way it responds to steering inputs mid corner feels very familiar too, and because of the battery regen system you even get engine braking. So much so, in fact, that you can almost abandon using the brakes around town.

Although the Super Soco is the most motorcycle-shaped model here, its small size and low weight mean that it has the feel of an incredibly fast bicycle rather than a motorbike. This does mean you sacrifice a bit of front-end feel, but that’s not really an issue on a bike of this type.

Packed with gizmos

As you’d expect, the BMW has the most gizmos. Features like heated grips, smartphone connectivity and a watertight, ventilated phone charging compartment are nice touches. Keyless tech is de rigueur in the electric bike world and all three of the bikes have it.

The BMW key fob is pretty big and cumbersome (it’s the size of a car fob) but you can stick it in a and forget about it. The Super Soco’s is fairly big and circular and annoyingly you need to use its buttons for locking and unlocking the bike so the alarm deactivates. This means the fob has to live somewhere accessible, so its size is a bit annoying.

Both the Yadea and the Super Soco come equipped with alarms and systems that lock the rear wheel if you try to push them away without the key. This scuppers the preferred bike thief’s method of pushing a rider along with an outstretched leg and a TMAX, something that could still be done to the BMW.

The Super Soco also comes with a SIM card that’s preloaded with two years of data and allows you to track the bike in real time through an app. Impressive stuff for the cheaper end of the market!

The Yadea and the Super Soco both have removeable batteries, meaning you can whip them out at your home or office and stick them on charge at a three-pin power outlet. The BMW, meanwhile, has a built-in battery, so you need to be able to get the bike to the socket. It’s the only option here that can use a wall box or public charging station but it’s also the least convenient if you live in a flat and have no outdoor sockets.

The verdict

The BMW CE 04 is an impressive bit of kit and gives me hope for an electrified biking future but I cannot justify the price. The version we tested had a few extras that took the price to £14,120, which isn’t a problem if you are the aforementioned architect but as an option for a normal person to get to a normal job, it’s flippin’ ridiculous.

So, with the BMW ruled out, it’s a straight fight between the Yadea and the Super Soco and my money would go with the latter. Sadly, because the Yadea’s volume is largely filled with batteries there’s no practical advantage to its scootery shape. It’s also let down by a pitiful ground clearance.

Meanwhile, the Super Soco is just bikey-enough to scratch the riding itch, fun to chuck around in a city centre and fast enough to tackle big roads if you need to. The price of electricity may be high right now, but even so a full charge will still only be around 95p. That means it’ll cost you around 1.6p per mile.

What about electric leisure motorbikes?

Commuting is one thing, but it’s arguably the simplest use-case going as there’s no need to worry about where you are going to charge the bike. You either do it at the home or the work end of the journey.

But many bikers restrict their riding to their own time; from Sunday blasts or long weekends to full on bike tours, greenlaning or even trackdays. So what does the electric world have to offer for these kinds of riders?

Electric bikes may not be troubling their petrol equivalents for most riders in this sector just yet, but ranges well over 100 miles are already possible, making an EV bike a more viable proposition.

Recharge times are dropping too as technology improves. A full battery in 30 minutes isn’t an unrealistic ask these days as high quality, high speed chargers become more prevalent and easier to use.

Here is a list of what we consider the most relevant large-capacity electric motorcycles in 2023.

Zero DSR/X

Power 100bhp | Weight 247kg | Range 115 miles | Charge time 1hr (with Rapid charge module)

Along with the Energica Experia below, the Zero DSR/X is claimed to be a fully-fledged adventure bike powered by electricity.

We said: “Weight is comparable to a conventional adventure bike. Lean-sensitive rider aids, (including hill control) both on and off-road, are useful and effective. The bike is comfortable, smooth, vibration-free, silent, easy to ride both on tarmac and the dirt, and has that instant surge of torque that will make even petrol heads smile.”

Energica Experia

Power 100.6bhp | Weight 260kg | Range 160 miles | Charge time 50 minutes (with fast charger)

The Energica Experia is claimed to be a ‘Green Tourer’ by the Italian firm and was launched at the end of 2022 as their new flagship model. Real world range figures fell well short of the claimed 160 miles combined range Energica claim but a 50 minute fast charge is still impressive.

We said: “If you could take price and range out of the equation, the Experia is a very impressive motorcycle. The electric motor is superb, the level of tech comparable to petrol-powered rivals (aside from a lack of semi-active suspension) and the handling and comfort levels certainly good enough to class it as a sports tourer.”

Arc Vector

Power 115bhp | Weight 240kg | Range 270 miles | Charge time 40 minutes (with CCS Type 2 Rapid Charger)

Ok, so the Arc is unlikely to grace very many garages and carparks around the country. But the £90,000 brainchild of ex-Jaguar/Land Rover designer Mark Truman is important nonetheless. Right at the vanguard of new tech and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, the Arc represents the ghost of electric bikes future.

We said: “Throwing a leg over a motorcycle that costs the same as a Ducati Superleggera is always intimidating enough, but there’s a lot else going on to unnerve you at first. There’s a sequence of buttons to push on the Domino switchgear to make it live and after that the engine waits for you silently, which is always slightly sinister on an electric bike.”

Zero S

Power 59bhp | Weight 190kg | Range 150 miles | Charge time 10.5hrs

It’s not as wild as the SR series of bikes, but the S is a realistic electric commuter bike that’s also genuinely fun to ride.

We said: “A reasonably quick yet relaxed roadster – 59bhp peak power, 86mph top speed – which is incredibly simple to ride and costs peanuts to run. The range and recharge time realistically limit its role to the daily commute and short leisure rides, which is also where the relatively basic chassis parts feel most at home.”

Zero SR/S

Power 110bhp | Weight 235kg | Range 95 miles | Charge time 2.5hrs (Type 2 charger)

This faired option is one of the sportiest electrics on the market right now but is more akin to a petrol sports tourer than a superbike.

We said: “The Zero proves electric can be not only practical but also bloody enjoyable. Fast? Very. Engaging? Extremely. Practical and usable? Yes, all that. The SR/S is a great bike that I genuinely love riding and shows electric bikes now really are worthy of attention. Imagine a silent and refined (and faster) Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, and you’re just about there.”

Energica Eva Ribelle

Power 144bhp | Weight 270kg | Range 143 miles | Charge time 42mins (to 80% on Fast Charger)

The Energica Eva Ribelle super naked is on borrowed time, with the whole Energica range expected to be replaced with bikes based on the Experia platform in 2023. It’s still a significant bike that put electric power on the map when it was first released in many ways.

We said: “The Eva Ribelle accelerates with the kind of ferocity a superbike would be proud of, is solid in the corners and has a riding position that mixes aggression with comfort. It’s smooth, quiet, easy to ride, well-built, lavishly equipped and its new battery promises to deliver a more usable range.”

Harley-Davidson Livewire

Power 104bhp | Weight 249kg | Range 110 miles | Charge time 1hr (Fast Charger)

An OG of the electric bike scene, the Harley-Davidson Livewire was launched in 2019 and was the first serious motorbike to be brought to market by a mainstream manufacturer. It seemed unbelievable at the time that the quintessentially American brand famous for its petrol V-twins would turn to battery power.

Harley have spun the model off into its own marque – so it’s officially called the Livewire One now – but the branding exercise hasn’t reached the UK just yet.

We said: “On paper the LiveWire electric motorbike may appear heavy, lacking battery range and short on power and torque, but riding it tells a different story. It accelerates with the ferocity of a superbike, sounds like a fighter jet and even throbs like a pounding heartbeat at a standstill.”

Zero SR/F

Power 110bhp | Weight 220kg | Range 82 miles | Charge time 1hr (Fast Charger)

The Zero SR/F closed the style and performance gap between their previous electric offerings and modern internal combustion bikes – and took the award for MCN’s Best Electric Motorcycle in 2019.

We said: “The Zero SR/F is a huge leap forwards in speed, sophistication and recharge time over the firm’s previous generation of bikes. The result is easily the best road-going electric bike yet, offering truly comparable power, weight, handling and excitement to a regular roadster. But despite closing the gap on petrol bikes, for now the catches remain the same three issues: range; recharge time; and price.”

Energica Ego

Power 136bhp | Weight 258kg | Range 90-120 miles | Charge time 30mins (85% using Fast Charger)

For 2017 we created an entire new category for the MCN Awards: Electric bike of the year. The Energica Ego took the first ever award after impressing us both on road and track, as well as around the TT course.

The Ego is also the basis for the racers that were used in the single-make MotoE series, from 2019 until Ducati took over from 2023.

We said: “Are electric bikes the future of motorcycling? Well, the Energica Ego has one of the most exciting power deliveries of any engine we’ve ever tried. It’s easy to ride and handles superbly, despite its weight.”

Electric motorbike FAQs

Q: Is an electric motorcycle worth it?

A: This depends heavily on how you use the bike, because electric bikes are very expensive relative to conventional motorcycles of similar performance. You’ll need to cover a lot of miles on electricity in order to pay back the premium in most cases.

However, with the introduction of finance deals specifically aimed at making these bikes more affordable by spreading the cost over long periods, it’s likely costs will drop at some point in the coming years.

Q: Are electric motorcycles good for beginners?

A: The lower-powered versions are great, because they’re twist-and-go bikes, which means they don’t require gear changes. You can also get some that are equivalent to a 125cc petrol bike, which means you don’t need to pass the full bike test in order to ride one. You’ll just need a provisional driving licence and a day-long CBT course. A good example of this is the Super Soco TC Max.

Of course, there are now several electric bikes available with far higher performance.

Q: Are electric motorbikes fun?

A: They’re different to a petrol-powered bike, but do have their advantages – primarily, that they usually have 100% of their torque available at 0rpm, which makes them feel properly Rapid, even when they’re not. They’re also smoother.

Q: Is an electric motorbike harder to insure?

A: Our specialists at MCN Compare are on hand to answer this question. Head this way for their advice.

Reevo Hubless E-Bike(2021): The Future of E-Bike Is Here

Reevo Hubless E-Bike is the latest added in the e-bike store. When we say that e-bikes are the future of transportation, we mean it.

You may have a question, How?

E-bikes not only offer the best technological innovations, but they are also sleek, fast, and lightweight as well. And today, we will talk about the best e-bike available out there now, the Reevo Hubless e-bike.

The Reevo Hubless e-bike is creating havoc in the industry of e-bikes, and it’s the good kind of havoc. The extraordinary features and eye-appealing aesthetics of this e-bike are gaining popularity and praise from all over the world. The sleek black frame and the autonomous LED lights of this high-end e-bike offer the highest value to the customers.

Brain, brand, and looks. The Reevo Hubless e-bike is a combination of these three components. It is impossible to find an e-bike that matches the standard of the Reevo Hubless e-bike. There is a reason why we call it the future of transportation.

Everything we said about the Reevo Hubless e-bike sounds unbelievable, right? Continue reading to know about the extraordinary features of the Reevo Hubless e-bike, and you will see why it is our favorite.

Before diving into details about the features of the Reevo Hubless e-bike, let us take a look at the specs of this high-end electric bike.

Reevo E-Bike Features:

The Reevo Hubless electric bike also features a hidden backup battery that can provide up to 10 hours of standby power when you disconnect the main battery from the electric bike. The backup battery intelligently charges itself back when the main battery is connected to the bike once again.

Hubless Wheel Configuration:

The hubless wheel configuration of the Reevo e-bike is by far its most distinct feature. The wheels of the Reevo Hubless e-bike are centerless and are built with a strong core. The hubless wheels can support weight up to 265lbs or 120kgs.

The wheels are aesthetically pleasing as they sport an elegant matte black finish. Another major feature of these wheels is that they themselves offer storage points, allowing the rider with space to mount a bag.

However, the hubless wheels are both a strong and weak point of this electric bike. The absence of the hub causes the wheel to be thicker and heavier, which in turn increases the overall weight of the electric bike.

Reevo E-Bike Safety Features:

Each year, more than 2 million bikes get stolen, and maybe somewhere, someone is losing their ride as we speak. And surprisingly, this number of stolen bikes is just in North America. than 97 percent of these stolen or lost bikes are never recovered. Losing a bike is a very unfortunate event, especially when it is your only mean of transport. Bikes generally come with a lock system that can be easily tampered with the help of tampering devices.

If it was that easy to prevent the stealing of bikes, then the number of bikes stolen each year would not have been this high. Beno Inc. knew that if they wanted to prevent the Reevo Hubless e-bike from getting stolen, they had to come up with some strong safety measures. Thus, Beno Inc. designed the Reevo Hubless e-bike with certain safety features that makes it impossible to steal.

Beno Inc. equipped the Reevo Hubless e-bike with a triple barrier anti-theft system, all while making sure that the bike meets the expectations of the riders perfectly. The triple barrier anti-theft ensures that the bike will safely stay with its owner.

The functions of the triple barrier anti-theft system in the Reevo Hubless e-bike are as follows:

One-touch fingerprint sensor:

The one-touch fingerprint sensor allows the owner to lock and unlock the bike without the use of a traditional or typical key.

The analog security system of a Bike

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The Reevo Hubless e-bike comes with an advanced wheel locking feature that is incorporated within the frame of the bike. The automatic lock helps to prevent the e-bike from moving and protects it from vandalizing devices like bolt cutters.

GPS coupled with motion detection:

Reevo Hubless e-bikes have a microchip integrated within their frame. This microchip actively scans the bike for motions and sends out alerts to the owner’s phone when the bike or the position of the bike is triggered.

The next-generation e-bike also houses a GPS module that can be tracked through the Reevo smartphone app from anywhere at any time.

Due to this triple barrier anti-theft system of Reevo, you do not have to worry about your bike being stolen or lost. The biometric lock or one-touch fingerprint sensor makes sure that no one can unlock the bike without you. The motion detector and automatic locking feature of the bike save you from the trouble of purchasing a bike lock.

Simply park your electric bike at its designated parking spot and relaxingly go on with your day instead of worrying about your bike or checking on it once every few minutes. You will receive alerts on your phone through the Reevo smartphone app if anybody tries to move your bike or steal it.

Reevo App:

Beno Inc. has fully integrated the Reevo Hubless e-bike with advanced smartphone technology. You can place your phone in the smartphone carrier of the bike. The Reevo app is perfectly compatible with both iOS and Android and allows you to track your e-bike and get safety and security alerts.

A virtual geofence is deployed as soon as the bike is locked using the biometric or automatic lock. The GPS module of the electric bike will be activated as soon as it leaves the geofence and sends alerts to the phone of the owner. You can track your Reevo Hubless e-bike through the Reevo from anywhere in the world.


Just having the advanced features and industry-leading technology will not attract people to a product. Attraction to the beauty and looks of the product is equally as important as its features. The majority of people back off from buying a product if they do not find the product appealing to the eye. Luckily, the looks will not be an issue for the Reevo Hubless e-bike.

One of the things that makes the Reevo Hubless e-bike extremely attractive is its undeniably eye-pleasing look. The frame is made up of aluminum alloy, and the wheels are hubless with an appealing black matte finish. The e-bike looks even more attractive with its lights and clearly defined details.

The Reevo Hubless e-bike undoubtedly gives all of us a ‘love at first sight feeling. And there is no denying that we are utterly in love with the beauty and elegance of this Reevo electric bike.

The Reevo Hubless electric bike is now available in four colors. These are:

A Lightweight Frame with Power

The Reevo Hubless e-bike is made up of lightweight aluminum alloy and materials that offer high durability. You can easily peddle your e-bike using the assisted peddle function, or you can put your foot down and enjoy an effortless and easy bike ride.

The top speed of the Reevo Hubless e-bike can easily go up to 25 miles per hour, and the speed can go up to 37 miles per hour if the rider uses assisted pedaling. The high-quality motor of the electric bike offers a power supply of 750 watts, and the battery of the bike comes in at 48 volts.

Automatic Lighting:

Other than the industry-leading technology and eye-appealing aesthetics, the Reevo Hubless e-bike offers a lot of features. The electric bike offers an additional feature of automatic lighting, which allows the rider to ride the electric bike at any time of the day, regardless of the lighting outside.

The Reevo Hubless e-bike comes with a bright headlamp and a tail light. It is equipped with an ambient light sensor. The ambient light sensor has the ability to detect darkness and automatically turn the headlamp and tail light on. This additional feature provides the rider with an extra layer of protection while riding the bike at night.

Reevo E-Bike Availability and Price:

We come bearing a piece of sad news for both you and us. The amazing Reevo Hubless electric bikes are not yet available for spot purchase. However, the futuristic e-bike is available on pre-order. So, if you want to be an owner of this wonderful electric bike, you can place an order for it on a pre-order basis.

For pre-order, the price of the Reevo Hubless e-bike starts at only USD 2,278. However, there will be a surge in the price of the electric bike after the pre-order period ends, increasing the starting price up to 3,450 approximately. If you want to take advantage of this pre-order price, then hurry up and place your order for the Reevo Hubless e-bike today!

When it comes to pricing, the Reevo Hubless electric bike is not the most low-priced electric bike available in the market. But the engineering excellence, top-class triple barrier anti-theft system, and the eye-pleasing aesthetics of the electric bike make it worth the cost.

Final Thoughts:

After reading the specifications, features, and technology of the Reevo Hubless e-bike, we believe that you have received a clear idea about this electric bike. There is a reason why we address this electric bike as the future of transportation. The reason is, there are hundreds of electric bikes available in the market right now, but not one of them matches the high standards and technology of the Reevo Hubless e-bike.

The Reevo Hubless electric bike is heavy on feature and high on value. This electric bike is a complete package of brains, brawns, and good looks.

The Reevo Hubless e-bike comes with features that many companies have imagined but failed to execute. It is the execution and design of Beno Inc. that made the Reevo Hubless stand out among all its competitors. It is not our intention to degrade another brand, and we are here to provide the Reevo Hubless e-bike with the recognition it deserves.

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Frequenty Asked Question:

How Much Does A Reevo Hubless E-Bike Cost?

The Reevo Hubless Electric is only available on pre-order right now. The price of this high-end electric bike, packed with some of the industry-leading features, is priced at only 2,278.

The price of the Reevo Hubless electric bike indicates that it is much affordable than the majority of the electric bikes available in the market. For example, the electric bikes offered by Ducati or Husqvarna costs way more than the Reevo electric bike. But those bikes do not offer as many features as the electric bike by Reevo.

However, the price of the Reevo Hubless e-bike is supposed to increase up to 3,450 when it is available to the world for spot purchase.

Is the Reevo E-Bike Legit?

If we talk about the incredibility of the Reevo Hubless e-bike, then it seems pretty promising so far. The bike is completely equipped with Smart technology, safety features, attractive aesthetics, and a unique design, making it the electric bike for the future.

However, what concerns the public is whether the Reevo Hubless electric bike will ever see the light of the world, or is it just another scam? Truth be told, nobody can answer the question until the right time arrives.

The reason why people are skeptical about this electric bike is, in 2016, the release of the first hubless Smart bicycle was announced. But even after almost five years, the world still has not seen the face of that bike in real life. Thus, the majority of people are expressing their doubts about the legitimacy of the product.

Customers are more than willing to wait till the official launch of the product in the market. Even though the price of purchasing the electric bike on pre-order is significantly lower than the said price on the spot purchase.

How Does The Reevo Hubless E-Bike Work?

As we mentioned in the guide above, the Reevo Hubless electric bike is packed with innovative features and technology. It has a biometric lock on its handlebar as part of its triple barrier anti-theft safety feature. The e-bike does not use a typical or traditional key and is locked or unlocked by the owner’s fingerprint on the biometric lock.

The Reevo Hubless electric bike also has a GPS module in it which allows the rider to easily maneuver through the roads by using the GPS. It also features an ambient light sensor, making it easier for the rider to ride the bike even during the night. The bright headlamp with 800 lumens and the tail light of the electric bike provides an additional layer of protection on the road at night time.

The bike works using a motor with a power of 750 watts and has a 48 volts battery coupled with the motor. The charging time of the battery used in the electric bike is 3 hours. You can ride this electric bike by using the assisted peddle or put your foot down and enjoy the ride effortlessly. The bike can reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour, and if you use assisted pedaling, then the bike can reach a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour.

What is the benefit of using hubless wheels?

The feature that helped the Reevo Hubless electric bike gain popularity in the market is its hubless wheels. The hubless wheels are also commonly known as centerless wheels. These wheels do not have hubs or spokes in the center. The advantage of using hubless wheels is that it provides better steering and enhanced braking. The hubless wheels used in Reevo electric bikes also offer storage points, allowing the rider to mount a bag there.

Does the Reevo Hubless Electric Bike Require A SIM Card?

The answer is yes; your Reevo Hubless electric bike requires a SIM card. You can use any nano SIM card from your network provider. You must be wondering what will happen if you do not use a SIM card on your Reevo Hubless Electric bike? There are many features in the bike that will still function even if you do not use a SIM card. However, functions such as GPS or GSM cannot work without a nano SIM card.

Steven is a professional cyclist and his passion is cycling. He has been cycling for the last 6 years and he loves using bikes while outing as well. Based on his experiences with the different types of bikes; he is sharing his opinions about various bikes so that a beginner can start right away. Find him on @thecyclistguy Happy Biking.

These Tron-like bikes are designed made by a Penang startup, but they aren’t for M’sians

When I initially came across the hubless Reevo Bikes, I was first impressed by the fact that it was made by Malaysians. My next thought was about how they looked like the bikes from the Disney movie, Tron. (Yes, I know it’s based on the 1982 film of the same name, but I’m too young for that). My managing editor, Sade, who is a fan of the Disney movie, excitedly pointed out the same.

Turns out, we were (sort of) right.

“The idea for Reevo actually came from an old movie that you’ve probably heard about—Tron,” Dr Ivan Chew, the COO of Beno Technologies, said to Vulcan Post. “The concept of hubless bicycles was something that just captivated our imagination.”

However, a hubless bike isn’t a new idea and the Beno team knew that too. There are other hubless bike prototypes out there, but none of them ever made it to mass production due to the complexity and high startup costs.

For some, that knowledge might come as a deterrence. For Beno, it only served as motivation. Ignoring past failures, the team started working on the bike using funds that came out of their own projects.

It paid off. Reevo has now raised over RM28 million via Indiegogo and is working on shipping out the bikes to its backers. Here’s how the Malaysian team did it.

Challenging the bicycle

As cool as the Reevo Bikes are, I still wondered—why reinvent something like the bike? As the saying goes, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

“As engineers, we (sometimes foolishly) relish a good challenge, so we set out to reinvent the wheel, and we are today,” Dr Ivan explained. “It took us four years of part-time work to come out with the prototype as we still had our day jobs at that time.”

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Yet, while the bike might be a breakthrough for the engineers, it still has to serve a purpose for end consumers, who could easily buy a bike for much cheaper. The one obvious thing Reevo has going for them would be the aesthetics. But is visual appeal really central for bicycles?

“Aesthetics is actually a huge reason as the emotional connection plays a huge part in the ownership of vehicles,” Dr Ivan countered.

I suppose that’s true. After all, aesthetics is a major reason why some people collect cars, despite their core function being the same.

Beyond the design, though, Reevo also comes with additional security and safety features that are not typically found on traditional bicycles or even e-bikes. These features include Reevo’s proprietary anti-theft system, GPS tracking, and fully integrated lighting on the headlamps, brake, and signal.

“We wanted to create something innovative and futuristic to challenge the concept of what a bicycle could be and look like,” Dr Ivan said.

Haters will hate

Searching Reevo on YouTube to get a better idea of how the bike performs, I was shocked to find many sceptical Комментарии и мнения владельцев.

“This bike is going to break faster than a toy from AliExpress,” one person wrote. “Can’t you see this is another scam? LOL it’s not supposed to be a real bike,” said another.

These are just two of many countless Комментарии и мнения владельцев, and it’s no surprise that the team at Beno has seen them.

“Since we started this project, we’ve received more than our fair share of scepticism,” Dr Ivan said. “A lot of it has to do with the outlandish nature of the product and the fact that we’re crowdfunding to fund the product.”

However, the team has since learnt to tune out the noise. They’ve decided to let the results do the talking.

Personally, other than the fact that they took the time to answer my questions, I also find the regular updates on the Reevo website to help a trustworthy feature too.

According to Dr Ivan, the team has learnt that transparency goes a long way towards building the confidence of Reevo’s backers and customers, so they’ve written over 60 updates since the start of the campaign.

The latest update, titled Delivery Update #4, was posted on May 13 and provides insight into how far along the team is with production and shipping.

Malaysia on the global map

Reevo has facilities in the US as well as in Malaysia, with the manufacturing arm based in Penang. According to Dr Ivan, the decision to base the factory in Malaysia is not just because of lower costs, but also to build a strong footprint in Malaysia and contribute towards building up local industries.

“We’ve also found that there is a lot of untapped talent in Malaysia, which we hope to bring on board with us,” he said.

However, audience-wise, Reevo is targeting something a bit more global. Since the bike is designed to be a commuter bike (that is, for short urban trips), it’s not exactly fitting for the local culture. In Malaysia, bicycles are often used for sports or exercise since we lack the proper infrastructure to use them as a means of transportation.

Furthermore, Dr Ivan points out that Malaysia is a more cost-sensitive market with many viable options such as motorcycles that are within the same price range.

And there’s another glaring issue. “It’s too hot to get around with bicycles!”

Being innovative

Before you start to feel left out by the Reevo Bikes, Beno Technologies actually has something else in store for us.

“At Beno, we are focused on building next-generation electric mobility solutions with a strong FOCUS on two-wheelers,” Dr Ivan began. “While I cannot dive too much into the details, we are currently in the early stages of developing a range of electric motorcycles and scooters for the Malaysian (and SEA) market.”

What could it be, I wonder? Tron-like motorcycles? Foldable Smart scooters? Hovercrafts? We’ll have to wait and see.

Besides that exciting news, Beno Technologies is also working on other innovative projects such as a battery swapping solution to complement its electric vehicles.

The end goal is to build up a strong electric vehicle ecosystem to facilitate the adoption of green mobility technologies locally and abroad. With this in mind, the company is open to partnering up with private and governmental organisations to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.

Although Beno currently has its eyes set on other countries with Reevo Bikes, I’m definitely looking forward to its progress here in Malaysia.

“We are positioning Beno to be a global brand with a global appeal, but with a homegrown identity,” Dr Ivan said. “We definitely hope to represent and make Malaysia proud on the global stage.”

  • Learn more about Reevo Bikes here.
  • Read other articles we’ve written about Malaysian startups here.

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