When we were given a week to test the Smart eBike we were pleased with the overall experience, although there were a few issues that we would like to see addressed. We are not certain if and when a new version will be released, but the Smart eBike successor could take a few ideas from the Denny electric bike.
What was once a fun project has now led to the news that the Denny e-bike will enter production and will be available to purchase in 2015. We know that the fundamentals between the two bikes are the same, but they go about the design process in a completely different way.
The Denny is not going to win any awards for its looks, and the Smart eBike is far from a bargain, and so it would be nice if the two could meet in the middle.
There are several features that the Denny has going for it, and that is its removable handlebar locking system and automatic gear shift, which takes the guess work out of things. We know that Smart’s bike only comes with three gears, but you still have to know which gear to select.
The Smart eBike 2 could learn a lot in terms of safety features from the Denny, seeing as though both are made for riding in the city. Daytime and brake lights are a great idea, and so are turn signals, meaning you no longer have to take a hand of the handlebars to indicate to other people on the road if you are turning or not, although this seems to be a lost art with cyclists in large cities.
If I had the money, then the Smart eBike would be top of my list of things to purchase, but it would be nice if the team behind the bike were able to implement some of the features from the Denny e-bike. Do you think the latter looks like a cross between an exercise bike and a cycle rode by the French person back in the day with onions around their necks?
Thanks to Engadget.