The Lightest Production E-Bike – Gogoro Eeyo
This electric bike is super lightweight, with carbon frame mode weighing only 26lbs, and possibly the lightest electric bike that is not just a prototype, or a project, and can actually be purchased. The feathery load is achieved by manufacturing many parts out of carbon fiber, like the frame, fork, seat post, rims, and handlebar, but also by dropping many usual accessories like fenders, or a chain guard.
There are a lot of compromises that you have to make if your priority is getting the e-bike that weighs as little as possible. First, there are the obvious lack of fenders and chain guards, and even the kickstand. Also, this is not the bike for you if your commute is long and bumpy one, because Gogoro Eeyo does not have any suspension, has zero flex in the frame, so any vibration will go straight into the saddle, with very underwhelming padding.
However, on flat ground this bike shows what is made for. The Eeyo Smartwheel, which is the motor, battery and sensors combined together into one incredibly smart and compact piece, is agile and delivers optimum amount of power. Riding this bike feels totally intuitive, mainly thanks to the top-notch torque sensor that detects pedaling power and instantly delivers pedal assist that provides increased control, power, and speed in a very balanced and natural-feeling way. It has up to 40 miles of range, but only if you keep the speed under 12mph and ride on level ground.
Despite being the most lightweight electric bike of all, it didn’t make our list just because it is way more expensive than all the other bikes. But, it still deserves to be mentioned.
What affects how much an e-bike weighs?
Putting all the extra features aside, the weight of an electric bike comes down to three factors: battery weight, motor weight, and tire size. E-bike batteries usually weigh between 4.5 – 8 lbs, depending on its construction and its capacity: the bigger the capacity, the more it weighs. The electric motor and drive system also adds about 15- 18 pound to the total weight, but this is not such a big thing because more weight means more power. The demand for lightweight electric bicycles is on the rise, there are lots of innovative technology and minimalist design solutions, and electric bikes are weighing less with every new model.
Does electric bike weight matter?
With traditional bikes it is simple: less weight usually means better performance. However, this is not as straightforward with e-bikes, because less weight means smaller battery, which means less range. Weight of an electric bike is more about practicality than it is about performance. Does weight of your bike affects your riding? Not really. You will get an extra push if you are riding uphill, but on flat ground difference is unnoticeable. On the other hand if your commuting includes carrying your bike up the stairs, a lightweight bike has an obvious advantage. Imagine hauling a 60-pound e-bike up 3 flights of stairs! Those 20+ pounds less really make a difference.
Which is the lightest electric bike in the world?
The Freicycle, the lightest electric bicycle prototype weighing 15 lb 2.40 oz (6.872 kg) was made by Dennis Freiburg in Dortmund, Germany, and noted in the Guinness Book of World Records on 3 December 2019. It is based on Merida Scultura – a carbon-framed climbing racer with a sub-1kg (2.2-lb) frame and rim-mounted brakes to cut down on weight as much as possible. Freiburg took things up a notch with a full carbon crank and 3D-printed pedals, and barely-there carbon rims. Dennis took the small motor powering the main rotor of a model helicopter and fashioned it into a friction drive that rests against the rear wheel under power, and swings out of the way when it’s not in use.