Building on last year’s launch of the utilitarian Flex comes ENVO Drive Systems’ latest electric bicycle, the Stax.
Unlike the utility-focused Flex, the ENVO Stax is “designed to provide riders with a natural and familiar riding experience akin to that of a traditional bicycle,” according to the Burnaby-based company.
Weighing in at just over 40 pounds, the Stax aims to be “lightweight, easy to carry up stairs, and maneuverable around tight spaces.”
It features a sporty motor packing 500 watts featuring “torque emulation software” for extra performance.
“The geometry has been optimized to offer a sporty position and maximize power output from the rider,” ENVO explains. “The rigid fork brings agile steering and increased road feel compared to our ebikes with suspension fork.”
“The ENVO Stax is aimed at millennials and Gen Z riders who want a good-looking, sleek, electric bike that is premium yet affordable,” stated chief executive officer Ali Kazemkhani. “The most important thing for us when designing this ebike was to make sure that it rides and feels like a traditional bike so that user doesn’t have to compromise on ride feel for the added benefits of an ebike.”
Starting at $2,500, the ENVO Stax boasts a “high-quality build, advanced components, and exceptional performance,” as well as a “comfortable, efficient, and enjoyable riding experience that rivals that of much more expensive e-bikes,” according to ENVO’s website.
For a sleek overall look, welds are smoothened, the headlight is directly integrated in the bike frame, and cables are hidden and routed internally. In addition to that you can connect the Stax mounted display to your smartphone and use features such as display navigation, bike diagnosis, and ride recording.
The Stax is the latest tool added to ENVO’s micro-mobility kit as it looks to innovate the personal transportation industry and empower electric passengers.
According to Kazemkhani, “the new chapter of electric micro-mobility will be a combination of multiple niche mobility concepts each addressing specific applications from urban to rural, from on-road to off-road, and from sea to sky.”
Achieving such a goal is rather challenging and complex, however, so the BC tech company has outsourced some innovation as it seeks to collaborate with regional partners to improve and advance high-tech, low-impact transit options for everyone.
In October, ENVO Drive Systems launched Next Move, a design contest with the aim of encouraging creative minds to shape the future of sustainable personal transportation.
The objective was to “encourage leading minds to shape the future of the electric personal transport industry in various contexts of use, ranging from navigating the city to exploring nature.”
“Our research found that some niche riding applications—such as snow cycling, utility and cargo, kids and passengers, seniors and adaptive cycling—are not getting the attention from the micro electric mobility industry because of the small market size,” explained Kazemkhani in August.
Thus ENVO continues to diversity its customer-base with an increasingly wide array of personal electric mobility solutions.
Another BC-based startup innovating the ebike space is Squamish-born Lyric Cycles.
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