Bosch has shown off an e-bike prototype to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its drive unit system, used in bikes from brands like Raleigh, Kalkhoff and Riese & Muller.
The bike looks futuristic, but is ultimately perfectly practical as it is based around components Bosch already makes.
It has a PowerTube 625Wh battery, a CX-series motor, anti-lock brakes and one of the latest Bosch Nylon bike computers.
Bosch calls the prototype its eBike Design Vision, its purpose to bring all these elements together cohesively. Parts like the computer aren’t just clamped onto the handlebar, but built into the bike itself.
“Our aim in developing the eBike Design Vision is to show what is already possible today when it comes to functional design integration and investigate where the journey might take us in the future,” says Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems.
Other features include front and rear LED lights, an easy-to-remove battery and a front luggage shelf.
The Bosch eBike Design Vision frame is carbon, for lower weight, and channels run through it to cool the motor assembly. Many might guess this is an e-bike from its design alone, but almost all cables are hidden inside the frame.
The eBike Design Vision bike was presented a week after the unveil of Bosch’s components for 2021 e-bikes.
These include updated CX motors with 85Nm of torque, an upgrade that can be applied to recent models via a software update, and the new Nylon bike computer seen in the concept design.
It has a 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen and refreshed interface.
It’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to buy the eBike Design Vision. Bosch makes the core components of an e-bike, rather than the bikes themselves. This prototype is intended as a demonstration of how Bosch’s best bits can be cast into a relatively seamless whole.