Have you ever heard of Mubea E-Mobility? No? Well don’t be surprised. The automotive supplier hasn’t been active in the cycling sector yet and is only just presenting two radical concept bikes for the first time at this year’s Eurobike Media Days. We got a little closer to see what their unusual E-Downhiller concept is all about and will tell you what’s behind it.
The Mubea business group usually deals with complex automotive components but has now decided to put a foot into the e-mobility sector. Without a doubt the Mubea DH-Bike is turning a lot of heads here at Eurobike but it also leaves many asking themselves one question: is the bike actually meant seriously? Yes and no — Mubea doesn’t want to introduce itself as a new bike manufacturer but rather as a technology supplier. The E-Downhiller concept-bike is just a way to introduce the group’s capabilities but in reality Mubea sees the greatest potential in the urban-mobility sector. How are our cityscapes changing and how will cargo-bikes look in the future? Mubea has already got an answer to this question — or at least they have a vision.
Mubea’s intention is to hand over their knowledge in both the carbon-fibre and electronics sectors and the production and assembly of vehicles. Instead of introducing themselves with an own brand Mubea is looking for partners who are already active in the industry to join forces and bring new products to the market. We are looking forward to seeing their first production bikes — negotiations with well-known bike brands are already taking place.
We can’t possibly imagine seeing such a radical production bike on the market any time soon. Still the Mubea prototypes give us an idea of what the future might look like. How will ebikes change over the years? Will they still have as much in common with normal bikes as they do today? For sure Mubea is questioning the current state of things and we are curious to see more from these sort of mavericks in the future.
For more information head to mubea.com
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Words: Photos: Valentin Rühl