For a bunch of inveterate roadies, we sure spend plenty of time showcasing the latest in electric bicycles. That’s because even the most stolid of drop-handlebar geeks like us must come to recognize how micromobility is reshaping the urban landscape, and the important role the eBike has in it.
That being said, there appears to be a new contender for the title of world’s most compact folding eBike called the HiMo H1, which claims to size down enough to fit int a backpack.
While the HiMo H1 is technically more of a compact electric scooter than it is an eBike, the mini conveyance features a 180W brushless DC rear motor that capable of propelling it to a top speed of 11 mph (18 km/h), along with a range of 18 miles (30 km) thanks to its robust 7.5-Ah battery.
Rider are perched upon a low-slung, aluminum I-shaped frame that sits atop 7-inch airless rubber tires, while the HiMo H1’s handlebar/steerer tube and seatpost extend to meet a wide-range of city-dwellers up to 200 pounds (91 kg).
What the HiMo H1 gives up in ergonomics, it makes up for in size and weight, allowing the 32-pounder to fold into a package that measures just 12.6 x 18 x 9-in (32 x 46 x 23-cm) that’s small enough to easily fit into a backpack and thrown over one’s shoulder.
Additionally, the HiMo H1 includes an integrated headlight and an LED display that can relay information such as battery power, speed and headlight setting, as well as a digital braking system that helps bring the mini two-wheeler to a quick stop. Moreover, its 4 pound (1.8-kg) li-ion battery easily pops out of the rear frame for convenient charging. Riders can also carry an extra battery to extend their travel range.
The makers of the HiMo H1 have undertaken a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, offering early-backers a special price of $469 (or $880 for a pair) compared to the regular retail price of $699, with plans for delivery in May if things are successful.
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