If you have been standing on the sidelines watching the evolution of the ebike, and waiting for the right time to jump into the fray, we have good news for you: Origami Bicycle company has launched its FireFly model on Indiegogo.
The Origami FireFly is an amazing piece of engineering that utilizes a carbon fiber frame for light weight and strength.
“The FireFly is a lightweight carbon-fiber folding bike with a mid-drive motor that allows for efficient use of power through all nine gears.”
Origami FireFly Carbon Fiber Folding Electric Bike
Its axial mid-drive motor puts it into a category where few ebikes venture. Most ebikes that on the market utilize inefficient hub motors that simply drive the wheel directly. The FireFly’s mid-drive motor amplifies the rider’s efforts to directly power the chain ring, so you can use that power all across the gear range to ease hill climbs, so faster at the top end, or cruise with ease. This efficient use of the motor translates into a range of 35 to 50 miles on a charge (depending upon rider input).
Origami Bicycle Company has always focused on folding bicycles, and the FireFly is a state-of-the-art folding bike. The FireFly is lightweight at just 37 lbs. including the battery, folds to compact dimensions so it can be stored just about anywhere, is very efficient, is comfortable, and is very attractive. The carbon fiber frame includes an integrated articulated hinge that offers strength while virtually disappearing when the bike is in its open position. The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes will haul you to a stop even in wet conditions.
A smooth shifting Shimano Sora derailleur and 9-speed gear set combine to provide a very wide gear range which, combined with the mid-drive motor, give the rider the ability to tackle any terrain and ride for hours.
At an introductory price of $1,999.00 through Indiegogo, the FireFly is significantly less expensive than its nearest competition (and much lighter and more compact as well).
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