No Chain?! Mando Footloose IM Series Hybrid Electric Bike [VIDEO & PICS] Oct 16, 2014 By: Pete 4 Comments Share 0Shares0 0 By: Pete No Chain?! The Mando Footloose is an electric bike without a chain or belt or any other way for the cranks to directly power the rear wheel. When you turn the pedals, electricity is generated and added to the battery which then powers the rear hub motor. The Mando Footloose is a series hybrid electric bike. Mando recently introduced the new Footloose IM that is similar to the original Footloose but it doesn’t fold and there are some other feature differences. The retail price of the Mando Footloose is $3,895. First of all, here is a video with it’s designer, Mark Sanders, explaining how the bike works. And here are pictures of the Mando Footloose IM and the original folding Footloose from Interbike. The Footloose IM has a very clean appearance, especially with the lack of a chain! The 36V 8.2ah lithium battery is located within the rear tube of the aluminum frame. A close up of the clean lines on the Footloose IM. It looks like there is something missing…… 🙂 The 250 watt rear hub motor is attached to a cast aluminum wheel. Also note the disc brake between the frame and wheel. This is the generator at the cranks that turns your pedal power into electricity to power the bike. The left crank arm has a built in kickstand system. The handlebars are very clean with no derailleur shifters and cables. The Footloose IM comes with a thumb throttle if you want to just cruise along without pedaling. The front wheel is also cast aluminum for no maintenance (no truing) and a clean look. The high quality Schwalbe Big Apple tires come stock on the Footloose IM. This is the original Mando Footloose in it’s folded configuration. It is designed to be wheeled around even when folded. Another color of the Footloose IM. Find out more about the Mando Footloose series hybrid electric bikes here. Stay tuned for more news on the Mando Footloose bikes. P.S. Don’t forget to join the Electric Bike Report community for updates from the electric bike world, plus ebike riding and maintenance tips! Related Reader InteractionsComments Lock says October 17, 2014 at 11:44 am Nice to see a “hybrid” that doesn’t involve gasoline/diseasal (sp?) fossil fuels. Reply Lee says October 18, 2014 at 10:25 am I’ll never understand why people keep trying this idea. A chain is or belt drive is 98+% efficient and this isn’t going to be anywhere even close to that. This is an electric moped. When the battery dies, your not going to be riding it by pedaling it unless you like to go extremely slow while probably pedaling fast enough to go better than 20 mph on a normal chain or belt drive bike. Assisted or not. There are NO small generators on the market efficient enough at low speeds to make this worthwhile. It’s a nice looking and an over priced toy but that’s about it. Reply cam trenor says October 18, 2014 at 10:47 am Has Mando been tested by third party for ruggedness and reliability? Does 250 watt engine overheat on hills? Rooting that such a clean looking machine will also be practical. ct Reply Nick lambert says October 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm An interesting concept, a next step up from the Strida. I would presume its market would be for short commuter transportation in the city. Maybe an advancement on this would be to have a dynamo system in the front hub to run a LED lighting system. That might help it sell in the various countries that have point of sale safety regulations. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Current [email protected] * Leave this field empty This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.