Mid-drive motor folding e-bikes are pretty rare and ones with the highly-rated Gates carbon belt drive even rarer, so it was a pleasure to check out this take on just such a thing, courtesy of UK company Volt.
From being a humble startup several years ago, Volt are now one of the most widely distributed e-bike brands in the UK.
Whilst this has been based on affordable yet good quality hub motor machines in the past, the fruits of Volt’s collaborative efforts with Shimano are now bearing fruit in the form of this funky looking mid-drive e-folder, the Axis.
Of the various e-bike contenders for the Dutch based 2017 Fiets Awards one caught our eye.
The speed pedelec FLYER U-series utilises a 2-speed Panasonic motor with manual and automatic switching options; in theory this should give a much wider range of speeds over which the motor can operate efficiently, which could in theory mean greater range, greater climbing ability and more assistance at speed.
Panasonic and Flyer class it as a ‘world-first’ so it will be interesting to see just how it fares at the awards.