“My expectations were perhaps a little on the high side, but I wasn’t disappointed. The overall package was convincing, both technically and in terms of ride comfort, and will no doubt attract plenty of followers, and not just from the long-distance touring scene. A recommended buy!
Bike & Travel Magazin, May 2016
Someone with a keen eye for bike design could be forgiven for asking whether this e-bike might be the product of a high-end Copenhagen design studio: the city has a deserved reputation as a place to find the most elegant, minimalist machines. The Danish town planner Jan Gehl is in part responsible for this, due to his key role in Copenhagen earning its reputation as the world’s cycling capital city. In a way, our electric tourer pays homage to the man who, with his team, stubbornly fought to slowly bring Copenhagen to become the city with the highest quality of life in the world (as ranked by Monocle magazine in 2014).
But the Hoplit PI e-tourer is also the perfect companion for venturing off those world-class cycle paths, for long trips across terrain that places intense strain on a bike. It combines all that is necessary to ensure dependability, comfort and efficiency. Starting with the extremely stable, scratch- and corrosion-resistant titanium frame: the longer head tube and slightly shorter top tube produce a geometry with a relatively upright riding position that is perfect for touring. The bottom-bracket clearance is a little lower than would be found on a mountain bike, which balances out the centre-of-gravity shift caused when a bike is loaded with panniers; the result is increased stability. The chain stays are vertically ovalised where they join the forged and milled Pinion-housing, which increases both rear-triangle stability and tyre clearance. At the drop outs they are horizontally ovalised, bringing more elasticity which in turn creates a more comfortable ride.
The rear drop-outs incorporate some highly advanced technology: the thru-axle is adjustable lengthways to allow for tensioning of the drive belt, and the right-hand drop-out features both a mounting for a side-stand and an integrated opening point for fitting the drive belt.
The ultra-dependable Pinion internal gears and our own drive belt (developed in collaboration with Continental) can be combined with a choice of either 650B or 700C wheels, depending on whether the priority is ride comfort or reduced rolling resistance. The Pinion’s sealed system provides total protection from all forms of dust and mud, and the Go SwissDrive hub motor and torque sensor are similarly protected, in a rock-solid aluminium housing. The system incorporates an integrated controller that allows the torque sensor to function maintenance-free, contactlessly and with no need for external sensors. The motor is brushless, and features low freewheeling resistance.
The Hoplit PI E-Tourer is available with 9, 12 or 18 gears. It can be supplied with either 650B or 700C wheels, according to its main intended use: on- or off-road. Included are a Supernova front light, B&M rear light and USB socket, along with stainless-steel rear rack and front low-riders from Tubus. In addition to the standard Syntace-based build, a Titanium package is available, featuring Falkenjagd components, and also a Tune Components package, with components in a range of anodised colours.
The GO SwissDrive rear wheel motor provides powerful acceleration, high elasticity in response to terrain variation, substantial power reserves and quiet operation. With a nominal power rating of up to 500W (peak: approx. 1000W) und 40Nm of torque, it sets the standard for direct-drive motors. In addition, the power is applied where it works best: directly to the rear wheel hub. This means there is no increased wear on the drivetrain, it combines perfectly with the Pinion system, and you can scarcely hear it: at 18-25dB, it’s as quiet as a whisper. Another benefit is the energy recovery capability: on downhill sections, the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System, familiar from Formula 1 motor racing) converts your kinetic energy into electricity with which to recharge the batteries and reduces wear and tear on the bike’s brakes. The system’s maximum range is up to 150km.
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