With E-scooters steadily taking over city streets, one thing is clear: We have entered a new age of transportation. People are looking for quick, easy alternatives to cars. And the micro-mobility conveyances like E-scooters and E-bikes have established themselves as viable solutions.

But is micro-mobility the transportation of the future? Maybe. But these solutions have some real hurdles to overcome. Accessibility in non-major metro areas and improved performance specs are at the top of the list. Whatever the case, the tech is getting there.

Carbo is one company that is leading the charge.

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World’s Lightest E-bike

Launched in June of last year as an Indiegogo project, Carbo immediately entered the fray as “the world’s lightest E-bike,” and it’s easy to see why. Its developers built the bike’s frame from Japanese Toray carbon fiber. Thanks to its innovative construction material, the Carbo weighs in at a slender 12.9 kg (28.4 lbs.). Most adults can easily lift the entire Carbo over their heads. 

Furthermore, riders have the option of disassembling and customizing different parts of the Carbo. So, if someone wants to swap out the belt and chains or install a different battery, they can do so.

Moreover, gone are the days of hardened bike bros staring down someone trying to fix a flat, or whatever, because switching out items is incredibly easy. All of the parts are quick release and require zero technical knowledge to change. 

Plus, many Carbo parts are readily available on the current bike repair market. As such, cyclists can find a repair or upgrade part for their E-bike in traditional bike repair shops.

What About the Speed?

With a light frame comes fast speed. The Carbo delivers in that department with a lot of wiggle room. Carbo currently comes in three different varieties: the Model X, the Model C, and the Model S. All versions primarily feature the same specs and have the ability to reach the max speed, 32 kph (19 mph).

The difference with each model, however, is how it reaches that max speed. The C comes with a single speed chain, while the S and the X come equipped with a 7-speed derailleur and a carbon belt, respectively. Plus, owners can add torque to their S or C while the X comes with an added boost of torque applied.

Moreover, each model boasts a different range. For instance, the C and the S can travel up to 40 kilometers (24 miles) with an optional upgrade. The X maxes out at 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) with an added upgrade of 75 kilometers (46 miles).

Overall, the Carbo can accommodate both avid cyclers and commuters. Though it is unlikely that someone has to travel nearly 50 miles one-way a day for work, the bike and its battery can handle long distances. Additionally, owners can switch between a throttle mode and a pedal assist mode which enables the Carbo to adapt to suit any journey or commute.

The Perfect Commuter Bike

Where the Carbo shines is in the sheer simplicity and ease in which it folds (literally) into a commuting routine. Cyclists can fold the bike in less than 10 seconds, a perfect solution for those who have to hop on the bus or train as part of their commute.

Even better, Carbo riders can purchase an optional storage bag. The bag is the size of a weekender, which makes it ideal for people who work in offices. Add to that its ease of charging indoors and all factors make a good case for the Carbo being a sensible commuting alternative to cars.

The only potential drawback of Carbo is the price point. The Model X is expected to run at $2,499 while the Model S and Model C will run $1,899 and $1,799, respectively. But compared to a car or countless Ubers, the Carbo may provide an answer to other transportation options. And its much lighter, too.

Carbo will appear at this year’s RISE 2019 as a featured startup. Check out more information about RISE here and contribute to Carbo’s Indiegogo here.   

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