Fans of recumbent bikes are finding it difficult to find what they are looking for on the e-bike market. So far, the selection has been too limited. Now Hase Bikes is launching its Hase Bikes Lepus E, an electric recumbent bike with a practical starting aid. So you should not have to pedal up to a speed of 6 km/h.
Hase Bikes Lepus E: Useful starting aid for newcomers
Anyone who has ever ridden a recumbent bike may also have had major problems when starting. In particular, people who have not yet traveled much with recumbents in their lives, this will certainly seem familiar. The Lepus E from Hase Bikes wants to eliminate this. Thus, up to a speed of 6 km/h, one can unceremoniously request start assistance via the handlebars. You don’t have to use your legs for this. Faster it goes then of course, if one steps into the pedals. The powerful Bafang M500 motor is said to be able to accelerate the recumbent up to 25 km/h.
In a report from New Atlas, further details were announced in addition to the motorization. For example, the Lepus E is a recumbent bike from Hase Bikes’ Delta series. In addition to the special starting aid, the series scores with a high level of riding comfort thanks to suspension on the rear wheel. This is said to be particularly attractive for beginners in the field of recumbents. The same applies to the adjustable seat. Since this can be individually adjusted in height, even the deep sitting hated by many recumbent riders is no longer a must.
Hase Bikes Lepus E: Further development with electric motor
Connoisseurs of Hase Bikes will possibly find the Lepus E visually familiar. This is because the manufacturer has already presented a standard model of the recumbent trike. With the version including an electric motor, it should be easy for even the physically challenged or untrained to cycle in comfort. Unfortunately, the Lepus E is not a design masterpiece. So you can see pretty much all the technical components in the best possible way. The battery with a capacity of 504 Wh, for example, is located directly under the frame. The electric motor, on the other hand, can be seen right next to the crank.
Although we know the battery capacity, Hase Bikes has unfortunately not yet disclosed how many kilometers the Lepus E can cover with it. The recumbent trike has a total of eight gears so that it can also manage climbs well. You can shift between them with the help of an Alfine Di2 hub gear. The height discrepancy between the 16-inch front wheel and the two 20-inch rear wheels makes the e-recumbent bike almost look like a classic trike. That should certainly please many recumbent skeptics.
Hare Bikes Lepus E: customization options
So that comfort is also provided during the ride, the rear wheel has special air dampers. These should allow a comfortable ride even in rough terrain. In addition to comfort, ergonomics also seems to play a major role. Not only can the height of the seat be individually adjusted. Even the length of the recumbent is individually adjustable. Between 1.86 m and 2.12 m, everything is possible here.
Price and availability
Of course, this extensive total package is not available at a bargain price. Hase Bikes wants to call a proud MSRP of 8,950 euros for its recumbent trike with electric motor. If you are interested, you will have to wait until the fourth quarter of 2022. If, on the other hand, you prefer to sit in an elevated position on a classic e-bike with two wheels, the 1000-watt OKAI Ranger might be something for you. If you like it compact, on the other hand, you should take a closer look at the Vello Bike. The e-folding bike weighs less than 10 kg and offers a gigantic range.