E-bike startup Cowboy has launched the Cowboy 4, its latest era of city electrical bikes. The bike will are available two totally different frames, a conventional body, and a step-through.
The C4 is principally an improve on the earlier version 3, whereas the ‘C4 ST’ is a step-through mannequin which the firm is predicting will enchantment to younger individuals used to metropolis bikes.
The C4 and C4 ST are each priced at £2,290/€2,490 inclusive of mudguards and can be found for pre-order with a €100/£100 deposit ranging from right this moment cowboy.com, with deliveries beginning in September 2021.
Cowboy has raised $46.1M in enterprise capital and largely extent competes with VanMoof (which raised $61.1M) and Furo Systems (£750K) to a lesser extent. The primary variations between the three are that Cowboy is shifting nearer to leverage the cloud and apps as its predominant differentiation, VanMoof tends to constructed issues (like a display screen) into the bike (and has an app), and Furo is extra about ease of upkeep, and weight.
Cowboy says each bikes characteristic 50% extra torque by way of their computerized transmission. There aren’t any gears to alter, with the engine kicking in as you flip the cranks. The detachable battery weighs 2.4kg, giving the bike a vary of as much as 70km.
The heaviest version of the bikes is nineteen.2 kg together with battery and each will hit 25 km/h (15 mph).
Adrien Roose, Cowboy Co-Founder and CEO mentioned in a assertion: “The Cowboy 4 fully redefines life in and round cities. By designing two body sorts that includes our first-ever step-through mannequin, an built-in cockpit, and a new app, we at the moment are capable of handle a a lot bigger viewers and cater to many extra riders to maneuver freely in and round cities,” he added. “Our mission is to assist metropolis dwellers transfer in a sooner, safer and extra fulfilling method than every other mode of city transportation. Be it wandering by means of the metropolis or staying match, it’s a reconnection with your senses and a rediscovery of the easy thrill of driving a bike.”
The step-through mannequin is optimized to go well with riders 160-190cm in peak, whereas the regular C4 will accommodates riders 170-195cm tall.
Doing a very fast check of the new bikes in a London basketball court docket and round native streets, I discovered each bikes to be very nippy on the off and a pleasure to trip. Cowboy might be proper – the step-through version is more likely to enchantment to a huge number of riders.
Roose mentioned the bike has been custom-designed. Only the saddle and the carbon belt are made by third-party firms Selle Royal and Gates, respectively. The brake cables at the moment are built-in into the handlebars and stem, brakes and pedals have new angles, and the rear wheel has a ‘dropout’ design.
Cowboy will provide a custom-designed collection of equipment beginning with a rear rack and kickstand. The C4 and C4 ST will are available Absolute Black, Peyote Green, and Sand Dune, and can be found to pre-order now, with deliveries starting in September. Both fashions will characteristic pre-fitted mudguards.
The bikes additionally now characteristic a wi-fi charging mont on the stem that includes a built-in Quad Lock mount to carry the rider’s smartphone and wirelessly cost it by way of the bike’s inner battery.
Tanguy Goretti, Co-Founder, and VP Software added: “The new Cowboy app [will show] remaining battery vary, air high quality en route and a big selection of stay health stats.”
The app additionally has a new navigation display screen, 3D map rendering format, turn-by-turn instructions, air high quality index for routes, stay health information, leaderboard rankings; a new group characteristic providing the potential to affix curated group rides throughout capital cities in Europe.
Cowboy can be providing a free restore community throughout Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Austria and Luxembourg; 6 days a week buyer help; and a subscription plan operated in partnership with Qover which incorporates theft detection, theft insurance coverage all through Europe.