The American startup clip.bike has developed an ingenious system for bringing electric power to any regular push-bike. CLIP is a system that can be attached to the front wheel of a bike in a matter of seconds, allowing it to travel at speeds of up to 24 km/h with minimal effort.
This handy solution attaches to the front fork of a bicycle frame, with two arms that lock around it like a clip. This is linked up to the handle bars, where a button lets riders switch to an electric mode, requiring minimal effort, which can be particularly handy for hills, for example.
The system features a small, 450 W motor allowing for a maximum speed of 24 km/h. The battery promises around 45 minutes of power, or enough time to cover around 20 km. Finally, CLIP is perfectly portable, since it fits in a backpack and weighs just 3 kg. It also recharges fully in just 40 minutes.
All in all, 2020 proved a particularly prosperous year for the e-bike. However, they are still a considerable investment, generally costing €1,000 to €2,000 for a new model. It can therefore prove more interesting to convert your own push-bike into an electric model. In fact, CLIP isn't the first solution of the kind, although it is by far the most compact and least expensive option currently available. A full front wheel system also exists for this purpose, although it's more costly and less easily portable.
CLIP is currently available to pre-order in the US only, priced US$399, with the first shipments due this summer. It is then expected to roll out to more global locations.
Visit the official CLIP website for more information: clip.bike
Check out CLIP in this video: vimeo.com/446959684