This folding electric bike does nothing like the others

Straight from India, the Hornback X1 Folding E-Bike is not a folding electric bike like any other. Instead of the usual small wheels that we come across on this type of format, large 28-inch wheels are present here. Original.

Folding electric bikes have many advantages given their compact format. Storing them in a corner of your home is not too disruptive, since they do not take up a lot of space. On the other hand, their small wheels make them less efficient, support less weight and do not adapt to all terrains.

Faced with this problem, the Indian company Hornback — via InsideEV — attempts to provide an alternative: the X1 Folding E-Bike, which is none other than a folding electric bike equipped with 28-inch wheels, one of the most conventional sizes that can be found on the walk. Or how to combine ingenious folding system and classic wheel diameter.

Patented mechanism

To do this, the company patented a folding mechanism, which allows the rear wheel to align with the front wheel. The handlebars have also been narrowed for the occasion, so as to reduce the overall width of the bike when folded. In addition, small wheels have been added to transport your cycle easily. Because with 24.5 kg on the scale, it is not a featherweight.

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Obviously, this X1 Folding E-Bike is not suitable for all situations given its weight: climbing stairs with it can be tricky. On the other hand, it is very practical in idea as soon as you have an elevator. Storing it at home, without it blocking too much space, seems entirely possible.

Exclusive to India

Rear motor with 36 Nm of torque, 7.65 Ah battery, 45 km range, steel frame, 160 mm disc brakes, 7-speed Shimano Tourney transmission: here are the main other information to remember about it. Note that no luggage rack can be attached to the rear, when the mudguards and the stand are absent.

Capable of traveling at a speed of 30 km/h, this type of electric bike is not approved in France as it stands, since the legislation limits VAEs to a speed of 25 km/h with assistance. For the moment, the Hornback X1 Folding E-Bike is exclusively sold in India at a price of 45,000 rupees, or around 500 euros, excluding taxes.

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