E-bike with wireless connectivity for smartphone app

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Slimline GenZe electric eBike gains smart connectivity

The latest e-bike from GenZe boasts long battery range and smart functions including Bluetooth connection for dedicated smartphone app.

US cycle manufacturer, GenZe has introduced a new range of e-bikes for people in crowded, gridlocked cities who want the freedom of efficient personal transport without the hassle, costs or environmental impact of driving a car.

The 200-Series e-Bike is a range of lightweight models with integrated battery and LCD display as well as a range of innovative technical features not typically found on any two-wheel vehicle – especially a bicycle. These electric bikes aim to offer a viable alternative to cars in densely-populated areas, delivering the performance, comfort and interactive benefits that consumers demand in a commuting vehicle.

The 200-series models feature the ability to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to a GenZe companion smartphone app. This allows riders to measure their physical effort level while pedalling, map distances covered, plan riding routes and even connect with other users to track performance.

“Living with daily gridlock has unfortunately become the norm for many people,” said Tom Valasek, chief marketing officer for GenZe. “e-Bikes are the perfect way to easily get around town – and they can even be your main vehicle – but you shouldn’t have to compromise technology, convenience and other benefits in your daily commute. To prove this, we developed these e-Bikes with innovative features and intentionally made this technology affordable to encourage e-Bikes as a daily transport option.”

According to Valasek, the GenZe app receives real-time data from a system of vehicle sensors throughout the e-Bikes, enabling the connected functions. An integrated LCD display in the bike’s frame shows trip data, riding mode and other info, while a built-in phone mount and USB charger are provided for added convenience. Much of the 200-Series’ connected technology was first pioneered by GenZe with the brand’s innovative 2.0S Electric Scooter, which debuted in 2015 as one of the world’s first smartphone-paired electric two-wheel vehicles.

“Our goal with these e-Bikes is to provide a practical form of transport that is effective and fun,” said Valasek. “Since an e-Bike allows you to control your physical input better than a conventional bike, you can comfortably ride long distances and compete with friends via our smartphone app – even while commuting to work or running errands.”

In most US cities, e-Bikes can go anywhere a conventional bicycle can go, including shared lanes, cycling paths and other dedicated bikeways. Since GenZe e-Bikes are also designed to be taken on public transport, they also offer a convenient long-distance mode of transport for commuters who need to cover the “first mile / last mile” of their trip.

According to Valasek, the GenZe 200-series e-Bikes offer three riding modes: Throttle (no pedalling); Pedal Assist (boosted pedalling); and Pedal (without power). The new models feature an easily-removable battery that can be plugged into any standard outlet for a recharge in 3.5 hours. A 350W motor provides 30-50 assisted miles at up to 20mph on a single charge. The GenZe 201 has a high-bar sport design while the GenZe 202 has a step-through frame. Both models are available in two lightweight aluminium frame sizes that are fully adjustable to suit a multitude of riders and rider preferences.

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