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Full-size foldable eBike to launch via Kickstarter

New Gi Bike has 40+ mile range and folds in 3 seconds, according to designers

The new Gi Bike is a full-sized foldable eBike that’s about to see the light of day through Kickstarter.

“It has tons of cool features, but the best one (for me at least), is that it's full-size and it folds in merely 3 seconds,” says Gi Bike’s Max D’Angelo. “It also runs 40 miles on battery, and has smartphone integration, anti-theft safety lock, carbon drive belt...”

The lithium ion battery lives inside the down tube and you get five levels of assistance along with a smart mode that analyses your use and adjusts itself accordingly. It can provide speeds of up to 25kph (15mph) through electrical assistance.

The Gi Bike comes with integrated rear lights, LEDs on the sides of the front wheel, and wireless smartphone integration. The bike will have its own app for both Android and iOS phones.

“The intelligent app will foresee any detractions from your set-route, enroute,” says Gi Bike. “Hazards, constructions, heavy traffic, will be constantly updated by users via social integration, making the Gi your perfect companion when time’s running short.”

There’s also an anti-theft lock system that switches on automatically when you walk 10ft away from the bike.

The bike is fitted with a monoblade fork, an off-centre seat tube, a one-sided chainstay and no seatstays at all. It’s belt driven and you get a USB port in the down tube so you can recharge your phone while you’re riding. The rims and spokes are custom-made for the Gi and the tyres are 26x1.5in. Accessories are currently being developed, including a rear mudguard and a briefcase holder.

The frame is made from aluminium and the complete bike weighs 17kg (37.4lb). A standard, non-electric version is considerably lighter at 12kg (26.5lb).

The designers reckon that folding the GI Bike is super-fast and simple. They say that it’s just a single-motion operation that takes three seconds. Once folded, it’s only 900mm (3ft) long and 1,020mm (3ft 4in) tall, and you can shift it around like wheeled luggage.

Prices have yet to be announced.

For more info go to and look out for the launch on Kickstarter soon. 

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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KiwiMike | 10 years ago

Hi Mariano

I'm happy to take the 'don't get personal' admonishment, fair enough - oh, and welcome to the sceptical English-humour crucible of, check your sensitive hipster side at the door  3

I care passionately about urban utility cycling and am therefore very critical of anything that I see as a distraction from the end game: to get more people on bikes in towns and cities. Products that don't cut it should be actively derided, as they can only do the cause of utility cycling harm by wasting uninformed people's money and leaving them disappointed. The Hovding airbag helmet is a classic bit of £400 nonsense that I and others rail against at every opportunity - because it's a tool others use to distract from the real aim of making urban cycling safer through infrastructure design.

Seriously guys, I'd love to test your design - and see if my concerns are valid in the real world. I commute 70 miles each way by train and bike into central London each day, where I trek about the place on Barclays hire bikes visiting folks for meetings. I ride 6,000km a year recreationally. I own a Workcycles FR8 - considered by many to be the ultimate urban utility transport machine. My background is in electrical engineering. So I think I've got the cred to do an honest review of an urban e-bike. I am not anti-e-bike at all - I see them as a critical way of getting an increasingly older generation out of cars, particularly in hilly or distant locations. South-West England is a prime candidate for a foldable e-bike as it's hilly and the peak-time London trains carrying 1500 people cannot hold more than 8 normal bikes. If the Gi can work here, on our trains, it's going to get ***lots*** of customers.

Feel free to send me a prototype to try for a month or week or whatever. I'll give you a totally honest appraisal of it. If it's broken in some way, I'll tell you. And If I think it's broken you should listen, because others will think so too and you won't sell many or have a nightmare of returns once in production. If it works as a utility transport bike I'll say so and tell the world.

Game on.

The _Kaner | 10 years ago

Off centre seat tube... I kinda like my seat tubes to be centred, makes pedalling a bit this a 'clown bike'?

cue the 'Big Top' music....


KiwiMike | 10 years ago

They class a mudguard as 'an accessory'? OK, that's 95% of the utility cycling population out then. No provision for skirt/coatguards. Because people *like* having their work clothes shredded.

And then, only for the rear. Because people's faces, legs and shoes somehow magically clean and dry themselves.

So what we have is a bike that doesn't fold up small at all (certainly not small enough, as others have pointed out, to go in a luggage rack or boot of a taxi or on a bus).

Plus is too heavy/unwieldy to carry.

Plus by the look of it will be near-impossible to wheel 'folded'. And looks like there isn't even a QR stem to flip the bars around.

Plus uses custom parts for pretty much everything. Good luck with maintenance.

Sorry, but any 'bike' where the spiel is reliant on a mobile phone for coolness?

Let me guess...based in San Francisco, right? (actually DC - it's a 202 area code in their press kit) Designed by 20-something bearded males who wear skinny jeans (right leg rolled up even though said jeans are basically mantights) and only ride 1.7km to their loft studio from their loft apartment in 10-20-degrees overcast-to-sunny weather, not carrying anything.

From their blog:

"The project is the result of a group of youngsters filling their needs. It’s come up after we realized that for 200 years, since the invention of bicycles, they haven’t radically evolved. We could change that. We have the ideas. We have the motivation!"

Yes. Because us 'youngsters' can do better than the sum total of the entire world's cycling design evolution over the last two centuries.

"Practical and lightweight, were some of concepts we dreamed of"

Dreamed of. Then woke up and gestated this impractical, heavy horror into existence.

"We didn’t create new technology. We just smashed it together in the best way possible"


...honestly, why don't these people just come to me first? I could have taken them on an afternoon trip to central Amsterdam. Showed them all the beautiful people having such a hard, impractical time of it on a design unchanged since 1911.

One thing that seems consistent with this sort of nonsense is that it tends to come out of places where utility cycling is anathema. The people behind it will probably never have lived/worked in a place where normal bikes get used normally by normal people. Hence for all their 'design' nouse they are blind to what normal people want/need.

mebossana replied to KiwiMike | 10 years ago

For KiwiMike, whom just said bad things (not only about the bike, which would have been understandable), but also about us: We are three Argentinians professionals, (Lucas and Mariano are Economist and Agustin engineer) who have been working really hard during more than TWO years in this project. Then we decided to come to the USA and launch the project on Kickstater. So, I understand and I thank you for your concerns about The Gi, but you should be more carefull choosing your words buddy.

Some people work seriously

We wanted to make a product for people who love biking in cities and enjoy commuting by bike, and we have finally made it.

You will be invited to try it! Thank you !

Thank you everybody for help and promoted us!

Follow us and share !

Mariano Bossana

Paul M | 10 years ago

Lots of folders aren't really suitable for taking on trains, including quiet a few of the models I see on my daily commute. However if you just need to make it compact enough to fit in a cupboard, or the boot of a car, this would be enough.

What would be more useful is mudguards and a luggage rack. And lights, so it has real transport utility.

Al__S | 10 years ago

it also won't be small enough for pretty much any trains that are "folding bikes only"

jarredscycling | 10 years ago

It might be foldable but you aren't going to lug it too far at almost 40 pounds  14

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