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It seems that Zectron’s figured out something most other bike companies haven’t. Simply attaching a motor and battery to a bicycle fulfills the bare minimum requirements, but to go the distance, the actual distance, you need to create a bike that’s smart enough to know when and where to conserve or release energy. With a 350W motor capable of 20mph, an algorithmically optimized battery with a 150-mile range, and a foldable frame that lets you store the e-bike in the trunk of a car, the Zectron e-bike is designed to be the best of all worlds. It’s comfortable to ride on any terrain, comes with multiple riding modes and pedal assist levels, and boasts of a battery that lasts for an entire week thanks to the algorithms that constantly optimize the Zectron’s ride in real-time to give it its staggering 150-mile range.
The origins of the Zectron e-Bike seem surprising – the company was founded more than 60 years ago by renowned American toy maker Wham-O. Its first product was the humble superball, a tiny ball capable of bouncing 5x higher than balls double its size. The spirit of innovation led the company down a rather specific path, making it a force to be reckoned with in the mobility sector, and roughly half a century later, the Zectron e-bike was born. The e-bike’s unique design and build boast of an incredibly stellar range in a deceptively small form factor for an affordable price – the feature trifecta that other e-bikes struggle to nail down.
Two-step Easy Folding – Easily fold up the Zectron bike with just 2-steps for easy storage and carry it on any adventure.
Maximum Comfort Suspension – The dynamic rear suspension keeps the ride comfortable and their anti-shock technology ensures a cloud-like riding experience.
Suspended Seat – Feel the instantaneous response of the ultra-shock absorbency from their interpretation of the seat-stay that suspends the saddle to soak up any jolts from the road giving you a smooth effortless ride.
The secret sauce to the Zectron is a combination of factors that make the bike greater than the sum of its parts. It comes with a foldable magnesium alloy frame that reduces the e-bike’s form factor to nearly a third of its original size. Couple that with the fact that the entire vehicle weighs just 55 lbs (24.9 kilograms), and you’ve got an e-bike that’s easy to carry around with you on the subway, fit in an elevator, or even stash in your car’s boot when not in use. Once folded open, though, you’ve got a comfortable e-bike with a clean design that cleverly hides all its electronic hardware and wires. The e-bike has an adjustable seat that sits right above the dynamic rear suspension, giving you a ride that feels comfortable no matter what terrain you’re on (thanks to that anti-shock technology that gives you a ‘cloud-like’ riding experience), while the ergonomically designed e-bike is designed to accommodate a wide range of riders as tall as 6’5″/195cm, and weighing up to 297lbs or 135kg. A built-in dashboard lets you easily access the Zectron’s multiple riding modes.
Three Riding Modes – The Pedal-Only Mode gives you full control of the pedaling allowing for a good exercise. The Pedal-Assist Mode offers power assist while pedaling ease your biking experience on all kinds of terrains. Or go with Throttle-Only Mode and enjoy riding without a sweat.
Fine-tuned as One – The battery, controller and motor are optimized algorithmically working in synergy to allow riders to enjoy a long range.
The dashboard lets you toggle between the three riding modes on the Zectron. You can either opt for a full-pedal experience (akin to your everyday analog bicycle), a pedal-assisted mode where the motor supplements your riding (with 5 levels of assist to choose from), and a throttle-only mode where the motor takes over a 100% of the riding experience – a feature that’s currently only available to the US audience. The full-throttle mode lets you choose your riding speed too, with a lower-end Eco setting capping off at 10mph, a Normal setting of 15mph, and a Sports setting that lets US riders reach speeds of 20mph. The settings affect the bike’s overall range, although with optimal use, the Zectron’s battery gives you 70 miles of range. However, pair it with the modular external battery that integrates right into the hollow space on the e-bike’s frame and suddenly your range gets doubled to 150 miles, thanks to the two batteries that work in conjunction with one another and are optimized by the Zectron’s expert algorithm.
Other features on the Zectron include the powerful headlight and taillight that work well in the dark, a 7-level Shimano gearbox for a comfortable pedaling experience both on flat roads or inclines, and an add-on anti-theft and GPS features that keep your bike safe and prevent it from ever being stolen.
The Zectron comes in multiple colors, although the metallic iridescent and chameleon colorways are personal favorites. Customers in the EU can grab their own Zectron with a 250W Bafang motor (as per EU guidelines), while US customers are treated to a 350W Bafang motor variant with the added throttle-only feature. Each e-bike ships with a 1-year warranty and local after-sale servicing both in the US and EU. The extra battery pack and anti-theft GPS are both add-on features and enthusiasts can even grab a Zectron Smart Helmet as an accessory, with its own built-in rear light for extra night-time rider visibility!
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