Mobike, China’s major bike-rental company, today launched a new model of its smart bike called “New Lite.” It features a minimalist design, longer lifespan, and lighter weight.
The all-new model comes with a stronger bike frame which is 50 percent stronger than European standards and weighs 15.5 kilograms, making it the lightest mainstream bike rental model on the market, according to Mobike. The new model also has an internal chain transmission that guarantees the chain will neither fall off nor catch the users’ pants.
Mobike’s new model New Lite (Image credit: TechNode)
“Our new models can last for at least three years,” Hu Weiwei, Mobike’s CEO, told TechNode after the launch event in Beijing, adding that the team initially designed the model for a four-year lifespan. “I particularly appreciate the design [of the new model] which is not designed for the market but for everyday life.”
“Volume control is a good thing, in my opinion. It makes everyone more rational,” said Hu.
Mobike also revealed another new concept bike model that comes with a white body but has yet to release to the market. It’s designed by the Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa who also designed the classic MUJI CD player. It remains unknown when this model will be placed on the streets.
Mobike’s new concept bike designed by Naoto Fukasawa (Image credit: Mobike)