From the desire to get back into sport smoothly to the desire to reduce our carbon footprint and the search for an alternative to public transport (a very topical subject at the moment), many of us want to turn to the electric bicycle.
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First step: rental services and applications such as Jump or Vélib which, on paper, allow you to enjoy cycling in complete freedom without having to think about the constraints of theft, breakdowns, or battery maintenance. But in reality, the cost of the rental, the lack of bikes available, technical problems, or the weight of the machines discourage even the most relentless.
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What if the ideal option was to buy your own bike? Here too, there are several disadvantages that come up in the list of pros and cons: price, maintenance, battery life, fear of theft, and often sloppy design.
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In response to this dilemma, serial entrepreneurs Marc Simoncini and Jules Trecco decided in spring 2017 to launch Angell “the best electric bike in the world”. More than a daring project that is not taking shape over two years and combines practicality, safety, and design.
Signed by Ora ïto, a French designer, who does need an introduction, this intelligent UFO is made of aluminum and carbon to become one of the lightest e-bike models currently available in the world. And that’s not all, with its removable battery with automatic locking, its three driving modes, and its other ultra-luxury equipment, this electric bicycle is one of the most eagerly awaited promises.
Meet Jules Trecco, who is one half of the tandem behind Angell.
Who are you?
Born in Cannes, I share my week between Paris and Grasse. I started my career in venture capital when Marc Simoncini (founder of Meetic) created Jaina Capital. Then I created several startups in the world of digital food before joining Fauchon as Marketing, Communication, and Digital Director, before creating new companies around this transformation. Today I am the co-founder of Angell.
How was Angell e-bike born?
With Marc, we started working together again when I took over the general management of his custom racing bike brand HEROÏN. We were both driven by the desire to improve mobility in cities as well as to reduce the impact of our daily travels on the environment. That’s why we decided to launch the Angell brand to implement this commitment and focus on the first product: a smart electric bike.
Read also: Angell, an electric bike that wants to change the city – in this article.
Please define Angell e-bike in three words?
Smart, light, efficient.
Why did you choose to work with Ora ïto?
Apart from the fact that Ora ïto is one of our favorite designers, we especially wanted to work with someone who is outside the cycling world to avoid him thinking about the different constraints of this universe. Ito was thus able to shape his philosophy of “simplexity” which we implemented through our technical skills to make possible the idea of an electric bicycle without any trace of welding: light, agile and refined.
How is Angell different from other electric bikes?
Its sleek design and engineering choices make this e-bike one of the lightest e-bikes currently on the market (13.9kg).
It is also one of the safest electric bikes in the world with its front / rear lights, brake light, front / rear turn signals, vibrators in the handles to indicate a direction, fall warning, and anti-theft alarm.
It can also be the smartest electric bicycle with its integrated touch screen, its proprietary software constantly updated and its optimization of the electric assistance according to the preset profiles.
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How does Angell e-bike work?
There are several innovative features that characterize Angell e-bike.
- A 2kg removable battery that recharges in 2 hours gives 70km of autonomy.
- A smart application that recognizes your phone, and unlocks the bike when you get close to it.
- And if you run out of battery (your smartphone or your e-bike’s battery), don’t worry, you can unlock it with the touch screen of the cockpit and ride like on a normal bike.
For those who don’t want to buy an electric bicycle due to the fear of having it stolen, what guarantees can be given to them?
The e-bike locks as soon as you step away from it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put a lock on it by yourself. With or without its battery, it will also be continuously geolocated thanks to the application and motion sensors to indicate any unwanted contact, then an audible alarm will be activated.
For those, who are already waiting, when will it be possible to buy Angell e-bike?
We now have over 1600 orders and we are aiming to produce 10,000 bikes this year (2020). So we need to be able to produce faster in order to catch up with demand. We will see the first Angell bikes in the cities during the coming summer.
What are the 5 ultimate reasons to invest in this e-bike?
- You’ll save time on your daily travels.
- You will improve daily life in your city by avoiding CO2 emissions.
- With its e-riding 3 modes: Free-ride, Navigation, and Sport, it’s the only bike that allows you to get to work quickly, ride for fun, and practice sports.
- You will be riding the safest bike in the world, guaranteeing both your safety and your e-bike from theft.
- This e-bike has the most efficient electrical assistance on the market as it adapts to your behavior as its rider.
Angell e-bike exists in black or silver, available for pre-order at the public price of 2690 euros (incl. VAT) or at 74.90 euros per month. Orders made now will be delivered during the summer. From mid-September Angell guarantees delivery within 7 days.
Take a look at this quick video introduction of Angell e-bike: