Last Updated on March 17, 2022 by Igor Karni
Founded in 2006, QWIC bikes was developed by a passionate duo in Amsterdam to combat the reliance on cars to get around the City. After a cycling tour from Beirut to Beijing, Taco Anema and Michiel Hartman were inspired to create bikes that prioritized affordability and sustainability.
Driven by a desire to reduce car traffic, especially in cities, they create bikes that are perfect for urban riders, looking for alternative commutes and a car-free future. They are well established in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, and with stockists now in the UK, they are expanding quickly and offering more cyclists an easy commuting alternative.
As leaders in electric bike design, QWIC bikes are both practical and fun to ride. Their bikes have won numerous awards across competitive categories in Europe. Of this success, Taco notes how it highlights the craftsmanship and quality of their bikes. “It shows that we are ahead of the field in the international e-bike branch.”
From best folding electric bike with their FN7 Model, to best Speed Pedelec in 2018 with the RD10s, they’re worth serious consideration when looking for an electric bike.
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Within each series, QWIC has a range of models that can be identified by their engine or motor position. From Rear (R), Mid (M), or Front-wheel drive (F), many of the models are adapted for multiple, or across all, of the series.
Some of the models are also often available in both Sport (crossbar) and Comfort (step-through) frames, meaning you can really find the perfect bike for your needs. The former is similar to traditional bike styles, with a high-top tube, while the latter has a lower-top tube to make it easier to get on or off frames and, as the name suggests, a more comfortable ride.
QWIC Compact Series
The QWIC Compact series is a great entry point for commuters wanting to embrace cycling to work. It’s a good option for those wanting to cycle part way and then use public transport, or who don’t have anywhere to store a bike, at home or at work.
Currently, QWIC has the MN7 compact electric bike. Truly compact, this foldable bike is just 42 x 89 x 66 cm when folded, and weighs just 24.2 kg (53 pounds). Though it may be small, its range is decent – up To 45 miles (72 km) with a 375Wh battery and 77 miles (124 km) with a 500Wh one.
With top-assisted speeds tipping 15.5mph (25 km/h) and a mid-motor which is normally found on larger bikes, it really packs a punch. A good choice for affordability and convenience.
Check out QWIC Compact series e-bikes on Urbanebikes.
QWIC Urban Series
The QWIC Urban range is ideal for commuters and comfortable trips around busy cities. The Urban bikes use smart technology, like Bluetooth connectivity and feature batteries that are fully integrated into their frame, for a really slick and modern design.
Available with rear (RD9) and mid-motor (MN7), and also two front-wheel (FN7 and FN7 Lite), the Urban series offer a range of around 100 miles (160 km). They have hydraulic disc brakes systems, which have the safest braking force, making them perfect for zipping around thriving cities with lots of pedestrians and vehicles.
QWIC Premium Series
For cycling enthusiasts, the QWIC Premium series is built for comfort and sport. This range is very popular for general city use, whether it’s commuting or several short trips across town. The Premium bikes are so efficient and comfortable, in fact, they’re suitable for daily use.
Stylist and modern, most of the Premium e-bikes use powerful Bafang components, meaning they can be used for short to mid-range journeys, depending on the model you choose. Some even have the option of a whopping 735Wh battery – so range anxiety will be a thing of the past!
All of the Premium bikes have mid-motor designs and many models to choose between. From the multiple award-winning MN7VV, that’s great for hilly areas and steep mountain slopes, to MD9 with a 500Wh battery for out-of-town escapist rides, the QWIC Premium series offers lots of variety and choice.
QWIC Performance Series
QWIC Performance bikes offer speed for sporty riders. Powerful engines paired with ergonomic seats for comfort, the Performance series is the ultimate series for commuting; high-powered, sporty, fast electric bikes.
Rear (RD11) and Mid-motor (MA11 and MD11) engines and sporty derailleur gears offer controlled power for ambitious riders. Each model is also available with Comfort frames, for those who want a sleek bike with a bit more oomph.
QWIC Performance 28mph Series
The QWIC Performance 28mph Series, or Speed Pedelecs have a higher-powered motor, so can reach speeds of up to 28mph (45 km/h). As such, in many countries around the world, they are legally classed as mopeds, so you’ll need to be over 16 and have passed the relevant courses or have category AM or P on their driver’s license.
Hugely popular in Europe, Speed Pedelecs are gaining momentum, literally, across the world, due to their speed and ease. They are a fantastic way to replace cars and make for a quicker and more enjoyable commute.
What Do Riders Think of QWIC?
Between the stylish designs and the focus on sustainability, QWIC bike riders are grateful for an alternative to cars with bikes that suit their lifestyle. With the option to choose different frames and many models crossing through the series, riders can really choose the bike that’s perfect for them.
QWIC is committed to design and innovation. After all, the brand was inspired by and developed for city cyclists. This remains true to their core, and commuters can recognize the features that lend them perfect for this purpose, as the foldable MN7 model and the integrated Bafang on Premium series.
Where does QWIC ship to?
QWIC has stores and stockists across mainland Europe and the UK. For international shipping to the US and other countries, make an inquiry.
Take a look at this QWIC Performance model line with this quick video: