Thanks to ebike’s current gold rush, we are seeing a lot of models on the market that are mostly cheap, low-quality motorcycles. However, this is not the case with OL + EM, which has a custom titanium frame and some high-end components.

Created by British product designer Kevin Champion, OL + EM (pronounced “O, L and emm”) is named after his children Oliver and Emily. He is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign.

As mentioned, its frame is handmade from aerospace-grade titanium tubes, based on the body measurements of each individual buyer. Its fork is made of carbon fiber to absorb road vibrations.

The rider’s power is increased by a 200-watt, mid-mounted Bafang M800 engine that develops up to 55 Nm (40.5 lb ft) of torque. It allows a top speed of 25 km / h (16 mph) in Europe or 40 km / h (25 mph) in the United States. Drivers can choose between three levels of assistance (one of which is 0) via an LCD controller mounted on the steering wheel – this device also displays data such as charge level and current speed.

OL + EM can be equipped with either an 11-speed Shimano Alfine rear hub transmission or an Enviolo Autimatiq continuously variable transmission

Kevin Champion

The engine is powered by a custom 3D printed, down-mounted 36-volt lithium battery tube that can be quickly removed for charging. Available in two versions – the 7-Ah Sprint, which is said to provide a range of about 70 km (43 miles) for 2.5-hour charging, and the larger 10.5-Ah Tour, which offers 100 km (62 miles) for a 3-hour charge. Unlike the Sprint, the Tour can be locked to the frame when the bike is left unattended.

Along with the choice between the two batteries, buyers can choose either an 11-speed rear transmission on the Shimano Alfine hub or an Enviolo Autimatiq continuously variable transmission, as well as the Brooks C17 or Ergon saddle.

The Bafang motor for medium mounting of OL + EM
The Bafang motor for medium mounting of OL + EM

Kevin Champion

Some of the other features of OL + EM include Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes; Gates Carbon belt drive; 27.5-inch White Industries wheels; Crankbrothers pedals; internally routed hoses / cables; plus Supernova headlights and taillights, which turn on automatically when ambient light decreases.

The whole thing is reported to tip the scales up to 13 kg (28.7 lb).

Champion plans to build only 100 of the electronic bikes a year and actually limits the launch of Indiegogo to just 20 units. Needless to say, they are not cheap – promises start at 6,350 euros (about $ 6,590), with a planned list price of $ 7,500 ($ 7,782). Assuming everything goes according to plan, they should be sent to supporters in July.

You can see OL + EM in action in the video below.

OL + EM custom titanium electronic bicycles

Source: Indiegogo

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