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Month: March 2018

Why an eBike is so good for commuting

This is going to sound cliché, but FuroSystems genuinely started from the following thought: what are some of the biggest problems in our society right now? And can the latest technologies combined with clever engineering solve them?The global population is growing which with urbanisation is causing population densities around cities to increase. In addition, personal transportation systems such as cars, vans and motorcycles are bulky and noisy. Add to that the fact that about a century ago, we chose fossil fuels over electricity (rightly so at the time), we now have a nice combo of polluting, traffic stimulating and impractical vehicles. As this has even become deadly, we urgently need something better.

Traffic Jam

At FuroSystems, we really think that the clear solution is electric bicycles. They are now powerful enough and offer sufficient autonomy to take a rider anywhere, around any city in the world, for multiple days. They are compact, fast, quiet and clean. This is why we decided to use our expertise to help accelerate our society’s transition to this amazing and fun mode of transportation. How? By making them better, more practical, more attractive and more affordable.

As with any great innovation, electric bikes have their sceptics, the main argument is that it’s essentially a way to cheat cycling, something for the lazy.

According to Steve Garidis, the UK’s Bicycle Association’s operations director: “It’s quite difficult to explain what [an ebike] feels like: you’re still cycling but it’s like being an Olympic athlete; you can go faster and longer; hills are less effort. The acceleration is quite fun, even for the most sceptical grown up.”

Happy FuroSystems Electric Bikes Customers

So yes, ebikes do make it easier. They allow older or handicapped people to go places they can’t anymore or never could, and ride with their loved ones. It makes commuting and cycling more manageable. However, they also allow everyone else to experience a new level of acceleration, speed and performance. They don’t remove the effort if you still want it, they just make everything better, more intense, it’s an enhancement of your physical capacities whether you are fit or not. For example, our bikes the SIERRA and the FX give you the option of riding them unpowered making them feel exactly like normal bikes, but they also allow you to multiply your acceleration, uphill capacity and speed, whenever you feel like it. To make it even simpler, they are a 250 W to 600W power add on to your body which you can choose to activate on demand.

Deciding to use an ebike for your commute instead of your car, scooter or moped is probably the best thing you could do today. No more pollution, no more noise, no more fuel, no more insurance and a healthier lifestyle. Folding bikes like the FX are also incredibly more practical, particularly when they are that light while staying very powerful and offering great range, not far off from that of a 50cc petrol scooter.

Electric bicycles are the mode of transportation of the future, they literally solve every single problem you could think of in modern transportation and greatly enhance cycling. In addition, battery technology is close to making significant leaps forward with technologies such as solid-state chemistry, supercapacitors or 2D materials such as graphene. You can trust that we will be here to implement each of these advances in your FuroSystems ebikes as soon they are out!

A little eye candy for those of you that stayed with us to the end 🙂

Carbon Fiber: the wonder material explained

Most of you will have heard about it. Carbon fiber, the wonder material that makes everything lighter and stronger. It’s used in supercars, aerospace machinery and the FuroSystems SIERRA and FX (could we call them superbikes?).FuroSystems FX Full Carbon Fiber Folding Ebike

So what is it? Its basic element is carbon, it’s made of 6 electrons, 6 protons and 6 neutrons and without it, you wouldn’t exist, nor would any life on Earth. When you overcook your food or burn some wood, the residual ash is mainly carbon. Carbon fibers consist of these atoms being assembled in crystals and bonded in a direction that is approximately parallel to the fiber’s long axis. Each fiber is between 5 and 10 micrometers (millionths of a meter) wide or 2 to 20 times narrower than a human hair. This configuration gives them a strong strength to volume ratio. Individual fibers are relatively weak on their own but once woven together they lead to a very strong cloth.

Carbon Fiber fibers

At this point, carbon fiber is just a fabric similar to the ones made of cotton for your t-shirts, only much stronger and much more expansive. To transform it into a useful and solid engineering material, the cloth is mixed with a plastic resin such as epoxy to form a composite also called carbon fiber reinforced composite. The manufacturing process usually consists of a technician laying the fibers on a mould, painting them with the chosen resin and then baking the assembly to obtain a part with the desired shape. The result is an extremely rigid and very high strength to weight ratio component.

Carbon Fiber Airplane Wing

Carbon fiber reinforced composites (CFRP) are about ten times stronger and 5 times lighter than steel and eight times stronger while 2 times lighter than aluminium. In addition, their very manufacturing removes the need for welds and allows for sleeker and smoother shapes. CFRP indeed tend to be more brittle and crack slightly more easily than aluminium or steel. However, this is easily compensated through design by ensuring that the load necessary to lead to a crack will always be much larger (MUCH LARGER) than the greatest load your bike will ever experience during its use.

Also, the fact that carbon frames cannot be fixed once broken is a myth, they absolutely can, in a very rapid and discreet way as well. After all, if it’s trusted to make the wings of giant machines that fly hundreds of km in the sky, costing hundreds of millions of dollars and carrying hundreds of people (that’s a lot of hundreds), then it can most likely be used to enhance your biking experience, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Aerospace engineering at the service of happy riders!

This video details well the frame manufacturing process used by KOENIGSEGG and FuroSystems:


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