It is no coincidence that the German bicycle manufacturer Coboc won the Eurobike Gold Award 2015 for its recently released SEVEN Vesterbro. Launched in spring 2016, this electrically powered bicycle draws the attention of discerning cyclists. It is a sophisticated alternative for independent movement in the urban environment – not merely due to its comparatively low weight. Reduced to the bare essentials, SEVEN Vesterbro still offers extraordinary features. Well, let us get to the facts.
Appearing like a non-electric bike
A handful of unique characteristics
Focused on a maximum of functionality, the rear rack can be described as minimalistic without any superfluous knick-knacks. Despite its inconspicuous nature, it is ready for big tasks. The stylishly-shaped carrier, which is welded to the frame, is ready for a pannier on each side. Visually comparatively unobtrusive, the 250-watt motor is located in the rear wheel. During the acceleration phase, a maximum of 500 watts can be delivered. It assists the cyclist with a maximum torque of 40 Nm. The range is stated with 80 kilometers. According to Coboc’s specifications, the electric motor is produced by Bafang, a Chinese manufacturer of e-mobility components.
Even the rear light is integrated into the seat tube. Three dotted lines, each made of four LEDs, are shining in clear red. They can be powered up during the ride with a single button press under the Coboc label on the upper part of the bicycle frame. Furthermore, the charge level of the battery is indicated by five blue LED lights on the top of the frame. The gross weight of the SEVEN Vesterbro seems to be the final touch. It only amounts to a mere 15.6 kg. Please make yourself familiar with the gross weights of nowadays electric bikes. You will realize, the SEVEN Vesterbro can be stated as lightweight.
Finally, a small fly in the ointment: SEVEN Vesterbro is not available for little money. But likely it is good value for money owing to the fact that it is developed and manufactured with a high production depth ‘Made in Germany’.
Furthermore, besides Vesterbro, the SEVEN e-bike product line includes Villette, which is available since June 2016. With its white look, SEVEN Villette is designed for female cyclists with a body height up to 176 cm. In addition to the 250 watts, the motor of the ladies’ bicycle also delivers 500 watts during the acceleration phase. By the way, all pedelecs of Cobos’s product lines have a frame-integrated battery.
Coboc has been founded in 2011. Located in the German city of Heidelberg, they were inspired by its first designer award in 2012 for the first conception, the eCycle. In committing its founders to the company, Pius Warken und David Horsch, the team does not rest on its laurels. They have launched a further four bikes in 2016. What does the near future hold in store for us?