A Fast Motor Isn’t the Best Thing About This New E-Bike

An Irish start-up revealed a new commuter-style e-bike, and its sleek motor isn’t as compelling as its full feature set.


The central proposition of an e-bike is plain — there’s a little motor between your pedals that can whip you along at 30 miles per hour without breaking a sweat. Modmo, an Irish e-bike startup, takes that fact as a given. Its new electric commuter bike, the Saigon, proposes a lot more than easy speed through a dual system of integrated and modular features.

The all-black Saigon is sleek by the standards of mechanical bicycles; that its down tube contains an 18.5Ah that can power a rider for roughly 125 miles is a marvel. But Modmo also harnesses the included electronics as an opportunity to integrate features like a large handlebar display that can show ride data and maps, as well as integrated front and rear lights and turn signals.

Modmo also built personalization into the Saigon with front and rear attachment points for a host of accessories. Parents can attach a child seat to the bike while couriers can kit it out with delivery boxes. Baskets and pannier racks make options for everyday commuters, too.

The Saigon is currently available for preorder for a refundable €99 (~$106). Its full price is €1,999 (~$2,145).

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