While the problem of environmental pollution is increasing, solutions to reduce it is something we should do, including the use of bicycles instead of traditional motorcycles.
But not everyone can ride a bike to work every day in the hot summer weather, because no one wants to come to the company in a messy and sweaty outfit. But nevertheless, we had a more suitable option: electric cars.
Electric cars are now divided into two categories: One is to turn the gas on, always works like a scooter and the only thing we do not need to do is refuel. The remaining cars, less common in our market, are electric bicycles, which also requires the bike’s strength to move forward but not too much force.
This is the electric power bike we covered in the article. What is special about why it is less popular, but we took it back to test run, moreover the price of listening can also “fall” – 2299 Euro, equivalent to 61.7 million!
This product bears “soul and brain” of Vietnamese people
Modmo, the brand name that may seem unfamiliar to all of us, is in fact a startup that once raised capital and succeeded, preparing to deliver customers the first bicycles this fall. It is the name Saigon of the bike from this company that caught our eye, curious as to whether this is just a name for fun or is there any team behind it?
“100% of Modmo’s design team is Vietnamese,” says Jack O Federalullivan – founder from Ireland.
Talking with us, this enthusiastic 24-year-old said he has repeatedly visited Taiwan and China to find partners – where is known as the home of assembly, production of brands in the world. . But by chance, one of his engineers said that in Vietnam there is also a modern motorcycle factory. “So I flew all the way here to find out and as you can see, Modmo Saigon has been designed and manufactured completely in Vietnam.”
Jack once told us that the first day contacting partners in Vietnam is quite difficult, because the culture in this country needs to be the main relationship. “So I decided to run back to buy a keg of beer and come back to meet everyone to get to know me first!”, He smiled.
A simple car, not fussy but it surprised us
Before our eyes was a very simple bike, we even bet that more than 90% of people who see it on the road think that this is a traditional bicycle.
If you think an electric bicycle must look modern and have many hi-tech features, Modmo Saigon will probably make you a little “startled” when you first see it. Only when you look at the details, pay more attention to it, does the modernity hidden inside Saigon reveal.
Mainstream black, body is no different from a city bike, so Modmo Saigon is no different?
What is this strange bike called Saigon that costs up to 61 million?
The first thing that caught our attention was this: the display on the steering wheel, the information was clear and you could easily monitor it even if the sun was bright. Here, you can see the actual speed of the car, the gear steps (speed level) of the motor, the amount of battery, the total distance traveled. Regarding gear steps, we will explain more clearly as well as how to feel below.
According to Modmo, this screen is a VFD (vacuum fluorescent) screen with small fluorescent segments to display the letters and numbers inside. The neck of the car is still exposed to many wires to the outside, Modmo said because this is still a prototype and continues to develop some electric parts, the commercial version will improve more, hide the wire for “clean beautiful” than.
Next is the beacon system, Modmo Saigon equipped with simple front and rear lights, but when combined with this car, it felt incredible. Rear taillight system with tiny holes are carved on the saddle axis, emitting just enough red light for vehicles to see. However, the concern is that if you lower the seat, it will cover the taillights.
Modmo Saigon has a total of 3 control buttons, including: Up, Down and M button. Specifically, Up and Down button to adjust the gear level of the motor, M button to change the Display Mode. In addition, when you hold the Up button, the beacon system will glow and the M button will turn on / off the vehicle.
Sitting on try, the bike feels very familiar and you will feel like you are riding a traditional bicycle, even the … must pedal to ride forward. Saigon reminds us of the days when we were high school students, riding on a bicycle from home to school, except for the fact that it was so light and why the old age and frail health felt so heavy. ..
But if you just pedal hard, the Modmo Saigon is nothing attractive, so the transmission of this car is the most remarkable thing. Press the Up button to drive the gear up to 1 level, the pedal suddenly goes down significantly, up 2 more levels, the car has buzzed up the speed of 20km / h and when you reach the 3rd level … your feet will no longer feel feeling that you have to press hard on the bike pedal again.
The Saigon version that we tested is said to have 5 levels, but personal experience, just to the 3rd level you are enough for the city. Levels 4 and 5 should only be used when running on large roads with low traffic density, because at that time the vehicle speed could be up to 40km / h.
If you have to climb a bridge, Modmo Saigon has a mechanism to activate the front wheel drive by pressing and holding the Down button. Thanks to the motor system mounted right front wheel, now the entire vehicle will have more thrust so that users can climb uphill more easily, especially in the commercial center slope.
Here is the main drive system of Modmo Saigon, made from carbon fiber belts from Gates:
These carbon transmission belts can be found in large displacement vehicles and thanks to their use, Saigon requires almost no maintenance, no oiling and is also cleaner on rainy days. .
Modmo Saigon uses hydraulic brakes, from the famous brand Tektro.
Modmo representative said this is a L-sized version for European markets, so it is difficult to fit the average height of the Vietnamese. “Modmo’s main market is in Europe, but we also expand to both Asia and Vietnam, so the chassis sold in 3 sizes is SML to match the height of riders in each market. school “.
He is 1m77 tall, sitting on the size L car also need to tiptoe slightly. But rest assured because there will be smaller sizes suitable for Asian markets.
In addition, with a battery-powered car, weight is also an issue. With about 17kg for a size L, Modmo Saigon is not so bad and you can still lift it up here.
I’ve been talking about details and features for a while now, but you guys don’t see us mentioning batteries, right? Where is it located? If you look normally, it would be hard to recognize.
In fact, this battery is developed by the team in the shape of a tube, tucked into the side of the car, and can also be easily removable to charge or replace the battery. According to Modmo’s specifications, Saigon’s battery can operate up to 200km on a full charge, so if used daily, sometimes up to a month.
The battery issue also raises the question of longevity as well as electronic waste disposal. Jack told us that a battery still holds 80% of its life after 160,000 km of operation. “This means it takes you about 25 years to reach this mileage. Of course, our service and warranty department also has a return and replacement policy for defective batteries and their disposal and recycling. according to European standards “, he said.
In addition, the plus point of this car is the module mounting points, from which you can attach accessories such as baby baskets or saddle so the customization is also quite high.
More than 60 million for a bike, who is the object of Modmo Saigon?
With the high price, you can completely think of other transportation solutions such as cars or scooters. But just like Jack told us, the main market for this product is in Europe, where the transport infrastructure is well developed and users prefer to use bicycles as a means of transportation. .
In addition, he also said that at this time when people are limiting public service use because COVID-19, personal vehicles like this will be the most preferred.
Of course, saying that does not mean that Saigon is not for Vietnamese, it will be more fussy, suitable for some specific subjects such as environmental lovers, Vietnamese customers, people with cars and want to have more bikes to campaign around the weekend, people often go grab and want bikes to exercise when needed or this can also be a gift for foreign partners.
– Elegant design, minimalistic but extremely modern, suitable for all types of outfit
– Environmental Protection
– Support for many levels so even at a fast or slow speed does not take effort
– Many customization, add other accessories on thanks to the module mechanism
– The price is difficult to reach most Vietnamese users