- Flywheel: Launching Flywheel Resources | Vehicles from Benno, Aventon, Kalkhoff, Monday, & Mercane
Flywheel: Launching Flywheel Resources | Vehicles from Benno, Aventon, Kalkhoff, Monday, & Mercane
Introducing Flywheel Resources and featuring the top 5 vehicles of the week
Welcome to Flywheel, a weekly exploration of the used side of owned micromobility. Each newsletter will highlight an observation of trends emerging in the industry and feature five of the most interesting used vehicles being sold in the secondary market.
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The observation of the week introduces the newly launched Flywheel Resources. This week’s featured vehicles are a compact cargo bike, two commuters, a scrambler, and a performance urban escooter.
Observation of the Week
Introducing Flywheel Resources
I’m super excited to launch Flywheel Resources, a curated library for all things owned or used micromobility:
Flywheel Resources is a compilation of past Flywheel observations, research briefs, podcasts, conference talks, news articles, company reports, and many more. It blends both content I’ve authored myself as well as external resources I’ve found useful in my own research. All items are indexed and tagged, so you can search by keyword or filter by a growing set of tags. The library currently contains 100+ items, and will continue to expand in real time as I come across more information that may be relevant to y’all. I hope that Flywheel Resources soon becomes your go-to any time you’re looking to explore or get up to speed on a micromobility topic. Check it out at rideflywheel.com/resources.
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As an aside, this also marks the launch of the Flywheel website, which will be the home for many other tools I have in the works to help in your exploration of owned and used micromobility.
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Top 5 Vehicles of the Week
The Benno Boost is a compact and highly versatile class-3 cargo bike. Benno refers to its design philosophy as “etility”, which is the concept of improving bicycles with both utility and electricity. As such, the Boost is designed to be extremely modular and has a highly configurable front and rear rack system that make it equally practical for delivery or family use-cases. The powertrain features an 85Nm Bosch Performance Speed mid-drive motor and a 500Wh battery pack, which is a much stronger and higher speed set up than most other compact ebikes. While long-tail and bakfiet cargobikes fill the niche of ebike minivans, compact cargo bikes like the Boost act as the SUVs of micromobility and can offer similar payload capacities while being much more nimble and space efficient. Compared to competing compact cargo bikes like the RadRunner or Tern’s GSDs, the Boost boasts a higher max speed, equal or higher torque, and a larger cargo accessory ecosystem. This listing was recently serviced and received the latest software update. It includes a longer rear rack, an upgraded drivetrain, and a child seat. Listing can be found here.
The Aventon Pace 500.2 is a class-2/class-3 budget commuter. As an urban riding optimized bike, the Pace 500.2 blends cruiser geometry and touch points (saddle and handle bar) with a slightly more aggressive riding position to make it as easy to pickup and ergonomic as possible. Its powertrain features a 60Nm rear hub motor and a 614Wh battery pack, which is a bit on the smaller side for a class-3 ebike but still mostly sufficient for everyday commuting. The Pace 500.2 provides a number of notable upgrades from its predecessor, the Pace 500. With this newer model, riders get integrated brake and tail lights, hydraulic brakes, and a stealthily integrated removable battery pack. It’s remarkable how affordable the Pace 500.2 is, particularly when considering that it still has high quality componentry and a widely accessible service network. One thing Aventon does well is transparency with their product details. For example, unlike many brands that only give you a misleading max claimed range, Aventon gives estimated ranges and average speeds for throttle-only riding and all standard pedal assist levels. This listing is brand new and still in its original packaging. If you can verify proof of purchase and registration, this listing could be a great opportunity to get a new Pace 500.2 with a full warranty for $600 less than MSRP. Listing can be found here.
The Kalkhoff Integrale S11 is a premium class-3 commuter with industry leading componentry. Its powertrain features a whopping 100Nm Impulse 3.0 Evo mid-drive motor and a 603Wh battery pack. A 100Nm motor is practically unheard of even for class-3 performance ebikes, so there’s virtually no hill you can’t climb with the Integrale S11. The vehicle’s drivetrain is designed to be ultra low maintenance. The Integrale S11’s Gates carbon belt drive and 11-speed Shimano Nexus internally geared hub are already parts that are highly reliable and require little to no servicing, and the ebike’s physical shift sensing that lowers motor power when shifting helps further protect the drivetrain. In addition to the low maintenance requirements, one of the other reasons this vehicle is an excellent urban commuter is because it comes standard with all the accessories (integrated rear rack, lights, and fenders) required for day-to-day riding. This is surprisingly rare with premium ebikes, and a much appreciated bonus given how expensive bikes of this calibre tend to be. Kalkhoff is a century old bicycle manufacturer, and many used ebike retailers frequently mention that Kalkhoffs have incredible longevity and are some of the easiest bikes to refurbish and maintain. This listing has a mileage of ~2600mi with ~120 charge cycles, and was bought in 2018. Despite its fairly significant usage, it is in excellent condition and has been frequently serviced. Listing can be found here.
The Monday Presidio is a class-2/3 step-through scrambler. Monday has been selling retro-styled scramblers since 2015, and the Presidio is their most affordable option to date. Its powertrain features a 500W (~80Nm) Bafang rear hub motor and a removable 557Wh battery pack, giving riders a max speed of 25mph. The Presidio is incredibly comfortable ride. With front and rear dual suspension and 20”x4” fat tires, the Presidio easily eats up bumpy or uneven roads. At an MSRP of $2.6K, the Presidio is already more affordable than even the most basic scrambler models from other brands. Compared to competing models with full suspension and hydraulic brakes, the Presidio is cheaper by $1K+. This listing is brand new and has just been built, yet is selling for $2K less than MSRP and $1K less than this model’s average resale price. While this pricing feels like it may be too good to be true, this listing could be a steal if you can verify proof of purchase, function, and mileage. Listing can be found here.
The Mercane WideWheel Pro is a performance commuter escooter that ESG calls “Batman’s Last Mile Commuter”. Featuring a dual 500W (~37Nm) motor setup and a 720Wh battery pack, the WideWheel Pro allows riders to hit top speeds of 26mph and max inclines of 30%. What makes the WideWheel Pro particularly popular as an urban escooter is its full suspension, which makes users feel like they’re floating when riding. Its 3.9” wide flat-proof fat tires also further improve ride comfort and help the vehicle glide over road imperfections. The WideWheel Pro has an intuitive to use cruise control, which is a feature that’s becoming more common among urban scooters. While it’s certainly not a light vehicle (weighs 54lbs), the scooter is still highly transportable. As the seller puts it, the WideWheel Pro “Folds up small for transport since the handle bar not only folds down but the handles fold inward as well. It’s not the lightest, but light enough to take on BART escalators and move it in and out of the train no problem.” This listing is in good condition (~880mi) and has recently replaced brakes. The WideWheel Pro can be a bit tricky to get adjusted to, but it’s a great vehicle for riders ready to upgrade their <20mph beginners scooters. Listing can be found here.
That’s it for this edition. Thanks again for joining, see you next week!
- Puneeth Meruva
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