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Flywheel | November 28, 2022
Introducing Flywheel Alerts 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 Flywheel Alerts. This week’s featured vehicles are an etrike, a vintage sports car-inspired cruiser, a long-tail cargo bike, and two commuters.
Observation of the Week
Introducing Flywheel Alerts
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Top 5 Vehicles of the Week
The EV4 bike is a tilting class-1 etrike, made by Polish light aircraft designer Jack Skopinski. After designing a quad bike that went viral due to its novel hydraulic tilting mechanism and aircraft-esque sheet metal and rivets design, Skopinski launched a smaller etrike to provide a cycling-friendly version of the quad. The EV4 provides "sensational cornering in the urban jungle," largely due to its unique tilting mechanism and a wheel configuration where the front wheels are smaller than the rear wheel (16” vs 20”). Combined with a fairly punchy powertrain (250W, ~45Nm rear-hub motor and 468Wh battery pack), the EV4 provides an incredibly nimble and agile rideability for both urban riding and off-roading. EV4s are made to order and take 2+ months to build and ship, so this listing for a like-new vehicle is a compelling way to immediately get your hands on one of the most rare, eye-catching, and fun ebikes out there. Listing can be found here.
The Yuba Mundo EP8 is a reliable class-1 longtail cargo bikes and one of the most popular minivan-replacement ebikes on the market. Yuba is a California-based brand that specializes in cargo bikes. The Mundo EP8 is an electric version of their original flagship Mundo pedal bike, and is built on the Shimano STEPS EP8 powertrain (85Nm mid-drive motor and 504Wh battery pack). Although this system isn’t as high-quality as Bosch’s mid-drives, it is a more affordable option that packs similar performance. Yuba bikes are known for their durability, and the Mundo is no different. Typical Mundos sold on the secondary market average a usage of 2831 miles. This listing is for an almost new Mundo and was only ridden for 121 miles. It was used by a parent to take their children to school, and comes upgraded with ~$200 of rear passenger and cargo accessories. Listing can be found here.
The VanMoof S3 is a class-1 commuter and, in my opinion, the best urban ebike in the market. VanMoof specializes in commuters, and packs their vehicles with essential, city-riding features that go beyond just the drive. The S3 has best-in-class vertically integrated software, firmware, and electronics, which allow for features like over-the-air updates, auto shifting, theft prevention (tracking and alarm), granular vehicle health monitoring/diagnostics, and tracking of vehicle ownership. It also comes standard with integrated lights, fenders, kick-stand, kick-lock, and other accessories that are often overlooked by other manufacturers. The powertrain consists of a 59Nm hub motor and 504Wh battery pack, which combines nicely with a smooth pedal assist and a fun boost button to give riders plenty of performance and kick for the streets. This listing is for used S3s sold via VanMoof’s Outlet. Outlet bikes from VanMoof are “refurbished, fully functional” ebikes that are “returned by other customers” or “have had a little knock in the factory.” They come with a 2-year warranty, but VanMoof interestingly doesn’t allow you to add the Peace of Mind Maintenance coverage plan to them. This listing was ridden for less than 310 miles and has light scratches to the body work. Listing can be found here.
The Vintage Electric Shelby is a class-2 high-power retro cruiser. Vintage Electric has made a name for itself designing ebikes inspired by retro cars, and the Shelby is no different. The Shelby was designed in collaboration with Carrol Shelby International and is inspired by the Shelby Cobra 289 Slabside, featuring the classic metallic blue paint with racing stripes and even the iconic Shelby Cobra badge. Just like its namesake, the Shelby’s powertrain is monstrous, consisting of a 75Nm (750W nominal, 4000W peak !!!) rear hub motor and a 1,123Wh battery pack. It’s technically classified as a 20mph class-2 ebike, but the Shelby does come with a racing key to unlock the top speed to 36mph. Ultimately, the Shelby is a stunningly powerful and eye-pleasing homage to the Cobra, and yet another home run limited edition vehicle by Vintage Electric. This listing is in fair condition (Flywheel estimated usage of 1140 miles) and has been recently tuned up. Listing can be found here.
The RadMission is Rad Power’s budget class-2 ebike, and is consistently reviewed as one of the best ebikes in the ~$1K price segment. Selling for ~$300 less than its sister vehicles, the RadMission has a few weaker components (i.e. motor, battery, accessories) than other Rad vehicles. However, its 50Nm motor and 504Wh battery pack give the RadMission a performance competitive with other budget commuters. This listing is a standard RadMission upgraded to be a delivery workhorse. The seller replaced the fixed front fork with an air suspension fork, added a suspension seatpost, and installed front and rear racks for delivery food boxes. It was used as a delivery bike, has about 800 miles of usage, and has been owned for <1 year. Rad Power recently discontinued the RadMission, so this listing is a great opportunity to get a high-utility version of a limited-supply model. Listing can be found here.
That’s it for this week. Thanks again for joining, see you next Monday!
- Puneeth Meruva
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