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Ant: Hookie Co. customizes the Cake Ösa electrical bike

The compact and modular nature of electrical drivetrains makes them effectively suited to small utility bikes. However surprisingly few producers have jumped on this bandwagon. Two names spring to thoughts: UBCO in New Zealand, and the premium Swedish electrical bike model, Cake.

Cake’s delightfully quirky Ösa is a $9,500 electrical utility bike that may be configured with an unlimited array of equipment, like baggage carriers, cargo racks and even a trailer. However regardless of the infinite setup potentialities, the crew at Hookie Co. in Dresden noticed potential for extra.

The crew purchased a pair of Ösas for the store final yr: an Ösa+ and an Ösa lite. The Ösa+ has a ten kW motor that’s good for a prime velocity of 90 km/h and a metropolis vary of 84 km. The cheaper Ösa lite’s 4 kW motor can solely handle 45 km/h, however bumps up the town vary to 92 km. Each bikes share the identical chassis.

After placing sufficient miles into their Ösas to determine what their particular wants have been, Hookie began throwing ideas round.

The concept was to retain the bike’s modular nature, however tailor it to their very own type. And make it look a complete lot radder within the course of.

“The briefing was clear to not construct an Ösa that appears like a bike,” says Hookie founder, Nico Müller. “We didn’t need to add a pretend gas tank or pretend pipes. We wished to present the Ösa extra a sporty, younger and an arty look.”

The Ösa’s principal body spine acts as an anchor level for its equipment, so Hookie determined to use this. They designed a brand new aluminum physique panel to sit down on the body and wrap round it, then 3D printed brackets to connect it to the spine.

The brand new bodywork has a big effect on the Ösa’s aesthetics, and creates a canvas so as to add shade or artwork. However the entrance a part of the bodywork additionally provides an additional hit of modularity, by offering discreet attachment factors for a pair of luggage from the German out of doors model Heimplanet.

Hookie has tweaked the Ösa’s ergonomics too, with a intelligent adjustment system for the footpegs. The OEM pegs at the moment are mounted on a pair of movable plates, which in flip bolt to custom-made backing plates, connected to the underside of the body.

The brand new saddle is lengthy sufficient for the rider to shift ahead and backwards on, and might take a passenger in a pinch. Lined in Alcantara, it’s additionally slimmer than the inventory unit, which brings the seat top down.

Sitting on prime of the battery is one other {custom} add-on: a cargo basket that’s held in place by the bike’s battery strap. It consists of an aluminum physique, with a tricky elastic band working throughout the highest to maintain items in place.

Up entrance, Hookie unbolted the Ösa’s unique headlight, and bolted on a custom-made bracket to carry a Koso Thunderbolt LED headlight. Additionally they put in their Frozen grips, new mirrors, and their Fast LED flip alerts, mounted stealthily to the handlebars. Out again is a {custom} body ‘cap,’ with two LED taillights embedded into it.

One of many Ösa’s physique panels is powder coated white, and wrapped in shade block vinyls. The opposite one was painted by Nico, and reads “at any time when issues get sophisticated, experience and play hookie.”

Each bikes are sporting a set of all-terrain Bridgestone REC tires, measuring 14×5.4”. It’s a good match, however Nico assures us there’s no rubbing… and it means the crew can take their Ösas anyplace, which is precisely what they’ve been doing.

Hookie might be constructing a restricted variety of these to order, and, since there’s no slicing or welding concerned, providing a package too. They’ve christened their Ösa design ANT, after the power of nature’s hardest working insect. “And ants are crew gamers,” says Nico, “identical to us!”

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