Lotus has launched an e-road bike known as the Sort 136. The brand new design borrows design options from the Hope-Lotus monitor bike which was launched in July and noticed motion on the UCI Glasgow World Championships in August.
Particular particulars which comply with the design of that bike are the very large stance of the fork legs and the seatstays, and the rise from the pinnacle tube to the bars, which leads to a lowered high tube. It doesn’t duplicate the monitor bike’s Trek Madone-like double seatpost design, nevertheless.
Claimed lightest e-bike motor system
The Sort 136 additionally will get tech from System 1 within the type of its motor system from HPS, which Lotus claims is the lightest electrical bike motor out there, contributing to a claimed full e-bike weight of 9.8kg, matching or bettering the lightest electrical street bikes out there.
Lotus says that the HPS Watt Help Professional backside bracket motor weighs 300g and makes use of tech from the Mars Lander, the place dependable, zero-maintenance working and low weight are clearly important.
It’s powered by a detachable bottle-style battery on the seat tube, just like the vary extender batteries out there for Mahle eBikemotion and Specialised motor techniques, relatively than the in-frame batteries extra regular on efficiency e-road bikes. Lotus claims that the entire system weighs simply 1.2kg.
HPS additionally sells its personal vary of electrical street bikes which use its motor system. It gives an 85Wh battery which it claims weighs 720g and a 193Wh battery with a claimed 1.2kg weight. Lotus doesn’t say which comes as commonplace with the Sort 136, however we’d guess the previous.
Different particulars concerning the system, together with its energy and torque numbers and potential vary, are scant, each from Lotus itself and from Monaco-based HPS.
New street bike traits?
The V-shaped rising handlebars are harking back to these of the Cervélo S5 and the Bianchi Oltre street race bikes, in addition to the Hope-Lotus monitor bike. And though the large fork stance flows straight from the monitor bike, it’s one other characteristic that’s showing elsewhere, most notably on the brand new BMC Teammachine R street bike and the BMC Speedmachine time-trial bike.
On the launch of the Sort 136 on the Lotus model retailer in London, Sir Chris Hoy, now a Lotus ambassador, commented: ‘That is an unbelievable bike, which says a lot concerning the pioneering endeavours of Lotus and the enduring standing of its bikes over time. As a youngster I vividly keep in mind watching Chris Boardman powering the Sort 108 to a gold medal in Barcelona in 1992 and smashing data on the Sort 110 to put on the yellow jersey within the Tour de France two years later.’
Worth and availability
The Lotus Sort 136 might be offered in a restricted first version of simply 136 bikes, that are individually numbered and painted in a color scheme which Lotus says is motorsport-inspired. The price? £20,000 / €25,000.
The Lotus Sort 136 e-bike might be on show on the Rouleur Dwell present in London from tomorrow and there are extra particulars on Lotus’s website. The usual mannequin might be out there from Spring 2024.
Learn extra concerning the Hope-Lotus Workforce GB monitor bike for the Paris Olympics.