Is it really worth it?
If you’ve ever seen a spy movie, you’ll know that there’s normally a rogue assassin character riding around on a motorbike in head-to-toe leather. We’re never quite sure of their allegiance until they swoop in and save the day in the final moments of the film. Give it a couple of years, and the sort of bike they’re riding around on will probably look a lot like Novus’ new prototype.
Novus is a German company founded by a pair of industrial designers, René Renger and Marcus Weidig, who wanted to create a new form of bike. It sits in the space between a dinky, underpowered e-bike and a performance motorcycle. Hewn out of carbon fiber, the Novus is light and strong, with an aperture where the combustion engine would sit in your average bike.
A battery of as-yet unspecified capacity sits in the base of the frame, close to the (14 kW) brushless motor that sits over the rear wheel. Renger claims that the bike has a top speed of 60 mph / 100 kph, and the pair are aiming for a total range of 60 miles or 100 kilometers on a charge. Up front are a pair of bicycle-style handlebars and brakes, as well as a cradle for your smartphone.