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I got to spend some time with Kenneth Dalsgaard, the CEO of Biomega bicycles, at Interbike as he and his team were showcasing new models (both electric and traditional). I found out about this company through a friend, Douglas Schwartz, who runs ELV Motors in the Bay Area of California, Santa Clara. His shop began carrying this brand in 2016 and I got to review the OKO model here:electricbikereview.com/brand/biomega/ with help from his shop.
Biomega has been around since ~1998 and was started with a radical plastic + aluminum bike design. The company became well-known in Europe around the year 2000 and was eventually acquired in 2012 by a large consumer electronics company in Hong Kong to focus in on electric bikes. Kenneth is from Denmark but travels frequently between China and his home country.
One of the bikes we checked out was a cargo bike called the PEK with a long front rack that retails for $2,225. Another non-electric model (for now) was a commuter bike with integrated cable lock running from the stem to the bottom bracket called the BOS. If a thief cuts the lock it will break the bike so it’s designed to dissuade theft without adding lots of weight ala u-lock. Biomega uses internally geared hubs and belt drives for many its new because they are clean, easy to use and durable. One model we did not discuss but which I have reviewed in the past by using a kit called the Add-E is the NYC and it retails for just $1,119 and can be seen in action here:electricbikereview.com/add-e/250w-kit/ that model also comes in a step-thru design and can be purchased with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting.
The premiere purpose-made electric bike from Biomega is called the OKO which is short for “Tokyo” it’s a first series of electric bikes from them that’s designed to be beautiful, intuitive and integrated. The display is very simple and minimal. You see the power, assist and battery level on a button pad that’s easy to reach. The entire frame is made of Carbon fiber including the fenders which are formed directly from the frame. They wanted to build a fully custom bike and had to do it themselves by working with a race car company, I’m told the bike weighs ~18 kg and when I weighed one of their early models at Doug’s shop I found it to be 19.7 kg (42.4 lbs). The bike includes Shimano hydraulic brakes for ease of use and power braking. It comes in white, silver and matte black. The OKO only costs $2,300 which in my opinion, is pretty great for something so light weight and beautiful.
You can learn more about the OKO E-Bike and other products from Biomega at their official website here:biomega.com/ and you can connect with Doug and test ride or order one of these bikes through his website at www.elvmotors.com/
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