Tech

a nice electric bike, but a bad hangover

Recently launched in France, the Hyboo electric bicycle is based on a strong and committed promise: an ecologically responsible frame made of bamboo and carbon for a lightweight UAE, partially assembled by people with disabilities. We took it in hand for a few days to get a first impression.

hyboo electric bike
Source: Anthony Wonner — Frandroid

We were able to take over for a week the electric bike Hyboo, which stands out due to its low weight and choice of materials. Is it worth 3300 euros? Reply in this little feedback.

Technical paper

Fashion model Hyboo comfort (2022)
maximum speed

25 km/h

Engine power

250 watts

Number of assists

5

Autonomy announced

100km

Announced charging time

120 minutes

Removable battery

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes

GPS

No

Screen

Yes

Weight

15 kilograms

Dimensions

n / A

Color

Silver, Yellow

Product sheet
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This grip is made from a model lent by the brand.

A successful framework

After a 15-year career in haute couture, design and ready-to-wear in Asia, Carla Sarantellis embarked on a new entrepreneurial adventure: that of the electric bicycle. Thus, Tripbike was born, the origin of the UAE Hyboo, whose particularity lies in the choice of noble and environmentally friendly materials.

The promise of this model is as follows: a light electric bicycle, “ hybrid, lifestyle and designed with a feminine spirit“, according to the words of the person concerned. Above all, the Hyboo has a handmade frame of bamboo, but also of carbon. A combination that makes it possible to drop to 15 kilos, a relatively low weight compared to the market average.

The project also has a social and human dimension, as this two-wheeler is partly completed by people with disabilities. For this, Carla Sarantellis appeals to the Associations for Professional and Human Integration and Reintegration of the Disabled (ANRH).

At 3300 euros, the Hyboo is clearly not for all budgets. †We actually aimed for CSP+, but in the end it is all kinds of people who buy it: from the bank employee to the teacher to the retired gentleman. It is a community sensitive to the green side and its designexplains Carla Sarantellis.

A tilting stem

Except that at this price the expectations are real with regard to the quality of the finish, the choice of components and the driving experience. And unfortunately, this Hyboo doesn’t tick all the boxes. In terms of finish, however, the frame lives up to its promises. No weld fold is visible, the design clearly has its effect. So the bet is successful.

Also pay attention to the good integration of the luggage rack, which still radiates solidity. Through a system integrated into the stem, it is also possible to manage its inclination according to your user profile. Again, this is an interesting idea that has been put to good use.

On the other hand, a few small details bother us: the remote control (on the handlebars) used to manage the support levels is terriblecheap† The cable management should also have been given more attention. The ones that are connected to the battery are mainly secured by cable ties and this is not very “premium”.

At the rear, the mudguard is loose and completely wobbly once you drive over small bumps. Result: it hits an element of the frame and tends to get damaged during travel. Not to mention the downright unpleasant noise the shock creates.

And here’s the drama

The Hyboo bike, or at least our test model, seems to be suffering from deeper problems. After traveling several tens of kilometers in Paris, the “luggage rack” – I never have the slightest effect on it because it seemed fragile – just fell apart in the middle of the journey.

So here we are with an element separate from the bicycle, which could have been dangerous for other road users in heavy traffic. These kinds of events are unacceptable.

The Hyboo is based on a certain philosophy: it is not a bicycle that was designed electrically from the start. TripBike has simply added an electrification kit (motor, battery, remote control) called Add-e, whose base price starts at 975 euros† It’s a different way of looking at things.

In terms of driving, the experience is not there. Or let’s say it depends on what one is looking for. The roller motor built into the vehicle does not provide the best electrical assistance behavior. You have to turn the pedals two or even three kicks (depending on your gear at the time) to get a taste of the assist.

A “zero effort” aspect

Once the latter is activated, there is no middle ground: the motor delivers all its power, but does not adapt to the intensity you put in the pedals to adjust the assistance, because it can become a high-quality torque sensor. In traffic, you spend your time alternating pedaling phase and idle phase, especially at the highest assist modes.

In summary, I had the impression that I was sailing around 1000 euros with a UAE.

However, this system has the “advantage” of bringing a “zero effort” aspect to your travels. In any case, you will not arrive at work or at home sweaty. It may also be suitable for some of the users. For its part, the Microshift shifter is decent, but the passage of reports (8 in total) could have been sharper.

In terms of braking, the disc brakes lack bite. At each stage, I had to push the levers all the way down to stop or slow down as I wanted. The concept of progressiveness does not really exist. Worse yet, the brake lever systematically came to lean on my index finger regarding the pressure needed.

An easy-to-remove battery

The thinness of the wheels is a supposed choice to pull the weight of the bike down. But it also doesn’t offer a huge sense of security, especially in slightly tight corners at more or less high speed. Finally, the motor roller system sometimes tended to “cough”, without really understanding why.

For those who wish, you can also remove the 1.3 kg battery – very easy to remove – to switch to muscle mode. In this case, don’t hesitate to play with the gear ratios to lower your gear ratio when you drive away. Please note that the battery is charged in 2 hours, for an average range of 60 km.

Finally, an application, also managed by Add-E, accompanies the experience to give you a lot of information, such as your remaining battery level, the currently activated support level or your RPM (Round Per Minute), which corresponds to the number of crank turns each minute is executed.

What conclusions can we draw from this treatment performed in a short week? That the Hyboo electric bicycle has its own philosophy, based on a social, human and ecologically responsible project, with the emphasis on the lightness of the product. But whofinethe overall experience does not match the displayed price of 3300 euros.

Price positioning

At this price – and if the values ​​inherent in the Hyboo don’t appeal to you – much more efficient and balanced models, as well as heavier ones, should clearly be considered. One thinks in particular of the ace of the urban UAE, theiWeechbut also to the range Moustache or Canyon, even at Cowboy for less.

Sure, the bikes are contrarian in every way and hard to compare to the Hyboo, but the riding experience is clearly at the antipodes. Let’s say there are no bad products, just bad prices. That of the Hyboo is not very nice considering the services offered.