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Nicolai Bikes RN1 at Interbike Las Vegas booth 32160
NICOLAI Distributor of USA, Darin Brin, interviewed Kalle Nicolai about the RN-1 Prototype:
Kalle Nicolai is well known worldwide as a passionate bike design engineer and two-wheel bike constructor. His company Nicolai GMBH is the last company that manufactures aluminum bicycle frames in Germany, in an industrial format. Besides his own Nicolai branded products, he has created many award-winning bikes for the brands GRACE, SMART and others in the field of electric mobility. When asked about what kind of vehicle is the RN-1 and why it was developed, Kalle has given us the following answer's:
The RN-1 bridges the gap between Ebike and motorcycle. We wanted to create a bike that is similarly smooth like a DH-Bike behaves, in the handling, & also additionally installing an engine power that can catapult to every situation like a motorcycle can. In my opinion this kind of bike should also not weight more than 50 kilograms and must have more than 5000 watts. We have been able to develop in co-operation with Swiss motor and electronics specialists ELTRONIC.CH, a new engine that weighs less than 10 kilos and can deliver over 10,000 watts of power. This combined with a Samsung 13S17P battery, (which is of high regard with the most modern batteries) puts out an energy content of 2200W in the market and allows for longer trips. The welded Nicolai Aluminum frame is designed so that it assigns many components in more than one function. For example, the motor housing and the battery cover is used as a stressed member of the frame. The suspension elements are adjusted with respect to damping and spring rated higher loads. The chassis is constructed so that it does not alter chain or belt lengthening or protracting during spring deflection in the rear. All electrical and mechanical components are sealed so that it comes into off-road use, no problems. Whether the market requires such a product, the customer will decide. I will not give it up, on my part.
On the question of when customers can buy this baby, Kalle said: We have in the coming months, additional components such as "front fender",''rear fender "and to develop the lamp panel, and of course test the bike extensively. In addition, we still need to execute the legalisation issues facing Europe and the United States. The RN-1 is really very nice and I look forward to the upcoming work and would therefore still leave no date for availability.
Suspension + frame:
Nicolai Double cradle tubular aluminum frame; ball bearing aluminum rear swing-arm; Rear suspension travel 240 mm; Fork SRS travel 203 mm;
Wheelbase 1382 mm; headangle 62,8 degree; Seat height 915 mm
Motor + Controller: Eltronic CM185; Rated at 5 KW; Peak power 10KW; No Gearbox.
Battery: Configuration 13S17P; Energy content of 2,200W; Nominal voltage 48 volts; Range depends on the selected driving mode between 30 -110 km;
General: total weight - 48 kg;
Find the RN1 at Interbike Las Vegas booth 32160