In this post with videos we bring you news of the launch of a new urban e-bike that is set to become an attractive alternative transport means for many people – the Modmo Saigon. Weighing in at just 17 kg (37 pounds), this e-bike comes fully loaded with a full system of accessories. With a claimed range of 200 km (124 miles) range, it could take you pretty much anywhere you want to go.
Modmo Saigon can be ordered with an European Union legal 250-watt motor with up to 5 power levels.
A Stealth E-Bike?
The Modmo Saigon has a front hub motor, and is not obviously an e-bike. In this video, you can see that most people would not realize that the Modmo Saigon e-bike is an e-bike.
Modmo Launches the Saigon E-Bike
In spite of COVID-19, Modmo has launched the Saigon, and has in fact exceeded all expectations. Modmo hit their 1-year target in just 3 months and has accrued over €1,500,000 in pre-orders to date. The first 100 bikes will be delivered by the end of September.
MODMO was born in Ireland, the brainchild of Jack O’Sullivan. Now the company aims to do 100% of production in Vietnam. In order to do that, they are planning to establish a new R&D Centre. They hope to have it open by September in Ho Chi Minh City. And they plan to recruit 25 engineers to continue innovating and developing products.
Modmo Saigon – Tested for Strength and Durability
During the past months, Modmo has worked to ensure they have a high-quality bike that will last a lifetime. They designed 7 tests for fatigue, impact, bending, and stress tests, and repeated these tests 100,000 times to ensure strength and durability. This level of testing far exceeds industry and international standards. As Modmo say’s:
“We didn’t set out to create just another e-bike. We set out to create the bike that will replace your car.”
This factory video shows you the bikes being made:
Check out these photographs of the Modmo Saigon hitting the street.
The Saigon is only available on the Modmo website, which you can find by clicking here.
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Kevin Love says
“…this e-bike comes fully loaded…”
Perhaps your definition of fully loaded is different from mine. I note that the bike has no fenders, meaning that riding it on wet streets means a “skunk stripe” of road filth being showered onto the rider’s back. I don’t know about you, but the number of bosses that I have had who are OK with me showing up at work like that is precisely zero.
No chaincase or in this case one could call it belt case. In any case, there is nothing to stop the rider’s pants or dress from becoming entangled in the belt.
No basket or rear rack. Again, making it impossible to ride to work because there is nowhere to carry my briefcase and laptop. Not to mention making it impossible to stop on the way home from work to pick up groceries.
Most seriously, no bell and no lights. Making it dangerous to ride anywhere and illegal to ride in my jurisdiction (Ontario).
Here is a description of a bicycle which really is “fully loaded.” Or at least has the minimum to make it useful for everyday transportation. See:
Average Joe Cyclist says
All good points Kevin. Thanks for the link.