YikeFusion: same design, heavier frame, less expensive

May 16, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- Some of you may be familiar with the YikeBike. For those you who are not familiar with the YikeBike it is a computerized bike that can be folded up and packed away when it is not in use. The bike, which looks like it belongs to a classic cartoon character, allows users to tool around on the sidewalk much faster than most of us could walk, or even pedal on a standard bike.

The standard version of the YikeBike weighs in at 10.8kg or 24 pounds, which is about the same as a Brompton folding bike. That low weight comes with the help of a carbon fiber body. The carbon fiber is lighter than other materials on the market, but it also makes the bike fairly expensive. Anyone who wants to buy the original YikeBike would have to pay $3,800.

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If $3800 is not in your budget then you should be glad that Yike has created the Fusion. The Fusion is significantly less expensive, at $2000, because it is made from an composite, which makes it notably heavier at 14kg or roughly 31 pounds. This change of materials in the frame has added about seven pounds. This less expensive bike still carries over the same design from the original YikeBike, and features the same 450-watt motor. That motor will take you about six miles in total with a top speed of 14mph.

Since both the YikeBike and the YikeFusion are meant only for short-term commutes the extra weight should not be a significant issue for the majority of users, who could stash it in the trunk of a car or rolling suitcase. The YikeFusion is already on the market.

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not rated yet May 16, 2011
..and still no cigar.
5 / 5 (1) May 16, 2011
I like it a lot, but the attachment point of the rear wheel seems like the achilles heel, doesn't it? And a video of someone traversing a typical rough & cracked road surface would be helpful (does one stand up for the bumps?) Also, I hope there is a mud flap offered as an accessory. I think I'll wait till they've seen some real-world road time.
1 / 5 (1) May 16, 2011
old and sucks.
not rated yet May 17, 2011
A shame they won't sell in the UK. We can't use bikes like this on the road as they have to be registered, licensed, insured etc plus it wouldn't pass any of the required tests and we can't use it on the pavement as the only powered vehicles allowed to do that are the electric trolleys for old people and they're limited to 8mph.

It's a great idea though.
not rated yet May 17, 2011
Great alternative to a uniwheel. Now I just have to find a couple of bears to train to use it.
not rated yet May 17, 2011
Looks dangerous . . . I can imagine hitting a little pothole and landing face-first -- THEN having the Yike land on top of me.

You could have a street-legal motorcycle for less money, too. Nice try; very innovative, but I'm afraid these people are headed for bankruptcy.
3.7 / 5 (3) May 17, 2011
dey see me rollin, dey hatin, catchin me white & nerdy
not rated yet May 17, 2011
The problem with this bike - regardless of its actual usefulness and safety - is that no self respecting man would put his own cherished set of balls anywhere near that thing.

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