When you pedal, an integrated torque sensor summons the perfect amount of power from the bike’s front-hub motor to keep you at a steady pace; pedal harder and the motor settles down, take a rest and it kicks into overdrive. The bike comes out in May, and the manufacturer tells us that it sees the technology eventually taking off in developing countries, where it could act as a low-cost option for carless commuters. giant-bicycles.com
Because the Giant Twist Freedom DX runs on a cyborglike mix of muscle and machine power, it can travel twice as far as most powered cycles. The bike comes out in May, and the manufacturer tells us that it sees the tech taking off in developing countries.