To change from electric folding bikes, the Bokyong brand innovates with the practical and compact E-Pop-Cycle sliding electric bike.
Source : Bokyong
During my visit to the Vivatech show last spring, I encountered a curious bike on a South Korean stand. Small, colorful, the Pop-Cycle intrigued us: it was not a folding bike, but a sliding bike.
An astonishing sliding bike
It is the Bokyong firm which developed this aluminum cycle, avoiding sometimes unintuitive folding systems. The system is based on a central tube welded to the front, on which the rear of the bike slides. We can thus reduce the length by 37 cm, but that’s not all. The Pop-Cycle allows the stem to be folded (–20 cm high), as well as the pedals and handles from 52 to 16 cm wide.
The Pop-Cycle (muscular) at Vivatech 2023 // Source: Matthieu Lauraux for Aroged
From 122 x 99 x 53 cm, the sliding bike increases to 85 x 79 x 17 cm. It’s not as compact as a classic Brompton type folding bike, we admit, especially since the size of the wheels is 14 inches, which is less pleasant to ride. However, here, a handful of seconds is enough to slide it. The size – unique – also adapts to a wide range of sizes, between 1.50 and 1.90 meters depending on the brand.
A rather light electric version
And if we’re talking about a model, it’s because it has a now completed E-Pop-Cycle version. And yes, the first sliding electric bike is before your eyes, with the same system. The only difference: it integrates a battery directly into the frame, between the crankset and the rear wheel, with Samsung cells. You can even add a second battery in the style of a front bag, to double the autonomy – and for 365 euros more. According to Bokyong, the E-Pop-Cycle would cover a maximum of 70 km per charge. The battery is not removable and recharges between 4 and 5 hours.
A second battery available // Source: Bokyong
The rear engine // Source: Bokyong
The folding stem, like the fork and saddle, are made of carbon // Source: Bokyong
As for the motor, it comes to the rear wheel with a legal power of 250 W, without specifying torque. Even with this electric luggage, the sliding bike only weighs 16 kg, so very acceptable. In order to achieve this figure, Bokyong chose carbon on the stem, fork and saddle. For comparison, a Brompton C-Line Electric Urban electric folding bike weighs 16.6 kg and a Decathlon E Fold 500 weighs 21.4 kg.
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A contained price for the Bokyong
As for the price, it also seems much higher than what Bokyong had estimated us at Vivatech (1,250 dollars, or 1,140 euros). On Indiegogo, the base price of the E-Pop-Cycle would be 2,238 euros, however reduced to 1,276 euros with the introductory offer. At this price, this electric sliding bike also adds disc brakes, a 7-speed transmission and 14 colors to choose from.
However, you will have to ignore the mudguards (even optional), lighting or an optional luggage rack, but a crutch is present. Note that a basic screen gives you essential information, all linked to an application (statistics, counter, map, etc.).
Source : Bokyong
Bokyong is also developing other urban mobility objects in parallel with this sliding bike. The Korean firm has a project for a fully suspended electric scooter E-Board, self-service bicycle stations or removable batteries with one click. Before that, we would already like to see the E-Pop-Cycle officially arrive in France, if the crowdfunding campaign becomes a success. Deliveries are scheduled for January 2024, available worldwide including in France (at 145 euros).