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Electric bike's hubless rear wheel is big shock

Published: 12 August 2019

Updated: 12 August 2019

A funky, Finnish-built electric bike is undergoing final tests before going on sale early in 2020.

The RMK E2 has a unique hubless rear wheel with the motor driving the rim. Power is fed to the back wheel by three cables, which has helped the firm keep the weight down to a sensible 200kg. It’s claimed to make 67bhp and be capable of hitting 100mph.

The company also says the bike will cover 120-150 miles on one charge with an 80% re-charge taking just two hours.

The hubless rear wheel also offers regenerative braking which helps recharge the battery while riding. The left hand lever operates the back brake, while the right lever activates a conventional twin-disc stopper on the front wheel.

The RMK E2 is also kitted out with sparse, modern bodywork and comes with a futuristic, Tesla-like digital instrument cluster with built-in navigation mounted on top of its ‘tank’.

Orders are being taken now for the £24,000 machine and MCN expects to see it at the major European motorcycle show in Milan this November. The company says it aims to be making 4000 bikes a year by 2025 and also says it will distribute bikes in the UK next, although details are still being finalised.

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