Grant Sinclair – the nephew of renowned eco-inventor Sir Clive Sinclair – has released the first details of the new IRIS e-trike.
The new road legal chest-high electric trike is designed and crafted from Quantum Foam EPP, which the brand says protects the rider by reacting to compression in much the same way as a traditional crash helmet, giving inspiration to the form of the unit.
The IRIS uses a Lithium-Ion battery hooked up to a 750-watt mid-drive motor with eight-speed race bike gearing to achieve speeds of up-to 30 miles per hour. The unit is also designed to be economically sound with usage amounting to around five pence per 50km of travel. Twin hydraulic disc breaks also provide maximum stopping power for road situations and added LED headlamps, indicator-repeaters and break lights aid in visibility.
The trike features a lockable rear compartment that is capable of carrying up to 50 litres (Sinclair has ear-marked this fact with the likes of UberEATS, Deliveroo and Amazon in mind), whilst a hinged aviation acrylic canopy protects the rider from the elements. Built-in air vents channel air through anti-pollution charcoal filters whilst in use.
Internally, the IRIS utilises Shimano A530 SPD double-sided pedals for either normal shoes or clip-ins, which propel the chromoly steel trike chassis. Externally, puncture-proof Tannus Slick tyres keep the rider going over course surfaces and over sharp materials.
The twist-throttle model will retail for £3,499 in the UK with a £99 deposit, whilst the purely pedal-assist model will retail for £2,999.