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Plugging into the folding fat e-bike zeitgeist

Here's the world's first folding fat e-bike. Next? A cargo-bike version? A kids' folding fat-bike?
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Last year at Eurobike there were plenty of fat bikes. There were even some folding fat bikes. But none had motors. Nature abhors a vacuum so it should come as little surprise that a company is here at the 2015 show with just such a mash-up.

Bad Bike of Italy is promoting its 20-inch Bad Fat as the “first folding fat e-bike in the world.” (It won’t be the last.)

This is Bad Bike’s first year as a Eurobike exhibitor but general manager Maurizio Papa has visited on numerous occasions and relishes the fact he has plugged straight into the zeitgeist.

“You might think it’s a joke product,” he said. “But it’s actually very comfortable to ride and it’s a lot of fun. And because it folds the fun is transportable.”

The 250 watt Bad Fat, powered by a brushless rear hub motor, retails for €1698 with a 500 watt version costing €2130.

Bad Bike has been making e-bikes since 2010. It manufactures in Taiwan and assembles in Naples, Italy. CMF Europe, the parent company, has been a motor dealer for 30 years.

Sales manager Giancarlo Pinto (pictured) said the company sees a great future in e-bikes: “Sales in the automotive market are going down but the e-bikes sector is expanding.” Bad Bike is at the show seeking international distributors.

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