Clive Sinclair has introduced another goodie from that wacky and marvelous brain of his: the Sinclair X-1 electric recumbent bicycle.
- Disc brakes front and rear
- Handlebars covered with
Fine Corinthian leathersuede.
- Acrylic bubble with integral roll cage bonded to the monocoque chassis constructed of steel with carbon fiber lower shell weighs 30 kg (62 lbs).
- Reclining nylon seat.
- Built in front and rear lights.
Sinclar Research is taking orders now for the X-1, with a UK list price of either $999 (over US$2000) or £595 (about US$1000) depending on which part of Sinclair’s website you look.
My quick commentary: Not bad but not especially ground breaking. 190W is a little bit underpowered, even by European standards where 250W is more the norm.
Sinclair has been fascinated with electric vehicles since he was a teen in the 50s, and this X-1 is very reminiscent of his Sinclair C5, a three-wheeled pedal-assist electric vehicle introduced in 1985 with a top speed of 15 MPH. Sinclair addressed the primary criticisms of the C5 in his new X-1 design: The X1 is not nearly as low-slung, the rider is protected a little more from the elements (the C5 was completely open), and modern battery, motor and materials technology addresses the battery life and vehicle weight problems with the old C5.