Rehau/Storck Continues Development Advanced Composite E-Bike Frame
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – It was one of the highlights of last year’s Eurobike. And the ones looking for it at this year’s show were not disappointed. The project by German automotive supplier Rehau, Storck Bicycle and the Institute of lightweight and Polymer Technology (ILK) of the TU Dresden, has been taken one step further.
A newly developed, slimmer looking and ready to be produced prototype was at the Storck Bicycle booth. Here CEO Markus Storck said that the 24 inch wheeled e-bike is in 2017 to be sold for about 3,000 euro retail and that it will come in 25km/h and speed e-bike versions.
Composite frames made in 7 minutes
For producing these e-bikes with the advanced composite frames that integrate the mid-motor, battery and control unit, Rehau is planning to build a production facility in Germany. Here a composite frame is to be made in 7 minutes. The frames will be used in Storck branded e-bikes, but will also be offered to other OEMs.
New investor and shareholder
Markus Storck said that as Rehau’s launching partner the e-bikes with the special composite frames will be marketed through Storck’s distribution channels as well as online. He further stipulated that Storck Bicycle GmbH is looking for expansion and for the right scale to bring the Rehau project further. In order to do that the company is looking for a new investor and shareholder which is to replace Decathlon. The sporting goods retail giant acquired a 25% stake in Storck Bicycle GmbH in 2011.