Sachs Celebrates Rebirth at Eurobike as Brand for E-Bike Parts
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – An iconic brandname is celebrating its rebirth at this year’s Eurobike. It’s Sachs. In Hall A1, on stand 401, the brandname is proudly presented on an e-bike mid-motor which will be produced by ZF. This company is one of the largest automotive parts makers in the world.
After Bosch and Continental, ZF is the third of the world leading car parts makers that turn to the cycling sector. ZF is a specialist in gears as the company is the world’s biggest in gearboxes for cars. But as electric cars (which do not need gearboxes) are expected to come up strong in the next year’s, ZF is like many in the car industry looking for new opportunities in new sectors. This 40 billion euro annual turnover company is making its entry in the bike business through a company named Sachs Micro Mobility Solutions GmbH .
Sachs Micro Mobility Solutions is a joint venture of BrakeForceOne (BFO), ZF and Magura. With a stake of 48%, ZF is the largest shareholder of the joint venture. ZF believes that there is great future potential in the field of micro mobility and this applies equally to the transport of people and cargo. Studies have already predicted enormous growth in the use of electric lightweight vehicles by 2030, particularly for city center logistics. That’s the reason for ZF to present at Eurobike a robust e-bike mid-motor offering an equally robust power. It’s capable of churning out 110 Nm in torque, making this motor one of the most powerful there are. And with such power it’s perfectly suited for e-MTBs as well as Cargo Bikes.
But the electrified mountainbikes and cargo bikes have to wait before the Sachs mid-motor can be fitted. ZF plans to start discussions with OEM makers this and next year. During that period the company is also working on the further development of the e-bike drive system. In the course of 2019 ZF expects to be able to do the final pre-testing with having the product ready for series production in 2020.
The Sachs e-bike drive is to make its market entry with an integrated ABS system and hydraulic disc brakes that come with ABS. With it Sachs Micro Mobility is stepping into (for the cycling sector) uncharted territory. In particular as the Sachs drive/brake system combines electronics and hydraulics technologies.
With its Sachs combined drive and anti-lock brake system, ZF and its partners are not targeting super-premium e-MTB models. The goal is to bring it into the volume market; so the 3 to five thousand euro models. That’s made possible by offering a choice of a full (2-wheels) ABS or a limited one for front wheel alone.
ZF acquired Sachs
In 2001 ZF acquired Sachs from Mannesmann. Under the Sachs brandname and as part of a company named Fichtel & Sachs the renowned Torpedo 3-speed gear hub was made which helped the bicycle to achieve worldwide success at the beginning of the 20th century and set the industrial standard until well into the 1980s. Back in the 1930s, Sachs also supplied auxiliary motors for bikes, selling millions in particular during the 1950s.