THE FUN ADDICTION:
It’s the excitement we feel when we’re carving through city streets and parkways on our way to the grocery store/cafe/work/school. Whether we’re racing competitively or simply riding just because. It’s this fun that we crave.
The brief for Billy was simple: make it fun. The idea of creating yet another bike just for commuting just seemed boring. And the new wave, the ‘Retro crowd’ scene was, well, crowded.
So, we took a step back and asked ourselves what we really wanted. We remembered what it was that drew us into this two-wheeled world in the first place - that first experience with a bike - the JOY. And that’s where we started. We took the simplicity and pure joy of the BMX riding platform and then added the magic with that little bit of electric awesome.
For the last year we have been designing, prototyping and testing Billy, bringing our vision to life step by step. We have seen many frame and configuration iterations during development but with a meticulous, and sometimes outright obsessive, attention to detail and dedication to our goal we continued to hone the design until we achieved what we believe to be fun unlike any other.
Ride with confidence with our ultra wide BMX bars and hyper responsive twist throttle. Shorty levers connect to disc brakes ensuring you stop on a dime. Billy’s clean, motoX inspired cockpit is a thing of beauty.
Ride like a ninja with our carbon belt drive as used by Harley Davidson and Buell motorcycles. Aside from a smooth-as-butter ride that’ll have you gliding over your terrain, belt drives are maintenance free and clean (no oil or lubrication needed) and are tested to last up to five times longer than standard chains.
Ride further with our powerful, high torque hub motor designed for larger fat bikes. We have an added mechanical advantage because of our wheels (smaller in diameter compared to your typical 26er Fat Bike), which translates to better climbing ability and faster acceleration.
Ride quicker with our lightweight 20-inch rims. We’ve minimised wheel weight via specially designed rim cutouts combined with super light rubber to reduce rotational mass and improve acceleration.
Ride your own way with 5 levels of power control. Each level determines how much power is transferred to the motor as you pedal. These levels also dictate how much power and top speed are achieved by the throttle.
Ride harder with our BMX/MotoX inspired geometry and lightweight aluminum package. 20% lighter than other comparable 20inch equivalents* and only a fraction heavier than superlight folding commuters**, Billy sits at the apex of fun.
* 11lbs lighter than Super 73
** only 25oz heavier than Mate S ebike
“Super fun. Super quick through city streets.” –Marc B
“This bike will create a new genre of ride somewhere between supermoto and BMX.“ –Tass G.
“He’s quiet, but he’s mighty!” –Jez P.
At Enki we believe in one thing above all else: That riding should always be fun. Much like our mythological namesake, our team are creative, intelligent, and often mischievous. We are e-bike engineers, designers, inventors and entrepreneurs, and we all live on two wheels. We have been developing bicycles, e-bikes and motorcycles for markets in the USA, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australia for over 11 years.
All Billy’s are the same. We just reward you for getting in early.
We only offer a single fully spec’d out bike because we don’t believe in sub-par versions. We know we’ve created an awesome bike in Billy and don’t think it’s right to offer you anything but the best.
Instead, we’ve chosen to reward backers based on how early they jump on board. The earlier you order, the higher the discount. Those first to select a reward receive the largest discount, and that percentage amount will get incrementally smaller until the total 500 bikes are sold.
All you need to do is select your reward and you’re good to go. We’ll confirm your color choice later.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER!
Because we want to see this project come to life, and we want YOU to benefit from our success, we’ve worked hard to create stretch goals that will reward your belief in this project – and give you an extra special something as a thank you.
At Enki, we’ve thought everything through; nothing has been left to chance. And we’ve timed our project so that our backers get their Billy e-bikes just in time for joyride-fuelled summer 2018. You’re welcome.
• Shipping to USA addresses is free for all ebike rewards.
• If you live outside of the USA and want to own Billy, send us a message. If we get enough interest for another location we may consider sending a bulk sea shipment there.
• Please note: Billy has been designed to meet USA federal electric bicycle regulations and we cannot be held responsible for use in other countries.
We’ve spent a lot of time perfecting Billy, but it’s a powerful electric bike and an exciting ride. That means you can still fall, potentially hurt yourself and others - or worse. Always wear personal protective gear, don’t ride outside your limits, learn in a safe and legal environment and use common sense.
Laws and regulations regarding electric vehicles and e-bicycles vary by country, state, county and municipality, so please check the legal status of this product before you ride it.
FOR STATES ALLOWING ONLY PEDELECS: The twist throttle can be unplugged from the controller for a pure pedal assisted e-bike experience.
FRAME MATERIAL = Aluminium 6061
CHAINSET = Gates Carbon belt drive
FRONT SUSPENSION = Fully adjustable air shock, preload/compression damping/lockout
FRONT DISC = 180mm
REAR SUSPENSION = spring, preload adjustment
REAR DISC = 160mm RIMS = 20 inch fat rims
HUB MOTOR = 500W Fat Bike Motor: Bafang RM G060.500.DC
BATTERY = 13.6Ah Samsung lithium-ion, on/off bike charging available
USB PORT = 5V
RANGE/SPEED = 41 mile range* / 20mph
STANDOVER HEIGHT: 30in (755mm)
MIN. SEAT HEIGHT: 32in (805mm)
MAX RIDER WEIGHT: 300lbs (136kg)
DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 68in (1715mm) x 31in (785mm) x 45in (1140mm)
WEIGHT = w/o batt. 48.5lbs (22kg), w/ batt. 54lbs (24.5kg)
*Range based on closed track testing, PAS 3, 150lbs rider weight, test completed in 3 hours.
Risks and challenges
By extensively researching similar campaigns we’ve identified several key areas of potential failure (common to these projects) and have actively tailored our campaign to minimize risk.
LARGE ORDER QUANTITIES DELAYING DELIVERY
Some uber successful campaigns received total pledges that were so high that they were unable to scale appropriately.
We’re limiting our production to only 500 bikes in total. This means we get to stick to our promises and you get your bike on time.
PRODUCTION TAKING TOO LONG
Some campaigns run into production difficulties resulting in customers waiting over a year for their product.
Our factory has the capacity to produce over 5,000 bicycles per month. Our commitment to producing not more than 500 electric bikes in total means there’s an incredibly big buffer there. On the logistics side alone, we’ve buffered over a month of delay time, so it’s actually possible that customers may receive their bikes earlier than the six months planned.
CUSTOMS IMPORT DUTIES AND FEES
Campaigns shipping internationally often encounter customs and border control issues. This in turn can mean extra hidden costs (and delays) for buyers.
We’re only shipping to the USA from within the USA. No hidden extras.
ISSUES SHIPPING E-BIKE BATTERIES
Campaigns offering international shipping often encounter issues with the shipment of lithium batteries. This can result in increased shipping costs and/or delays in delivery.
We’re shipping all of our packages via a USA national ground service that has confirmed the ability to ship electric bicycles and e-bike batteries. All e-bikes will be shipped with batteries already installed so there’s no waiting around for batteries to arrive. All you need to do is unpack, adjust, secure parts, and you’re good to go.
PRODUCT QUALITY ISSUES
In the past, there has been some concern that Chinese bicycle manufacturers produce sub-par products.
We have worked with many manufacturing partners over the last 15 years and the partners we have chosen to join Enki are a team of experienced electric bicycle manufacturers and engineers, as well as avid cyclists.
• Our electrical components are sourced from reputable international brands only, and include local USA warranty.
• Our frame has been overbuilt to ensure it can handle the riding conditions intended.
• Our quality control and testing processes are not only stringent, they’re borderline excessive. Components, frames and fully assembled ebicycles are individually inspected at each stage of the process to maintain the highest levels of quality, both in workmanship and in ride.
• Our manufacturing competencies, our problem solving abilities and our vision, combined with the sheer dedication to bring this quality electric bike to market make this team a true cycle producing force to be reckoned with.
OH, AND CONSIDER THIS:
These days, brands like Shimano, Apple, Samsung and Mercedes Benz manufacture and assemble world-leading products in China. It is now possible to produce a quality product so long as there is a fine attention to detail and a strict quality control process that accepts nothing but the highest quality.
- (42 days)