Today we are testing Bond e-bikes! Good morning from Helsinki! Bond Mobility asked if I wanted to test their e-bike – – I thought why not – – as I am already here in Helsinki. So this is not a sponsored video. I guess many of you are interested – – in this e-bike service when it has been – – in the news lately. There is one free bike in front of the station – – battery is 84% – – let us take that! These Bond bikes are not just ordinary bikes – – with electric assistance – – neither a motorized vehicle – – which is the case if – – the assistance works without pedaling – – but stops assisting at 25 km/h. These Bond bikes assist up to 45 km/h – – so in legal terms they are treated like mopeds. Because these bikes are seen as mopeds – – you must ride only where mopeds are allowed – – i.e. not in bike paths – – unless they have the sign “allowed for mopeds” So usually you ride on the road – – you must use helmet – – you have to have the driving license – – and the bike must have an insurance. Of course in this case – – Bond Mobility takes care of that. Here we go! The helmet comes with the bike – – fits and looks OK. Oops – I guess I broke the law – – there was a sign “not for motorized vehicles” – – and this is a moped! The bike is actually Stromer St1X Stromer is a Swiss bike manufacturer – – with a good reputation – – and the bike also feels like it. The motor is in the rear wheel – – 600 W Stromer Cyro drive – – with a torque of 35 Nm. It feels powerful – – it has double the power of ordinary e-bike. The feeling is also different because – – the motor is after the gears – – whereas in most common setup it is in the cranks. The drivetrain is Shimano Deore 1 x 10 – – the hydraulic disc brakes are – – Stromer’s own brand. There is some delay in the assistance – – it reacts one second after you press the pedal – – and it also stops assisting – – one second after you stop pedaling. That is different from those e-bikes – – I have ridden more i.e. Shimano and Bosch. The assistance works up to 45 km/h – – so you can keep the pace of the city traffic. Starting from the lights is faster than with the cars. Of course you must be careful – – to be ready to stop when needed. The brakes are as they should – – for this kind of heavy and powerful bike. The frame is a bit small for me – – I guess all of these are 17″ size. You can adjust the saddle height rapidly – – so that is the way to get the position somewhat right. There are lights in both ends as in e-bikes usually – – and also space for your things – – in the rear rack up to 25 kg. The system follows you with GPS – – and the bike is locked automatically when not used – – and you must open it with the app. For now you can find these bikes only here in Helsinki – There is a geofence zone – – where you have to be in order to return the bike. It ends here in Vanhankaupunginlahti in the east – Viikki is outside of it – – as well as Lauttasaari in the west and north of Pasila. You can ride these wherever you want – – but you must return the bike inside the geofence zone. So here we are in Pasila – – close to the northern border of the geofence zone. Riding there is not cheap – – starting the ride makes 1e – – and riding 0,1e/min + 1 e/km. For me it sounds expensive – – especially here – – where the public transportation works well – – which is just the geofence zone. The cost of this ride was 33 e. Time will show if there is enough use for this concept – What do you think? Would you have use for Bond e-bike – – it is fast – no one can argue with that. Or do you prefer for instance those traditional citybikes? Thanks for watching – see you next week! Bye! The weakest link here is the app – – there is a new version coming – with a good reason. For instance I could not start the ride after registration – – without asking help from the customer support. So some tweaks to do with the app – – but otherwise the concept works well.