I've just come back from China after visiting the assembly and motor factory to check on our latest models. The new models are now on the website and as on introductory offer, you can pre-order a Low Down IV or a Metro IV for 2017/2018 prices! We expect the new bikes to arrive in mid October.
I would like to highlight some of the features of the new Metro IV pictured. Firstly it has a H600 Bafang motor. This motor is very light (1.7kgs) but yet more torquey than the previous motor we used for this model. While it's a relatively new motor (first appeared two years ago) this motor is second generation. Bafang test and improve their products and we've learnt through experience to wait until new products are fully tried and tested before purchasing. And that's not to say the first generation of this motor was bad, it's just that we know the second generation always improves. The new Metro also has a colour slim line Bafang display and controller, a new extra bright headlight, a 14 amp hour battery, new alloy mud guards and a new heavy duty stand and a new easy to use seat post clamp.
As always, we've made these changes, in response to feedback from our customer's feedback and our bikes are always evolving. We also know through the experience of maintaining our bikes where we would like to make improvements. For example, Canberra at night is quite dark, compared to other cities, so we've been hunting for a better more powerful integrated light for quite some time. And we are always trying to get a lighter bike with no loss of functionality and improved performance which is what we've achieved with this model.