New Urban Utopia = Urtopia
First Impression (Update July 29, 2022)
We have had the Urtopia e-bike here since mid-July and would like to give you a first impression of the e-bike before the detailed test report goes online. The e-bike has now clocked up a few kilometers and it is fair to say that Urtopia, as a newcomer to the e-bike market, has delivered a usable urban bike.
Stylish and well-made carbon frame.
As a classic city bike, it cuts a fine figure. The bike impresses with its high maneuverability in traffic and is a guaranteed eye-catcher thanks to its stylish carbon frame. The rigidity of the frame quickly becomes noticeable on rough terrain. Due to its light weight of just 14 kg, it can be carried up and down a few steps without any problems.
Instead of the chain, Urtopia uses a Gates Carbon Drive.
The driving experience leaves a positive impression. The support reacts quickly and feels natural at all levels. At 25 km/h, the support switches off automatically and you can still reach approx. 35 km/h with pure pedal power.
The Urtopia E-Bike is not a “mountain goat” due to its 35 Nm torque, but the support still works quite well with slight inclines. The range measured under real conditions is approx. 75 km. The battery then needs to be plugged into the socket for 3 hours.
Disc brakes, 250W rear hub motor and bike stand sold separately.
Urtopia attaches great importance to smart equipment. Coupled with the Urtopia app, you always have the location of the e-bike in view (if eSIM is active) and can look at the route you have traveled afterwards. So far this works quite well.
You can keep an eye on everything via the Smartbar.
The app still deserves minor improvements. For example, the volume of the bicycle bell is currently linked to the volume of the entire sound output, which can be annoying in the long run. The e-bike makes quite a lot of sounds! But in conversation with Urtopia, it was already announced that the app would be further expanded and improved.
mmWave has a bitter aftertaste. The once touted feature has been disabled in the current firmware update (1.5.0). When asked, Urtopia informed us that the function still requires further development steps. It is not known if and when mmWave will come back. Pity!
Do you have questions about the Urtopia e-bike? Off to the comments!
Update 06. July 2022
New update to the Urtopia e-bike! Baker of the Indiegogo campaign was supposed to get her hands on her e-bike towards the end of July with a slight delay. The accessories for the bike have already been sent.
But there is also news about availability. In addition to the official Urtopia shop, the e-bike will also be available from Media Markt, Otto and other retailers. At Media Markt (Link) and Otto, the bike is already listed for 3199 euros. According to the information stored there, shipping will take place around mid-September or in 7 weeks.
200€ Urtopia coupon
With this coupon you get a 200 Euro discount on the retail price of the Urtopia e-bike.
The official Urtopia shop is cheaper. With our exclusive discount code, the price is reduced to 2999 euros. Anyone who would like to take a look at the e-bike beforehand has the opportunity to do so at EUROBIKE 2022 (July 13 to 17). All information about this in the update below!
Update 01. June 2022
According to the manufacturer, the first delivery of the Urtopia e-bike is on its way to Europe and should be delivered to pre-orderers in June. We should then also receive our test device and hopefully in a few weeks we can tell you more about the Urtopia e-bike in a detailed test.
At the same time, Urtopia informed us that they will have their own stand at EUROBIKE in July. There you have the opportunity to see and try out the e-bike up close. EUROBIKE will take place from July 13th to 17th at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds.
Details on the hall, stand number and the test site for test drives can be found on the flyer.
Update 18. May 2022
New update from Urtopia! The delivery of the e-bike has already started in the USA and from June it will also be the turn of European customers.
Anyone who would like to reserve the e-bike quickly (49 euros down payment) will receive a discount of 200 euros (2799 euros instead of 2999 euros). Reservations are possible until the end of July.
If you don't want to buy the bike after paying the deposit, the 49 euros will be refunded.
To the Urtopia offer
Update 03. March 2022
Urtopia has increased the discount for pre-orders again. Deposit $100 now get $500 off! According to Urtopia, anyone who has already pre-ordered the bike for the old campaign will also be credited with the $500 instead of the $200.
Update 24. February 2022
There is new information about the Urtopia E-Bike! The bike has now been successfully “backed” via Indiegogo. Urtopia is now starting direct sales via its own online shop. Nevertheless, the carbon e-bike is still on presale. Shipping is scheduled to take place in May with a slight delay.
You can try out the Urtopia e-bike at raddoc in Potsdam.
If you want to buy the e-bike now, you have the chance to do so. With a deposit of $100 there is a discount of $200.
The price of the German model would then be $3299, which corresponds to the equivalent of €2.933. If you change your mind again by May, you can cancel without hesitation and get your deposit back.
To the Urtopia shop
Urtopia what? - never heard of it! This is probably how most people will feel when they hear about this e-bike brand for the first time. By the way, I felt the same way because I hadn't had Urtopia on my screen until a week ago. It wasn't until a friend brought it to my attention and told me about the futuristic e-bike that my curiosity was piqued and the research began.
A full carbon e-bike for under 2000 euros almost sounds too good to be true. So who is behind the “Urtopia Carbon E-Bike”? A look at the homepage reveals that Urtopia is a startup headquartered in Hong Kong. The e-bikes are produced in China. Sales are worldwide, which in turn promises easy access to spare parts. The e-bike has been being developed since 2020 by a team of young engineers with one goal in mind "healthy urban lifestyle powered by smart technologies" to bring to the person.
Anyone who would like to try out the Urtopia e-bike currently has the opportunity to do so. Upon request from Urtopia, a prototype is at the bicycle dealer raddoc exhibited in Potsdam.
Here in March there will be a test of the retail version of the Urtopia e-bike.
At the end of 2021, “financing” via Indiegogo (Link) started. Urtopia has now found almost 1.300 “backers” there who have donated almost 3.000.000 euros to the e-bike. The campaign goal was achieved and the e-bike should be sent to the backers at the end of February 2022. If you want, you can still buy the Urtopia e-bike at a special price. The e-bike has been in production since December 2021.
Urtopia on Indiegogo
Urtopia carbon e-bike
But now finally to the e-bike. This promises to be the jack of all trades among e-bikes. Light carbon frame and smart technology at a great price of just under 2000 euros. Sure, such a data sheet can always be nice, but what Urtopia promises here could actually make many other e-bike brands sweat.
Lightweight full carbon frame
Thanks to the full carbon frame, the e-bike weighs a light 14 kg. The futuristic look makes a lot of sense, but as always, looks are a matter of taste. With a classic frame design, Urtopia could certainly have saved some weight.
Carry the e-bike up the stairs? At 14 kg not too heavy!
When it comes to stability, a test will also have to show how much the frame can withstand. The seat post disappears and the resilient element is the frame itself. The e-bike is available in three eye-catching and less eye-catching paint finishes: “SIRIUS”, “LYRA” and “MIDNIGHT IN PARIS”.
Lots of gadgets
Smart bar & GPS
The hardware of the e-bike is just as futuristic as the design. You always have an eye on the “Smartbar”, the LED dot display of the Urtopia e-bike, which is stylishly embedded in the handlebars. The display provides information about the speed and battery, among other things.
The Smartbar with LED DotDisplay
Integrated GPS also allows you to navigate with the e-bike in real time and show directional arrows on the display.
AI voice control, app & fingerprint scanner
The icing on the cake when it comes to smart functionality is the AI voice control of the Urtopia e-bike. The artificial intelligence knows how to deal with voice commands such as “lights on”, “lock the bike” and many other commands. The answer is via a 3W speaker. For better or worse, you are guaranteed to be an eye-catcher in public!
Simply complete with your fingerprint.
In the future, the e-bike will also be able to be controlled and monitored via an app. A fingerprint scanner on the handlebar serves as a biometric immobilizer.
mmWave & fall detection
What already sounds like a lot of frills and gimmicks is only a fraction of the functions that Urtopia wants to equip the futuristic e-bike with. The finished series model should be equipped with mmWave, among other things, a technology that recognizes objects and measures the distance to them. If, for example, a car approaches from behind, you will be informed about it via the Smartbar.
In the dark, the blinking direction is projected onto the ground.
The e-bike detects falls using a gyroscope and if an emergency number is stored, this is automatically informed after a fall.
Blinkers & Connectivity
Otherwise, there is a turn signal that even projects the direction of the blinking onto the road in the dark. Bluetooth, WiFi and eSIM have also been included. The software receives updates automatically “Over-the-Air” (OTA).
Urtopia has discreetly hidden the 250 watt motor from "Mivice" (35~40 Nm) in the rear wheel hub. The sensor technology uses a torque sensor, which means that the driver can determine how much support the motor should provide by pressing the pedal. The belt is a Gates Carbon Drive, which speaks for high durability and low maintenance.
The Urtopia e-bike uses a Gates Carbon Drive belt.
In the EU version of the Urtopia e-bike, the motor support switches off at a speed of 25 km/h. In the US version at 31 km/h. The acceleration can be additionally adjusted in the performance levels “ECO”, “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Turbo”. In addition, the e-bike can be powered purely by pedal power.
Safety, battery and range
Another important issue is safety and battery. The standard model of the Urtopia e-bike complies with the regulations applicable in Germany for the operation of e-bikes on public roads upon request from the manufacturer. Hydraulic disc brakes ensure short and safe braking distances.
The Urtopia e-bike has the removable battery integrated in the inclined tube. The capacity is 360 Wh and branded Li-Ion cells from Samsung are installed, which still deliver 1000% of the capacity after about 80 charging cycles. The battery is charged in about 2 1/2 hours. According to Urtopia, the range with just one battery charge is between 50 and 130 km.
What is your opinion on the Urtopia carbon e-bike? Let us know in the comments!