Certainly no ordinary e-bike: the newly introduced Swissrider Urban from Thömus stands out not only with an unusual e-drive, but also with a particularly low weight. It starts at a record-breaking 11.5 kg!
But first things first: the compact mid-drive motor of the Swissrider Urban is surprising, because it is not one of the new systems from Fazua (Ride 60) or TQ (HPR 50). Rather, Thömus relies on a similarly compact bike drive from Maxon, which also come from Switzerland. The system called Bikedrive Air is very light (the motor itself weighs only 1.9 kg) and offers sufficient power with a torque of 40 Nm. Due to its design, the drive system can also be installed very inconspicuously in the bike, which is supported by the minimalist interface on the top tube. This serves to display the battery capacity and control the speed level and hardly disturbs the overall appearance of the bike.
Also thanks to these components, the Swissrider Urban looks sporty and elegant — and somehow also reminds you of the Precede:ON CF from Canyon, after it has undergone a slimming cure. An interesting detail is the lighting system, which is integrated in the frame at the rear and in a handlebar stem unit at the front. However, this light system counts as optional equipment and must be ordered at extra cost. The same applies to many other features, because the bikes from Thömus can be extensively configured.
In the basic configuration, the Swissrider Urban is equipped with a 12-speed derailleur from Shimano’s SLX series, and there are also optional shifters from the XT and XTR series. Furthermore, the handlebars, stem, saddle and tires can also be adapted to your own preferences. There are also different wheels — including even from lightweight carbon — to choose from.
Also interesting are the options for the built-in battery: It is available in capacities of 250 Wh, 360 Wh and 426 Wh. There is also a separate range extender in the form of a water bottle that supplies another 250 Wh of capacity.
In the basic version with SLX equipment and 250 Wh battery, the prices for the Swissrider Urban start at 4,750 Swiss francs, which currently corresponds to the same amount in euros. The bike is available in four frame sizes and in three color variants: red, sand and black. CHF 200 (360 Wh) and CHF 400 (426 Wh) are charged for the larger batteries. However, if you want to reach the 11.5 kg total weight, you have to go all out for lightweight construction — and depending on the configuration, you can then definitely get into the 10,000 Swiss franc range!