World's First Folding E-Bike With a Frame Made of Flax Plant Fibers Is Here, Weighs 15 Lbs
Author: Cristina Mircea
Hummingbird bicycles are made in the United Kingdom and the Flax model is not the manufacturer's first product. In fact, the company introduced the world to the lightest folding bike ever back in 2017 and then again in 2018, when it developed an electric version of it. That one weighed 10.3 kg (22.7 lb), which is still very impressive, and featured a carbon fiber frame.
Now Hummingbird is back with another industry first, or so it claims, launching the Flax Folding Bike, the lightest and most sustainable bike in the world, built from plant fiber material. The two-wheeler was created in collaboration with motorsport company Prodrive. Among others, Prodrive specializes in manufacturing advanced lightweight composites for various types of applications in the automotive, aerospace, marine, or defense sectors. Hummingbird’s new folding bike is more environmentally-friendly than its competitors, with the biodegradable frame eventually breaking down at the end of its lifecycle.