In recent years the e-bike market has absolutely exploded in popularity. Whereas once you could only find barebones electric-assist bikes, now there are retro-styled cruisers, big-wheeled off-roaders, 30 mph commuter bikes, and even discrete bikes you’d never realized were pedal assist.
Now, Polish firm Kosynier wants to add to that growing list with these vintage cycles, which resemble motorcycles from the early 20th century. Each e-bike is handmade in Buk, Poland by local craftsmen, and the family-run company is looking to take things global.
This month, Kosynier began crowdfunding on Indiegogo with a goal of raising $100,000 to support the purchase of components and to begin e-bike assembly. According to their timeline, the first batch of bikes will be ready in March 2017.
So how did the company come to be? Brothers Marcin and Michal Bielawski started Kosynier with a love for both bikes, motorcycles, and classic cars. They also come from a family of craftsman—they grew up working with their grandfather in his forge, and their father produced farm machinery.
Now the Bielawski brothers will play their part and plan to launch three initial variants of the Kosynier e-bike: a deLux touring version (above), a Boardtrack sporty version (top), and a Cruiser which comes without an electric motor. Two more variants will be revealed next month and include a café racer version as well as a high-speed model with full fairings.
As far as riding performance goes, the e-bikes appear to be on par with other top performers. The pedal-assist Kosyniers are powered by a 300 watt rear hub motor and two lithium-ion battery packs (one in the faux V-twin engine, the other in the gas tank) providing 48 volts of juice. On road, the company says the top speed is limited to 15 mph but on private roads these can go as fast as 31 mph. Speedy. Pedal-assist range is an impressive 49 miles.
So far the company hasn’t released official prices, but those who contribute to the campaign can nab bikes at a reduced rate. Indiegogo lists a standard Cruiser at $2,500, a Boardtrack at $3,900, a deLux at $4,900, and the yet-to-be revealed Speed model at a tall $15,000.