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Fly down the roads on a feather

Electric bikes are getting better and better, and this Hummingbird is one of the best. Sarah Moore reports.

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The bike's battery connects to an app, on which you can log rides and view maps, lock the rear wheel and, importantly, check battery power. Out on the road, the Hummingbird is a joy to ride, says Simon Ward on Wired. On gentle inclines the motor handled itself admirably, but when faced with the challenge of a steep, 700-metre hill climb it failed to rise to the occasion unlike Wired's test rider, who had to huff and puff out of the saddle for the hill's final stretch. But "minor gripes aside, for shorter, less demanding urban rides the Hummingbird is a delight, and for a new model it's remarkably impressive". It's just a couple of design tweaks away from becoming a genuine rival to Brompton's more muscular model.

Price: £4,495;Weight: 10.3kg;Frame material: carbon fibre;Motor: brushless DC rear motor;Battery: 250W, 5.3Ah;Claimed range: 30km to 60km;Fold time: 5 seconds;Folded dimensions: 550m (h) x850mm (l) x 200mm (w)

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