Mokumono’s Automotive-Inspired Delta S Electric Bike Redefines Bike Design
Mokumono is the kind of team that seeks to do all urban mobility differently. Born in the Netherlands and driven by innovation and the belief that bicycles are not disposable products, this team seeks to change the history of cycling.
Inspired by the self-supporting body design used in the automotive industry, Mokumono can produce a unibody frame that is both lightweight and structurally sound. Like few companies I’ve seen (come to think of it, none), the production process behind their bikes includes two aluminum halves that are shaped using rubber molds, as well as a bottom bracket. mechanically welded, a post tube seat and steering tube. To provide additional reinforcement to the potential chainstay, another aluminum component is added behind the seat post.
Now, this is all meant to give away a lightweight bike, isn’t it? Well, with the components and everything, the Delta S only weighs 35.3 lbs (16 kg), surprisingly light compared to the space taken up by the frame. Even though the frame design is not that classic, the top tube, seat post and handlebars still exist. In this case, they were set to an urban rider geometry.
To add more style and comfort for urban commuting on the bike, there is a set of Pletscher mudguards and integrated saddlebag mounts. The Brooks Cambium C15 saddle is a clear sign of its urban heritage, and Ergon GA3 grips round out the comfort features.
Since most bikes designed to work in town and on the streets do not include a suspension system, the tires and the fork are essential in providing a smoother ride. To accomplish this, the Delta S includes a set of WTB Horizon tires with a smooth centerline and herringbone outer tread to go a little beyond the pavement. As for the fork, Mokumono includes an aluminum crown and carbon blade construction to add a bit more vibration damping while keeping the bike light.
By now you may have noticed that there is no classic bike chain on the Delta S. That’s because this bike is equipped with a Gates Carbon Drive unit. Not only does this make the bike a nifty and clean single speed, it also offers one of the highest levels of usability on the market.
From there, it’s just the fun bits and pieces. The Gates belt attaches to a conventional rear sprocket which in turn is connected to a 36 volt, 250 watt motor that will provide assistance up to 25 km / h (15.5 mph). It may not be the biggest driver in the market, but it is what is legal in Europe. I’m sure someone can find a way to get some more speed out of it.
Powering the merchandise is a 7 Ah battery which will be good for a range of up to 60 km (37.3 miles). With this kind of electric range, if you’re the kind of rider who likes to feel the burn from their own work, you can easily extend your distance by only using the motor when needed. Once emptied, it only takes two hours to get up and ride at 100% capacity.
Mokumono makes this possible by including a connectivity app that allows you to set routes and even find the shortest, check battery levels and select power modes. Beyond that, the team also offers an option for a GPS tracker in case your bike is stolen. Hell, with a price tag of € 2,990 ($ 3,651 at current exchange rates) for a Delta S without GPS, you might as well put in the extra cash and know you won’t have any problems.
And even if your Delta is stolen, the bike is so unique and different that you would easily spot it if it was for sale on Craigslist or something like that.