A new custom 3D-printed carbon Kimoa e-bike reshapes direct-to-consumer e-bike buying in the US, backed by SimplyEV, Fernando Alonso’s lifestyle brand, and the e-technology & manufacturing specialists of Arevo. It’s a reimagining of some unique automated thermoplastic carbon manufacturing tech we first saw a couple of years back from Arevo, now more accessible with the lifestyle crossover and brick-and-mortar retail shops across the US.
Kimoa x Arevo custom 3d-printed carbon e-bike
In fact, this new Kimoa e-bike is almost the same as what we saw when Arevo crowdfunded its own version under their Superstrata brand. But now the ‘sustainable’ clothing & accessory lifestyle e-retailer fronted by Spanish Formula One racing driver Fernando Alonso, is out to make customized e-bikes much more accessible, and even becoming more integrated.
e-bike development explainer
Just as a quick refresher & explainer, Arevo is the Silicon Valley advanced manufacturing technology company that makes this e-bike possible with their own continuous carbon fiber composite 3D-printing process, combining carbon reinforcement with an impact-resistant thermoplastic binder. They are the parent company of Superstrata, which still make their Terra as both a bike and an e-bike, targeted more towards performance-focused cyclists.
Arevo’s separate new partnership with Kimoa is really about opening up to a broader audience away from conventional cycling. At the same time, the goal with Kimoa is to speed up the delivery process to get new buyers hooked on the idea of a made-to-order e-bike as a form of cool, sustainable alternative transportation.
The heart of the Kimoa x Arevo e-bike is still the monocoque 3D-printed thermoplastic carbon frameset, powered by a Bafang 250W 50Nm hub motor with a small 252Wh battery hidden inside the frame for a range of 55 miles, and a quick 2hr recharge time.
Geometry is defined simply as parametric custom, where you enter your basic height, inseam & preferred ride position to self-generate the proper fit. Or you can enter more detailed 5-point biometric measurements to get a “Superfit”. Arevo says that means 500,000 possibilities so every rider gets a perfect fit.
Kimoa x Arevo – Pricing, options & availability
The Kimoa x Arevo e-bike is essentially available now with what looks like a minimum of 4-8 weeks lead time as it is currently still being produced in Arevo’s largest 3D-printing farm facility in Vietnam. The e-bikes are being made-to-order on a first-come, first-served basis.
3D-printed Kimoa x Arevo e-bikes start at $4000 complete in a singlespeed configuration – with either flat bar, backswept townie bar, or a road drop bar. Adding a 1x 11sp Shimano 105 drivetrain adds an extra $350. But you can pick either conventional road, mixed terrain bike path, or wider gravel bike tires for no additional cost.