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Electric Karma

  September 21, 2017

Karmic is an electric bike brand with a strong belief in karma. "Being Karmic is thinking about your impact on the world," says founder Hong Quan.

Based in Silicon Valley, Karmic recently launched the Koben S, a “speed pedelec” that can go up to 28 miles per hour, perfect for urban commuters who want to surge out of stop signs and keep up with the flow of car traffic. In addition to its Gates Carbon Drive system, the Koben S comes with a NuVinci N380 planetary hub for seamless shifting, and it is powered by a 350 Watt mid-drive motor with 80 N-m of torque and a battery with a range of 40-50 miles. It has daytime running lights for safety, and full fenders for year-round riding. Mountain biking legend Joe Murray helped design the bike’s geometry, which is meant to provide a fast and stable ride.

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“We make the best bikes at the best value because we sell direct to consumers rather than through shops,” Hong says. “I don’t really compare our bikes to what’s on the market. We just build bikes we like to ride.” Hong built his first bike at age 10 and has been riding and racing most of his life. “Everyone knows how to ride a bike. We all rode one as a kid. But a lot of us stop. We give up our toy. But I feel like we also give up our joy. And who can’t use a little more fun in their life?”

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Watch the video of Hong as he discusses the meaning of karma, the health and societal benefits of bike commuting, and how bikes can provide a solution for the world’s ever-larger mega-cities. Visit their website to order your Karmic, and feel the karma of getting out of a car and onto two wheels. karmicbikes.com

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