Honda, the famous manufacturer of cars, vehicle engines, motorcycles, robots and many other components for the automotive industry, may create a new generation of electric mountain bikes to enter this juicy part of the market.
The Japanese brand is present at the latest edition of the Japan Mobility Show (new name of the old Tokyo Motor Show) and, in addition to presenting some of the most powerful developments in terms of cars, motorcycles and robotics , it also shows a new one. e-MTB prototype.
The e-MTB concept presented by Honda draws special attention for a design that goes beyond the established rules. The Japanese manufacturer has shown what appears to be a long-travel electric bicycle, with a generous fork and a long-travel rear suspension.
This e-MTB is mounted on a chassis whose front triangle connects to a solid one-piece rear swingarm without chainstays. It has unique details, such as a cable entry through the head tube, a partially faired chassis with an integrated motor and battery, and a relatively wide rear fender located below the saddle.
The prototype shown by Honda is equipped with a Brose motor combined with a Shimano transmission, FOX suspension, RockShox Reverb AXS telescopic post, DT Swiss wheels and Maxxis tires. A whole hodgepodge of cutting-edge ingredients.
So far, Honda has not provided any information on whether this prototype will go into production or about its plans to launch an electric bicycle in the near future. There is no doubt that it is one of the giants of the industry, and it would be surprising if it does not offer its own electric bikes in the future.