Getting started with the Hyboo: A great e-bike, but a bad hangover

Recently launched in France, the Hyboo electric bike is built on a strong and committed promise: an eco-responsible bamboo and carbon frame for a lightweight VAE, partly assembled by people with disabilities. To get a first impression, we took it in hand for a few days.

Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

We were allowed to hold the Hyboo electric bike in our hands for a week, which stands out due to its low weight and choice of materials. Is it worth it at 3300 euros? Answer in this little feedback.

Technical worksheet

model Hyboo Comfort (2022)
top speed

25km/h

engine power

250 watts

Number of Assists

5

announced autonomy

100 km

Advertised loading time

120 minutes

Removable battery

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes

GPS

nope

Screen

Yes

Weight

15 kilograms

Dimensions

n / A

color

silver, yellow

Product data sheet See test

This grip was made based on a model borrowed from the brand.

A successful frame

After a 15-year career in haute couture, design and ready-to-wear in Asia, Carla Sarantellis embarked on a new entrepreneurial adventure: that of the electric bicycle. This is how Tripbike was born, the origin of the VAE Hyboo, whose special feature lies in the choice of noble and environmentally friendly materials.

The promise of this model is as follows: a lightweight electric bike, “ Hybrid, lifestyle and designed with a feminine spirit‘ the victim said. Above all, the Hyboo has a handmade frame made of bamboo, but also carbon. A combination that allows you to drop to 15 kilos, a relatively low weight compared to the market average.

The project also has a social and human dimension, since this two-wheeler is partially assembled by people with disabilities. For this, Carla Sarantellis relies on the Associations for the professional and human integration and reintegration of the disabled (ANRH).

At 3300 euros, the Hyboo is clearly not for every budget. “Basically, we had our sights set on CSP+, but in the end all sorts of people are buying it: from the bank employee to the teacher to the retiree. It’s a community sensitive to the green side and its designexplains Carla Sarantellis.

A tilting stem

Except that at this price the expectations for the quality of the finishes, the choice of components and the driving experience are real. And unfortunately, this Hyboo doesn’t tick all the boxes. In terms of workmanship, however, the frame delivers what it promises. No sweat fold is visible, the design is clearly shown. The bet is therefore successful.

Also note the good integration of the luggage rack, which nevertheless exudes solidity. It is also possible to control the tilt according to your user profile via a system integrated into the stem. Again, this is an interesting idea that has been put to good use.

However, a few small things bother us: The remote control (on the handlebars) with which the support levels are controlled is terriblecheap. More care could also have been taken with the cable management. Those connected to the battery, in particular, are fixed with cable ties, which is not very “premium”.

The rear fender is loose and totally wobbly as soon as you drive over small bumps. Result: It hits an element of the frame and tends to get damaged while riding. Not to mention the frankly awkward sound the shock makes.

And here’s the drama

The Hyboo bike, or at least our test model, seems to suffer from deeper issues. After several tens of kilometers of driving in Paris, the “porter” – I never did the slightest damage to it, since it seemed fragile – just fell apart in the middle of the journey.

So here we are at an element detached from the bike that could have been dangerous for other road users in heavy traffic. This type of event is unacceptable.

The Hyboo is based on a special philosophy: it is not a bike that was designed to be electric from the outset. TripBike simply added an electrification kit (motor, battery, remote control) called Add-e, with a base price starting at 975 euros. It’s a different way of looking at things.

In terms of driving, the experience isn’t there. Or shall we say, it depends on what you are looking for. The roller motor installed in the vehicle does not offer the best behavior in terms of electric assistance. You have to do two or even three pedal turns (depending on your gear) to feel the assistance.

A “zero effort” aspect

Once the latter is activated, there is no middle ground: the motor delivers all its power but does not adapt to the intensity you pedal to adjust the assistance, as this can result in a high quality torque sensor. In road traffic, you spend your time alternating between pedaling and resting, especially with the highest support levels.

In summary, I had the impression that I was sailing around 1000 euros with a VAE sail.

However, this system has the “benefit” of bringing a “zero effort” aspect to your travels. At least you don’t come to work or home sweaty. It can also be suitable for part of the users. For its part, the Microshift shifter is decent, but the passage of reviews (8 in total) could have been more concise.

When braking, the disc brakes lack bite. At each stage I had to push the levers all the way down to stop or slow down as I wanted. The notion of progressiveness doesn’t really exist. Worse, the brake lever systematically leaned against my index finger in terms of the amount of pressure required.

An easy to remove battery

The thinness of the wheels is an assumed choice to drag the bike’s weight down. But it also doesn’t give a great sense of security, especially in somewhat tight corners at more or less high speeds. Finally, the motor-reel system tended to “cough” at times without really understanding why.

If you wish, you can also remove the 1.3 kilo battery – very easy to remove to switch to muscle mode. In this case, don’t hesitate to play with the gear ratios to lower your gear ratio when starting off. Note that the battery charges in 2 hours for an average range of 60 km.

Finally, an application, also managed by Add-E, accompanies the experience to bring you a whole series of information such as corresponds to the number of crank revolutions made per minute.

What conclusions can we draw from this manipulation performed in a short week? That the Hyboo electric bike has its own philosophy, based on a social, human and environmentally responsible project, focused on the lightness of the product. But whofinethe overall experience does not correspond to the displayed price of 3300 euros.

price positioning

At this price – and if the Hyboo’s inherent values ​​do not appeal to you – significantly more efficient and balanced models, but also heavier ones, can definitely be considered. We think in particular of the ace of the urban UAE, the iWeech, but also the Mustache or Canyon range or even Cowboy for less money.

The bikes are certainly contrary in all respects and difficult to compare with the Hyboo, but the riding experience is clearly on the antipodes. Let’s say there are no bad products, only bad prices. That of the Hyboo isn’t very pretty given the services it offers.

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