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This electric bike folds in one second

Gi-Bike body

The trouble with a lot of foldable bicycles out there is that they take a number of clicks and pulls to get them into their compact form, and sometimes nearly take your fingers off in the process. Enter the Gi-Bike, the quickest folding bike we’ve seen.

Take a look at the G-Bike in the video below and you’ll see it collapses to half its full size between the 0:10 and 0:11 mark. All you have to do is flip a catch, lift, and et voilà, a towable unicycle.

Did we mention it’s electric?

Available with electric assistance, the 37.4lbs G-Bike runs for 40 miles on a LiFePo4 battery at speeds of up to 15mph. You can also charge your smartphone from a USB port in a handy mount. The lights even switch on automatically when it gets dark. Your phone also plays a part when it comes to security, syncing with the bike to automatically lock it when you’re a certain distance away.

Folding bike2 body

Is it on sale?

It’s currently part of a Kickstarter campaign, with the New York-based team behind the project looking to raise $400,000 for the initial production of the bike, which they’ve spent over two years designing.

It’s probably the coolest bit of cycling kit we’ve seen since the Copenhagen Wheel, an accessory that turns any two-wheeler into an electric bike, and the Sada Bike, which folds up to the size of an umbrella. However, with 27 days to go they’d raised just 10 per cent of the goal, so if you like what you see then get pledging.

[Source: Kickstarter via Stuff]

Photos: Kickstarter

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