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F-wheel A5 Electric Bike illustrated by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

F-wheel A5 Electric Bike

By: Heather Skovlund x Vaughn Lowery

The F-wheel A5 electric bike has all the perks to an e-bike that you could dream of having while headed to your destination. It sports 14-inch wheels, an ergonomically designed frame, seating for adults and kids, and is easy to maneuver and store tight spaces with its folding capabilities. While you’re likely to see tons of these types of e-bikes zipping around just about any city in China, it’s a fairly extraordinary e-bike in the US. 

Curb Appeal

Affiliates of 360 Magazine had the opportunity to test the capability of the F-wheel A5 e-bike. The A5 is sleek and holds a trendy appearance with its 14-inch wheels and minimalist aluminum alloy frame. The A5 is designed for dense urban living with its durability, upgraded seat, and back seat perfect for transporting cargo (with bungee cords) or even a second person/child. The F-wheel is available in three colors: black, red, and white. This sleek e-bike is available in F-wheel A5 Standard as well as F-wheel A5 Deluxe. To customize the look of your new ride, look no further than Gabe Majalca, mastermind of Good Vibe Gliders for an enhanced flare.

Performance

With the amazing durability of the F-wheel A5, you will be able to sightsee in style and go shopping on a whim. The powerful 350W 48V motor will get you to your destination with ease with a max speed of 25KM/H. The F-wheel runs on a 7.5AH battery that is portable and removable, which is fantastic for charging. The added suspensions work nicely for a smoother ride with a noticeable difference in the seat post suspension. The acceleration is powerful, it has been reviewed at around 500W continuous and up to 750W peak for speeds. There are three different riding modes with the A5: Pure Electric Mode, Boost Mode, and Manpower Mode. The F-wheel A5 Deluxe is equipped with a LG lithium battery with a capacity of up to 21AH, with a BMS battery management system to help battery life up to 180KM.

Technology

As previously mentioned, the A5 has three different riding modes. The first, Pure Electric Mode, allows you to ride with no cycling of the pedals. The second, Boost Mode, allows you to pedal with an assist from the power source. Lastly, Manpower Mode, enables you to ride like a human-powered bicycle – no need to power on. There is a power display and real-time speed display in addition to the different modes offered: eco, medium and high. The A5 comes with two keys as well as two fobs to easily start the e-bike up. There is also an extra removable battery. The front and rear brakes work well as well as the front lights and taillights. There is a light on the back of the bike that lights up “EBIKE” which adds a subtle touch of flare to the bike. This e-bike is low maintenance without a derailleur or gears. The 14-inch tires are in a mag wheel – there are no spokes that need to be tuned or that will break. The F-wheel A5 weighs 22.5KG and easily folds up for easier transportation such as when you’re heading into an elevator, riding the Amtrack, climbing stairs or simply placing the e-bike in your apartment. Just simply fold the handlebars down, fold the frame in the front, fold the pedals down, remove the seat and you’re set. There are also sensors on the A5 to notify you if someone or something is too close the bike along with a lock on the battery.

Competition

Competition is very limited with the sleek improvements of the F-wheel A5 electric bike (formally DYU Smart Electric Bike D3). Priced at $700 and worth every cent. The closest competitor is the EB7 Elite Commuter from Swagtron. The next competitor would be the Flido D25 Folding Electric Commuter Bike. The electric bike trend has been on the rise due to communities embracing the go “green” activity. A review left on DYU’s website from Clayton Kent states that the A5 is the “perfect commuter bike enduring at least 70 NYC blocks a day” as well as “it has saved me a lot of money not having to use the train”. With the new improvements to the design and overall functionality to the F-wheel A5 electric bike, it is sure to be the front runner for delivery workers, professionals, and kids at heart.

Photo by Armon Hayes
Photo credit: Armon Hayes
Photo Credit: Armon Hayes
Photo Credit: Armon Hayes
Photo Credit: Armon Hayes
Photo Credit: Armon Hayes

Recaro Automotive at NAIAS 2018

Recaro Automotive Seating unveils new performance car seats at NAIAS 2018. For OEM customers and the North American aftermarket: Recaro Automotive Seating, the global leader in performance car seating, showcases an extended portfolio at the North American International Auto Show 2018 (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Adient’s premium brand is presenting the all-new modular Recaro Performance Seat Platform (RPSP) for OEM applications, an SUV performance seat and three new products for dynamic driving fun to reinforce the U.S. aftermarket business. “With our modular RPSP we are making a strong statement to our OEM customers in the U.S.: This new generation product platform is a customer-focused solution to meet the increasing demands for performance, safety, light weight, comfort and design, addressing a broad range of performance and luxury vehicles,” says Martin C. Klein, head of Recaro Automotive Seating. “At the same time we are demonstrating our strengthened engagement on the U.S. aftermarket with three new performance seats for the American car enthusiasts scene.”

At this year’s NAIAS, Recaro Automotive Seating is showcasing two applications of the Recaro Performance Seat Platform (RPSP): They cover the whole performance seat range, from a slim, “reduced to the max” version in lightweight design to a demonstrator with advanced features and design innovations, such as a visible, carbon fiber-woven backrest structure, aiming at the top luxury segment. An RPSP half-cut allows inside views of the special hybrid structure, which uses a combination of composite organo sheets and metal components. Recaro’s “SUV Performance” seat on display targets compact sporty utility vehicles combining advanced driving comfort with a dynamic attitude. As a result of extensive test driving, this concept offers exceptional comfort and riding performance especially suited to SUVs, with seat features like adjustable side bolsters in the backrest, a flat seat cushion for easy ingress/egress and the superior Recaro design. It provides an anatomically shaped structure and a low H-Point for excellent feedback from the road. The eye-catching Recaro Pole Position SL street legal limited-edition model for the U.S. aftermarket combines clean design and sportiness with high-quality manufacturing and craftsmanship. This purebred shell seat is made for sharp-looking interiors and the finest in dynamic driving pleasure. Limited to 300 pieces, the model is distinguished through unique Recaro styling elements, including an embroidered logo and elegant aluminum plaque with the seat’s serial number.

Despite its SOP in January 2018, only a small number of Pole Position SL seats are still available. Another all-new Recaro aftermarket seat at this year’s NAIAS is the Speed V: a true bolt-in seat kit designed specifically for American sports cars. It was inspired by the classic Recaro racing shells, designed for firm and dynamic support during high-performance driving. The new seat combines the look, feel and support of a racing generation seat with all the necessary comfort for every day driving. Recaro Automotive Seating also introduces the Sportster GT: With its long-standing history as one of the most successful sportive car seats in the world, this new seat addresses today’s top sport luxury automobiles, representing the latest in aftermarket seating technology. Its lightweight structure provides Recaro’s world-renowned performance ergonomics and excellent body support. Recaro Automotive Seating’s exhibition is part of the Adient presentation at NAIAS 2018 in Room 310B, Cobo Center.

2017 FORD EXPLORER PLATINUM SERIES

photos × story: Vaughn Lowery

No one wants to recieve the dreaded call that a loved one has transitioned. As of late, I received that call. My father had passed and thus; I had to dessiminate the news to my 4 older siblings. Once funeral arrangements were planned, we all hurried down to Detroit to be reunited for his services.

Because our father drove and highly revered his 1983 scarlet red Ford Fairmont with matching interior, we resolved to reach out to Ford about possibly testing one of their models in his honor – the 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum Series

This variant of the Ford Explorer is arguably one of the most gorgeous in their lineup. Their engineers and designers, by using sustainable textiles and green manufacturing, have raised the bar. Ruby red enamel coats the exterior alongside a set of 20″ bright machine faced wheels. The grille appears to be refreshed, adorning LED foglamps and power folding side view mirrors. The overall look and feel of the vehicle is classy and a great deal more sophisticated than previous configurations. 

Underneath the hood is a 3.5L V6 twin turbo ecoboost powerplant – pushing 365hp with 350lb-ft torque. Drivetrain has a terrain selector for gravel, sand, snow and grass. Sport mode can be activated via pedal shifters behind the heated steering wheel or shifter box. Weighing in at around 5000lbs, this husky vehicle gets around 16mpg city, 22mpg highway and 18mpg combined – this came in handy as we chauffeured family members to and from the airport.

Inside the cabin is a step in the right direction for Ford: signature leather seats/floor mats, branded scuff plates, dual moonroof, second row middle console with bucket seats and third row power folding back seats (60/40 split). Furthermore, this car has loads of brains – keyless entry, remote start, cruise control, parallel park assist. The 8.2 inch display infotainment unit is powered by Sync 3 with larger icons/interface. It possesses Bluetooth capabilities, audio control, app screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Audio. 

Standout features which were reminiscent of a Range Rover – highly adaptive headlights and 180 degree front/back camera. This gave us additional comfort while we darted back and forth from downtown Detroit to Bloomfield Hills – some of the roads tend to be dark, wooded with limited street lamps. In addition, being able to load the vehicle with a simple foot swivel under the back tailgate easily allowed us to pack our dad’s ashes.

In short, the full-size six-passenger 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum Series lent excellent support to our family during an extremely tough time. And at a cost roughly $55,000 USD for all of the technology and innovation, it’s well worth every cent.