HPS Domestique is the lightest-weight electric bicycle at 8.5 kg (18.7 lb)

FlatSix911

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I love the new HPS Domestique technology... but not the price. ;)


The newly unveiled HPS Domestique tips the scales at a featherweight 8.5 kg (18.7 lb). The ultra-svelte electric road bike is the creation of Monaco-based HPS, and features some pretty slick e-bike tech. The motor is a 200W unit hidden in the bike’s seat tube. It is built using German and Swiss components and offers up to 20 Nm of torque across six different pedal assist levels. That’s not a lot of power or torque compared to other electric road bike’s we’ve seen, but it’s also an entirely invisible e-bike drive unit. There’s no visible motor and most people would be hard-pressed to ever spot the HPS Domestique as an electric bike.

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Part of that camouflage comes from the neatly hidden battery. Other stealthy e-bikes we’ve tested can get away with hiding their batteries in a slightly chunky downtube. But the HPS Domestique’s handmade carbon frame doesn’t offer that chunky downtube for battery concealment. Instead, the company cleverly hid the battery elsewhere. You see that water bottle? As you may have guessed, that’s not really a water bottle. It’s a 193 Wh battery that offers up to three hours of assist on the lowest pedal assist level, and recharges in just two hours.

The European-built e-bike conforms to EU e-bike regulations, meaning it is limited to a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). HPS also mentions that “the system will be set to the laws for the country of order. In Europe, this means that assistance from the system will stop at 25Kph. Any tampering with this speed limit, for instance by fitting aftermarket devices, will invalidate the warranty.” So I guess that means good news, the motor can actually power the e-bike to even higher speeds! I hope you’re sitting down at this point, because here comes the price. The Domestique will cost you €12,000, which is USD $14,449 at today’s exchange rate.