Discover Roetz Life – the electric bike designed to last forever

While the best electric bikes (opens in a new tab) are part of a sustainable transportation solution, they are also part of an important problem. Electronic waste.

The growing popularity of e-bikes means they will soon join broken and discarded computers, tablets and phones in landfills around the world. E-bikes are particularly problematic given the relatively short lifespan of their batteries as well as the cost of replacing them. But Roetz Bikes thinks they have the answer.

The Amsterdam-based bike brand has created Roetz Life, a modular e-bike designed to last forever and described by founder Tiemen ter Hoeven as “the one and last e-bike our customers will choose”.

In development for three years, the Life electric bike is designed to be upgradeable thanks to a modular concept that allows separate modules to be replaced and repaired if necessary; the idea being that the bike can grow with the owner rather than the failure of a single component causing the entire bike to become obsolete.

Roetz Life Electric Bike

(Image credit: Roetz)

The bike is built around a two-piece stainless steel frame, to which the modules are then attached. These include a seven-speed drive module with electronic shifting that is paired with a carbon belt for improved durability and life. Like all modules, it is designed to be exchanged easily.

Buy a Life Bike and you can choose from a range of batteries to suit your needs. Roetz also says more options will be released, including one to turn it into a “high-speed e-bike”, although e-bike speed limits in some countries, such as the UK, will surely restrict sales of e-bikes. this particular module. Roetz says it uses “intelligent programming” to help owners use the battery responsibly to maximize its lifespan.

Adapting to the changing needs of owners is a central element of the modular system of the Life bike. Roetz says he intends to add new modules in the future that will allow the bike to be converted for a new purpose. Sketches on its website show two versions of a cargo bike, with front and rear storage.

Perhaps the most intriguing element of Roetz’s design is what he calls an “intelligent nervous system” located within the bike’s components. The wheels, identical front and rear, are equipped with tires monitored by an intelligent sensor that controls the pressure. Brake wear is also monitored, with a sensor telling you when the hydraulic disc brakes need service, before parts are damaged, as is battery and motor life. The brand’s “unlimited service” guarantee sees parts replaced or repaired “next day” and at your doorstep.

The Roetz Life is the next chapter in the brand’s “circular mission” to solve the bike waste problem. He started life turning old scrapped bikes found in his hometown into new machines, with around 40% of the old bikes used in the scaling process. With e-bikes now outselling regular bikes in the Netherlands, Roetz is committed to transforming e-bikes from a linear product into a circular product.

Pre-orders for the Roetz Life are now open with delivery of the first batch expected in February 2023.

The pre-order price is €3,375 for the Roetz Life with a 500 Wh battery (60-120 km) or €3,725 for the 840 Wh battery (90-180 km).

For more information visit roetz.life (opens in a new tab)

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