Le Cafe Racer is a long-term undertaking that really put the team to the test. Here is some behind the scenes info: the steps of the manufacture, the certification and the launch of the racing range.
Made in Portugal
We knew the frame of the bike would represent a real technical challenge to the manufacturer. We needed an expert and we found him in Portugal.
Making the bike in Portugal was possible thanks to our parner Crosspro, specialized in the manufacture of chassis and motorbikes for competitions. His asset? The technical director speaks French;-)
At first, we were to be supported by IBH, frames and handbikes’ manufacturer. But the CEO speaks only Portuguese, it was difficult to communicate on such technical details and for the team to really get to grips with the project.
Crosspro acted as project manager with IBH. Without their help, the project could have been delayed for 6 more months.
Making the frame took time for several reasons, one of which was the certification process. Indeed, we needed Le Cafe Racer to be certified as a standard bike but also as an E-bike. The certification of an E-bike is a lot more demanding so we had to make a few changes along the way.
By the way, the first certification process didn’t go through because of the devices put inside the frame to introduce the wires of the bike when it’s used as an E-bike. These made the frame weaker so we had to revise it.
As the frame is fitted with a removable swing arm, the rear of the bike was too flexible, so we had to change the frame to bring some technical evolutions in order to make it stronger. IBH found the solution for these evolutions, as the CEO participated in the manufacture of some motorbikes in Portugal. Aevon Bikes used the solution of the double swing arm at the rear to make the frame stronger.
Finally, the bike passed the certification and the frame is now as strong as the frame of a small motorbike!
Standard range, racing range & accessories
The racing brand is a nod to the English cars of the 60s/70s. The green/yellow or cream/red version is inspired by the Lotus. We put a dominant colour (green or cream) and we add a complimentary colour to emphasize the sportiness, the racing spirit, the agressiveness of the bike.