Sinclair Research, 1992
promoted as "the greatest invention since the bicycle,"
the Zike is an ultra-light electric bicycle (weighing
less than 11kg) with an electric motor hidden inside the frame.
It has a top speed of 15kph (about 10mph) and recharges itself
when ridden down slopes. Launched in 1992, it was only available
through mail order and cost £499.99.
The Zike unfortunately went the same
way as the C5, perhaps because people still had vivid memories
of that fiasco. In sales terms, it was actually less successful
than the C5. It sold only about 2,000 units, compared to 17,000
C5s, and production - originally intended to be 10,000 a month
- was wound up after only six months. Zikes are today extremely
rare items and are not often seen on the market.
© Chris Owen 1994-2003