UBCO has maintained a Henry Ford like focus on a single product, the 2×2. The joke has been, you can have any colour you like, as long as it is black and white. But as we have matured as a company and as the product platform has evolved, our focus is now on delivering the ultimate off road electric vehicle platform. To achieve this in an acceptable timeline, we realise we can’t do it on our own.
Working with other innovative companies and people has always been our mode of operation, so when the opportunity arose to work with Neematic the choice was easy. The bike that the team have developed has obvious visual connections to the UBCO visual DNA with its white exo-frame and black body. It is also a well resolved product that rides beautifully.
We believe the market for this new take on a Trail Bike will be huge, attracting new riders with the light weight and ease of use coupled with plenty of power. Many will find moving over from a mountain bike with no motorcycle riding experience a breeze.
Neematic was formed by a dedicated group of designers, engineers and entrepreneurs based in Lithuania. Knowing little about the area I went looking, Lithuania is a country and the southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states, a former Soviet bloc nation bordering Poland, Latvia and Belarus. Its capital, Vilnius, near Belarus’ border, is known for its medieval Old Town. It also has Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and 18th-century cathedral built on a pagan temple site. Hilltop Gediminas’ Tower, a symbol of the city and the nation, offers sweeping views.
I visited the Team at their base, and my take, is that it is a modern country with a fascinating mix of old and contemporary history, even with some super cool brutalist architecture among the beautiful older parts of town. The people I met were motivated, smart and down to earth. A perfect fit for us.
Riding the bike for the first time was in a forest in Vilnius a tick from the town centre. It felt solid and sure footed on the first ride but I was not prepared to give it full wind on a forest trail. It took 3 separate rides to feel in tune to really pin it, but when I did, boy did it respond. Climbing and descending anything with ease. The pedals (Sure to be contentious) provide an amazing ability to shift the weight of the bike in both ascent and descent, which gives it real agility.
The FRX1 is a logical extension of the UBCO product range and is the start of our extension into other product categories. Which include portable power and 4 wheel Utility Vehicles. We have worked on our product roadmap since inception and are starting to build this out to deliver the range of elements within it.
We are excited to work with the Neematic Team, Justinas, Domas, Linas and look forward to making their product a production reality. Our team will begin the integration into the UBCO technology eco-system and supply chain with our goal to be ex production by June 2020.
FRX1 will have its debut in the US at this month’s AIM Expo in Columbus, Ohio.