E-bikes, folding bikes are among ’13’s trendsetters at Taipei show


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Electric bikes, folding bikes and mobile devices for bicycles are among the products that are leading the trend at this year’s Taipei International Cycle Show.

“We hope to create a new era for bicycles,” Andy Su, chairman of Taiwan’s Darfon Innovation Corporation, whose e-bike won a design award at the show, told CNA Friday.

Su said his company, a subsidiary of Darfon Electronic Corp.— the world’s leading notebook keyboard maker — had scrambled an e-bike research team three years ago, because it saw its advantage as an electronics company in the growing e-bike market.

Around one million e-bikes are sold in Europe each year, Su said.

Many of the riders are women and the elderly, who might not want to pedal for long distances, he said, adding that he expects e-bikes to gradually gain popularity outside Europe, and among the youth.

So far some 5,000 orders from Europe have been placed for three models of e-bikes launched by the company this year, Su said, adding that he expects his company’s e-bike revenue to reach NT$100 million (US$3.3 million) this year.

But what excites Su more is the concept e-bike — Lion X1 — newly developed by his company that won the Taipei Cycle d&i award in the new e-bike category this year.