What’s the Lime Gen4 e-bike like to ride?
Move Electric was given early access to the Gen4 e-bike to put through its paces on Lime’s quality control track at its new Bermondsey Warehouse, which is the base of its London operations.
Now, full disclosure: the quality control course is essentially an empty section of the firm’s warehouse marked out by traffic cones, so we weren’t able to learn much about how the Gen4 bike will perform on London’s pothole strewn roads, its practicality for commuting or its comfort on extended trips.
Still, even a short outing was enough to show the potential of this bike. Given a rental e-bike will largely be used as a tool for short journeys, the key requirements are practicality, durability and ease of use – and on that count the Gen4 shows promise.
It’s easy to tell apart from the current London bikes, and not just because the old red livery – the colours of old operator Jump – have been replaced by Lime’s white and lime green colours, adding a fresh zing to their looks.
The Gen4 looks smarter and more modern than the old one, and while still chunky certainly seems a touch more refined and sophisticated. It retains the front storage basket, while the new phone holder is a neat practical touch.