What is CAKE?

CAKE is a Swedish company, having derived from the passion for gravity sports, developing high quality performance products, saluting respect and sustainability, realizing that the development in electric drive trains will flip much of what motorbiking used to be and serving the intention of the company and its future customers, sharing common drive and values.

The CAKE category:

The category of light electric off-road motorbikes has been evolving from small dedicated builders, assembling and customizing standard parts from the cycling and motorcycling space. These hybrids, equipped with motors, batteries and controllers, off the shelf and soaped, pointed out the direction towards something that will change the future of riding. The properties of an electrical drivetrain, different to a combustion engine, means a number of things. The weight aspect is one. Being able to reduce the weight dramatically, compared to what a similar combustion bike would be, supports snappy and lively rides, as well as inviting anybody despite physical condition to comfortably handle the bike. The fact that it’s nearly silent, boosts the riding experience and serves for absolute presence whilst out exploring. It is also enhancing the level of respect towards the surroundings and those sharing the space with you, whether it’d be fellow hikers, wild animals or maybe even your neighbours when riding your back yard track.

The cleanliness has numerous sides to it. The fact that there is no pollution or fumes (see CAKEworks tab) and that you are able to charge your bike with renewable energy or even with the solar panels from CAKE, never ever having to sap the grid, through the lifetime of the bike, is the true evidence of sustainability. Since there are no fluids, grease, gasoline or oil, the bike doesn’t suck up dirt like a magnet, meaning it’s more like a bicycle.

Spending hours in the garage is history as maintenance is very limited. Compared to a combustion engine, there are very few moving parts and to take the level of simplicity further the drive train has direct drive. The level of maintenance is marginal. Clean the bike, you might need to change a tire if you get a flat, make sure to service the brakes like on a MTB, check your suspension from time to time and just charge it, for more riding.

What´s the purpose?

Inspiring people, contributing to speeding up the journey towards a zero emission society,
combining excitement with responsibility.

What´s the approach?

No compromises: Everything, from frame, to wheels, components, suspension and drive train have been specifically engineered and manufactured to reach the intended level of performance in riding, durability and overall quality.

What are the product characteristics?

Light, clean and quiet. All bikes are developed to promote performance, trail/enduro and free riding in the backcountry, leaving nothing at chance. The kinematics, size and geometry, together with construction, use of materials, making and more serve for an agile, light, torquey, snappy, flighty and exciting experience.

Build:

To simplify, use, excitement and maintenance, the bike is built like LEGO, with the ambition of reducing the number of moving parts and to minimize the complexity of tinkering. Sharing a few examples:

  • If a drive train part for some reason would malfunction, that whole part will be replaced.
  • The rear sprocket is large and the reason for that is the deliberate choice of direct drive, to reduce the number of moving parts, still supporting amazing torque.
  • The bike itself is being serviced as any other bicycle.

What´s the intended use?

With a noise and fume free vehicle, respecting the environment, the wildlife and fellow individuals sharing the backcountry, the intention is to open up for sustainable, respectful and active discovery.

On par with the aspect of backcountry exploration a track concept is being developed for training and racing in urban/suburban locations.

Aside from the above, being electric and digital, the preset riding moods serve anyone from an off-road World Champion, to the inexperienced rider.

The CAKE take:

So what’s the CAKE take on the above?
We wanted to maximize the advantages with the electrical drive train, to develop an industrially manufactured, performance off-road ride, leaving nothing at chance.
That said, we have tested everything there is out there, having had 100s of people testing and sharing the experience with us. Anybody from international pro athletes in MX, DH MTB and Dirt to average people with no prior experience, men and women between 12 and 75 years old.
We realized we had to start from scratch.

The battery:

To support CAKEs mission; to inspire towards a zero emission society, there are challenges. Speaking about batteries, the issues are clear, while the development is fast.

  1. Battery cells are efficient and have long multiple life times, for different uses and will eventually be recycled. But battery cell manufacturing is so far a pursuit involving non sustainable processes.
  2. The performance will increase rapidly over the years with new technologies arriving.

The increasing demand of batteries, together with the strive for better performance and more sustainable solutions accelerate the development. (The process is in full action, can’t wait for our friends at @northvolt.energy cells to hit the market)

The increased use is pushing the limits and we can expect cells that charge faster, have higher energy density, more cycles and better overall performance.

This is just the beginning, whenever a new cell occurs that’s either greener or better performing CAKE will use it. CAKE-batteries are hot swappable on all models which means that whenever a new battery standard is introduced from CAKE, they can be used on current bikes, from earlier generations. So no need to get a new bike.

Other topics regarding batteries where CAKE is active include second life, recycling and leasing or rent solutions.

The Kalk Model:

CAKEs first series of bikes

The Kalk series, is a first among a number of models to come. The focus here has been off-road performance and innovation. The ride is strongly influenced by DH and Enduro MTBs, in terms of geometry, suspension, stance, components and handling.

As there weren’t anything off-the shelf to support the category, every single component had to be developed from an empty sheet to support the intended level of quality and durability:
The sizing, the geometry and engineering of axles, hubs, rims, the cockpit and suspension, as well as building and customizing the different parts of the drivetrain, together with developing a whole new chassis; having led to numerous patent pending, constituting the new category.

The Ösa Model:

The ÖSA, apart from being a light, clean and quiet electric motorcycle, derives from the diversity of work and differentiated needs together with the urge to serve for new means of transportation, towards a zero emission future.

The working bench, around since ever, to serve people making things, has been the inspiration to the uni-bar, modular, clamp-on, off-the-grid system, constituting the ÖSA.

Transportation and commuting

The obligation to change, to avoid an environmental melt down is shared by all and everyone.
Transportation is one of the evident ones, where combustion vehicles are being replaced by electric, gasoline and diesel are being banned and cars will be excluded from the urban landscape.

The differentiated needs

The variety of work and need for transportation has never been greater. The needs in terms of what to bring and carry along is a palette, from the office worker to the craftsman.
The roads towards destination varies from highways to trails.

The solution

The electric and modular utility commuter with off-road capabilities and integrated power station.

Off the grid independence

Thanks to the powerful battery with multiple outlets, it is about a power station on wheels, taking you to wherever, to do your thing, independently off the grid:

  • The carpenter or gardener can bring and charge their power tools anywhere to execute their work, off the grid.
  • The rock guitarist or DJ may do a gig or a forest rave, bringing their gear in the middle of nowhere.
  • UPS or the pizza delivery may execute clean last mile deliveries in cities around the world.