MATE Bike prosecuted for supplying overpowered folding e-bikes capable of 32kph

Bikes were sold with 750w motors that helped them hit speeds over 15.5mph, resulting in a fine for MATE Bike and the judge ordering them to be recalled

Mate Bike on a testing rig
(Image credit: Via Cycling Industry News)

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has brought a prosecution against Hi-Confidential Ltd and MATE Bike UK for the supply of electric bikes that exceed UK power regulations. The company is required to recall all bikes sold outside the legal limit.

Originating in Copenhagen, and with the rapper Jay-Z as one of its investors, MATE produces three folding models with the MATE X 750W using a 750 watt motor to achieve assisted speeds of 32kph or close to 20mph. UK law requires e-bikes to be supplied with motors capable of no more than 250w and a 15.5mph assisted top speed.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.