Last year we saw Fovno release what it claims to be the world’s first electric sucker bike rack, the N-Power. Well now the brand is back with a new product, the ES-H1B, a refined version that appears to share much of the same tech but transports your bike upside down which means that you don’t have to take the wheels off.
The new rack has shed some serious timber and now weighs just a third of last year’s N-Power model at 3.7kg. It’s a lot smaller too which Fovno says makes it “perfect for travelling”. The rack can be mounted in multiple positions, such as on the roof of a car, or on the rear of hatchback cars to reduce the overall height.
The system is made up of a control box, an alarm system, pneumatic hoses and three suction cups. Two of these suction cups are used to hold either side of the handlebars, while the third mount secures the saddle.
The rack is compatible with both flat and drop bar bikes, and Fovno says that the “three-pronged structure, coupled with the electric N-Power control box and alarm system, is extremely stable and secure.”
The main advantage of mounting the bike upside down as opposed to a traditional suction cup system is that the front wheel can remain attached to the bike, meaning that there is no need to remove anything before mounting.
The alarm system then plugs into an interior USB, and if a seal is broken then an alarm will sound while the control box automatically attempts to reseal the leak.
A 3400mAh lithium battery is used to power the electric air pump, and it's recharged via a Type-C port. The system also has an IP65 waterproof rating and is available now with an extension package for this model, available soon to allow multiple bikes to be mounted using a single system.
The ES-H1B system has an RRP of 1980 yuan (~£250) and expansion packs to transport additional bikes retail for 1280 yuan (~£160).
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Jamie has been riding bikes since a tender age but really caught the bug for racing and reviewing whilst studying towards a master's in Mechanical engineering at Swansea University. Having graduated, he decided he really quite liked working with bikes and is now a full-time addition to the road.cc team. When not writing about tech news or working on the Youtube channel, you can still find him racing local crits trying to cling on to his cat 2 licence...and missing every break going...