Here are the best April Fool’s jokes from the e-bike industry this year

April Fool’s Day, celebrated annually on the first of April, is usually a light-hearted and mischievous occasion marked by good-natured pranks, hoaxes, and jokes. Large organizations often take part in hoodwinking others, creating an atmosphere of amusement and (hopefully) harmless trickery. Sure, it’s annoying when you fall for it. But it’s also humorous to see what companies can come up with next. E-bike companies and the larger micromobility industry often have fun getting in touch with their inner prankster (remember the pedal-powered popemobile?!), and this year was no exception. These are some of the fun and light-hearted new announcements from around the electric biking and micromobility world.

We’ll keep updating as we find more, and feel free to send me any you find today (contact info in my author blurb below the article).

Magnum’s human-powered bike

Here in the e-bike industry we are often so deeply focused on the latest batteries or the most innovative new motors that we can sometimes forget our roots. Magnum Bikes, a popular electric bike company, wants to make sure we all remember where we came from with the “launch” of its new human-powered electric bike.

Called the Navigator Infinite, Magnum says the bike can get over 100 miles (160 km) of range. I guess “infinite” truly is at least 100!

Apollo Flamingo electric hydrofoil scooter

Electric hydrofoil surfboards are already awesome, but Canadian electric scooter company Apollo seems ready to one up the competition with its new Flamingo.

This electric seated scooter doubles as a personal electric watercraft complete with hydrofoil for an extra efficient ride.

Complete with an elusive IP69 rating, the Apollo Flamingo even comes with a high pressure watergun for blasting your friends or enemies. Because when reality no longer matters, why not?!

Muc-Off releases intimate lube

Muc-Off is a brand of bike cleaning products that is known for, among other things, its various bike lubricants.

I’ve tested the company’s bike cleaners as well as their dry and wet chain lube for different riding conditions.

But now the company is apparently branching out into another industry that is slightly more, err…. intimate.

With the release of personal lubricant for adult activities, Muc-Off wants to be there for you no matter what you’re riding.

Though perhaps the company put it best, explaining that they “worked long and hard to develop a deep penetrating lubricant that fills that sweet spot between smoothness and abrasion. With our bicycle lubes the target is to hit zero friction, but following round, after round, after round of internal tests, we found friction to be vital in achieving a satisfactory outcome.

Well there you go.

JackRabbit’s Micro Microbike for babies

You may already know JackRabbit from the company’s tiny electric seated scooter, often referred to as a microbike.

But now JackRabbit is announcing an even smaller version… for babies!

As the company explained:

“The JackRabbit micro ebike just got even more micro! Introducing the JackRabbit micro micro ebike for babies.⁠ Why did we create a micro ebike for babies? Because research shows that babies can’t walk (or pedal). ⁠Now, your baby can experience the joy of mobility, months before taking their first step. ⁠Get your baby a micro micro ebike today!⁠”

Volcon UNT single-wheeled electric motorcycle

You’ve heard of the Volcon GRUNT. Now check out the Volcon UNT.

The new vehicle does away with the GRUNT’s two fat tires and instead offers just one. You’ll perpetually be doing a wheelie… or else!

Charge your electric car with pedal power

If you thought traditional fast chargers were just too darn slow, then FastNed says they have the solution. And it just so happens to be connected to your feet.

The company is touting its new 750 kW fast charger known as Bike Boost that is powered by pedaling. They claim it can fill your electric car’s battery in just 5 minutes.

That’s more than just a Wheaties breakfast… that must require eating an entire truck of Wheaties!

Radio Flyer’s new air travel

We’ve been more attracted to Radio Flyer’s electric bikes lately, but perhaps it’s time to rethink travel by wheel. Instead, Radio Flyer has announced a new air service known as Radio FlyAir.

It’s not just a Radio Flyer jet though. The entire airline seems to have gotten the red wagon treatment, complete with wagon luggage carriers and kids riding through the terminal.

The best e-bike April Fools prank of all time?

Try as they might, I’m not sure any company will top what I believe to be the best April Fools product launch of all time: The RadFit from Rad Power Bikes.

The company launched a pretty awesome “Rad Penny Farthing” big wheel e-bike this year, but how can anyone top the RadFit?

Just as electric bikes have revolutionized the bike industry, so too can they upend the stationary exercise bike industry. At least that’s what Rad suggested with its electric stationary bike.

I don’t want to butcher this one, so just watch the short video below for the full effect. I promise that it’s worth it.

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