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Last updated
Mar 1998

The Zike


The Zike was perhaps Sinclair's most ingenious gadget to date: an ultra-light electric bicycle (weighing less than 11kg) with an electric motor hidden inside the frame. It has a top speed of 12mph and recharges itself when ridden down slopes. Launched in 1994, it was only available through mail order and cost 499.99.

Unfortunately, the Zike went the same way as the C5, perhaps because people still had vivid memories of that fiasco. In sales terms, it was actually less successful than the C5 - it sold only about 2,000 units (compared to 17,000 C5s) and production, originally intended to be 10,000 a month, was wound up after only six months. Zikes are today collectors' items and can easily fetch 500 second-hand.

* Zike ride raises a smile
The Guardian, 6 March 1992
* Sinclair peddles electric innovation
Independent, 6 March 1992
* An electronic David gets on his Zike
The Guardian, 28 March 1992
* A chap Zikes a challenge
Evening Standard, London - 22 May 1994
* Search for second-hand Zikes
(Loot magazine)