The Ultima Multipath is claimed to be the first electric bike with a frameset made from recycled plastic and alloy.
In partnership with car-body manufacturer Protoform, Ultima has harnessed monocoque-injected technology first developed in Formula One racing.
This sees a resin injected into a mould to create a structure from a single piece of material. The lack of joins is intended to reduce weight and increase safety in case of a crash.
Ultima claims the one-size-fits-all frame can accommodate riders between 140cm and 190cm tall.
The Multipath uses the Valeo Smart eBike System. Valeo says this is the world’s first ebike system to combine an electric bike motor and adaptive automatic transmission.
The 48V mid-drive motor provides 130Nm of torque, according to Ultima.
Valeo says the transmission system, which sits in the bottom bracket, analyses data from the wheel speed, cadence, torque and gradient sensors with predictive software. It then adjusts the assist level, gear and cadence to best suit the rider’s behaviour and environment.
On the handlebar display, you can control the electric bike motor and its integrated lights. If the bike is in manual transmission mode, you can select the assist level yourself. The screen displays speed, battery percentage and assist level.
Three buttons on the remote control alter the assist and transmission (for example from manual to automatic) settings. A throttle engages the walk assist or boost mode. Its USB-C port can charge a device, such as a mobile phone, on the go.
Safety features include a GPS tracker, available through the Ultima app, and the Neutral gear setting that locks the cranks when the bike is stationary.
Four bikes in one
The Multipath can be customised for different uses, with a choice of three forks in addition to the stock one. The stock and Flex fork use the same monocoque-injected technology as the frame.
Ultima says its Mini Cargo fork transforms the Multipath into a compact electric cargo bike. This fork comes with a kickstand and side basket.
The Family Cargo fork can hold a child seat, with handrails for your little one to hold onto, over the front wheel. It also includes a kickstand.
Ultima Multipath price and spec details
The Ultima Multipath Standard and Long Range builds start from €3,449 and €3,699 respectively.
The Multipath is made in France with “100 per cent European material, partners and technology” according to Ultima.
The Standard model is only available in a grey colourway. The Long Range version also comes in light brown, indigo and purple.
The battery is integrated into the down tube.
The 500Wh size on the Standard Multipath has a range of 80km in Eco mode, 65km in Predict mode and 65km in Turbo mode, according to Ultima.
The Long Range sizes up to a 650Wh battery, which is claimed to achieve 105km in Eco mode and 85km in either Predict or Turbo mode.
There’s a choice of the stock, dual-piston Magura brakes or stoppers from Hope.
The Long Range Multipath’s cranks and handlebar are claimed to be foldable.
Depending on the build, the Ultima Multipath has a claimed weight of 20 to 25kg.