MATE.BIKE is a Copenhagen-based start-up founded in 2016 by the siblings Christian Adel Michael and Julie Kronstrøm Carton who wanted to disrupt the unhandy, granny and expensive e-bike market by making bikes cool, flexible and affordable.
They launched their original Indiegogo crowdfunder in the Summer of that year and just a couple of years later their MATE X product became the world’s second-largest crowdfunding campaign in history – generating pre-orders worth a whopping $18m.
Since then they’ve expanded and grown across the world, and they’re set to open their very first store here in Manchester this June on the city’s historic King Street.
The “coolest eBikes ever” will be taking over 50 King Street, the unit next door to El Gato Negro, and with the global demand for eBikes skyrocketing over the last couple of years – it should do very well indeed.
It’s also a great get for King Street itself, which shows signs of reversing the decline it’s experienced in recent years. In addition to MATE there’s also set to be a new brand of Franco Manca on the street, joining the already well-established eateries on offer.
MATE is set to open up on King Street on Thursday 9th June.