Mobike, China’s major bike-rental company, today launched a new model of its smart bike called “New Lite.” It features a minimalist design, longer lifespan, and lighter weight.

The all-new model comes with a stronger bike frame which is 50 percent stronger than European standards and weighs 15.5 kilograms, making it the lightest mainstream bike rental model on the market, according to Mobike. The new model also has an internal chain transmission that guarantees the chain will neither fall off nor catch the users’ pants.

Beijing city’s transportation unit this week announced new regulations, stating that all bike rentals must be replaced or discarded after three years in use (in Chinese). Mobike’s new model also reflects the new rule.

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