Sleek New E-Bikes Prove Battery Power Is Beautiful

Feature-packed bicycles are on the horizon.

By Bryan Hood 30/06/2021

Electric bicycles are not the hulking monstrosities they once were.  Many are as sleek as their traditional counterparts. Witness the new e-bikes by Veloretti.

The Dutch company has just launched its first electric models, the Ivy (pictured above) and the Ace, and they’re already among the most striking e-bikes on the market.

Veloretti Ace

Veloretti Ace Veloretti/Instagram

Like the company’s traditional pedal-powered bicycles, Veloretti’s electric models honour the rich heritage of European cycling. Because of this, the Ivy and Ace look similar to the sort of city bikes you’d have seen around the continent circa the middle of the last century. They both have traditional frames, handlebars, seat and even mudguards. In fact, if it wasn’t for the slightly enlarged downtube that holds the battery, you’d be hard-pressed to tell they are electric bikes. Although the two bikes feature similar designs, the Ivy has a step-through frame, white-wall tires and is meant for riders 5’3” to 6’0,” while the Ace has a diamond frame and is designed for riders 5’6” to 6’6.”

Both bikes will catch your eye, but their tech is just as impressive. Veloretti has equipped the bikes with a maintenance-free Carbon belt drive, a step-less Enviolo automatic shifter and hydraulic brakes.  Meanwhile, you won’t hear much from the 250W mid-drive Bafang motor as it’s silent, according to the brand, and a removable 510Wh battery should make charging easy enough.

No top speed has been announced yet, but both bikes have a range that 59 to 125 kilometres, depending on how hard you push it. Other features include integrated LED lighting, a small display for navigation, GPS, Bluetooth and 3G and 4G radio.

Veloretti Fly and Ace

Veloretti/Instagram

If you’re looking for a stylish new electric ride, both the Fly and Ace are worth of consideration. Veloretti’s e-bikes are priced at €2,399 (or about $3799). If you’re not in Europe, though, prepare to wait. The electric bicycles will only be available in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany until at least 2022. The bikes should eventually make their way downunders, but don’t expect to see them for a while yet.

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