Sleek New E-Bikes Prove Battery Power Is Beautiful
Feature-packed bicycles are on the horizon.
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.
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.