THE E- BIKE FOR EVERYONE
A bike is the fastest, and certainly most fun, way to get around any city. It's also the sweatiest. Enter the electric-assist bike, or e-bike, which gives you a boost while you pedal. The bikes have been slow to catch on in the US because they're expensive and often weigh more than 22 kg. Worse, the battery packs look more like industrial goiters than integrated components. The Volta, from Los Angeles based Pure Cycles, has none of these problems. The new e-bike, which on appearance alone looks fun to ride, weighs 18,6 kg, making it light enough to haul up and down stairs. The price tag ($2 500, available September) registers at least a grand lower than comparable rides. The space-saving 22-inch wheels are quick but sturdy. Instead of bulging from the frame, the battery is tucked inside the top tube; and an embedded GPS tracker records rides and alerts your phone if the bike is moved.