£2175 > E-bike in elegant disguise
This is Swiss brand Ampler’s take on an urban e-bike. We like its simple, Euro town styling, especially how seamlessly integrated the replaceable Panasonic batteries are into standardsized frame tubing. It’s powered by a 250w rear hub motor with a hidden battery providing 336w in reserve. The system turns on with a single button mounted at the bottom of the seat-tube. It comes set up as EU compliant (250w/25kph) and tips the scales at a reasonable 17.78kg for an e-bike. The integrated seatpost rear light and B&M front are a 150 option, but its current lighting setup proved ample on the 20km commute home on the unlit towpath.
Assistance pick-up is quick and feeds in smoothly. A simple on/off bike switch is complemented with a clever app that gives you run times, range, speed, mapping and rudimentary navigation (via your phone’s GPS). You can also tweak the settings to have a bit more fun (legally dubious, maybe?); in other words, in boost mode it ramps up power and speed to 350w and 35kph. It’s a gentle push in the back rather than a turbo charged kick in the pants but it’s still fast.
Range wise we’ve reached 25 miles with power whacked up full, and nigh on 45 miles on EU legal (44.65 miles on a fairly flat loop) but, like any e-bike, the smarter you ride the further you go. It’s got a great ride position – fairly upright with a commanding view in traffic – but we just wish it came with a phone mount as it relies so heavily on the app.
Stylish Euro e-bike with one big boost