AM­PLER STOUT

£2175 > E-bike in el­e­gant dis­guise

Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

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

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