Enjoying the impressive success of last year’s electric bike has spurred on Ariel Rider’s release of 3 new electric bike models. The only problem is how to decide which ebike to choose (first). The ebikes address just about every kind of rider’s daily needs. More from the recent announcement:
- Ariel Rider’s flagship model N-Class is a classically styled beach cruiser with comfort. The ebike sports the class of a cafe racer and integrates the robustness with the old-school craftsmanship. It’s not just another ebike; it’s a product that enliven riders as they ride down memory lane.
- The N-Class is the most powerful production of Ariel Rider Ebikes ever. Its 500 W motor provides the highest torque and power in its class (within street-legal wattage) — 45 NM and 50 km/h top speed (where legally allowed) which puts many of the >$6000-priced ebikes in the shade. Also, custom-made Samsung batteries provide above 50 km of range.
- The W-Class is a classic California cruiser detailed intricately, showing unmistakeable lines. Ariel Rider reflects the rider’s unique lifestyle through creative designs. The company hydroformed the aluminum frame, and old-school looks reference the iconic cafe racer image. The sturdy springer forks and matte finishes enhance the personality. A 7-speed drivetrain makes for a simple and nearly maintenance-free ride.
- Now my favorite, the new C-Class — C for city and C for commuting, the Ariel Rider design team spent long hours on drawing board and went well beyond expectations. “C-Class will eliminate all the excuses not to use a bike for daily commuting,” said Mr. ONAL, co-founder of Ariel Rider.
With an entirely new approach to “addressing daily commuter’s needs,” Ariel Rider elegantly designed the very utilitarian front baskets on the bike. “This whole bamboo front basket is big enough to stack and fix several pizza boxes. It is sturdy enough to carry an average commuter’s suitcase and gym bag with ease, all thanks to the ingenious elastic cords and multiple fixing points.”
Here’s more about Ariel Rider and founders Onal and brother Holland: “Today with distribution in 26 countries and one of the only ebike companies with ‘Green Business Seal,’ we’re trying to make a difference in this world, while innovating new technologies and designing according to our riders’ needs.” Here are more details about the bikes above: N-Class, C-Class, and W-Class.
I value the rising world of electric bicycles and their innovators. My only woo is that I do wish for more protected bicycle lanes, safer intersections, perhaps traffic lights with bicycle signals, and well-planned paths to catch up with the flood of creative, sleek ebike designs — ebikes that fold, ebikes that catch bicycle thiefs, ebikes with GPS tracking systems that allow owners to trace the location of their bikes, ebikes that have coffee holders, and more…
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