Detroit Bikes DB-E skinny and lightweight ebike

Not your typical ebike

Most ebikes have a bulging tube or a visible battery compartment that give them away. Detroit Bikes' DB-E ebike have skinny tubes and no visible battery. At first glance it looks like a regular bike. But if you look at the rear wheel you can clearly see something you don't see on regular bikes. That something is a Zehus Bike+ all-in-one hub, which is a 250W motor with a built-in battery and KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) hardware.

The motor is capable of providing pedal-assisted speeds up to 15.5 mph (25 km/h) for up to 35 miles (56 km) on eco mode or 20 miles (32 km) on full-power mode. With KERS, the drive charges itself during braking to maximize the pedal-assist range. At 32 lbs, using it without pedal-assist won't be much a big deal compared to most ebikes. The use of the Veer belt drive instead of chains cuts about 7 oz (200 g) compared to using chains.

The DB-E is made in the USA and is sold for $2,599.


  • Lightweight
  • Looks less obvious as an ebike
  • Relatively cheap for an ebike made in the USA


  • Currently a pre-order product
  • Battery not easily swappable
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