Innovative, Stylish, Safe, Efficient, Versatile
A bike is more than just two wheels and a seat, it's a passport to freedom, an invitation to explore, and a timeless method of self-expression. Those of you who know me understand that I'm more about the journey than the destination, and the latest offering from Veloretti, the Electric Two series, seems to embody that spirit.
Retaining the classics of its kind, these beauties sport a 250-W Bafang mid-mount motor, a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, and an Enviolo auto-shifting hub with an impressive 310% gear ratio. The powertrain here is backed by a 540-Wh downtube battery, keeping you moving for up to 120 km (74.5 miles) on a single charge. That's plenty for getting lost in the lanes of an old city or breezing through a countryside, all without breaking a sweat.
Veloretti's design update isn't just skin deep though. They've tucked away the cables inside the powder-coated aluminum frame, creating sleek, minimalist lines. It's got an integrated audio system for startup and shutdown sounds, a warning bell, and a new mid-handlebar display for real-time stats. It's like having a miniature dashboard right in front of you, a perfect blend of past meets future.
A couple of strategically placed buttons near the grips make for easy access to the daylight-running lights, motor assistance level, and more. And the companion mobile app brings a dash of the digital age to this classic mode of transport, with ride mode adjustment, weather updates, and a safety tracking feature. It's a true marriage of tradition and innovation, offering both the simplicity of a bike ride and the convenience of modern technology.
The Electric Two doesn't compromise on the essentials either. With double-wall aluminum rims, puncture-resistant tires, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and a new in-house-developed braking tail-light, it's made for the real world, ready to take on whatever the road may bring. The distinctive “hyperbolic light” and Osram LED headlight make sure you're seen, no matter the hour.
I can see why the redesign caught the attention of the Red Dot folks for a 2023 Award. The dedication to detail and rider-centric design philosophy, as expressed by company founder, Ferry Zonder, is palpable in every facet of these ebikes. At €3,299 apiece, it's not a spur-of-the-moment purchase, but when it comes to bikes, quality matters. If you're in the Netherlands, Germany, or Belgium, keep an eye out for the Electric Two series come next month.
Optional front and rear carriers are soon to be released, for those of you who like to take a bit of the world with you on your travels. It's an ebike that merges style, functionality, and comfort in a package that's as charming as it is practical. After all, a journey is only as good as the ride.
- Improved Design and Features: The minimalist design with routed cables through the frame, the integrated audio system, and a mid-handlebar display enhances the overall look and usability of the ebike.
- Performance and Range: The ebike is equipped with a Bafang 250-W mid-mount motor, a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, and an Enviolo auto-shifting hub. The 540-Wh battery offers up to 120 km (74.5 miles) per charge, providing an impressive range for city commutes or countryside explorations.
- Safety Features: The safety elements such as daylight-running lights, an Osram LED headlight, a new braking tail-light, and the Safety Tracking feature through the mobile app, make it a safer choice for riders.
- Quality Construction: The use of a powder-coated aluminum frame and puncture-resistant Performance Plus tires signifies a sturdy, durable build.
- Comfort and Convenience: The thumb control of lights and motor assistance level and the companion mobile app for adjusting ride modes, getting weather updates, and more make for a comfortable and convenient ride.
- Price: At €3,299 each (roughly US$3,570), these ebikes are not exactly budget-friendly. They represent a significant investment, which may not be feasible for all potential customers.
- Availability: As of now, the Veloretti Electric Two series is only expected to launch in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. This limited availability might be disappointing for interested customers in other regions.
- Accessories: The optional front and rear carriers will be available soon but are not included as standard, which could be seen as a negative for those who need additional storage capacity.
- Weight and Portability: The specifics of weight and portability aren't mentioned, but given the comprehensive features and battery capacity, it could potentially be heavier than standard bikes or other ebikes, making it less convenient for transport when not in use.