It’s always easy to spot when someone is riding an electric bike. Most models look somewhat similar, with thick frames and bulky batteries sticking out like a thumb. The all new Detroit Bikes DB-E (Detroit Bikes Electric) is the complete opposite and looks like a regular bike.
The Michigan-based bike manufacturer has created a bike that almost no one on a bike lane would know was electric. The DB-E has a slim frame and weighs just 32 pounds, and Detroit has housed the hub, motor and battery in the rear wheel.
Better yet, the bike is designed, manufactured, and assembled in the United States. In the city of Detroit, the company does everything right.
Before we dive into the specs, the Detroit Bikes DB-E is available for pre-order starting at $2,599 and is available in black or emerald green. You have to pay a deposit of $500, then the additional $2,099 when it’s ready to use.
So, what do you get for your hard-earned money and what kind of spec is packed into this unassuming but stylish bike? The rear wheel has a 250W motor that will get you around 35 miles per charge on occasional pedal-assist cruising with a top speed of 15.5 MPH. However, Detroit says using the bike at full power will reduce the range to about 20 miles per charge.
The DB-E uses a belt drive system instead of a chain, which the company says lasts four times longer. Plus, you don’t have to deal with grease or wear. Considering the bike only weighs 32 pounds, there’s no need to worry about a greasy chain when carrying it up the stairs to an apartment or mounting it on a bike rack.
Other specs include a fully welded and powder coated frame, hydraulic disc brakes and even regenerative braking. According to Detroit Bikes, this new model uses a unique Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that collects braking energy and helps charge the battery while you ride. You can pedal backwards while rolling down a hill to give the battery some extra juice.
And finally, while it doesn’t appear to come with an LCD to control modes, the DB-E works with the Bitride app, which allows owners to change pedal assist or lock the motor so thieves can’t bike cannot move.
The bike should start shipping in March, so pre-order one today.
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