Roadster V2 Gravel Edition electric bike includes flagship feature

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One thing that almost all high end electric bikes have in common is a carbon fiber belt drive instead of an oily chain. These belt drives have a number of advantages over their old-fashioned greased counterparts – they last longer (some can be rated at 50,000 miles or more), they won’t snag your jeans or ruin your jeans. not your nice work clothes with oil stains, and there is no maintenance required.

So why don’t all bikes use a carbon fiber belt? In short, money. Carbon belt drives are usually only found on more expensive e-bikes because they cost manufacturers more than a standard oily chain. However, one brand that goes against the trend is Ride1Up.

Its new Ride1Up Roadster V2 Gravel Edition might be the most affordable Gates-branded belt-drive e-bike on the market. Starting at $ 1,295 (around £ 950) this is a fairly competitively priced e-bike before you even consider it has the same belt drive as most 2000 and 3000 models. £ on the market.

As the name suggests, this new electric bike is based on the original V2 Roadster. With the Gravel Edition, Ride1Up tweaked the frame geometry, added mechanical disc brakes, and switched to a belt drive system from Gates.

Ride1Up cleverly hides the battery inside the frame so there is no obvious lithium-ion cell resting on the rack like you’ll find with most e-bikes under £ 1,000 . A small LCD screen on the handlebars displays your current speed in miles per hour. It also reveals the remaining battery life, so you never have to worry about going on a long drive without enough juice in the battery.

Compared to more expensive e-bikes like Cowboy or VanMoof, you won’t find any built-in LED lights on the front or back. You will also not be able to charge your smartphone from the battery charge – another feature that we see more and more as standard on these more expensive models.

In terms of capacity, the motor will be able to help you on trips between 20 and 35 miles (depending on terrain) between charges. If you increase the power setting and try tough hills, you can expect this range to decrease. But those who are still sweating en route should be able to keep at least 35 miles from the battery, which is very respectable.

At 14.5kg, it’s quite light compared to some e-bikes in its price range. Pre-orders are expected to start shipping in December 2021, although there is no word yet on a launch outside of the United States.

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