There’s really nobody in the ebike world I can think of that makes bikes like Nireeka. These guys aren’t interested in stealth, or retro, or making bikes that look like anyone else’s. They work exclusively with their own carbon-fiber frames, which feature strangely flowing sci-fi designs with twisting edges and curves and angles in a style of their very own.
The Shimano Steps series of electric bike motors have long felt quite decent and smooth to ride, but they’ve fallen behind on torque since Bosch started extracting 85 Nm from its Performance Line CX motors, and an update has perhaps been overdue.
If you’re on the hunt for a pedal-assist e-bike with retro-cool charm, you’ll likely already have stumbled across Vintage Electric. The new 2020 Cafe model brings some new tech to the party, including something called the 2020 Vintorque Drivetrain.
This mud-flinging off-road monster is a prototype by an Italian company, SEM, that’s looking to do some business in the USA. With its massive grunt and interesting double drive system, it would be an absolute brute on the trails.
Named the “Moto-Bike” – and it might as well be a small dirtbike – this thing uses a strong aluminum e-mtb frame with an integrated 4-kW motor and a big ol’ 52-V, 17.5-Ah battery capable of storing around 910 watt-hours of energy.