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What kinds of e-bikes does Vintage Electric offer?
California-based Vintage Electric offers two kinds of e-bikes: pedal-assist and throttle.
The Chromoly-steel-framed Café and Rally models fit into the former category. They both have 750W electric motors linked to removable 500-Wh batteries. Together with a Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain, they top out at 28 mph, making them Class 3 e-bikes, Autoblog reports. They don’t have regenerative braking, but they do have hydraulic disc brakes. And like the throttle models, they have a built-in taillight and headlight.
Like the rest of Vintage Electric’s e-bikes, the pedal-assist models have adjustable riding modes. In the Café and Rally, they change the level of pedaling assistance. Level 1 gives 60 miles of range on a charge; Level 5 drops that down to 20 miles. Recharging takes 2 hours.
5. AZBO Vintage Electric Bike 500W
Range 16 miles
Speed 20 mph
Weight 78 lbs
Power 500 Watt
Verdict: is powerful, affordable, durable, quiet, and easy to use. Yet more than that, it has a signature look that I cannot find elsewhere, which you might love just as much as I do.
- 7-speed gear shifting
- Dual disc brakes
- Unique color scheme and looks
- Has a one year warranty
Cons: Seat padding is a little hard Rear and headlights are a little too small
- This is the vintage e-bike to get for those on a budget. At this affordable price and with what it offers, plus the one year warranty, it’s hard to imagine one that’s a better value than this
- 7-speed gear shifter still gives it that modern functionality despite the retro vibes
This cruiser comes with all the features that make up a reliable electric bicycle. Good brakes, decent charge time and a seven-speed gear shifter make this bike a fun and exciting vehicle to own.
What’s special about the AZBO Vintage e-bike however is its looks. It looks more like a vintage, antique motorcycle than a bike. It also has a very sleek and unique style that really sets it apart from most other vintage electric bikes.
Off Road Vintage?
If you are looking for a more off road or gravel bike type of experience, the Scrambler model adds suspension and knobby tires and that big battery standard.
I’m a little embarrassed to say that my favorite part of these bikes is how cool they look. The battery, instead of being encased in a tube or in some plastic housing, is in a gorgeous art deco die cast case. Everything else, from the seat to the fenders to the oversized motorcycle-esque front light are an amazing look. All of the wiring is tight and well hidden.
My one gripe was that the display could have provided more information and maybe more accurately. It’s small and located on the left side of the handlebars. Obviously speed is there but battery level fluctuates a lot based on usage and was based on 5 bars of use. I would also have loved to see watts being pushed and maybe battery voltage and some other more premium features.
Overall, it’s hard to complain about the Tracker. If you’ve got the money, and they do let you pay in installments through a 3rd party, I would certainly recommend taking a look at this bike.
But that’s not the end of the story here.
After our ride, I drove the (750W Class 3 pedal assist) Cafe home almost 20 miles across town. On the mostly flat streets of San Jose, I had little trouble hitting 28 mph and often found myself passing cars in street traffic. There’s often a look of bewilderment when a classic looking commuter bike roars past city traffic like a Pee-wee Herman movie.
Stealth eBikes B-52
If going fast is your thing, the Stealth B-52 is the eBike for you. Labelled as the companies ‘heavy artillery’, this angular, fully loaded off-road eBike doesn’t pull any punches.
Powered by a hub motor with a peak power figure of 6,200W, the B-52 has ample power on tap for your off-road antics. At full speed, you can expect to see numbers upwards of 50 miles per hour. In economy mode, the B-52 can cover 60 miles of terrain, but in the full power ‘competition mode’ your achievable distance will more than halve.
Since this eBike is designed for serious off-road abuse, Stealth has fit it with some seriously capable components. The bikes Fastace forks offer 200mm of travel while the rear mono-shock covers 250mm. In order to pull the bike up in a reasonable amount of time, the front and rear brakes are 4 piston hydraulic items by Magura.
The B-52’s performance isn’t the only thing that’ll leave you feeling faint. With a starting price of $7,550, it’s one of the most expensive eBikes on this list.
- Power: 6,200W peak
- Range: 60 miles
- Top Speed: 50+ mph
- Weight: 112lbs
- Price (USD): $7,550
Why Ride a Retro Electric Bike?
If you’re a vintage enthusiast and want to upgrade to an e-bike, you don’t have to sacrifice all the features of modern technology. Thanks to their updated features, you can still get maximum comfort, safety, and power while looking stylish and cool with a sleek design.
Retro style electric bikes offer a unique set of perks that make them worthwhile:
- Old School and New School — A good retro e-bike will give you the look of the past without having to compromise any of the safety, power, or functionality of modern technology! With these bikes, you can be stylish while staying up to date.
- Commute or Ride for Fun — If you need something to get around, a retro electric bike can do what most common e-bikes can do. It’ll get you from point A to point B and back if that’s what you’re looking for.
- Tackling Off-Road Terrain — These bikes aren’t just for show. While a retro electric bike is certainly perfect for riding around town, some of them are also great for taking on rough terrain while off-roading, hunting, or even riding on the beach or through snow.
Michael Blast Greaser Springer
Labelled as an electric board tracker by its manufacturer, the Michael Blast Greaser Springer takes its styling cues from the 1920s. Similar to the Texolabs La Panthére, this Australian-built eBike was designed to look like a vintage motorcycle, and it does a very convincing job of it.
The Greaser Springer features springer-style front suspension, wide backward-swooping handlebars, large fenders, a classic round headlight, and a battery pack posing as a fuel tank. And, for an added touch of classic motorcycle style, the bike’s wheels are white-walled.
The Michael Blast Greaser Springer is available in two engine configurations. The lower-spec version offers a 250W street-legal design. If you’re after something with a bit more kick, you can opt for the 500W drivetrain—which is designed for use off-road or on private roads. The 500W setup is capable of speeds in excess of 25mph, and it’ll cover around 30 miles on a single charge.
- Power: 250W or 500W
- Range: 31+ miles
- Weight: 64lbs
- Price (USD): approx $3,600
Via Stealth eBikes.
How Does a Vintage Electric Bike Differ from other bikes?
At their core, vintage electric bikes are no different than regular electric bikes. They both have a battery and a motor and can come with various functions. Pedal-assist mode, gear shifting, LCD screens, and more are precisely the kind of convenient features one can expect to find on an electric bike, whether or not it is made in a vintage style.
Ride in Style with a Retro E-Bike
As you can probably tell by now, you don’t have to sacrifice any functionality, power, or safety for cool vintage style! Retro electric bikes are a great way to get your ideal bike aesthetic while still being able to take on all the activities you want to.
From rides to the beach to hunting and off-roading, there are plenty of great retro e-bikes out there to get you suited up and ready to take on your next adventure. And if you’re simply looking to get to work, ride to school, or get some fresh air while your cruise around town, you can do so in a great-looking retro e-bike.
So if you want to channel that awesome old school look while enjoying the benefits of an electric bike, you really can’t go wrong with any of the retro e-bikes listed in this article. Whatever you choose, you can bet a retro electric bike will let you ride to your full potential while looking cool.