The Civilized Cycles Model 1 is capable of hauling two passengers, and quite a bit of groceries, thanks to the large storage in the water-resistant expandable panniers that are lockable. It’s no ordinary storage cabin according to the makers, you can stuff in four full-sized grocery bags. The fact that the storage is to the rear is a big relief for people who know the nags of hanging dangling bags from handlebars or even on the front pannier which can disrupt the balance of the vehicle. To be precise Model 1 can handle 400 pounds total weight without flinching – that’s why the 4-piston hydraulic dis brake system. To its credit, the e-bike has an automated self-leveling suspension that improves the ride quality considerably for an e-bike.
Model 1 also takes pride in the 1,500W mid-drive motor mated to a 5-speed Sturmey Archer rear-wheel hub transmission. This is actuated by either pedal assist or a “Launch Control” throttle. The highest power mode is reserved for off-roading skirmishes while the street-legal modes use limited power settings. For safety, it comes with PIN code locking system and GPS theft-tracking device. While the 500Wh battery clocking 25 miles on a single charge (with a top speed of 30mph) is a bit of a compromise, it could have been better to make it an undeniable e-bike option in the market. That said, the Model 1 e-bike has burst into the scene with a bang with pre-orders opened for keen buyers. It carries a price tag of $4,499 (that’s quite hefty!) for the initial promotion phase, and the deliveries are expected by Q4 of this year.
Designer: Civilized Cycles