The demand for urban personal transportation skyrocketed during and after the global pandemic. Electric bicycles and other small, lightweight electric vehicles quickly emerged as the most practical substitute for public transportation and, for some, the only means of getting around. A plethora of new bikes have emerged these days, and many of them are lighter, more high-tech, and more expensive than you ever imagined. For example, the new Vello Titanium electric bike.
Valentin Vodev and Valerie Wolff founded the Austrian electric bike manufacturer Vello in 2013. Vello creates smart, pedal-powered electric bikes using commercially available parts, but they also have a proprietary folding frame and integrated battery-powered hub motor. The newest model, unveiled at the 2022 London Cycle Show earlier this year, is an electric bike that’s so light it could be the lightest in the world, has unlimited theoretical range, and is uniquely designed from every other. electric bike currently on the market.
Weighing just 9.9kg, the Vello Bike+ Titanium is lighter than many common non-electric bikes, not to mention the vast majority of electric bikes on the market. If you are a city dweller who relies on personal mobility devices, you are aware that one of the challenges that the electric bike industry is currently working to solve is the weight of the electric bike. It would be easy to carry one of these lights up the stairs, in the trunk of a car and on the bus or subway. In addition, the Titanium model is foldable, like other Vello bikes, and the manufacturer promises that the entire procedure takes only eight seconds.
The technological features of the e-bike allow for an extraordinarily elegant design that could easily pass for a conventional pedal bike, since the battery is incorporated into the electric motor of the rear hub. All Vello bikes also include KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), which recharges the battery when braking or going downhill. According to Vello, the system can cover a respectable 31 miles on a single charge.
Vello motors incorporate slope sensors that change cadence to further improve battery life and motor performance. In addition, they can be equipped with Mountain Drive for climbs in rural areas or with a Schlumpf Drive Speed Drive gear system for metropolitan environments. The latter would allow your bike to travel faster than the legal limit of 15 mph, while the former would easily climb grades up to 17 percent. Vello’s new titanium electric bike looks like the ideal urban commuter on paper. Now, whether or not this is the case in the real world is still up for debate, especially in light of the $4,586 USD price tag it carries.
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