Velotric followed in the tire tracks of Bonc, FLX and Ampler in its third model launch with a pair of stealthy Class 1 e-bikes dubbed the Thunder 1 series, designed to look like regular bikes while offering torque-sensing motors help.
Velotric was established in July 2021 by Lime’s hardware co-founder Adam Zhang and team members from companies such as Giant, Decathlon and Specialized, and launched its first model, the Discover 1, on Indiegogo in October.
The off-road-hungry fat-tire Nomad 1 was next, and now the company is focusing on urban e-bikes with the look of traditional non-electric rides.
Designed for the “fast-paced, grab-and-go urban lifestyle,” the Thunder 1 series weighs 36 lbs (16 kg), making it easy to carry to an apartment or office. Electrical components are integrated into the 6061 aluminum alloy frame and cables are also routed internally to keep the lines clean.
The Class 1 e-bikes are all powered by the company’s E-Series drive system, the first of which is a 350-W E35 rear hub motor (600-W peak) that produces 45 Nm (33 lb.ft) of torque and offers five levels of pedaling Assisted to 20 mph (32 km/h). The range also benefits from responsive torque sensing, which registers how hard the rider is pedaling. Both feature a Shimano 8-speed mechanical drivetrain for even more flexible riding options.
The Stride Thunder 1 e-bike features a Bluetooth-enabled Smart Plus motor that works with a companion mobile app for keyless unlocking, motion detection and GPS tracking, real-time ride data and lighting control. Collision detection via onboard IoT sensors and integration with Apple Health (for iOS users) will be added later. The ST version does not play with the app, but is compatible with Apple’s “Find My Location” technology.
The system’s 352.8-Wh battery, comprised of Samsung 21700 cells, enables the Thunder 1 to roll for up to 70 miles (112.6 kilometers) on 700-38c puncture-resistant e-bike tires, with an optional 176-Wh range extender for an additional 30 mile. ST flavors get 700x40c rubber and a range of 52 miles (83.6 kilometers) per charge. Stopping power comes from Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors.
The mid-step Thunder 1 ST model costs $1,499 and is available in small and medium frame sizes in Lava and Sand colors, while the stride Thunder 1 e-bike costs $1,799 and is available in medium and large frames Choose from Frozen Blue or Crystal Black. The video below has more.
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