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EVELO Electric Bicycles

By: on August 22, 2015
EVELO Electric Bicycles
$2,069 - $3,024
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One brother did it for his wife. The other brother did it for his country. Yevgeniy and Boris Mordkovich co-founded EVELO electric bicycles both to close the gap between cycling skill levels and to address the enormous pain in the ass that has become driving a car in any major city in America.

Yevgeniy enjoyed cycling with his wife, but at different strengths they found it difficult to ride alongside one another, or go on longer rides. An electric bike would give her a speed or endurance boost when she needed it. Boris was living in San Francisco and working on a rideshare concept when he began noticing that car ownership, once a status symbol, could now just as easily be described as a hassle. The brothers got together and EVELO, a line of electric bikes that still look and feel like standard commuters and cruisers, became the newest members of the Mordkovich family.

The foundation of EVELO's electric designation is its patented mid-drive motor system (20 mph max speed). Available in high-torque standard 250-watt or SuperCharged 500-watt units, the system propels riders over tricky terrain and helps them pedal farther. It is virtually silent and promises to kick in seamlessly when activated. The Mordkoviches say EVELO's mid-drive design trumps traditional hub motors because it enables riders to continue their use of all the bike's gears; again, you'll get more range and better power on hill climbs. The mid-drive motor system is also lightweight and compact; it adds no resistance and should be entirely unnoticeable when not in use.

EVELO electric bicycles come with a choice of two battery options. The Standard is a 36V, 10Ah (or 48V, 10Ah with 500W motor) lithium-polymer and lithium-ion that run for up to 40 miles in pedal-assist or 20 miles in electric-only mode. Upgraded 36V, 17Ah (48V, 14.5Ah) Panasonic Extended-Range batteries increase each of those ranges by 50%.

Pedal Only, Pedal Assist and Electric Only modes are controlled via a panel device on the handlebars. Pedal Only = no electric assistance. Pedal Assist = motor activation only when the pedals are turned (e.g., uphill but not downhill). Electric Only = EVOLO chauffeuring you around like a scooter.

EVELO currently offers 4 electric bike styles, 3 commuter and 1 cruiser. The company also champions fair, transparent pricing. They explain why their line of bikes falls into that category here.