The Urban is ready to ride right out of the box
Smart Urban Design
The Urban comes together in a nice setup that weighs only 19 kg at a cost of just €1,999.
Components and Specs
The bikes comes equipped with wide Schwalbe big apple tires mounted on 26″ rims within a rigid fork. I expect quality brakes on an E-bike and that’s exactly what you get with Shimano hydraulic brakes and calipers.
My version has a belt drive, so no more worrying about grease or having to adjust derailleurs.
There is also an option to get a chain with a slim, fully-enclosed chain glider for €200 less for a total price of €1,799
The Urban is a single speed bike but that doesn’t detract from performance thanks to a powerful 250W rear motor that produces 60 nm of torque.
There are no integrated lights but your Urban will come with neat Knog plus USB rechargeable front and rear lights offering a power of 40 and 20 lumens respectively.
A nice finishing touch is a comfortable yet sleek, 100 percent waterproof Selle Royal ARIEL saddle.
Frame: Aluminium 6061T6
Tires: All seasons, multi-tracks, Schwalbe Big Apple
Motor: Aikema 250W motor rear drive
Battery: Li-Ion. 300Wh (option 400Wh: + € 200, option extra 300Wh battery: +€ 200)
Range: Up to 55+km of assisted ride (400Wh: up to +70km)
Speed: 25 km/h
Riding modes: 5 mode assistance levels + Walk Assist
Lights: USB rechargeable LED lights. 40/20 lumens (front/rear)
Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes (rotor 160 mm)
Max Load: 135KG
Weight: Approximate weight 19KG
Recommended rider height: 160cm-200cm
The battery & charging
For €200 extra you can get the 400Wh battery (+70 km range) or an additional 300Wh battery.
Power Modes and Display
A unique space saving feature
The twistlock on the Urban is an ingenious idea and one that is super advantageous in a city like Amsterdam.
In just few steps, you can pivot the handlebar to align with the bike that saves up to 60% less space.
This is helpful if you store your bike indoors in a hallway or wherever space is limited. But in an urban environment, options will present themselves when dealing with a crowded Dutch bike parking rack.
Riding the Urban
My first impressions of riding the Urban is that it’s a sturdy bike. The large tires handle well and do a nice job dampening cobbled roads and potholes. The hydraulics are responsive and worked flawlessly.
Speed is delivered by a torque sensor and worked nicely with the rear motor. There is a natural feel to riding since the power comes from the rear wheel, which helps in producing tight steering and a controlled ride.
The power modes worked well at incremental speeds but at top level 5, there is a statement to be made.
At max power, the 60 nm of torque was evident, as acceleration is first class.
EU regulations limit bikes to 25 km/hr, but the electric motor can swiftly bring me up to 28 km/hr.
Forget about gears because the Urban is seriously fast.
The riding experience is top notch for the city rider. Whether dealing with traffic, hills or city terrain, there is no doubt the Urban can handle it all.
A hybrid Experience
”The Urban is a no-nonsense, solid street performer at a great price designed to conquer the city.GusRolling Spoke