Electric Bike Company, based in Newport Beach, California, has just launched its long-awaited folding electric bike model, known as the Model F. The Backrest embodies much of the same cruiser vibes and design ethos as the company’s larger e-bikes, but in a smaller, more portable package.
And just like the rest of the company’s e-bikes, it’s built there in Southern California before being shipped fully assembled to customers.
The F model features a low frame and 24-inch wheels, which are a compromise between the large 26-inch cruiser wheels and the smaller 20-inch wheels often seen on most e-bikes folding.
The 3″ wide tires are also a middle ground between softer fat tires and narrower street tires, falling more into the balloon tire category than true fat tires.
The smaller diameter tires make the bike a bit more compact when folded, but are still large enough to give a more typical cruiser-like ride.
The F-Model’s hydroformed aluminum frame features a front suspension fork and uses an integrated battery that’s secured in the downtube.
The battery can be locked in place and charged on the bike or unlocked to be removed for charging separately. The company claims a maximum range of 80km from the battery when using the pedal assist.
Riders who instead rely on the throttle to reach higher speeds without pedaling won’t achieve the same 50-mile range, but should still likely reap at least half that figure.
With a 750W motor and a top speed of 40kph (25mph), riders who press hard on the throttle will have good power and speed at their fingertips.
Also within easy reach are a pair of comfortable brake levers linked to hydraulic disc brakes for powerful braking performance. To pick up speed, the single-speed pedal transmission uses a massive 58-tooth chainring, ensuring pedaling ability even at top speed.
Just like Electric Bike Company’s other models, the new backrest comes with vegan leather grips, a wide, comfortable saddle that embodies the vibes of the company’s cruiser bike, a color LCD display, LED lighting on the front and rear of the bike, corrosion resistant hardware throughout the bike and an adjustable handlebar stem.
The bike has a price at $1,799 and currently comes in three colors of white, red and black. But Electric Bike Company is famous for its nearly limitless paint color options thanks to the operation of its own paint plant in Southern California, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see more colors offered soon.
I visited the company over the winter and got to see the paint shop first hand, trying to paint my own Tweety yellow bike frame.
There I also got to tour the company’s multiple factories in Newport Beach, meet the team that actually builds the bikes, and get a better idea of what goes into building these quality electric cruiser bikes.
The icing on the trip cake was testing a few different models, including the more economical Model E and the easily accessible Model Y.
You can check out my tour of the company’s e-bike factory in my video below to see how these awesome e-bikes are getting the local treatment.
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