With cast wheels and a mid-drive, the Carter
should be easy to ride and maintain.
Ace showed this pre-production prototype bike that rolled on 26-inch wheels,
but so far a sale date for the bikes hasn’t been announced yet.
Few e-bike brands come with as much
of a classic legacy as Raleigh. And after
over a century of producing standard
pedal bikes, for 2015 they have jumped
on the e-bike wagon Although the brand
has a huge model lineup in Europe, for
the U.S., the e-bike line is made up of
three metro, comfort and cross-country
models. The pavement-oriented bikes
utilize hub motors, and the hardtail
cross-country Tekoa has a mid-drive.
Long touted as the e-bikes that don’t
look like e-bikes (due to how deftly they
integrate the battery into the bike’s down-tube), Easy Motion carries the theme forward for 2015 with an updated line of very
clean-looking bikes. For 2015 some models have returned, but much of the line is
all new with even more modern-looking
frames and a larger battery capacity.
While EM leans heavily on an effective,
350-watt, geared hub motor, they also
spec bikes with a 500-watt direct-drive
motor and one urban bike model uses the
Peter Grimaldi is the man behind the
brand, and his job is to custom-build the
Ace electric motorbike from his headquarters in New Jersey. There is only one
model—the Ace—to speak of, and it is
a compact, small machine with a high
level of fit and finish and an extremely clean look. The styling evokes the
memory of vintage board-track racers.
Pedaling is not required with the Ace
Motorbike because all forward motion
comes via a twist-throttle system. At the
2014 Interbike show in Las Vegas, Ace
displayed a fancy vintage model that was
physically larger and one that looked like
a hardtail mountain model, but they are
not offered for sale.
Italian e-bike brand Carter makes a
unique e-bike with front suspension, mid-
drive power, a suspension seatpost and
cast wheels. The real claim to fame is the
replaceable bodywork. You can complete-
ly change the look of the bike by switch-
ing out the external shell. Design options
include white with lipstick prints, as well
as the Italian and U.S. flag patterns. ■
The 2015 Easy Motion frames have an extremely clean look,
and you have to look closely to see that they are e-bikes.