From their mainstream acceptance in Europe to their growing popu- larity in Southern California, the
electric bike has certainly been making its presence known. Funny thing,
though; as we’ve seen them in every
conceivable size and style, the one
class of e-bike that remained virtually
untapped was one with dropped bars.
As cyclists of the road-geek variety, we
felt left out. When we mentioned this to
the guys at Easy Motion, they told us
that they had built their own version of
one to use as a fast commuter bike. We
knew right then that we had to have a
ride on it.
Like all Easy Motion bikes, the Neo
Race was designed to “look the part”
as much as possible. That is, they are
designed to mimic the appearance of
a standard bike more than stand out
as an electric bike. And other than the
oversized downtube that is home to the
battery and the side-pull brakes, to the
average eye, our Neo Race project bike
was not easily distinguishable as anything other than a standard road bike.