A2B has existed since 2008, and that makes it one of
the early adopters in the e-bike world. While many other
companies strive to design e-bikes that look as much like
conventional bicycles as possible, most A2B models sport a
unique look with a massive, hydroformed, Y-shaped frame
that visually straddles the line between bicycle and scooter.
The robust but sleek frame looks like it can handle any loads
that e-assist can dish out, and A2B backs that look with a
five-year warranty on the frame, two years on the parts and
one year on the battery.
On one end of A2B’s e-bike spectrum you’ll find the
buff-looking Y-frame models, while at the other end you’ll
find the small, folding Kuo+ model, which does look like a
bicycle. For 2015 A2B added the Ferber and Galvani Euro-style city bikes to the line. Both models meet the company’s
original design goal of avoiding e-bikes that look like bicycles
with batteries added. The city bikes look like bicycles, but
the e-bike aspect is inconspicuously integrated. Some A2B
models allow fitting a second battery to double the available
range. Prices for the A2B bikes vary from $1699 for the folding Kuo to $3799 for the Shima.
With wide tires mounted on 24-inch wheels, the
Alva+ is a real performer. It will provide pedal
assist up to a top speed of 24 mph.