EVELO ELECTRIC BICYCLES
Evelo builds a unique type of electric bike.
All four models employ a proprietary mid-drive
that mounts the 250- or 500-watt electric motor
in line with the frame and wheels. You may
choose to buy an additional six-month warranty
to extend the standard 18-month warranty to a
full two years. If you decide to buy a new seat in
the first 30 days of ownership, the company will
reimburse you $40, and you can even arrange for
no-interest six-month financing.
Each of the models starts at $2099, but
options for the drive (Shimano versus Nuvinci),
power (choose 250 or 500 watts on some models)
and battery size will affect the price. Regardless
of the level of options, the Evelo line is priced
very well for mid-drive bikes. www.evelo.com.
EVO BICYCLE USA
Evo has an entire range of bikes, including
models for kids and adult trikes, but it also has a
line of three BionX-powered e-bikes. One is a fully
featured city bike with fenders and a rack. The
other two are based on hardtail mountain bike
frames. The HB1 Disc is the higher spec, with the
500-watt D-Series drive and an 8. 8 Ah battery.
Naturally, it has disc brakes. The normal HB1 is
roughly the same bike, with a BionX 350-watt
drive and a choice of three battery sizes from 6. 4
to 8. 8 Ah. Battery size does affect the price.
All of the models are available in different
frame sizes, ranging from small to extra large.
Both of the 350-watt bikes run $2499.99 retail,
and the higher-spec HB1 Disc is $2999.99. For
more info, look at the company website,
www.evobicycle.com, or call (800) 822-1980.
While company namesake Jim Felt of Felt
Bicycles has always been a friend of innovation,
he admits that he was late to throw down a warm
embrace for e-bikes. “I tried them a few years
ago, and it just didn’t do anything for me,” Felt
says of e-assist. “Then I rode the Bosch mid-drive, and I became obsessed with them!” One
result of that obsession would be Felt’s personal
camo-finish Outfitter fat bike that he now uses for
his treks into the remote backwoods.
The VERZAe is the only model that looks like a
pick-up from Felt’s Europe-bound bikes, but it is
a nice Bosch mid-drive commuter/city bike. The
SPORTe is more like a traditional road bike with a
flat bar, and both retail for $3999. The NINEe is a
hardtail bike with MTB geometry, but it is happy
on the road or exploring for $4699. The Outrigger
($5499) and the LEBOWSKe ($5799) are exotic
fat bikes with no suspension. They are the same
bike, but the LEBOWSKe has some higher-spec
items like a dropper seatpost. At the pinnacle of
the line is the DUALe full-suspension bike for off-road at $5799. www.feltelectric.com.
Evelo’s Orion is offered with the 250-watt
mid-drive motor. This is a fully equipped
city bike that includes fenders, a rack and
lights. Upgrades are more range and the
A low-step frame, fenders, a rack and a torque-monster BionX
350-watt hub motor make the ST1 a good commuter bike.
Felt equipped the SPORTe like a traditional road bike, but with a kickstand and a flat bar. It is a great sporting ride with excellent assist range.