is super smooth and seamless when
compared to a derailleur and cassette.
Our bike also had the 48-volt battery
and 500-watt motor, so the price as
tested is $3024, almost a $1000 more
than the standard $2099 for the 250-
watt, 36-volt model with a Shimano
Alivio eight-speed cassette. The NuVinci
is really nice—almost luxurious—but
if money was tight, we would opt for
the 500-watt drive package first and
the NuVinci as budget allowed. A few
motorcycle riders had to get used to the
throttle located on the left side of the
handlebar given that the NuVinci adjuster resides on the right.
You don’t see many full-suspension
commuters and even fewer with a start-ing price of $2099. This isn’t serious
off-road suspension, but it is more than
capable of taming rough pavement
and handling mild riding in the dirt. The
Rock Shox fork and shock are basic,
but absorb far more than a rigid chassis
Thanks to an adjustable stem, you
can alter the riding position. We aren’t
sure what it was about the look of the
Evelo, but riders were always pleasantly
surprised by how capable the bike was
on the street or on dirt.
As long as you aren’t
rushing things in the
rough, the Aries is more
than willing to help you
go exploring outdoors.
With full suspension, fenders
and lights, the Aries is a little
difficult to categorize, but it is
a fun and well-equipped bike.