Hidden inside the cast aluminum battery case is a 12. 7 amp-hour battery, the
controller, a light switch, an ignition switch and a charging part. In addition to
protecting the components, the case acts as a heat sink.
You will need to worry about
the range. Unless you are very short,
pedaling the bike is not very efficient.
The manual strongly suggests that you
pedal to help the motor on any steep
climb, but for a tall rider the seat has
to be raised to the point that there is
a lot of pressure on your hands and
wrists. We chose not to fight it. It
looks like a motorcycle, and for the
most part we rode it like one. Vintage
has the sweet billet-aluminum triple
clamps made for them in the U.S.,
and the steel fork is built in-house.
Even with the Schwalbe Fat Frank
white balloon tires, the ride is firm.
The leather Brooks sprung seat helps
a great deal, and the Brooks leather
hand grips help some, but unless the
pavement is very smooth, you will be
ready for a break by the time you run
out of battery at 20 mph. The actual
feel of the bike is very solid and planted. It is plenty nimble.
The E-Tracker riding position is compact, but fortunately, you don’t really need to pedal that
much. We only pedaled to help on super-steep hills and to help the bike take off from a stop.