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500 watts of red carpet

by Jack R. on January 11, 2014

Choosing your favorite electric bike is a bit like choosing your favorite celebrity. Some are fashionable and always look flashy, some are efficient and can effortlessly run long distances, others are great performers and are perfect in a variety of different roles.

A2B MetroThe A2b Metro Diesel

The A2B Metro is somewhere between a classy well dressed action hero and the winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition. First off, the A2B just has that touch of elegance. Bright crisp colors like red and silver, shiny high tech components that turn the head, and a visually striking frame, somewhat reminiscent of a moped, that has a tinge of the romantic. At the same time, it’s also looks super burly and tough, able to haul a lot of weight and get the job done.

A2B metroLooking at the A2B, I imagine myself cruising along a winding path on the Mediterranean on my way to the Villa, but at the same time I’m thinking, “Damn, I bet this thing could haul a lot of wood.” Like Vin Diesel, the Ab2 has a lot of torque and could lift some serious weight at the gym, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see it featured on GQ.

Brompton Firth

Electric Brompton BikeAn electric bike like the E-Brompton is a bit hard to pin down as it combines so many different elements – incredibly versatile, the ideal commuter, able to become very compact and perform perfectly in every situation – Inspector Gadget might be a good fit if he were a real person. Actors who can play vastly different roles perfectly come to mind, the Daniel Day Lewis’ and Philip Seymour Hoffmans of the industry, but there’s something more common place and comfortable about the Brompton which doesn’t fit with these eccentric titans of Hollywood. Perhaps an actor like Colin Firth, who delivers with power and efficiency, is very diverse, great in every role, but also has a more everyday humility about him.

Like the electric Brompton, I think I could hang out with Colin Firth everyday without getting annoyed, and I imagine him being easy to take into restaurants or cafes without causing a scene, although he’d definitely be a conversation starter. He’s also very British.

Brody St1 Platinum

Adrian Brody Stromer St1And then there’s the Stromer St1 Platinum, the sleekest, sportiest bike in the shop, elegant bright red finish, fast 30 mph top speed, made only with the best components and looks great on camera. Really I have no choice but to compare the Stromer St1 with Adrian Brody. Not that he can run 30 mph, or is powered by a Samsung 36 volt lithium ion battery, but he did come in the shop and buy a Stromer St1 of his own, so I figured I’de give him props.

All for now,

Jack

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A2B Electric Bike – Speedster Dream

by Electric bike guru on May 29, 2012

The A2B electric bike is a speedster dream. Unlike the BionX Motor, which works through assisted pedaling, the A2B is throttle powered. It has an excellent responsive disc breaking system and just flat out rocked my socks. Admittedly, it is a beast weight wise, but with a little boost from the throttle however you can really start moving.

The interface on the A2B Metro is really user friendly; you have your speedometer and trip miles on a well lit display in the center, the throttle on the right and a shifter on the left. There is even a smart rear view mirror. All you have to do is put your key in, switch to A and you are rollin’.

Cruising on the A2B Metro!

The A2B is the perfect ride for catchin’ a breeze. I am a a bit of a speed demon, and I ride a lot of track bikes and light little road numbers to get my adrenaline kicking. The A2B Electric Bike really took me by surprise. I was trying my best to be “conservative,” but once I hit the throttle, I couldn’t help but kick it into gear and be a little reckless. I suggest be a little more wary while on the road of course, I may have ran a red light, but how could you not when you are riding an electric bike with the potential of doing more than of 22 mph? I am surprised I didn’t get any bugs stuck in my teeth because I was smiling so much.

Off-roading on the A2B Metro

If you are going to be a little crazy and try to take this off the pavement, the A2B Electric Bike has an excellent shock absorbed front fork, which gives it this off-road adventure look, as well as a shock absorbing actuator under the seat to the rear wheel. This is no rigid ride, it bounces gently over NYC potholes and adds to the joy of speeding down Park Ave.

Its all about double takes with the A2B Metro. The A2B has a rad, from the future, “I’m going to take to the dunes, ready for the apocalypse” kind of look to it. It definitely turned some heads, which if you are into it, could be a great way to pick up some cute environmentalists.

Take the A2b to the farmers market? Why not!

That’s where my wish for an optional extra seat comes in. There is a super sturdy back rack that you could throw some Ortlieb bags on and get your groceries from the farmers market with, maybe a child’s seat? I wouldn’t mind being able to take one of the farmers with me though.

When getting around, it is safe to say the A2B Electric Bike is an excellent vehicle for the city or suburbs. You get all the joys of being quicker than public transportation, along with no street parking issues and no tolls or gas to contend with. All you have to do make sure you have a place to plug this fella into charge for the next day’s adventures. Check out the high powered A2B Electric Bike today!

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