Entry Level E-Bike w High End Features: UpStart
Repetitive daily task involving stop and go traffic. Pollution. Quick decisions. Not enough time. If you use a car you will need about 1-1,5h of your day for one way trip of about 10-15km to get to work and from work. Standing still more then moving forward at any point. If you choose to experience the public transport you might find yourselves ram packed into a can being held up by all the others who decided to take the Taxis or their cars into bus lanes. Delivery drivers using them as parking spots or construction sites unloading their gear. If you have the option to travel by rail you might experience the unexpected half/one hour of no forward motion because some genius ran the barriers or struck the bridge you are going to pass over the traffic. Then there is cycling. With the right gear it can be a real eye opener. You are able to take back control of your own time. You can avoid all the downsides of road network. You get a real exercise of the list for the day and you come to work on time and home energized. Then maybe you want to do all of that but you also want to cut drastically the time you spend on the road.
Say Hi to Electric Bikes.
Electric Bikes for Urban Commuter.
Now earlier this summer a new refreshed UpStart came out and we got the chance to ride it and put it to test. We also have on in-store, so drop in any time to try it for yourselves!
What is different?
PRICE: Massive reduction in costs offers a way better price point for customers. In Ireland you can get going for just €1399 on a fully loaded UpStart electric bike.
MATERIALS and EQUIPMENT: Everything was rethought. New aluminium frame is lighter and stiffer. Integrated alloy Mudguards are 100% effective in rain and on big puddles and custom made rack offers great versatility, you can carry standard panniers or strap in any thing or anybody (child seat). New integrated lighting system, back and front, is genuinely powerful and runs of the ebikes battery. Turns on with a press of a button, simple. The reliable SRAM Automatix shifts for you between 2 gears and is smoooth as a butter. Even the battery was redesigned and new better casing with more water resistance and IP certification is in place.
How does the electric bike work?
Fold the kickstand (standard equip), hop on, press the ON button, and pedal away. That simple. For operation you have 2 brake levers and pedals. There is no shifting involved all is taken care of by the automatic 2 speed transmission. Even when you stop it shifts down for you. When you start again a patented torque sensor in the bottom bracket propels you forward even on the steepest hill start you can find in Dublin. So no more gear fiddling, or bike pushing up hills. It just goes when you want it to go. The quick reaction is massively beneficial against just standard pedelec systems where magnet sensor got to do about 2-3 full pedal rotations. It is bit surprising to other road users when you shoot out of the lights :D
The system has 3 buttons on its very small control panel. You can choose couple power settings, turn it on/off and activate the lights. Or If you are fully loaded, and going up to your door or just pushing the bike along there is a walk assist function (not a throttle) very convenient.
When you first get onto the UpStart it feels like sitting on a classy single speed. Striking matt black frame color and bit sporty-ish riding position are nice, comfortable and familiar. With its record low weight just shy of 19kg it is really the lightest ebike on market these days.
Your average commute will be flawless and smooth once getting used to the faster pace of the momentum electric UpStart. Funny enough we found out that loading it up with panniers and some additional equipment makes it even better, the added weight does eat off your range (which is huge) up to 80km! from one charge! but it adds suppleness and the motor likes to deal with it effortlessly. We easily averaged 50km out of one charge. The battery is easily recharged just like your phone, you can take it home or to the office, or just charge it on the bike If you have a garage.
My usual route was going along the sea front from Dun Laoghaire to City center. Pretty flat with some medium hills here and there. It's roughly 13km one way. With the most powerful setting I was fast to reach the limited 25km/h so I experimented trying to push over the limit I managed to pedal it to roughly 39km/h but you do start to feel the added weight.
On other occasion I tried loading it up with over 50kg of goods. Mostly paper and some stands. I actually noticed interesting behavior the added weight allowed for smoother riding, easy acceleration and I wasn't as much noticing the top speed limiter. Where tho without any added weight. The front wheel easily popped a wheely and came to the limit fast. Which is unheard of normal electric bikes, they just weight too much. Either way at the end of each ride. You feel like you arrived with a grin on your face and slightly higher hearth beat but not tired. Far of it. Interestingly also my Strava acc showed I averaged 23km/h on each occasion. Try that in a car (or a hybrid/mtb/commuter bike)!
After getting the driving style in tune with the bike I noticed that keeping it in the ECO (lowest) setting is plentiful to get places comfortably and quickly, also it saves the battery and I can easily see 3 days worth of commuting on one charge. When you come to a hill that seems bit too steep just pop it to 2nd or higher assistance level and the UpStart pulls you up effortlessly. I cannot imagine easier electric bike to live with, its simple operation, light weight, powerful and advanced drive train make it perfect for urban commuting and even a weekend trip to Howth Summit.
UpStart is available at Greenaer and Dublin Loves Bikes (DLB) shops. Test rides are free and you can pop into store at any time, DLB Cycles is open 7 days a week.