Vintage Electric makes retro looking bikes with modern electric powertrains. The Signature Cruz is their latest limited edition bike, created with help of US surf legend Jeff Clark. We can see these bike on the esplanades of beaches from Bondi to California.
Featuring a 52 Volt 702-watt lithium battery, range is an impressive 56kms (35 miles) on a single charge. Its fast too with a top speed of 58km/h (36mph) in race mode.
The first thing you notice about the bike is the battery box. Sand cast aluminium, its a work of art. Other lovely touches include the maple wood inlay “tank” in the frame and built in LED lighting
The seat, hand grips, are wrapped in Brooks premium leather, while the bike rides on Schwalbe Black Jack tires with KevlarGuard to protect against flats.
Braking is via the very capable Shimano Alfine s700 hydraulic disc brakes paired with a regenerative function slow it back down while replenishing power back into the battery.
Clark’s influence rounds things out, as the bike includes a removable surf rack, a custom rear rack for storage, and insulated panniers that double as an esky (cooler).