Scott E-Sub Evo Electric
Need a little help getting up the hills? Let’s get you a little mechanical assistance.
A Bosch electric motor should do the trick.
This is the Scott E-Sub Evo, the best electric bike design that we have ever seen.
Based upon Scott’s excellent Metrix hybrid models and outfitted with a powerful and reliable Bosch Performance motor system, this bike is an example of design perfection. It rides great and exhibits none of the “quirks” normally associated with E-bikes.
Quirks? It’s probably not polite to highlight the faults of others, but here are some of the things that have always bugged us about electric bikes: Under-powered brakes, low-end external derailleur systems on really expensive bikes, poor weight distribution that makes a bike feel tippy, “suspension” forks that don’t do much except increase the overall heft, clunky add-on systems that look duct-taped onto a standard bike, chargers and batteries that try to set your garage on fire.
We don’t like dealing with stuff that a bike company should address before the bike even goes on the road, so a bike that we can describe as “perfectly designed” is pretty appealing.
For those of you who have been spending a lot of time looking for an electric bike, here are the vital statistics: An aluminum hybrid frame designed with a motor in mind (integrated into the frame, not tacked on). Internal wiring for the motor, the lights, the brakes and the shifting. A Bosch Performance motor with a 400 watt/hour battery. Integrated Busch & Muller lights (that are in turn connected to the integrated fenders and rear rack). Shifting courtesy of a reliable (and weather-proof) Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub system. The bike stops safely and reliably by way of Shimano Alfine hydraulic disc brakes with Ice-tech rotors (an important element for a bike that weighs 15 pounds more and can be ridden 15 mph faster than normal).
Electric bike charge range varies with the weight of the rider and the local topography, but you can expect 75 to 100 miles on the “Eco” assist level and around 25 miles with the motor going full blast in “Turbo” mode on this Scott. The bike can sense the amount of torque that you’re putting on the pedals and it will assist you according to your need (and you can set it to one of four assist levels). The motor will stop helping you when you hit 20 miles per hour, but there’s no rule that says you have to slow down at that point.
Once the battery has been depleted, the charger will fill the lithium Ion battery pack from totally drained back up to full power in about two hours.