Cambridge, England — The Ultramotor A2B electric bicycle is a comfortable ride, with a large saddle, wide tyres, shock absorbing front and rear suspension, and Avid BB5 disc brakes. One drawback is the bike weighs 31 kg, and you have to be pedaling before you can start the motor.
The A2B by Ultramotor costs £2,000 price tag. It has the classic shape of a Moulton bicycle with the ability to ride without even having to pedal, with very little noise and no petrol fumes.
The bikes are built in China, distributed by an American company and sold in Britain through The Electric Transport Shops in Oxford, Cambridge and Camden Town.
The motor on the rear hub is powered by a 36v lithium-ion battery, operated by a twist-and-go throttle control on the right handlebar. A conventional seven-speed derailleur gear shift is operated by a twist grip on the left hand. The battery lasts about 20 miles. Rechargeable, it requires a three- to four-hour charge from any domestic electricity supply.
THere’s no law that says riders have to wear a helmet (although it’s a good idea). European laws say riders mst be over 14 years of age, British laws restrict their speed to 15mph. (The A2B can get up to 20mph at the press of the Boost button.)