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First and foremost, I would like to extend my apologies. Unfortunately, for most readers of The Verge, purchasing the latest electric bikes from Veloretti, a Dutch company based in Amsterdam, is not an option. However, those residing in the Netherlands, Belgium, or Germany and have €3,299 to spare are in for a treat. Congratulations to you because you have the opportunity to acquire one of the best e-bikes currently available on the market. In fact, it is my personal favorite ride of the year thus far.
In a recent review, I examined the VanMoof S5, a top-of-the-line e-bike priced at €3,498. This experience left me longing for a bike with a removable battery, a simple belt drive, and smoother automatic shifting. To my delight, Veloretti’s new models, the Ace Two and step-thru Ivy Two e-bikes, fulfill these desires. The “Two” in their names indicates that they are second-generation bikes.
When it comes to specifications, both new Veloretti models are equipped with a 250W mid-drive motor and a 540Wh battery provided by Bafang. They also feature a sturdy carbon CDX belt drive from Gates, MT200 hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano, a front light from Osram, and a comfortable saddle from Selle Royal. In essence, Veloretti, which was acquired by the transportation giant Pon Holdings at the end of last year, relies on readily available parts that are easily replaced or repaired by most bike shops. This is an important factor to consider since issues are bound to arise when utilizing a high-tech commuter e-bike under varying weather conditions.
If you appreciate premium e-bikes created with Dutch expertise but are skeptical of VanMoof’s specialized components and history of service problems, then the new second-generation Ivy and Ace electric bikes from Veloretti, a local competitor, are sure to impress you.
Veloretti Ace Two
– Smooth automatic shifting
– Sleek appearance, even with removable battery
– Maintenance-free belt drive
– Easy-to-service off-the-shelf parts
– Integrated display is excessive
– Integrated maps are insufficient
Our rating and review process:
The Enviolo AutomatiQ shifter and Enviolo City hub featured on the Ace Two e-bike that I tested is truly an experience that everyone should have at least once. It offers a refined and sophisticated way of cycling.
Here are some additional specifications:
– 36V, 540Wh removable and lockable battery, charges to 50% in approximately 80 minutes and 100% in around five hours.
– Weight, including the battery, is 28kg (44 pounds).
– Built-in torque and rotation sensors.
– Anti-puncture tires.
– Powder-coated aluminum frame.
– Front and rear carriers will be available as options in the near future.
– Equipped with GPS, Bluetooth, 3G, and 4G radios.
– Veloretti e-bikes are assembled in Portugal.
– The Ivy Two step-through model is designed for riders measuring 164cm to 184cm, while the Ace Two is suitable for riders measuring 173cm to 200cm.
Enviolo, another Amsterdam-based company, builds its automatic shifter around an internally geared rear hub, which allows for the use of a belt drive instead of a chain, sprockets, and derailleur that require regular maintenance. The Enviolo AutomatiQ allows you to choose your desired pedaling speed, and the shifting is done automatically while maintaining a consistent cadence. Moreover, the gear changes are seamless, even under heavy load, thanks to its “stepless” feature. The induction noise from the almost silent Bafang motor adds to the overall experience.
I had the opportunity to test the Veloretti Ace Two e-bike for nearly a month, and I only have two minor complaints about the ride. At very low speeds, the powertrain can sometimes feel a bit uncertain, resulting in a slight unevenness in the pedal assist. Additionally, after encountering some substantial bumps, the motor would briefly cut out for about a quarter revolution of the pedals. However, I have been unable to reproduce this issue, regardless of how hard I have tried. For the most part, the ride is effortless and instinctive.
In general, the Ace Two offers a powerful (65Nm) pedal-assist experience up to 27km/h (17mph), just above the EU speed limit of 25km/h (16mph) but still within the accepted range. On a full battery, I was able to ride 51km (32mi) in maximum power mode. When the battery was nearly empty and indicated 7 percent remaining, the app estimated that I had an additional 4km (2.5mi). However, Veloretti begins to limit the power output around 20 percent battery life to extend battery lifespan and remind you that it’s time to recharge. The app includes a feature that automatically alerts you when the battery is running low, which should be standard for all e-bikes. Once it reached 7 percent, I experienced reduced assistance, prompting me to plug in and recharge. I fell slightly short of Veloretti’s minimum range estimate of 60km (37mi), totaling 55km (34mi).
The e-bike is equipped with two buttons on each side of the handlebars. The daytime running lights are located at the front and rear of the bike, and one of the buttons can activate the rear brake light. Additionally, the battery is removable and lockable, adding a layer of convenience and security. Veloretti’s second-generation premium e-bikes display clean and seamless welds, providing a sleek and sophisticated look.
The user interface revolves around a 2.5-inch color display positioned between four buttons, two on each side of the handlebars. The leftmost button features a horn and serves as the on/off/next button. The minus and plus buttons allow for scrolling through the different pedal-assist levels and desired cadence settings. By long-pressing the plus button, a Safety Tracking countdown is initiated, sending a text message to your predetermined emergency contact with your geolocation information. This feature proves useful in the event of an accident or when you feel unsafe. The tracking feature ceases automatically after one hour to ensure your privacy.
Both the Ace and Ivy models come with integrated front and rear running lights that are constantly illuminated. By long-pressing the minus button near the right grip, the brighter Osram front light can be activated for improved visibility during nighttime riding. The rear light also doubles as a brake indicator.
Personally, I believe that an integrated display is unnecessary for regular commuting purposes, as it adds extra cost and is susceptible to malfunction. It is far simpler and more cost-effective to attach your smartphone to the bike using an inexpensive mount and rely on your preferred navigation app when needed. Veloretti’s new Ace and Ivy models feature a display that provides an abundance of information, requiring four separate screens to display everything.
The user experience consists of four buttons and a display with four screens, which can feel overwhelming.
– The first screen offers a comprehensive overview of various statistics.
– The second screen displays the five pedal-assist power levels, current speed, and remaining range.
– The third screen provides turn-by-turn navigation, which must be activated in the app.
– The fourth screen shows the current cadence setting, with the battery’s charge level and pedal-assist power displayed on all screens.
To power on the e-bike, simply long-press the second button from the left on the handlebars, eliminating the need for an app. It powers on within approximately three seconds, displaying the last screen used. Importantly, the bike will remember your previous settings for pedaling cadence and power-assist, which can also be adjusted within the user-friendly app. If you consistently use the same settings, you only need to press start and set off on your ride. The same button used to power on the e-bike allows you to navigate through the different display screens gradually.
It is worth noting that the built-in navigation system, which relies on Mapbox, has proven to be unreliable in my testing in Amsterdam. The directions are often inaccurate, or there is a significant delay in updating, causing me to miss turns. Moreover, I encountered difficulties locating established landmarks and it inaccurately identified a bridge near my residence as unsuitable for biking, despite its bikeability. I have not experienced these issues with Google Maps or Apple Maps, prompting me to consider using a smartphone mount on top of the dedicated display. I sincerely hope that Veloretti will integrate Google Maps into their app, following in the footsteps of other e-bike manufacturers such as Cowboy. Adjusting the pedaling cadence can only be done using the plus or minus buttons on the handlebars when the display shows the cadence RPM menu. Otherwise, these buttons are used to increase or decrease the level of pedal-assist power. Cadence can be set anywhere between 30 and 120 revolutions per minute.
Overall, Veloretti’s Ace Two offers an incredible riding experience, combining powerful performance and advanced features. While there are a few minor drawbacks, such as the uncertainty at low speeds and occasional motor cut-outs, these issues were infrequent and did not significantly impact the overall ride quality. With its high torque pedal-assist, long battery range, and sleek design, the Ace Two is undoubtedly a top contender in the e-bike market.
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