A2B Velociti Review

A2b Velociti Electric Bike Review 1
A2b Velociti
450 Watt Electric Hub Motor
36 Volt Lithium Ion Battery Power Switch
A2b Velociti Twist Throttle
Front Shock And Light
A2b Velociti Electric Bike Review 1
A2b Velociti
450 Watt Electric Hub Motor
36 Volt Lithium Ion Battery Power Switch
A2b Velociti Twist Throttle
Front Shock And Light

Summary

  • Elegant design features integrated wires, fenders and lights with matching seat and grips
  • Front shock and larger tires smooth out the ride, adjustable neck for varied positioning
  • Strong but silent 450 watt brushless and gearless rear hub motor works very well
  • 10 volt 13.2 amp hour Lithium-ion battery provides great range, will last and is removable for charging or transport

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

A2B

Model:

Velociti

Price:

$2,199 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

5 Year Frame, 2 Year Electronics and Battery

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2013

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

60 lbs (27.21 kg)

Frame Material:

TIG Welded 6061 Aluminium Alloy, Hydroformed

Frame Sizes:

20 in (50.8 cm)

Frame Types:

Mid-Step

Frame Fork Details:

Basic Suspension

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Alivio

Shifter Details:

Grip Twist on Left Bar

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Stem:

Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Low Rise

Brake Details:

Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors

Grips:

Flat Rubber

Saddle:

Ultra Motor Comfort

Wheel Sizes:

24 in (60.96cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Integrated LED Lights with Daylight Sensor and Manual On/Off Switch, Front and Rear Plastic Fenders, Optional Side Bags and Basket, Pletscher E5GE Kickstand, Chain Guide, Chain Guard

Other:

Torque Arms on Rear Dropout, Removable Battery Pack

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Ultra Motor

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

450 watts

Battery Brand:

Sanyo

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.2 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

475.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Display Type:

LED Console

Readouts:

Battery Level (Green, Yellow, Red)

Drive Mode:

Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Velociti is one of my favorite A2B electric bikes. Its elegant frame looks professional and the color options are bold without being tacky or cheap. Wires are integrated, custom fenders that hug the tires come stock and the chain is kept on track with a solid aluminum guide that doubles as a bash guard. While it doesn’t offer a fancy computer display or pedal assist, the twist throttle works very well, is intuitive and makes the bike easy to learn and share while avoiding extra parts that add expense and potential failure points.

I’m a big fan of gearless hub motors. They have fewer internal parts that can wear out, compared to geared motors, and coast with less friction. The 450 watt hub motor on the Velociti is no exception and it offers plenty of power to zip around town. There’s no regenerative braking or recharge mode here and it doesn’t come with pedal assist but that keeps it simple to use and less expensive than some comparable bikes.

Powering the motor is a beautifully designed 10 amp hour Lithium-ion battery pack that mounts to the rear rack extension. A2B’s first bike, the Metro, had an internally mounted battery that lived in the downtube and was not designed to be removable for charging. That bike had an option to add a rear battery for additional range. With the Velociti they kept it simple and only offer a rear battery that comes stock with the bike. It is encapsulated in a durable aluminum shell and combined with the control unit, power socket and on/off button along with a handle for easy transport.

This design works great and is built solid. The one drawback is that the weight of the battery is placed higher than some other bikes and the Velociti is rear-heavy overall. Still, it’s proven, easy to deal with for charging or removal and because the rack is welded on, it doesn’t rattle and wont break easily. If you need to haul stuff with this rack I recommend looking at the proprietary solutions from A2B or using a top mounted pack. There are no side guards to keep panniers from rubbing on the rear wheel with the stock design and the tubing is a bit larger than normal bike racks so that limits some of the mass market pannier options.

Once you’re ready to take this bike out for a ride you simply charge it, press the power button and twist the throttle. There’s really no learning curve and this makes it a great ebike for rentals, first timers or less sophisticated riders… who still want to look chic. Unlike many electric bikes, there’s no computer display to get distracted with. The downside is, you won’t know how fast you’re going or exactly how much battery power is left. A simple red, yellow green LED is built into the throttle grip to help guide users but doesn’t provide a whole lot of accuracy. The other trade off here is that you have to turn the lights on manually with a slider switch located on the front headlight. The good news is, it also has a built in daylight sensor and the two lights are powered off of the primary battery pack and linked together so it’s just one switch to deal with.

All in all this is a wonderful bike. When compared with the A2B Metro it offers a comparably smooth ride due to the front shock and wider diameter wheels (26″ vs. 20″) even though it lacks a rear shock absorber. The seat is a bit hard and solid but that’s my only complaint. The Velociti is $500 less than the Metro, ~10 pounds lighter, great looking and plenty powerful. I love that the chain and kickstand are kept up and out of the way along with the chain guard and fenders. Everything matches and compliments itself with this bike and overall it just works well.

Pros:

  • Beautiful clean design, no stickers on the front fork, no crazy color combinations
  • Integrated fenders, chain guard and lights look great and work very well
  • Solid aluminum chain guide doubles as a bash guard to protect front chain ring
  • Larger tires help absorb bumps but still fit in most racks
  • Front fork has a shock built in that’s light and very capable, no lock out
  • Removable battery makes moving the bike easier (lighter) and charging more convenient
  • Very quiet to ride, motor is smooth and nearly silent, nothing jingles on frame
  • Wires are integrated into the downtube of the bike and stay protected, out of the way
  • Neck is adjustable to set handlebars at higher or lower position depending on ride style (can get loose over time, keep tight)
  • Great kickstand stays out of the way and keeps ground clearance at mid-frame high vs. the A2B Metro double-sided kickstand
  • Solid gusseted 6061 aluminum frame with built in metal mounts for the lights

Cons:

  • Harder to mount on car racks and others that require a flat topbar
  • Battery weight is positioned higher on rear rack making it less stable than some other designs but more accessible
  • No pedal assist or computer options such as speed, battery capacity etc.
  • Lights have to be turned on manually with an on/off switch on the front light but have a daylight sensor as well (switch activates front and rear light)
  • Tires are proprietary and harder to replace or repair if you want them to match
  • Seat is a bit less forgiving than some wider softer ones, no seat post shock

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