Vintage Electric Bikes E-Tracker Review

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Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker
Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker Crystalyte Hub Motor
Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker Lights Button Speed Fuse
Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker Bar Trigger Throttle Regenerative Brake Button
Vintage Electric E Tracker 160 Mm Avid Bb7 Brake
Vintage Electric E Tracker Brooks Leather Grips
Vintage Electric E Tracker Brooks Sprung Saddle Led Lights
Vintage Electric E Tracker Battery Charge Port
Vintage Electric E Tracker Classic Headlight
Vintage Electric E Tracker Front View
Vintage Electric E Tracker Fsa Cranks
Vintage Electric E Tracker Integrated Carry Rack
Vintage Electric E Tracker Schwalbe Fat Frank Balloon Tires
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Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker
Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker Crystalyte Hub Motor
Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker Lights Button Speed Fuse
Vintage Electric Bikes E Tracker Bar Trigger Throttle Regenerative Brake Button
Vintage Electric E Tracker 160 Mm Avid Bb7 Brake
Vintage Electric E Tracker Brooks Leather Grips
Vintage Electric E Tracker Brooks Sprung Saddle Led Lights
Vintage Electric E Tracker Battery Charge Port
Vintage Electric E Tracker Classic Headlight
Vintage Electric E Tracker Front View
Vintage Electric E Tracker Fsa Cranks
Vintage Electric E Tracker Integrated Carry Rack
Vintage Electric E Tracker Schwalbe Fat Frank Balloon Tires

Summary

  • A beautifully styled single speed electric bike that functions like a moped and can reach ~36 mph with the optional "Race Edition" upgrade or function as street legal at the default 20 mph
  • Good weight distribution and heat dissipation thanks to a custom made aluminum alloy battery box that's permanently mounted mid-frame, multiple color choices, beautiful matching accessories
  • Single speed drivetrain isn't much fun to pedal if you run out of batteries, no power level gauge, pedal assist isn't super responsive and brake levers don't have inhibitors
Warning, in some configurations this electric bike is classified as a moped or motorcycle and may not be ridden on cycling trails or paths. It may require licensing, insurance and lights when used on public roads.

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Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Vintage Electric Bikes

Model:

E-Tracker

Price:

$4,995 USD (Up to $6,845 with Accessories and Upgrades)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2), Moped or Motorcycle (Class 4)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive, 30,000 Miles

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2015

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

72 lbs (32.65 kg) (74 with Rear Rack)

Frame Material:

Hydroformed Aluminum Alloy

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Indian Red, Excelsior Blue, Slate Grey, Racing Green, Custom (~$600 Extra) (High Grade Powder Coat)

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Tig Welded Steel with Hand Crafted Leather Frame Bumps, CNC Machined High Grade Billet Aluminum Triple Clamp

Gearing Details:

1 (Single Speed)

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Handlebar:

Stainless Steel, Hand Made, Swept Back

Brake Details:

Avid BB7 Road S Mechanical Disc with 160 mm HS1 Rotors

Grips:

Brooks, Hand Crafted Leather with Lockers

Saddle:

Brooks, Hand Crafted Leather, Sprung

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy

Spokes:

36 Spoke, Hand Laced and Tensioned

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Fat Frank, 26" x 2.35"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

KevlarGuard Puncture Protection, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, Available in Black or Creme Colors

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Single Side Kickstand on Left, High Speed Charger: DC 52 VC 110/220 AC Compatible, Aluminum Alloy Rear Fender, Xanadu Headlight, Optional Rear Carry Rack with Integrated Leather Accents ~$290, Optional Rear Carry Rack with Integrated Leather Accents and Two Saddlebags ~$800, Optional Rear Light Integrated with Brooks Saddle $75 Extra, Optional Brooks Challenge Bag ~$100 Extra

Other:

Regenerative Braking Button on Left Bar, Pedal Assist is Required for Bikes Shipping to the EU, Each Bike is Numbered Like Artwork

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Crystalyte

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts

Motor Peak Output:

3000 watts

Battery Voltage:

52 volts (60 Amp Continuous)

Battery Amp Hours:

12.5 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

650 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

2 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Drive Mode:

Trigger Throttle, Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist (Pedal Assist is Optional and Costs ~$130)

Top Speed:

36 mph (58 kph) (Default 20 mph Mode, Activate High Speed with 10 Amp Fuse for ~$150 Extra)

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Written Review

The E-Tracker is a high speed capable electric bicycle modeled after the gasoline powered track racing bikes of the early 1900’s. Those motorcycles were raced on wood-planked motodromes in the US (modeled after European velodromes for bicycles) that included steep banked corners and bleachers for crowds of paying race fans. With the onset of the Great Depression in America during the 1930’s and the high price of resurfacing the tracks, this sport quickly died out. What Vintage Electric Bikes has created in the E-Tracker is a single speed electric moped that cultivates nostalgia and delivers high speed “off road” use at ~36 mph or lower speed “street legal” at 20 mph in the US. It’s also legal in Europe if you select the optional ~$130 cadence sensor. My experience testing this ebike was mixed, I actually spent two separate days with it to fully explore the features and handling. It performs best under throttle power and isn’t much fun to pedal if you run out of juice given the ~72 pound footprint and single speed drivetrain. The squishy balloon tires and premium Brooks sprung saddle were comfortable enough but in many ways this is a showpiece and there are lots of opportunities for improvement that I’ll dig into below.

The motor driving this bike is a 3,000 watt Crystalyte gearless hub located in the rear wheel. It’s very capable, even the default limited 750 watts output feels strong and fast despite the heavier frame. It’s not super quiet but I kind of liked the noise because it fits the overall motorcycle theme. Gearless hub motors have fewer moving parts and that makes them durable but they also tend to weigh more and have a larger visual footprint in order to generate torque. It blends in well enough and the matching black spokes are a nice touch. With the optional ~$600 performance upgrade (basically a 10 Amp fuse that completes a circuit on the left side of the battery pack) you can unleash the full 3k watts that this motor is capable of but do be careful if you’re riding on public roads without a license. Many states will let you register this as a moped and legally ride at the ~36 mph top speed and for liability purposes it’s totally worth exploring. I was able to ride this in a rural environment at top speed and it was a blast.

Powering the motor and headlight (as well as the optional rear LED light) is an impressive 52 volt 12.5 amp hour Lithium-ion battery pack that’s capable of putting out 60 amps! The cells are all contained within the custom made aluminum casing that’s positioned low and center on the frame. I love how they designed it to match the internal combustion motors used on vintage track bikes and the aluminum is not only light weight but also great at dissipating heat. The big drawback here however is that the pack cannot be easily taken off for convenient transport, storage or charging. This is a real bummer because the bike is already very heavy and the battery likely weighs upwards of 15 pounds with the case. I’m guessing that many owners will leave this machine in their garage and if temperatures get extreme the battery cells can degrade more quickly. Ideally, you want to store Lithium-ion packs in a cool dry environment and keep them between 20% and 80% charged. With the E-Tracker that can be difficult because there isn’t a battery level indicator on the pack or on a display panel. This can be a huge issue if you’re out and about riding the bike and then run out of juice because it’s not that fun to pedal. One proactive measure would be to take the charger along in a backpack or using the optional rear rack and panniers. It’s a high quality quick-charge capable unit that works with 110 or 120 volts and can completely fill the pack in about two hours.

Operating this electric bike is dead simple… You stick the key into the slot on the left side of the battery and twist from horizontal position to vertical. Thankfully, you can easily take the key out and avoid bumping it while riding/pedaling but one possible downside is that it’s very easy to leave the bike on and drain the battery a bit extra. There aren’t any indicator lights on the trigger throttle or elsewhere to help you remember to shut it off but I believe there is a built in auto-off feature after 15 minutes or so. Okay… so once the bike is “on” you have two choices. You can press the circular button near the key slot and activate the headlight (and optional rear light) or you can press the trigger throttle to activate the motor (or pedal with the optional cadence sensor). The cockpit is clean and intuitive, I love the swept back handlebars and Brooks leather grips with metallic end caps. This thing feels awesome to ride around but the utility factor of knowing how fast you’re going, how far you’ve traveled and how much juice is left in your battery left me a bit disappointed. Maybe there’s a way to do a mobile app in the future or something?

I think the biggest complaint I have with the E-Tracker electric bike is that in pedal assist mode, the motor isn’t especially responsive in shutting off once you’ve ceased moving the crank arms. The 160 mm mechanical disc brakes are barely acceptable in my mind given the weight and speed offered here and without motor inhibitor switches in the brake levers it can feel a bit out of control during tense “must stop!!” moments. I expressed this in the video review and mentioned that the regenerative brake button could be an effective way to cut power but that it wasn’t as intuitive to use. I found that trying to pull both brake levers and activate regen made my left hand feel open and vulnerable instead of secure and in control. Still, if you come at this thing like a moped and only use the throttle option to just scoot around town it becomes a joy to ride. It’s beautiful, fairly practical with the fender, optional rack and bags and comfortable with the balloon tires and spring saddle. The reflective sidewalls on the tires are nice, the four default frame colors are classy and the cantilever high-step design is sturdy. I feel like they could do a better job with wire management and the price is pretty steep (especially with all of the options) but many elements are hand crafted and the limited-edition numbered frame feels almost like art. If you know you want this bike then I’m telling you it’s fun to ride and feels high-quality… just remember to top the battery off every couple of months if you haven’t used it and ride safe if you unlock the higher speed. The one year warranty sounds good but this appears to be Vintage Electric Bikes’ only model and I’m not sure how a battery replacement would work after a few years of heavy use? I’m excited to see them refine the design and address some of these issues with future iterations.

Pros:

  • Aluminum alloy battery box is sand-casted in Santa Clara California (local to Vintage Electric Bikes) and is designed to dissipate heat efficiently as batteries are charged or used, it blends in nicely with the frame, seems rugged and theft-resistant
  • Beautiful vintage style reminiscent of the internal combustion powered 1910-1920’s board track racer bikes used at motordromes, accents include leather saddle and optional Challenge seat bag by Brooks and hand crafted leather frame bumps
  • Available in four stock colors, powder coated for durability, optional “custom” colors if you pay ~$600 extra, two tire color options for free (creme and black)
  • Six amp “fast charger” is compatible with 110 and 220 wall outlets and can fill the 650 watt hour battery in about two hours
  • Large classic style headlight by Xanadu completes the look of a motorcycle or moped, optional rear light uses six LED’s and is very well integrated into the Brooks saddle
  • Great optional accessories including Brooks saddle bag, rear carry rack and panniers and rear LED light
  • Simple to operate with a clean cockpit, you really only have a trigger throttle and the regeneration button, no distractions
  • Each unit is numbered and feels almost like a piece of artwork that could retain value over time as a “classic”
  • The rear fender is sturdy and well mounted so it doesn’t rattle while riding, even at high speed, it protects your back and the battery from water and mud splashing up
  • KevlarGuard puncture protection is built into the Schwalbe balloon tires which helps to avoid flats, this is important given the weight of the bike and lack of quick-release systems

Cons:

  • Brake levers do not include a motor inhibitor switch which would be useful because the motor sometimes lags to shut off given the cadence sensing pedal assist option
  • Regenerative braking feature is neat but sometimes awkward to use while simultaneously squeezing the left brake lever, may compromise grip
  • Extremely minimal cockpit looks nice and isn’t confusing but lacks battery level indicator to help you avoid being stranded
  • Single speed drivetrain is clean, tight and durable but not much fun to pedal, even in pedal assist mode I found that the cadence was difficult to match with the higher speeds of the bike
  • Battery pack is not designed to be removable and as such, makes the bike permanently heavier, difficult to transport and more susceptible to extreme heat and cold which can wear down the cells
  • Only available in one standard frame size with high-step frame that may not be easy for shorter riders to stand over
  • limited suspension can feel a bit jarring at high speed (especially over 20+ miles) but the sprung saddle and balloon tires help
  • Most of the wire management is good but quite a few exit at the base of the battery pack and wind around at the bottom bracket area, this might make them easier to access but some kind of little wrapper or integration could keep them cleaner
  • No indicators to help you remember to shut the bike off (using the key) and avoid wasting battery charge when parked

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Scott
3 years ago

Court: What were you thinking? There is still snow on the ground and your wearing a short sleeve shirt and shorts? Didn’t the wind feel cold at 30 mph? Great review!

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chris@propelbikes.com
3 years ago

Thanks for the concern Scott ;) yeah it was incredibly cold and I had to stop occasionally and put my hands under my shirt to warm them up. There were only certain areas that I could ride at high speed to stay legal so thankfully much of the video was 20 mph but it was still very cold. Part of this video was shot on the same day I filmed the Felt OUTFITTER which was lots of fun… but also freezing :P

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Ron
2 years ago

Also saw this bike on Jay Leno’s Garage on youtube. Let’s just say, your review was a lot more knowlegable and useful. His did include a funny Pee Wee Herman impersonation, though.

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court
2 years ago

Ha! That’s awesome, I just visited YouTube and found the video. Whenever I do a bike review I try to research the model a bit, speak with the manufacturer and get feedback from shops so it’s more than just a fun promotional thing. I don’t have the fanciest cameras or editing but it means a lot that you found value in my review, thanks Ron :D

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Eskil
2 years ago

Great review, any details on future upgrade possibilities on the battery / speed controller?

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court
2 years ago

Hi Eskil, from what I saw at the shop and learned from the founder it sounds like they have done upgrades in the past… you have to pay for it (and possibly for shipping) but they are way more hands on that most electric bike manufacturers. If you reach out through their official site I’m sure you’ll get some feedback, do you already own one of the Vintage bikes? Here’s the latest review of the Tracker (they removed the E from the name).

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Sonic
2 years ago

I wish to order this

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court
2 years ago

Hi Sonic, I don’t sell any electric bikes here I just review them. You can order from the manufacturer’s website here. Good luck! It’s a wonderful ebike :)

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Brett La Caze
2 years ago

Hi everyone. I am in Australia and I bought one of these and paid in full last Christmas and have received absolutely nothing but promises and comments about how I am going to love the bike. I don’t even get timely responses to my emails any more. Be very careful about handing money over. What a joke!!!!

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court
2 years ago

Wow, that’ sucks Brett, I’m really surprised? Is the delay based on you being located in Australia or do you feel like the company is just struggling in general?

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Peter Pan
1 year ago

Purchased a bike one and a half years ago and had a shipped to Germany. Sixth months after, the bike did not work anymore. Even though the company promised a repair, the bike has still not been fixed. Poor Service after all and a USD6000 bike which is not working. Strongly recommend not to buy.

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court
1 year ago

Wow, that’s disappointing… I’m so sorry to hear about all the time and money that has gone to waste for you Peter. A lot of times the companies are extra nice to me because I do reviews but I try to give them the benefit of the doubt. I appreciate you sharing and hope there is some solution to this situation. It can be the same for us when ordering from Europe, just makes it difficult to get support and have it arrive in perfect shape etc. Feel free to share how it works out, I hope it can finally work for you!

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Andy hoff
7 months ago

i like the Ebike but the fixed battery is a deal breaker for me prone to theft. i wouldn't feel comfortable leaving it locked outside.
hope they change this design.

nick king
1 year ago

Been watching this drip for a while and he never seems to fail me on sucking the fun out of all he reviews.

metamorphicorder
1 year ago

its a nice bike for sure. but its not worth the 5 k. if the added signals made a quick release for the battery, throw the bags in, add motor inhibitors to the brakes. and include the rear rack. this is the kind of bike that gets people ticketed by the cops.

Linda Dawson
1 year ago

hey Rick and I are getting his dream bike.still have the 0%interest free till end of mo?Indian red,tracker he'll call ya this week Eric for the sake order.PROMISE.

Ван Ваныч
1 year ago

А куда это он камеру вставил? )))

8strings
1 year ago

Great review and congratulations to an, in excess of 300 'kind of' word count. I often wonder where this 'kind of', 'sort of' and 'like' habit has creeped into our Australian language and I suspect that it comes from your part of the world.

EDCOP66
2 years ago

This type of frame with the Bike e bike motor and hydraulic brakes. Would rock!
Get rid of the rear hub motor go to the
bike e bike Motor and battery system.
The lightweight squeaking mechanical brakes would suck on this machine.

MomentsOfRamy
2 years ago

This is not made for the average joe, its like the Ferrari of electric bikes and like Ferrari's only a niche amount of people could afford it or even consider dropping over 5K on a electric bike..

Gary Bryan
9 months ago

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ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

They're launching a new city commuter style one that's less expensive. I agree this one is a bit out of reach... but in my opinion this is the true Ferrari at ~$10k https://electricbikereview.com/stromer/st2-s/

Claudio Lavacca
2 years ago

5.000 $ and it doesn't even have brakes that cut power to the motor. Every 1.200 $ bike is better than this poorly engineered bike.

Berta Griese
2 years ago

You talk about safety and then drive one-handed...??

iQSky Kamchatka
2 years ago

Зима заебцом!

justdie905
2 years ago

cost?

LUCA' S GARAGE
2 years ago

how many watt the motor? voltage battery? thanks

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

Hi Luca! I list all of those details for every ebike I review back at the site, I put a link in the comments to help but here it is: https://electricbikereview.com/vintage-electric-bikes/e-tracker/ I have reviewed newer models of this bike as well, you can see them at: https://electricbikereview.com/category/vintage-electric-bikes/

Lurking Crass Zero
2 years ago

Price is steep. More of a luxury/leisure purchase than for everyday utility. Gorgeous looking bike though. I love the twin crown forks. Really makes it look like an early vintage motorcycle. I just ordered myself a cheap Chinese bike similar cruiser style to this and looks to have the same motor.

Henrik steigård
2 years ago

Can you send me the name of the bike?

Adam Gill
2 years ago

5k before add-ons? That is very steep

Dom Raiche
2 years ago

$5000 pour çà??? Vous êtes FOU!!!! BULLSHIT!!!!

stan
2 years ago

Am currently investigating this bike as a possible addition. The lack of gearing and weight should be a problem only for those who are needing this for purposes other than intended. In other words, you would not be buying this to hit the single track in the San Gabriels, nor try and adjust your position for a 90 rpm road cadence. But as an electric moped with a pedal assist, and a bike born and raised in California with hand-fabrication and quality parts (Phil Wood hub), I feel the price matches the workmanship. But still investigating, and thank you for the honest review.

Shirazenema
2 years ago

+stan f Strange choice Stan you can get an electric bike with way more performance for less, but if your all about the style good luck to you, other option get yourself an old beaten classic from yesteryear and add a kit.

Jeff Zekas
2 years ago

It's a pretty bike, but at $5K it is competing with used used Volt hybrids and used Prius, both of which can be driven in the rain or snow!

The Gim Gamer
2 years ago

I couldn't agree more! The price is pretty dam crazy. I rounded the cost to build a bike with the same look as well as speed, it would cost you $600 at most.

Joe Pan
2 years ago

5000 for the bike with no speed or batt. indicator And pay 500 to 600 for different color and almost 300 for rack and 120 for fuse that is a fucken rip. i build my pedicab for under 3000

Linda Dawson
1 year ago

Joe Pan it's totally worth it.do your homework.