Although recent e-bike launches may have some similarities, powerful mid-drive electric mopeds are still a rarity and for that reason the new Ristretto e-bike is even more interesting.
It is not your typical electric moped, with its large 26 ″ diameter wheels and a more traditional bike style frame.
The Ristretto electric bike has power, offering speeds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (28 mph) in Class 3 mode or 64 kilometers per hour (40 mph) when unlocked. However, that unlocked mode may not be legal on public streets, depending on the local moped laws where you are.
To get the bike up to those speeds, there’s a CYC mid-drive motor rated at up to 3,500 watts (4.7 horsepower).
Both the front and rear suspension include preload, rebound and compression adjustments.
The bright LED lighting on the Ristretto is definitely of the “see” variety, not just the typical “be seen” lights found on basic electric bikes. The company claims the headlights provide 100 yards (91 meters) of forward visibility.
Battery and autonomy
The 52V battery offers up to 88 kilometers (55 miles) of range. The maximum range was probably calculated using the bike’s pedaling assist at lower speeds.
Pedaling the 38 kilogram (84 pound) bike may seem like a difficult task, however it includes a Shimano 11-speed drivetrain that should make the task a bit easier.
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The Ristretto also includes a smartphone app that allows riders to make adjustments to riding parameters as well as an optional GPS tracking update as an add-on that would allow riders to track their bike in the app if it is stolen.
Ristretto 303 FS is now crowdfunding on IndieGoGo and it has already proven to be a success – the seed funding goal has been reached and the campaign is still 28 days more online.
The Ristretto Electric company is the result of groundbreaking breakthroughs among Atelier & tonic’s scientific and technological advances. It also focuses on design and uses innovations in electric transportation, especially in the electric bike industry.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago