Harley Davidson’s new electric bike is amazing

Serial 1 Cycle, the e-bike brand recently launched by Harley-Davidson, revealed new details about its forthcoming lineup of battery-powered two-wheelers. The first four models, which will go on sale in the US and Germany starting spring 2021, are all pedal-assist city bikes with mid-drive motors, integrated batteries, and a design that is unmistakably Harley-Davidson.

There will be four bikes to start out, ranging in price from $3,399 to $4,999. The brand names are Mosh/Cty and Rush/Cty, with the latter coming in three variants (Step-Thru, Speed, and regular). Each comes with a motor capable of generating 250W of continuous power and hitting top speeds of 20mph — except for the Rush/Cty Speed, which can go faster.

MOSH/CTY

Harley-Davidson describes the single-speed Mosh/Cty as the “ultimate urban play bike.” This model will have a 529Wh battery, which should power the bike for an estimated 35-105 miles of range, depending on your power level. (Because these bikes are pedal assist, the available range will vary widely depending on what ride mode you choose and how much pedal assistance you provide.) The Mosh/Cty will be the lightest model in the lineup, weighing just 48.3lbs, and it will be packing a Brose S Mag brushless internal motor between the pedal cranks.

The frame, which comes in matte black and either glossy blue or black accents, is hydroformed aluminum with internal wiring. The brakes are Tektro hydraulic, two-piston caliper disc brakes on the front and rear wheel. There are no fenders or racks, and the tires are 27.5 x 2.8-inch Schwalbe Super Moto-X. The Mosh/Cty is the barebones model, lacking both a gear shifter and a digital display.

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“It’s quick, nimble, and an absolute ripper,” the company says.

Price: $3,399

RUSH/CTY

Rush/Cty is the “sophisticated commuter,” Harley-Davidson says. It has a bigger battery (706Wh) than the Mosh/Cty but a similar range of 35-115 miles. The bike, which comes in black and gray frames, will clock in at 59lbs, which isn’t that bad by typical e-bike standards.

The motor is a 250W Brose S Mag mid-drive and the drivetrain is Enviolo Automatiq, shifting automatically based on speed, cadence, and terrain. Front and rear racks offer ample storage space.

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Price: $4,449

RUSH/CTY STEP-THRU

Rush/Cty Step-Thru is described as “an all-access ride to wherever you want to go.” It’s a lower-power version of the Rush/Cty with a generous low-step frame for those with knee sensitivities or other mobility issues. It weighs 59.5lbs, and it comes with a 529Wh battery, which should power the bike for 30-90 miles of range, depending on the level of assist.

The tires are Schwalbe Super Moto-X 27.5 x 2.4-inch. But the Step-Thru’s best feature is a built-in 620 cubic-centimeter storage space at the base of the downtube, which should be enough room to store a lock. Think of it as your bike’s glove compartment.

Price: $4,399

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RUSH/CTY SPEED

The Rush/Cty Speed is the US-only speed pedelec, meaning it can hit a top speed of 28mph. It has a 706Wh battery, which should power the bike for 25-115 miles, depending on the assist level. The bike will weigh 59lbs and also features a storage compartment in the middle. The Rush/Cty Speed comes in gray-and-black or white-and-black paint schemes.

Harley-Davidson says it’s “the quickest way to navigate any city.”

Price: $4,999

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