For all their usefulness, the e-bikes available through bike-sharing services like Citibike, Lyft, Bird, and Lime aren’t the sleekest. They’re built to withstand abuse from people and the elements, with aesthetics taking second place.
However, when buying your own e-bike, you have the option of something more stylish, as Bird proves with its first consumer e-bike.
Bird Bike: prices and availability
The Bird Bike costs $2,299 and will be available in two colors (Stealth Black and Gravity Grey) as well as two models, step-over (A-Frame) and step-through (V-Frame). A limited number of stepper models are available starting today (August 19), with wider availability this fall.
Bird Bike: Design
As mentioned, the Bird Bike will be available in both straddle (A-Frame) and straddle (V-Frame) configurations.
The A-Frame model, whose top tube extends in front of the handlebars and behind the seatpost, is very reminiscent of the VanMoof S3, another e-bike we tested last year. A large Bird logo adorns this section.
Both models will come with a small screen that sits in the middle of the handlebars and displays speed, battery life, and more. Each model also has front and rear lights and a removable battery in the downtube. Other common features include a thumb throttle and Bluetooth connectivity, to link the bike to your phone.
Bird Bike: Specs and Performance
The Bird Bike will come with a 36v/12.8Ah battery, which the company says will provide a range of up to 50 miles. In the US, owners will get a Bafang rear hub motor capable of producing up to 500W of power, while UK riders will get a 250W motor. However, the US version of the bike will only have a single gear, while the European model will have a 7-speed shifter.
Like most e-bikes, the Bird Bike has pedal assist – it will provide extra power as you pedal – but for more difficult inclines pressing the throttle button will tell the bike to take over the work. It will, however, reach a maximum of 20 miles per hour.
Bird Bike: Perspectives
Bird’s first mainstream bike looks like a solid offering, even though its design resembles another popular model. We like that it has a removable battery – which makes charging a lot easier – and it also seems to have decent battery life. Its starting price of $2,299 makes it a little more expensive than entry-level models such as the $1,699 Charge Bikes City, but you get something that looks a bit sleeker. Hopefully we can take it out on the road and give it a proper test in the near future.