Giant’s new 20mph Momentum Voya e-bikes don’t even look electric

Today marks the launch of two new electric bikes from Momentum: the Voya E+1 and the Voya E+3.

Momentum is Giant Group’s “lifestyle-inspired” cycling brand focused on urban cruising, and the two new models unveiled today certainly fit the urban bill.

Both bikes focus on city riding and manage to hide almost every clue that they contain quiet electric assist.

While many high-end e-bikes incorporate a large mid-drive motor near the pedals, the two newer Voya models use a pint-sized hub motor in the rear wheel.

It is the size of an internally geared hub and disappears behind the gear cassette. The motor produces only a modest 250W and 25Nm of torque, but propels the bike to 32kph (20mph). This classifies it as a Class 1 e-bike in the US, meaning it can be ridden just about anywhere.

The small motor size also helps keep weight down, dropping the bike to a svelte 18 kg (39.7 lb).

This was a big part of the design philosophy, as Phoebe Liu, brand manager at Giant Group explained:

Our goal with the Voya E+ series was to create the ultimate lightweight electric commuter bike, so people could get to work on hills and around town quickly without breaking a sweat. The slim design, featuring the latest in e-bike technology, makes the Voya E+ the perfect bike for people looking for a fun and easy way to get around town, whether to work or play.

The Voya E+1 comes as a drop-bar urban bike with an 11-speed Shimano GRX derailleur, while the Voya E+3 has typical flat bars and a 9-speed microSHIFT ADVENT derailleur.

Both bikes include hydraulic disc brakes as well as hidden wiring and an integrated battery to further conceal their power assist.

A single button to control the electrical system is located on the top surface of the top tube just behind the handlebar stem.

The button allows the rider to select the riding mode as well as check the battery charge level.

Riders who want even more control can mount their smartphone to the handlebars and use Voya’s companion app to receive more detailed information such as elevation, cadence, rider power and features like quick service check, adjustable power assist, route planning and navigation.

The 250 Wh battery claims to provide a range of 40-72 km (25-45 miles) on a single charge. A supplied 4A fast charger can recharge the battery to 80% in less than two hours. A full charge from 0 to 100% takes approximately 3.5 hours, as charging always slows as a lithium-ion battery approaches its full charge voltage.

The battery resembles the style we often see on non-removable stealth e-bikes, although the company says a custom bottom bracket allows the battery to be removed for servicing.

Additional accessories will be available, including racks and all-weather mud flaps. Both bikes are available in three frame sizes and two color options. The Voya E+1 is available in Indigo or Asphalt Green, while the Voya E+3 is available in Yellow or Asphalt Green.

The bikes will go on sale at Momentum dealerships across North America this spring. The Voya E+1 will be priced at $2,800 while the Voya E+3 will be slightly more affordable at $2,300.

Electrek’s Grasp

They are quite stylish bikes, I have to give them.

You’re paying a premium for the design, because it’s obviously not the best deal in terms of watts per dollar. You can get somewhat similar spec bikes for half the price, mind you.

But if you’re looking for a lightweight commuter that looks like a non-electric bike (and therefore might be less of a target for thieves), this might be it. These are obviously not for speed demons; these are low-powered e-bikes for people who already enjoy cycling but want a less strenuous way to do it.

I would have liked to see integrated LED lighting, although that might have spilled the beans on the electric aspect of the bikes.

I’m talking to the company about getting a bike tested, so hopefully I’ll be back with some real-world testing experiences before the bikes go on sale this spring.

In the meantime, I want to know what you think of the new Voya E-Series electric bikes. Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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