Most of today’s e-bikes push the boundaries in terms of design with forward-thinking frame designs and sophisticated technology. However, there is also a growing appeal for simpler, more retro e-bikes. After all, some people just want a normal-looking bike with a little more power. That’s where the S2, a no-frills e-bike from Hong Kong’s Scrat Bikes, is aimed.
The Scrat S2 is a single-speed, flat-bar gravel bike with electric assist. It seems better suited to urban biking than off-road excursions, with a single gear and integrated lighting. The frame is constructed from 6061 aluminum alloy, with a carbon fork and handlebar to minimize weight and absorb road vibration. A smooth and effortless cycle is made possible by a maintenance-free Gates Carbon belt drive. A 250W rear hub motor boosts the rider’s pedal power, allowing for a top assisted speed of 16 miles per hour. The frame-integrated 36V 7Ah lithium-ion battery is claimed to deliver around 37 miles on a single 2.5-hour charge.
Riders can choose between multiple levels of assist using a bar-mounted 1.3-inch OLED controller, while an app can be used to check other riding information, as well as the level battery charging. The S2 features integrated lights which consist of a 235 lumen Supernova Mini 2 headlamp under the handlebars and red LEDs in the LightSKIN seat post. Other features of the bike include Tektro R290 hydraulic disc brakes complete with internal hose routing, Schwalbe G-One Bite Performance tires and frame mounts for a kickstand, fenders and rear rack.
Overall, the Scrat S2 is said to weigh just 12.8 kilograms, or 28.2 pounds, which is incredibly light for an e-bike. It is available in matte black, metallic white, orange/black, and red/black frame colors, with custom colors available for an additional price. If you’re interested, the Scrat S2 is currently funded on Indiegogo, with a suggested retail price of $3,396.