Are you looking for a light and inexpensive electric bike? Last week, Estonian bike maker Ampler unveiled two new featherweight e-bikes, the Juna and the Axel, and now it’s also updated three of its most popular existing models.
The Ampler Curt, Stout and Stellar have all received a redesign for 2022 and now feature built-in GPS, allowing you to easily find where you’ve locked them and unlock them remotely. They also have a new electronics platform with an integrated display built into the top tube where you can check remaining range, trip stats and battery life. You can also use it to control the power level
The Ampler Curt, which has held a spot in our roundup of the best e-bikes for over a year thanks to its ultra-thin frame and light weight, is perhaps the most well-known of the trio. Like the original, the 2022 version is a city bike available in single-speed and geared versions (the latter being better suited for tackling hills and helping you squeeze more mileage out of its battery).
Whichever model you opt for, it’s hard to tell the difference between the Curt and a conventional bike without careful inspection. The battery is fully integrated into a surprisingly slim downtube, and all wiring is routed internally.
The new Curt has a range of up to 63 miles / 100 km depending on power consumption, terrain and driving conditions, and averages around 43 miles / 70 km in real world conditions. Its battery is fully integrated into the downtube, giving the feel of a classic bike, and the single-speed version features a carbon drive belt to reduce maintenance.
The single-speed model weighs just 14.4 kg, while the 11-speed chain-drive version weighs 15.7 kg. For comparison, the similarly styled and spec’d Cowboy 4 weighs between 18.9kg and 19.2kg.
This thinner frame comes at a slightly higher price tag, though. While the Cowboy 4 costs $2,490 / £2,290 (about $3,400), the 2022 Ampler Curt costs €3,190 (about $3,500 / £2,700 / AU$4,900), which is squarely in the the average price range for a class 1 e-bike.
Stout and Stellar
The second-generation Ampler Stout is a powerful all-around e-bike for everyday riding, with ergonomic handlebars and saddle, new brighter lights for nighttime visibility, and puncture-protected tires. It has nine speeds and a chain drive, providing a convenient midpoint between the single-speed and 11-speed Ampler Curt models.
It weighs 17.8kg (about the same as the GoCycle G4 super-portable folding e-bike) and has the same battery and motor as the Curt. It costs €2,790 (about $3,000 / £2,300 / AU$4,200), making it a slightly more affordable option than the Curt, and around the same price as the versatile Ribble CGR AL e.
The latest updated bike, the Ampler Stellar, is similar to the Stout in spec, but with a low-step design for easier mounting and dismounting, and a more upright seating position. There is also a small frame size for riders between 5’3″ and 5’7″, while the Curt and Stout are only available in size medium and large.
The Stellar is the same price as the Ampler Stout, and has the same weight (although it can also be equipped with a rear rack for shopping or a child seat, or a trailer for tow heavy loads).
We hope to test the new GPS-equipped bikes soon and will bring you full reviews as soon as we’ve had a chance to put them through their paces.