Sub-30-lb Scrat S2 single-speed ebike keeps things simple

Sub-30-lb Scrat S2 single-spee...
The Scrat S2 is presently on Indiegogo
The Scrat S2 is presently on Indiegogo
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The Scrat S2's electronics are IPX67 waterproof, meaning they can withstand being rained on
The Scrat S2's electronics are IPX67 waterproof, meaning they can withstand being rained on
The Scrat S2 is presently on Indiegogo
The Scrat S2 is presently on Indiegogo

Despite what some companies may think, not everyone wants an ebike that looks like a feature-laden high-tech contraption. Some folks just want a normal-looking bike with a bit of extra oomph, which is where the Scrat S2 is intended to come in.

Manufactured by Hong Kong's Scrat Bikes, the S2 could best be described as an electric-assist, flat-bar, single-speed gravel bike. That said, its one gear and integrated lights suggest that it's aimed more at urban than rural riding.

The frame is made of 6061 aluminum alloy, with distinctive seat stays which are clearly "inspired by" those of Switzerland's BMC bicycles. A carbon fork and handlebar/stem unit help absorb road vibrations and reduce overall weight, while a zero-maintenance Gates Carbon belt-drive drivetrain makes for smooth, simple pedaling.

The rider's muscle power is augmented by a 250-watt rear hub motor, taking them to a top assisted speed of 25 km/h (16 mph). One 2.5-hour charge of the frame-integrated 36-V/7-Ah lithium-ion battery should reportedly be good for a range of approximately 60 km (37 miles).

A bar-mounted 1.3-inch OLED control unit allows users to switch between different levels of electrical assistance, while an app can be used for checking things like current speed, distance traveled and battery charge level.

The Scrat S2's electronics are IPX67 waterproof, meaning they can withstand being rained on
The Scrat S2's electronics are IPX67 waterproof, meaning they can withstand being rained on

As mentioned, the S2 has built-in lights – a 235-lumen Supernova Mini 2 headlight beneath the handlebar, and a column of red LEDs in its LightSKIN tail-light seatpost. Some of the bike's other features include internal cable routing, Tektro R290 hydraulic disc brakes, Schwalbe G-One Bite Performance 700 x 40c tires, plus frame mounts for a kickstand, fenders and rear rack.

The whole thing is claimed to tip the scales at 12.8 kg (28.2 lb). It's being offered in frame color choices of matte black, metallic white, orange/black and red/black – although custom colors can also be stipulated, for a fee.

Should you be interested, the Scrat S2 is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. Assuming it reaches production, a pledge of HK$13,326 (about US$1,698) will get you one. The planned retail price is HK$26,652 ($3,396).

You can see the S2 in action – albeit briefly – in the following video.

Scrat S2. ELECTRIC. Legend Of Urban And Gravel.

Source: Indiegogo

My ideal bike, for rural riding, would be a a recumbent (to avoid butt pain on long rides) tricycle (for icy winter roads) with electric assist for those occasional steep hills.
Harley Dave
The rider in the clip needs "cycle clips" - else he's gonna get his jeans caught in the belt drive.
A bike with no gears could be good, if you live in Holland or Lincolnshire or a salt flat or you intend to use it in a velodrome; but if you live in the real world, anywhere slightly hilly, you are going to spend a lot of time pushing your bike, and in the future at a knee specialist clinic. Unless you have thighs of iron, get a decent ebike with gears.
This looks like a great option for MOST casual riders. Not too expensive, decent amount of power, no gears to fiddle with/maintain. In the race to have the best specs (power and range), manufacturers are missing that MOST people aren't going to go out and ride their ebike more than 30 miles. A good intermediate cyclist probably puts out less than 250 watts on average for a ride with leg-power alone, so having 250 watts of ASSISTANCE is plenty.
Gabe Ets-Hokin
Hey, what about battery servicing or replacement when the battery is integrated with the frame? How does that work?