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Vintage e-bike gets black-out looks and adventure-ready performance

Vintage Scrambler S
Vintage Scrambler S
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The new Vintage Scrambler S is made for e-biking road, dirt and gravel
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The new Vintage Scrambler S is made for e-biking road, dirt and gravel
The Scrambler enjoys a range upgrade over other Vintage bikes thanks to its 1,123-Wh battery
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The Scrambler enjoys a range upgrade over other Vintage bikes thanks to its 1,123-Wh battery
The Scrambler S features Vintage leather grip ring handlebar grips
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The Scrambler S features Vintage leather grip ring handlebar grips
The Vintage includes a control computer
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The Vintage includes a control computer
The lithium battery offers up to 75 miles of range
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The lithium battery offers up to 75 miles of range
The battery takes about 3.5 hours to charge
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The battery takes about 3.5 hours to charge
The Scrambler S has a dual-crown inverted front suspension
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The Scrambler S has a dual-crown inverted front suspension
Hydraulic disc brakes
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Hydraulic disc brakes
Schwalbe Black Jack knobby 26 x 2.35-in tires
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Schwalbe Black Jack knobby 26 x 2.35-in tires
The Vintage Scrambler S starts just under $7K
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The Vintage Scrambler S starts just under $7K
The Scrambler S has a rally-style yellow headlight
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The Scrambler S has a rally-style yellow headlight
The regenerative braking helps keep the battery charged longer
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The regenerative braking helps keep the battery charged longer
The standard "street mode" Scrambler S comes with a 750-watt motor and 20-mph top speed, while the "race mode" package ups that to 3,000 watts and 36 mph
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The standard "street mode" Scrambler S comes with a 750-watt motor and 20-mph top speed, while the "race mode" package ups that to 3,000 watts and 36 mph
Perforated leather saddle
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Perforated leather saddle
Vintage Scrambler S taillight
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Vintage Scrambler S taillight
The Scrambler S includes a thumb throttle
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The Scrambler S includes a thumb throttle
Vintage Scrambler S close-up
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Vintage Scrambler S close-up
Vintage Scrambler S close-up
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Vintage Scrambler S close-up
Vintage Scrambler S
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Vintage Scrambler S
Vintage Scrambler S
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Vintage Scrambler S
Cruising the street on the Vintage Scrambler S
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Cruising the street on the Vintage Scrambler S
Cruising the street on the Vintage Scrambler S
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Cruising the street on the Vintage Scrambler S

If you're sick of cookie-cutter e-bikes built solely for puttering around city centers, Vintage Electric might be the antidote you need. A couple months ago, the California e-bike maker took to cruising the coastline with the surfy Signature Cruz special edition, and now it's veering toward twisting pavement and dusty high desert with the Scrambler S. The retro-inspired adventure e-bike becomes its most capable yet, inviting those that prefer "fire roads to freeways" to head for the road less traveled.

"Inspired from an era when Steve McQueen was jumping fences to escape a POW camp, the Scrambler S was designed to inspire riders to get out of their comfort zone and explore," Vintage says in introducing its latest model. "[It] represents an enthusiastic nod to the ingenuity and creativity that prompted off-road motorcycle racing, as well as a glimpse into the future of electric power."

Vintage beefs up performance with an 1,123-Wh lithium battery pack that gives the new bike more range than its stablemates. The Scrambler S can roam for up to 75 miles (121 km) per charge, letting riders get out of the city and into the hills.

Cruising the street on the Vintage Scrambler S
Cruising the street on the Vintage Scrambler S

The Scrambler S' thumb throttle, pedal-assist system and five ride modes let riders balance motor output and pedaling. The standard bike includes a 750-watt rear hub motor that powers the bike up to a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h). For an extra $149, buyers can tick the box on the optional "race mode" upgrade, which includes a 3,000-watt motor good for speeds up to 36 mph (58 km/h).

Race mode is designed to be unlocked for off-road use, and riders can lock it back into street mode to keep things legal on the public pavement. Speaking of, the Scrambler S is built to transition easily between road and dirt, its Kevlar-infused Schwalbe Black Jack 26s biting into the ground as its inverted suspension fork swallows up bumps with 2.4 in (60 mm) of travel. Hydraulic disc brakes lend confidence in stopping, and regenerative braking helps you get every last pedal-assist jolt out of the battery.

Vintage Scrambler S close-up
Vintage Scrambler S close-up

The Scrambler S wears a special look to go along with its upgraded spec sheet. The satin black covering the aluminum frame, battery pack and rims is offset quite effectively by the deep yellow of the mesh-protected, rally-style LED headlamp. The drivetrain components, brake discs and battery box accenting add extra contrast to finish the striking aesthetic.

The 86-lb (39-kg) Scrambler S starts at US$6,995. Options include the aforementioned race mode upgrade, a rack, saddle bags and an Abus lock.

We're still not ready to buy into the high prices of these types of stylized electric bike, but the video footage rarely disappoints. Here's the latest example:

Vintage Electric Bikes - Scrambler S

Source: Vintage Electric

3 comments
JamesDemello
Awesome looks and specs, ridiculous price.
DavidRogerBrown
Totally agree with you James.
rude.dawg
"The 86-lb (39-kg) Scrambler S starts at US$6,995." What the world needs is a "Model T" of ebikes that will make them accessible, and thus relevant, to most people. Otherwise, it'll be hard to justify buying one of these, if a CB500 with ABS starts at around $6,399. Sorry.