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High-end Zeitgeist City electric bike targets "active affluents"

High-end Zeitgeist City electr...
The Zeitgeist City joins the upper end of the electric bike market retailing for US$7,999
The Zeitgeist City joins the upper end of the electric bike market retailing for US$7,999
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The Zeitgeist City's battery level indicator
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The Zeitgeist City's battery level indicator
9 levels of electric assist boost pedaling power
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9 levels of electric assist boost pedaling power
The Zeitgeist City's read wheel
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The Zeitgeist City's read wheel
Bluetooth LCD display and controller is also a removable key
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Bluetooth LCD display and controller is also a removable key
Hydraulic brakes
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Hydraulic brakes
9 levels of electric assist boost pedaling power
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9 levels of electric assist boost pedaling power
500 watt hub motor boosts speed up to 28 mph
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500 watt hub motor boosts speed up to 28 mph
The Zeitgeist City joins the upper end of the electric bike market retailing for US$7,999
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The Zeitgeist City joins the upper end of the electric bike market retailing for US$7,999

In the surprisingly wide world of electric bicycles, there's a lot of blurring of the lines between dirt and road bikes, psuedo-motorcycles and mopeds. Seattle-based Zeitgeist Inc. isn't doing anything to sharpen the lines with its Zeitgeist City e-bike. Despite the city moniker and being targeted primarily at affluent urbanites, the company says the luxury bike can handle on- and off-road conditions.

We've seen other pricey e-bikes, like the Greyp G12s or the military-grade Trefecta DRT, which pack a lot of power and could easily go off-road, but the sub-45-pound (20.4-kg) Zeitgeist City is looking to establishing a new class of luxury city models, with a frame designed from carbon fiber lined with Kevlar and a high-density lithium-ion battery pack of Panasonic cells similar to the kind that power a Tesla Model S.

The battery can be removed from the bike frame and charged separately in four hours and the Seattle-based company claims it's compact enough that you could take a second battery for longer rides to swap out along the way. It powers a 500-watt hub motor that can push the bike to 28 mph (45 km/h) with a range of up to 80 miles (129 km) per charge. Riders can also rely on pedal power if desired.

A Bluetooth controller allows riders to select a power boost from one of nine Shimano XT assist levels in a fashion the company compares to the "tiptronic" controls of a Porsche cockpit. An onboard computer with LCD display tracks battery life, boost level and speed; the magnetic display is also removable and serves as a key to the bike. When it's finally time to stop, Auriga E-Comp hydraulic disc brakes bring a ride to quick halt.

The bike was commissioned by Danish bike designer Brian Hoehl, and Zeitgeist claims the bike is the "fastest, most luxurious and lightest bike in its class on American bike lanes today."

The whole package retails for US$7,999 and is set to launch at SXSW next month, but pre-orders are being taken until February 16 via Touch of Modern at a discounted price of $6,499. The Zeitgeist city is only shipping to the lower 48 United States for now, with estimated delivery to take 8-12 weeks.

Source: Zeitgeist

4 comments
tacheonabike
hopefully all the tech will filter down to equip the more "pedestrian" e-bikes in the future from these Rolls Royce models , cant help thinking a fool and his money will be soon parted. Illegal in europe unless registered as a moped so can see the point of keeping it stateside.
Daishi
@tacheonabike even some non-electric bikes cost almost that much money so I don't think expensive e-bikes are going away. My only criticism of this one is that electric bike reviews lists the battery weight at 5 lbs and 20-35 miles. That's not a terribly far distance especially at a decent pace so it seems like they should include an optional heavier longer range battery. You could choose between a 45 bike with 20-30 miles range or a 50 lb bike with twice the range.
NirmalaDanielErway
There are lots of decent ebikes that cost much less than this one. For hundreds of reviews of a wide range of ebikes t a wide range of prices, check out this website: http://electricbikereview.com/ There also are kits that you can add to an existing bike. One of the simplest is this one on Indiegogo: http://igg.me/at/shareroller/x/12713097
StephenBieda
Sweet bike, but I would go for the Kalkhoff Integrale S11 for $5,800 or the Integrale 8 for $4,800. The Integrales are heavier (54 lbs) but they have the Gates Carbon drive system, rear rack, front suspension, integrated lights and more e-range--thus the Integrale (integrated) name.