It’s a little out of Motorcycle.com’s wheelhouse to be talking about bicycles, but in the case of the Scrambler from Vintage Electric Bicycles it’s easy to make an exception. That’s because at first glance the Scrambler could almost be confused for a motorcycle.
Vintage Electric Bicycles is a small, boutique shop out of San Jose, California building, you guessed it, electric bicycles. However, with the word Vintage in its name you’d expect the company’s products to be a little bit different – and you’d be right. The company’s three offerings: the Cruz, Tracker, and now the Scrambler, are all inspired by vintage motorcycles. But where the Cruz and Tracker are meant for the road, the Scrambler stays true to its heritage and can be taken off the beaten path, thanks to knobby tires, and its moto-inspired inverted front fork.
A 3,000 watt hub-mounted motor provides forward motivation for the Scrambler, and it’s powered by a 52v, 13.5AH lithium battery mounted in between the frame spars in VEB’s patent pending aluminum battery box. Apart from protecting vital components, the box also acts as a heat sink and helps disperse heat. In order to comply with federal regulations, the Scrambler (as well as the rest of the VEB lineup) is governed to a top speed of 20 mph. However, after signing a waiver to receive a software plug-in, the owner can unlock Race Mode, which unleashes the full 3,000 watts from the hub motor and allows the Scrambler to reach… 36 miles per hour!
When the battery power runs out the traditional pedals are there to operate the Scrambler like a standard bicycle. Vintage Electric says a recharge takes two hours and regenerative braking is also an option. Other details include a fat, wide handlebar, hydraulic disc brakes, a race-inspired number plate, and a LED headlight and taillight.
In our eyes, both the Scrambler and Tracker are sweet-looking rides. In the case of the Scrambler only 50 will be made, carrying a price tag of $6,995. Financing is available, as is a 12-month, 30,000-mile warranty. It’s definitely not cheap, but it’ll most definitely get you looks. Depending where you live it could even replace a car as an economical means of transportation.
More info can be found at vintageelectricbikes.com.