Backers enticed by the prospect of an affordable e-bike helped propel Analog Motion well past their $33,022 Kickstarter goal early last month to bring their AM1 e-bike to market.
The London-based company expects to ship the first wave of AM1’s as early as February 2019. As Analog Motion heads into full-scale production, we here at ProductWatch are curious to know what makes this battery-powered bike so special.
The AM1 Is Ideal For Daily Commuters
Showing up to work (or anywhere good hygiene is appreciated) drenched in sweat is one of the things society has agreed is kind of gross. For some, perspiring in public is downright mortifying, and it’s easy to imagine many would-be cyclists avoid biking to work for that reason alone.
Well we did some math, and discovered that the less effort you have to put into your ride, the less likely you are to break a sweat. Thanks to the AM1’s electric assist, you can glide along with relative ease, and arrive at your destination feeling fresh and presentable.
If you want a livelier ride, just switch from the electric assist mode to assist-free setting with the tap of a button. (This setting automatically kicks in when your battery runs flat). And according to Analog Motion, the AM1 rides just like a regular bike in assist-free mode, whereas riding bulkier e-bikes without the assist can be slog due to weight resistance.
As appearances go, the AM1 is a slimmed-down version of its beefier—albeit, slightly more powerful—cousin. On average, e-bikes weigh upwards of 50lbs, while the AM1 weighs about 30lbs.
Uncluttered and Fully Customizable
Currently, the AM1 is available in two models: The AM1 e-bike and the AM1+, which is 30% more powerful. Additionally, customers can select from two frame options. The standard frame (pictured below) closely resembles a fixed-gear track bike, while the STEP is more casual, with an open frame design and spring saddle.
(But wait, there’s more!)
According to Analog Motion, 90% of the AM1’s parts are industry standard, which means owners can customize their rides using parts available at local bike stores.
Nuts and Bolts
- 200-watt motor (top speed ~ 30mph)
- Single-speed drivetrain
- 24V bottle battery in water-resistant chassis
- ~20-mile range from single charge
- Rear hub motor
- LED display
Good to Know
Below is a short list of AM1 trivia I left out of the main article. While none of it’s life-changing, it might be good to know.
- Under current federal law, e-bikes are treated the same as non-motorized bikes—i.e., cyclists are not required to obtain a license, purchase insurance, or pay road tax. However, state e-bike laws may vary depending on location
- The AM1’s battery does not include a lock. Analog Motion recommends removing the battery when locking up your bike. Their reason: it’s expensive and easy to steal
- In order to facilitate shipping, the AM1 is flat-packed. The difficult parts are all pre-assembled, but you’ll need to put the main components together
- Lastly, AM1’s motor-assist is activated by pressing a button and pedaling, NOT by using a throttle, which may take seasoned e-bikers some getting used to
The AM1 will retail for $1,317.79 but can be had right now for $789 (40% off) and ships anywhere in the world. Check out the AM1, STEP, and AM1+ on Kickstarter now. Remember, carbon emission bad, bike good. Happy cycling!