The Tremendous73-ZX is the vintage-inspired e-bike you want

E-bikes meet a multitude of different needs, from transporting children and shopping to climbing steep inclines on rough trails. But if the retro aesthetic is your top priority, the new Super73-ZX is definitely worth a look. A reworking of the Californian brand’s original Z1 model, the ZX features a redesigned frame, vintage styling, and enough momentum to propel you and a passenger at up to 45 km / h.

The Super73-ZX is an entry-level e-bike, but it’s a significant step up from the Z1. It’s made from a new aluminum alloy frame that’s lighter than steel, which allows for improved reach and is larger, meaning the bike will fit taller riders better. It can carry up to 325 pounds, and it also comes with a new removable battery so you can charge it without lugging the entire bike into the house. This bike has no suspension, but the large tires on the 20-inch wheels should take up some bumps and not jolt your ride too much.

The ZX is built to be as versatile as possible. With its 750 watt motor and thumb throttle, it’s set up as a Class 2 e-bike, which means you can ride it on most public roads and e-bike-friendly trails and you don’t need a motorcycle license (you can also get into the Switch to Class 1 or Class 3 mode to comply with local regulations). Range will depend on factors like rider weight and terrain, but Super73 estimates the bike should reach between 25 and 80 miles on a single charge. That should be more than enough juice for a day of commuting or a fun weekend drive before you have to plug it back in.

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The ZX’s vintage aesthetic isn’t just for show; They also make the bike fun and easy to ride. Super73 redesigned the banana-style seat to be even more comfortable, and it’s long enough to lug around even a (small) passenger. The high adjustable handlebars ensure an upright driving position, so cruising the ZX is almost like driving a moped – without the howling and dirty of a gasoline engine.

The ZX also comes with an app that you can use to customize your ride and download over-the-air software upgrades. You can choose from four driving modes – Eco, Tour, Sport and Super – to fine-tune the power of the engine. An LCD monitor on the handlebars shows your riding mode, and when you enter a destination in the app, you can even see turn-by-turn directions as you ride.

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The ZX is available in two colors – Moon Rock and Storm Gray – and Super73 is expected to ship in mid-July.

[$1,995; super73.com]

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