Why We Picked It:
The Michael Blast Vacay 500W Lo-Step, apart from being a bit of a mouthful to say, is an eBike that has been designed with the urban commuter in mind. Unlike some other eBikes that are trying to be the longest range, the smallest foldable bike, or the most motorcycle-like, the Vacay is just average... in all the best ways!
It has a Bafang 500W brushless rear hub-drive motor, with a 7 speed Shimano derailleur handling gearing and ratios. It has the classic swept back handlebars of a mid-50's Triumph Bonneville with a saddle that wouldn't look out of place on the same Triumph. The 48V 14.5 Ah battery is slung low on its bottom spar, covered in a diamond stitched leather cover that gives it that little je-ne-sais-quois of flair.
As it is designed as a commuter, it has a decent 32 miles (50 KM) of range, and the battery is removable so you can charge it under your desk at work in 4 to 5 hours if you fully drain it. There is a half-twist throttle, a full LCD information display, and 5 levels of pedal assist. It will get you up to 20 MPH (32 KPH) as a Class 1 eBike, and will slow you down with full disc brakes.
It does feature a lower top bar to make mounting and dismounting a breeze, and has some decently fat tires to help absorb the words lumps and bumps in the bike lanes of the average American city. As we said, it's average, but in the best ways, and that includes its very affordable price for the tech and specs you get.