This “neo-vintage” electric bicycle is a jewel of craftsmanship

This "neo-vintage" electric bicycle is a jewel of craftsmanship

Totally designed and manufactured in France by Ateliers Heritagebike, this superb electric bike with the appearance of a 1950s motorcycle is produced in a limited and numbered series.

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We are not going to take four roads, we fell in love with discovering the Heritage. This electric bike is the first model launched by Ateliers Heritagebike, a manufacturer based in Annecy (Haute-Savoie). Its style, inspired by motorcycles from the 1940s and 1950s, reminded us of certain models from the Alcyon brand. The tubular steel frame, the big round headlight, the fat-bike type tires, the retro spring saddle, the inverted double T fork lined with leather, the tank with its enamelled badges … Everything exudes vintage and effect is, from our point of view, very successful.

The Heritagebike Workshops have perfectly integrated the technological elements of an eBike without them distorting their stylistic project. Thus, the battery and the Shimano E6100 electric motor are superimposed at the level of the crankset and dressed by a fairing. The central part of the frame is completely free and the carbon fiber tank acts as a small storage box.

Eight automatic speeds and 120 km of autonomy

This electric bike has a Shimano Alfine 8 Di2 8-speed automatic hub that adapts the ratio according to the pedaling cadence and speed. Three assist modes are available and there is also a walk assist mode. The 504 Wh battery offers up to 120 km of range.

As much as by the VAE itself, we were thrilled by the desire of Ateliers Heritagebike to ensure 100% French design and manufacture. The company called on craftsmen for various finishing elements, in particular the leather which comes from a saddler in Grand Bornand, the carbon or the enamel plates. “In the event that it was impossible to find in France an accessory that meets our specifications, we favor European producers”, specifies the manufacturer.

The Heritage is produced in a limited series and each copy is numbered. Unsurprisingly, its price is high: 8,990 euros. A pleasure reserved for lovers of the wealthy little queen who will want to parade on the handlebars of an exceptional electric bike, a showcase of French know-how. It remains to be seen whether this ebike is as fun to ride as it is to watch.

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