Ampler’s 2019 e-bikes look promising

Ampler is back with its 2019 line of electric bicycles that feature built-in batteries and up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) of pedal-assisted reach from a 250-watt rear hub engine. While bicycles still look the same, the Estonian-based company (with its service center in Berlin) is making numerous improvements to the underlying components and firmware. Bicycles are also a bit cheaper this year, even when base prices have increased in premium territory.

The lightweight, sporty Curt model I reviewed last summer is even lighter now thanks to a carbon fork that helps lower the weight to less than 30 pounds (13.5 kg) for the first time. The base model has been expanded to include full fenders, puncture-resistant tires, a 10-speed belt-driven derailleur and integrated lights, all as standard items. That significantly raises the starting price from € 2,490 to € 2,890 (around $ 3,200). However, that new price really represents a saving of € 145, Ampler assures me that, compared to the same options I bought at last year's Curt.

Standard equipment conspiring to raise the initial price from € 2,290 to € 2,490. However, Ampler tells me that it is a savings of € 70 on bicycles configured with the same options in 2018.

Despite the discount, Ampler is taking a risk at increase the highly emotional Start price in the VanMoof territory. The new base models represent the most common configurations ordered by customers, according to Ampler, which is moving from integrated bicycles on demand to bicycles preconfigured this year. It is a move that should help the company reduce the shipping times for new bicycle orders from weeks to only 4 to 7 business days anywhere in Europe. (Ampler does not sell or support his bicycles outside of Europe).

Ampler is also updating the firmware that controls the engine on all models with the promise of smoother power delivery and better hill climbing.

Everything sounds very promising, so stay tuned for the upcoming review in the coming days.

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