Similar to the Discover 1 and Nomad 1, Velotric continues their inhouse drive units and introduces the new E-series motor seen on the T models. The E35 motor on the T1ST and E35+ on the T1.
This is a class 1 electric bike with 350w of nominal power and 45nm of torque. It’s an extremely quiet drive unit as well rated at 63db noise level. Velotric rates the E-series motors in supporting the rider on up to 10° inclines, which we definitely experienced out riding and found the motor continuing to supply power on steep terrain both paved and sloppy wet spring dirt trails.
Velotric has also added a Torque Sensor to the T series, which makes a world of difference in not only the sensitivity and natural riding characteristics which is what our team prefers, that torque sensor is what enables this 350w/45nm motor to offer plenty of power and support to the rider, especially in that steep environment.
I’ve mentioned new tech in these bikes and that starts with the new motor. Velotric is calling this a Smart+ hub, which has built-in sensors and accompanies a lot of the overall integration of electronics and cables of this bike for that stealthy look. The T1 uses the E35+ system which has Smart capabilities. It uses a fingerprint sensor to activate the bike and turn it on, which you program with the app. From the app, you can turn the bike on from the app, program multiple fingerprints, lock the bike, set an alarm (which means if the bike is locked a theft alarm will sound if it starts moving), and adjust which riding mode you’re in.
There are 3 modes on the T1. City Mode, Adventure Mode, and Max Mode. With City Mode being the most efficient, calm and tempered tune the other tunes adapt to more aggressive terrain and supply a different curve of power when pedalling.
Additionally, the app has a location feature that let’s you know where the bike is at all times and will record your rides and show battery percentages along the way.
The T1ST uses the E35 motor which doesn’t have all of those smart features but does have the integration for “Apple Find My” feature, allowing you to know where the bike is as well.
For a $300 difference you are getting those Smart Features and safety features which might not be for everyone, needless to say cool to see and really puts a competitive offering tech integration into a whole new tier of electric bikes that haven’t seen that level of tech offering before.