Electric bike have been around for a number of years now, and they’re growing up. Safety is now a top concern with UL safety requirements, and ebikes are now technologically capable in providing the right amount of assistance for specific riding conditions. The Summit 1, from Velotric is a good example of that.

The Summit 1 is an electric mountain bike, available in three colors and two frame sizes, accommodating riders from 5’1″ – 6’6″. It features a rear hub drive motor, providing up to 1300 watts of power and 90 Nm of torque.

It also has hydraulic brakes, a hydraulic front fork with 120 mm of travel, thru-axles both front and rear, and 2.6″ wide Kenda tires. The battery has a waterproof rating of IPX7, which means it can truly be ridden as a mountain bike in wet conditions. You won’t have to baby it, too much.

But, what really impressed me about the Summit 1 is the highly customizable riding modes. There are three riding modes, Eco, Trail, and Boost. Each of those modes have five levels of pedal assist. That provides 15 different levels of assistance.

This is such a useful feature. It’s great to have a lot of power when climbing hills during more adventurous climbs, but you don’t want that power when cruising a boardwalk near pedestrians. Not only would that be a safety concern, but it’s also not as an enjoyable pedaling experience or workout.

A bike that surges at the wrong time is not a good thing. And, if you’re someone who wants to pedal at a satisfying cadence, more assist levels means you’re more likely to achieve that. So, that’s why I’ve always highlighted ebikes that allowed some customization in power delivery.

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Velotric Summit 1

Mountain Biking on the Summit

If you’re looking for an ebike that can handle steep climbs, an ebike with a mid-drive motor is going to give you the best experience. The Summit, with a rear hub drive motor, is more ideal for moderate climbs. If you’re going to be riding up steep mountain roads or trails, you may want to look at other options, like the Aventon Ramblas, which has many similar features as the Summit but with a mid-drive motor, and gearing more suitable for aggressive climbs.

The Summit is more ideal for those who want a comfortable ride with mountain bike frame geometry and front suspension. It’s suited well for gravel, climbing moderate hills, handling moderate single track courses, while remaining efficient on pavement.

Other Thoughts

I appreciate that there are three frame colors and two frame sizes, especially considering its price. It also has a 2.8″ color display and compatibility with the Velotric app for riding data and customization.

At 62 lbs, it’s not a light ebike, but considering the battery size and the front hydraulic forks, is reasonable.

The Summit 1 can be purchases through many of Velotric dealers throughout the United States or directly online, with free shipping. It has a two-year warranty and available accessories, such as a rear rack and fenders.

Velotric Summit 1 Specs

  • Range Up to 70 Miles
  • Top Speed 28 MPH+
  • Torque Sensor
  • UL 2849, 2271 Rating
  • IPX7 Waterproof Rating (Battery)
  • 750 Watt/ 1300 Watt Peak Rear Hub Motor
  • Three Riding Modes (Eco, Trail, Boost); 5 Pedal Assist Levels Per Riding Mode
  • Thumb Throttle Limited to Each Pedal Assist Level
  • 120 mm Hydraulic Suspension Fork
  • Hydraulic Brakes
  • Thru-Axle, Front/Rear (Very good feature for the price!)
  • 2.6″ Kenda Tires
  • 2.8″ Color Display
  • Velotric App
  • Shimano 8-Speed Transmission
  • Bike Weight 62 LBS
  • Total Payload Capacity 440 LBS

Where to find out more information: Velotric.com.

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Last Update: June 18, 2024