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Populo launches sub-$1,000 Sport urban e-bike

Published June 6, 2017

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Populo Bicycles' new Sport model is a singlespeed urban e-bike that retails for less than $1,000.

"We designed Populo Sport to be a bike that anyone can jump on and ride. There is no derailleur to damage when you lock up your bike in urban environments and no shifting to learn — just select one of eight power settings from the handlebar-mounted controller and start pedaling. The 250-watt electric motor turns on automatically; stop pedaling (or squeeze the brakes) and the motor stops," the company stated.

The bike includes extra USB ports so so users can charge phones or other devices.  The maximum pedal-assist speed on the Sport is 20 mph (falling into the California Class I e-bike category) and range can exceed 30 miles using the 36V electrical system and 8.7Ah lithium-ion battery.

The bikes has a double-butted aluminum frame with internal cable routing and weighs in at 36 pounds in a size medium, which the company said is light enough to be carried up to a second-floor apartment or loaded onto a car roof rack.

Sport is offered in matte black, polish, and gloss blue at an MSRP of $999.

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