Sparta ION E-Speed Crossbar Electric Bike
Like all Sparta e-bikes the build quality and technology of the ION E-Speed electric bike is way ahead of the competition. Its light-weight 500Wh battery is cleverly hidden in the frame and capable of propelling you 90 miles between recharging – if you would like to go further or use higher power settings you can add a second 500Wh battery bringing total power to a market-leading 1000Wh.
Sparta’s powerful 28Nm motor and regenerative braking system make it ideal for those living in hilly areas …or planning to tour the Pyrenees! This system is similar to the KERS technology found on modern Formula One racing cars – rather than wasting braking energy, when you swich on the KERS the motor does the braking for you and puts the otherwise lost energy back into the battery when you’re slowing for a junction or descending a steep incline. This system extends the distance between charges considerably when in London’s stop-start traffic or on the Cornish coast.
The E-Speed comes with a 500Wh battery hidden in its frame – enough to cover 90 miles between charges.
The powerful ION motor – designed and built by Sparta – has no internal moving parts so it’s completely silent and sealed against the elements. The amount of assistance it provides is directly proportional to the amount of pressure you put on the pedal – you are in complete control: press gently on the pedals and the bike will whiz you along at speed, stop pedaling and your e-bike will simply coast to a halt – it’s just like riding a manual bike, only much easier and much more fun!
The aluminium frame is beautifully formed, reassuringly sturdy, and the combination of gel filled Selle Royale seat, sprung seat post, and Sparta telescopic front fork suspension ensure maximum rider comfort whether on road or exploring bumpy tracks and rural paths.
Sparta have always been ahead of the rest when it comes to security:
Electronic Security: Before the Sparta can be sold the owners details must be stored electronically in the motor, the battery, and the handlebar-mounted LCD display unit. These details are also recorded by us, by Sparta in Holland, and stored on the European cycle database. Once the bike has been registered in this way the large clear display unit acts as an electronic immobiliser – simply un-clip it from the handlebar and the Sparta’s battery and motor are disabled. In practice this feature – unique to Sparta e-bikes – renders the e-bike of near zero value to knowledgeable cycle thieves …so the leave it just where you left it.
Mechanical Security: A hardened steel mechanical ‘ring-lock’ is built into the frame just beneath the saddle (thieves would have to cut this Sparta in half to pinch it!). If the Sparta is going to be left unattended for longer periods a bayonet chain (optional) can be plugged into the frame’s ring-lock enabling the Sparta to be secured to a railing or cycle stand. The same key is used to lock the battery securely in position.
Un-professional thieves that aren’t familiar with Sparta’s advanced security systems are flummoxed by the built in mechanical locks. In eight years only one of our London customers has had their Sparta stolen – once the thieves realised they couldn’t break the e-bike’s mechanical locks and were unable to make the motor or battery work they dumped it. The police soon discovered it and entered the Sparta’s frame number into the European cycle database. The Sparta in question was delivered to the owners door by the police 4 days later.
The multifunction back-lit LCD handlebar display shows the following information:
- total mileage
- trip distance
- selected assistance level
- battery charge status
- remaining range
- average speed
- time and date
Powerful front and rear lights switch on automatically when the Sparta detects low light levels and if you ever have a flat battery the motor switches roles, turning into a dynamo to power the lights. This model features a throttle for fast and safe acceleration away from junctions or up steeper inclines. The throttle will whizz you along at 20Kmh without pedaling and boost power at speeds of up to 40Kmh.
The Dutch have thought of everything… the E-Speed has a park-assist function propels the e-bike through deep sand and slippery paths or up steep ramps and stairs when you’re walking alongside.
Powerful Magura hydraulic brakes front and rear give effective and predictable braking in all conditions, and it’s sporty steering geometry make it a very rewarding ride for accomplished cyclists whatever the road or track conditions. A great choice for men and women who prefer not to do battle with a cross-bar!
Because the Sparta E-Speed can travel at speeds of up to 40Kmh this e-bike must be registered with the DVLA. This is a straight-forward procedure – if you would like more details please contact us .
MADE BY DUTCH MEN AND WOMEN IN APELDOORN, HOLLAND.
SPARTA are the most successful e-bike producer in Europe. By a huge margin. Form follows function across their wide and varied range of electric bikes. They enjoy the No.1 spot in Holland, Germany, Belgium, Austria and France where products win design awards year after year.
Sparta e-bike designers began with a clean sheet of paper on which they wrote the following: Reliability; Range; Security; Style; Simplicity; Silence; Comfort; Power; Practicality; Longevity; Versatility; and above all, Value for Money. Have they delivered? We think so.
Sparta started with the advantage of decades of experience producing “SpartaMets” – those peculiar contraptions that combine a bicycle with a small petrol engine hidden in the rear wheel – a few of which can still be heard buzzing around the streets of Amsterdam today. We have a 1972 vintage SpartaMet in our Suffolk showroom (se pic below) – come and try it, its great fun!
As advances in battery and electric motor technology developed to a point where comparable range and power could be achieved without the din and smoke of a two-stroke engine, Sparta made the natural leap to e-bikes
With this wealth of powered bicycle experience behind them they developed a range of beautifully engineered e-bikes that meet the requirements and expectations of discerning customers of all ages and tastes. For example, some Sparta e-bikes have batteries hidden away in their frame so they look like conventional bikes. Some have removable batteries so they can be un-clipped and recharged alongside the toaster up in a 7th floor flat. All have built in mechanical locks and many have electronic immobilisers. All have powerful and silent maintenance-free motors.
In seeking out the best e-bikes available I visit many factories. I’m at Sparta’s headquarters in Apeldoorn at least twice a year and every time I’m surprised by some new manufacturing process or advance in technology. Sparta, you see, are ahead of the game by at least two years. But one thing never changes: the Dutch men and women that operate their state-of-the-art production line, man the phones, print the brochures, and make the coffee, are happy and proud of their work. They may not sport wooden clogs these days, but the sight of a smiling Dutch workforce doing what they’ve done best for centuries is somehow reassuring in this modern age. Producing 21st century vehicles built on the same ‘Quality First and Last’ ethos as their 1930’s machines, that’s something special indeed.
When we deliver your Sparta e-bike our staff will take time and care to ensure the seat, handlebar and controls are perfectly adjusted to suit your size and riding style. Once everything is perfectly positioned you will be able to appreciate the real value of a Sparta electric bike – an invisible hand pushing you up every hill, the hidden technology that’s so subtle you’ll think you’re bionic, all the pleasures of cycling without the sweat!
SPARTA make 56 different models of electric bike, each designed to meet a specific need – if you would like us to help you find the perfect one for you please email or call Clare or James on 0208 960 9848 (London), 01728 830 817 (Suffolk).