2019 Vintage Electric Shelby Cobra Bike
Meet the Shelby Cobra of all electric bikesby Tudor Rus, on
We dare you to name a car that looks, drives, and sounds more American than the Shelby Cobra. We’ll wait. In the meantime, boutique electric bike maker Vintage Electric was busy working with Shelby USA on what is touted as “the perfect take on an electric bike.” It comes as a limited edition model that complements Vintage Electric’s current lineup, which means it won’t last forever on the online shelves. It’s not a slouch either, as it can reach a Vmax of 36 miles per hour in Race Mode. Did we get your attention? Good. Here’s all you need to know about the Vintage Electric Shelby Cobra limited edition bike.
- Sleek hydroformed aluminum frame
- Regen braking
- Leather saddle
- LED lighting
- Kevlar-guard fat tires
- Tips the scales at 86 lb
- Cobra logo in the frame
- Shelby lettering
- Shelby Blue paint w/ black race stripes
Vintage Electric’s bikes are inspired by the American and European sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s, so coming up with a Shelby Cobra limited edition fits the company’s product profile like cinnamon on apple pie. The e-bike is based on the company’s already-existing Roadster, which means it also retains a lot of its traits. Now, the Roadster is the latest addition to the Vintage Electric stable, and we already know it has been developed around a hydroformed aluminum frame kitted with regen-braking-capable hydraulic brakes in the front and in the rear, a dual-density saddle upholstered with perforated leather, and stainless steel wheels. An alloy rear fender is also included in the mix, together with a set of touring pedals.
Just like a real car, the Vintage Electric Shelby Cobra bike has LED headlights and taillights.
What’s more, you won’t have to worry about shady surfaces because the chubby Schwalbe Fat Frank tires feature Kevlar guards, which sounds pretty badass if you ask us. Sure, you might not be able to burnout the living smoke out of them, but they’re extremely useful for those moments when you happen to run out of smooth asphalt. That said, you’ll also want to know that the bike uses a front suspension setup that allows for up to 60 millimeters of travel, and the whole thing, including the battery, tips the scales at 86 pounds (that’s 39 kilos).
Now, what really makes this bike special is the nod back to the said Shelby Cobra. In that regard, the bike gets the iconic cobra logo on the top end of the frame complemented by the “Shelby” lettering on the rear fork. The entire build is, of course, dressed to the nines in Shelby Blue paint finish with black race stripes that boost its appeal all the way up to eleven.
- 1,123 Wh battery
- 750 W hub motor (3,000 W in Race Mode)
- 20-mph top speed (36 mph in Race Mode)
- 75-mile max range (40 miles in Race Mode)
- A full charge takes 4.5 hours
No, the bike doesn’t pack a vicious 7.0-liter V-8. Duh! Instead, the Vintage Electric Shelby Cobra is moved by an electric setup that combines a 1,123-watt-hour battery pack good for a maximum range of 75 miles (120 kilometers) obtained on a single full charge and a 750-watt hub motor that powers the rear wheel. Just like the regular Roadster, the Shelby Cobra limited edition gets the old-school, chain-driven pedal assist and two ride modes, namely Street and Race. In Street mode, the electric bike can reach a Vmax of 20 miles per hour (32 kilometers per hour), while Race mode unlocks the hub motor’s full-plate 3,000 watts, allowing in turn for a top speed of 36 miles per hour (58 kilometers per hour).
|Top Speed Street mode||20 mph|
|Top Speed Race mode||36 mph|
Keep in mind that going berserk with the Race mode will affect the e-bike’s real-life range.
According to Vintage Electric, the battery pack needs about 4.5 hours to recharge completely, which means it’s rather convenient to use the bike as your daily rider from home to work for example, even if you normally commute over longer distances - by the time you’re done with work for that day and leave the office, the bike will be fully charged and ready to go.
The Vintage Electric Shelby Cobra sells, at the time of writing, for $7,249. We know, not exactly a bargain. However, keep in mind that Vintage Electric plans to build just 300 units of its special-edition bike, so that was bound to spice up the price tag anyway. The good news is that through the bike maker’s financing offer, you can split the bill into monthly payments that can go as low as $266.
That said, there are still a couple of things to consider. The Race Mode is actually available as an add-on, so unlocking it for your bike will cost $149 more. On top of that, those who want to get more practicality out of their Shelby Cobra limited edition e-bike can specify one of the three available cargo solutions. A simple rack will set you back $289, a rack plus a single pannier will have you pay $438 extra, while the rack and two panniers will add $587 to the total tally. Again, not exactly a bargain, we’ll tell you that much.
|Vintage Electric Shelby Cobra Bike||$7,249|
The e-bike market is an expanding living organism, but it’s beginning to look a lot like the car world and its EV branch.
Most of the e-bikes out there are still expensive for some pockets, but as the technology evolves, these prices are expected to drop sooner or later. Therefore, we are not going to lie: the Vintage Electric Shelby Cobra e-bike costs and arm and a leg. That, however, doesn’t chip away absolutely anything from its sheer sleekness. In other words, we love the concept and the finite product that stemmed from the Shelby-Vintage Electric collaboration. All we need to figure out now is how to get our hands on seven grand before the limited-run bike is sold out. Any suggestions?