Vello is an Austrian e-bike manufacturer with a penchant for odd, albeit extremely well-thought-out designs. We previously talked about the brand and its titanium e-bike Bike+, a model that claimed to be the lightest folding e-bike ever made. While the Bike+ is aimed at practical and affluent city dwellers, Vello’s latest creation takes utility to the next level with impressive range and exceptional payload capacity.
Much like the Bike+, the new Vello SUB, or Smart Utility Bike is made from titanium and is exceptionally light, all things considered. It tips the scales at 24 kilograms, however, a model fitted with a heavier steel frame is available for those who find the 3,749 Euro (3,750 USD) price of the titanium model a bit too high. Nevertheless, the steel model still commands a premium at 2,999 euros (around US$3,000). So what exactly do you get for this big chunk of change?
Well, for starters, the SUB has a very unique frame design that has a particularly long rear end. This places the rider closer to the front wheel than the rear wheel. Good for straight-line stability, sure, but the frame looks the way it does because it’s meant to haul all sorts of cargo on the back. It has a total payload capacity of 210 kilograms and can be fitted with all sorts of racks to carry everything from kids to work gear, parcels and everything in between. Additionally, Vello designed the bike to be as easy to set up as possible, allowing you to mount accessories without the need for tools.
When folded, the Vello SUB is surprisingly compact, meaning it can easily be carried in the back of a car, on the bus or train, and even stowed under your desk. It rolls on 20-inch wheels and features a heavy-duty Gates Carbon belt drive. Of course, the bike is made to transport heavy objects. This means that he must have brakes strong enough to stop him. Those brakes are none other than Magura MT-4 hydraulic units—and with that component alone, we can see why this bike commands such a premium.
Performance-wise, you get the best of the best, as the SUB rocks Bosch’s Cargo Performance Line motor that produces 600 watts of power and 85 Nm of torque. It gets two 500-watt-hour batteries that provide a combined range of 250 kilometers, or 156 miles, on a single charge – pretty amazing, if you ask me. Now you can’t get your hands on this bike just yet, as deliveries are slated for fall 2023, about a year from now. You can, however, book the Vello SUB on Indiegogo. A link is available below.