Created in collaboration with Vintage Electric Bicycles, also California-based, the Icon E-Flyer recalls the board-track motorcycle racers of the 1910s and 1920s. The 57-pound bicycle features traditional pedal power, augmented on demand by a rear-hub-mounted electric motor. The drive system delivers up to 35 miles of sustained boost per charge, and a regenerative braking system throws electricity back to the battery pack (contained within a cast-aluminium box that, in addition to looking like a piece of modern art, disperses heat for improved performance). Vintage Electric estimates the cost of the E-Flyer’s two-hour recharge to be a modest $0.18. For those keeping track, that’s 1,556 MPGe. (By comparison, the Nissan Leaf electric car is rated at 130 MPGe.)
And the E-Flyer is quite swift for a bicycle, capable of a governed 20mph in standard, 750-watt mode. An optional 3,000-watt “race mode” (obtainable only after signing a waiver) removes the speed limiter, enabling a breezy 36mph.
The bike is a first-rate creation, on par with Icon’s meticulously crafted four-wheeled efforts. The frame is hydroformed aluminium and the forks are TIG-welded steel with a billet aluminium triple clamp and hand-formed stainless steel handlebars. The E-Flyer’s grips and traditionally sprung saddle are handcrafted by Brooks, the venerable UK-based leather crafter.
Production of Icon’s bike is limited to a scant 50 examples, priced at $4,995 apiece, plus shipping. If the E-Flyer’s matte-gray powder coat and black leather isn’t your style, Vintage Electric offers its similar E-Tracker bike in a variety of colours for $4,495.