Frame and Contact Points
The Bintelli E2 is a stealthy electric bike that’s ready for adventure. It’s light, nimble and perfect for street and trail riding alike. And with a starting price of $1,699 USD, it’s relatively easy on the wallet too, as far as e-bikes go anyways.
Bintelli does offer free shipping to the contiguous United States, which helps save a couple hundred bucks right there, and these guys also have a remarkably generous 2 year warranty.
The E2 comes in one frame size, 26 inches, and three different colors — white, black and blue, which is the color we’re reviewing today.
So let’s get to it!
The Bintelli E2 has an energy efficient 350 watt hub motor in the rear wheel that can bring this electric bike up to a top speed of 20 mph by using the thumb throttle or the cadence sensing pedal assist.
With 350 watts of power, most of the ill gets taken out of hills, but you still gotta pedal if you plan on tackling steep climbs. If you’re riding on flats though, 350 watts is still plenty of power to ride the E2 like a moped with just the throttle.
One of the biggest advantages to having a 350 watt motor is the increased efficiency. It’s a much lower power draw compared to the larger motors that are 500 watts and up. This makes the E2 an ideal choice for maximizing range.
Speaking of range, the Bintelli E2 has a 36 volt, 10 amp hour locking, removable battery concealed low on the down tube, providing a max estimated range of nearly 25 miles in ideal conditions.
This battery is pretty sleek and all but disappears into the frame. This is great for anyone who might want to avoid calling extra attention to themselves. Most people probably aren’t going to be able to tell the E2 is an bike, but they might scratch their heads when you fly by them on the trail.
One of the greatest things about the Bintelli E2 is just how lightweight it is. This e-bike weighs in at about 50 pounds — quite a bit lighter than most e-bikes we review — and this lower curb weight translates into extra control on the trails. It’s pretty easy to whip this e-bike around.
However, the max payload capacity on the E2 is also on the low side, at 165 pounds. This means riders will want to be careful not to over stress the frame with red bull level jumps and bumps, and it also means carrying extra cargo is going to be out of the question for most riders.
This makes the E2 a great e-bike for riders who enjoy cruising the streets, but who also like hitting some modest trails.
Another great feature of the E2 frame is that all the wires are internally routed. This helps keep the bike looking clean, and it also helps keep the wires from getting snagged while riding.
At the back of the Bintelli E2 we’ve got a Shimano Tourney 7-speed derailleur paired with a Shimano SIS Index thumb shifter.
And at the front we’ve got a Zoom suspension fork with around 80 mm of travel.
To bring the E2 to a stop, we’ve got mechanical disc brakes with a 180 mm rotor in the front wheel and a 160 mm rotor in the rear wheel. Of course Bintelli also threw on some motor inhibitors to ensure you’re never fighting against 350 watts of power during an emergency stop.
I love that the E2 has CST 27.5” by 2.25” off-road tires. The larger wheel size decreases the attack angle and makes clearing obstacles easy peasy. And while 4 inch fat tires are definitely in vogue right now, these 2.25 inch tires translate into more control in the turns.
There is an independent headlight and tail light on the Bintelli E2, but since they’re not wired into the e-bikes electrical system, you’ll have to change the batteries once they’re depleted. Of course, that also means your lighting system won’t drain your primary battery, and that translates to a bit more range.
The handlebars are nice and wide, giving you plenty of control on the trails, and on the left side we’ve got the LED control center with an on/off button, 4-bar battery indicator and three levels of pedal assist. Because this control center has physical buttons that click when you press them, it’s easy to change pedal assist levels without having to take your eyes off the road.
On the right side of the handlebars we’ve got the SIS Index thumb shifter and the thumb throttle.
Overall, the Bintelli E2 is a great fit for riders at or below 165 pounds who need a light, nimble e-bike that looks more like a traditional bike. This is definitely a stealthy ride, and with the front suspension, 2.25 inch tires and disc brakes, it works great on the pavement and dirt too.
No comments yet…