Silicon Valley bicycle manufacturer Vintage Electric knows good timing — and good marketing. The company has been making e-bikes for over six years, a lifetime in the Silicon Valley, ever since founder Andrew Davidge brought a few of his first creations, bikes that he’d built in his parents’ garage, to Monterey car week in 2013 and showed them around. Reaction was good, business was better.
Now you can buy six different models, from the $3,995 entry-level “Café” model that’ll hit 28 mph and can go as far as 60 miles, all the way up to the newest entry, the one we’re here to talk about, the Shelby. Yes, as in Carroll Shelby, your hero, the guy with the Cobras and the GT40s and all those. The bikes are licensed through Carroll Shelby American (one of gawd-only-knows how many licensing entities that carry the Shelby name). The $7,249 bike was designed, and the deal was struck, to conspicuously coincide with the release of the new Ford v Ferrari movie, the hype surrounding which will surely generate interest in all things Shelby and, with any luck, boost sales.
Like all Shelbys, the e-bike is the top of the line in performance – and price. The Shelby sports a 48-volt battery that holds a massive (for a bicycle) 1.1 kWh of electric charge. The power gives the bike a top speed of 36 mph in race mode and a range of “40/75” miles. We have not had a chance to try out either of those claims, but that’s what it says on the spec sheet. And since when has any Shelby entity ever exaggerated a performance claim? Even if it’s close to that, it’ll be quite the performer.
To keep it safely in line at those speeds, it has a hydroformed aluminum frame and an MRP inverted fork system in front with 2.5 inches of front wheel travel. The rear suspension is a hard tail. An LED headlamp and taillights “recapture the celebrated American spirit of race cars.”
Aesthetically, the bike is meticulously designed to mimic an original Shelby Cobra. The paint is “the exact same matching blue metallic N6 paint scheme as Carroll’s own 289 Cobra, with black matte racing stripes and iconic Shelby logo alongside distinctive Cobra badging.”
“In fit and finish as well as color, tires, wheels, and brakes, every facet of the new bike echoes the legendary Cobra it was modeled after,” Vintage says.
Vintage Electric even met with Carroll’s grandson Aaron Shelby and closely researched one of Shelby’s early 289 Slabside Cobras.
Granted, seven and a quarter Gs is a lot of money for a bicycle, but there is probably a certain segment of the Shelby faithful who will just absolutely have to have one of these. And if you know someone who does, now that Halloween’s over, it’s officially Christmas shopping time: Order up.
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