Delightful Well-built Electric Bike
The Pilen EL1 is our first electric bike and, in the usual manner we have designed an electric bike that is different from others on the market since it is both enjoyable, balanced and trustworthy to drive. The EL1 has its own very personal Swedish functional style and comfortable upright riding position. The bike has extra low instep that fits everyone without compromising stability and driving experience.
The electric bike as a means of transportation is growing in popularity when you want to commute, bike shopping and avoid going by car or bus. The life as a cyclist becomes more pleasurable with electric assistance in headwind, uphill and you managing to avoid breaking a sweat. The electric bike has also become the favorite among people whose fitness level is subpar and for exploration touring. Picking up the children at kindergarten will be a pure pleasure. And it always feels good to care for nature and not contribute to pollution and noise.
The powerhouse in the EL1 is the 50 Nm strong electric motor Shimano E-6100 mid-drive which provides immediate assistance to the pedals. Assistance is available in three different modes: High, Normal and Eco. Assist mode is controlled with the right thumb control on the handlebars.
The electric motor with its gear box operates at the same RPM as you are pedaling and the power from the engine is transmitted to the crank arms. You change gears as usual to get a desired pedaling resistance. Compared to an electric motor in a hub, a mid-drive electric motor like the E-6100 is much stronger at all speeds (up to 25 / h) and also safer as the engine instantly senses and stops driving when you stop pedaling.
The bike is equipped with the Shimano BT-6010: a powerful battery that depending on assistance mode, biker weight and possible cargo assists between 90 and 180 kilometers. The battery is mounted in the center of the frame to make the bike well balanced. The battery is easy to remove so you do not have to leave it outside. The EL1 is also good to pedal without electric assistance, for example. if you want to save the battery in good tailwinds or wish work on your fitness level.
The Pilen EL1 is available in five different versions with three different rear hubs. They all come with front hydraulic disc brakes and coaster brakes. The EL1 7 has the very reliable Shimano 7 gears hub and coaster brake. The EL1 8 is equipped with the Shimano Nexus 8 gears with coaster brake and you have the option for rear hydraulic disc brake (+). The Pilen EL1 Di2 8 has the Shimano Nexus 8 Di2 hub with electronically controlled gear-shifting which is operated with a button control on the handlebars. The Di2’s shifting mechanism is powered by the electric bike battery. Warning: once you’ve tried electronic shifting you will never want anything else! The EL1 Di2 8 can be equipped with rear disc brake (+).
Front disc brake
Rear disc brake
|EL1 7||Shimano Nexus 7||Yes||Yes||No|
|EL1 8||Shimano Nexus 8||Yes||Yes||No|
|EL1 8 +||Shimano Nexus 8||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|EL1 Di2 8||Shimano Di2 8||Yes||Yes||No|
|EL1 Di2 8 +||Shimano Di2 8||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The frame’s central tube is deliberately oversized and extra strong in the S-shaped frame bend so that forces from the rider and from the crank and motor connect to the head tube at nearly 90 degrees. The result is a frame that feels safe but at the same time lively – a distinctive feature of all of Pilen’s models.
The EL1 Special is a EL1 where you have selected paint job and parts to your own liking. Single colour bicycles with white or brown tyres are popular. You kan choose:
You must order a EL1 Special though your Pilen retailer. Some delivery time might apply.
Recommended price is for a Pilen EL1 with Shimano Nexus 7 gears, saddle Selle Montegrappa Future in faux leather, black basket, black mudguards and black grips. Excluded in price is shipping.