An Alternative To Car Commuting: Santa Cruz Skitch eBike Wants To Redefine City Travel

Santa Cruz Bicycles has introduced the Skitch eBike, a new addition to its lineup aimed at “reshaping urban transportation”. Derived from the Stigmata gravel bike and modified with electric capabilities, the Skitch is designed to offer an alternative to car commuting.

Weighing 30 lbs, this bike promises its owners both agility and speed; Its key feature is the Fazua Ride 60 Motor, a lightweight (yet powerful, according to the brand) system that propels the bike up to 28 nmph (32 kph in Canada) and covers a claimed distance of over 60 miles on a single charge. The intention behind the Skitch is to encourage individuals to opt for cycling over driving.

The manufacturer promises substantial climbing power and quick acceleration thanks to the motor’s 60 Nm torque output and the bike’s lightweight composition enhances its portability, making it convenient to carry and transport whenever needed.

Skitch’s two versions: Flat bar and drop bar (Image: Santa Cruz Bicycles)

Two Different Versions, and Three Power Modes

The Skitch comes in two versions: a drop bar long-range gravel bike and a flat bar urban variant. Both configurations feature a carbon frame housing a 430 Wh battery, which can be fully charged in approximately 3.5 hours. For those looking for versatility in terms of functionality, the product offers three power modes:

  • Breeze: for conservative energy use.
  • River: for balanced performance.
  • Rocket: for increased speed.

The user can switch between these modes through a convenient handlebar-mounted ring controller. Charging is straightforward, with a charging port located above the bottom bracket and a battery level indicator on the top tube. The Skitch’s motor disengages when not in use, allowing riders to pedal without resistance in case the battery depletes. Manufactured in Santa Cruz, California, the Skitch comes with a lifetime warranty on its frame and Reserve Rims.

Availability and Price

Targeted at urban commuters seeking active and sustainable transportation, the Skitch is offered in configurations with SRAM Drivetrains, consisting of two flat bar and two drop bar options. Pricing starts at $5,999 for the Apex Flat Bar package, while the GX AXS drop bar or GX AXS Flat Bar kits are priced at $7,299. More info can be found on the official website.

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