Delfast has always had a distinctive approach to e-bikes. The Ukrainian firm has previously developed the 200-mile range Top 3.0 as well as the 5000W Top Cop for police forces. We’ve also reported how the Ukrainian Army has been using the firm’s bikes after modifying them to carry a lightweight single-use missile system. Delfast’s latest offering – the California, a 750W commuter e-bike that looks like a moped – therefore marks something of a departure.
The Delfast California’s motor is of course too large for it to be considered an electrically-assisted pedal cycle here in the UK, where the limit is 250W. It would instead qualify as a 28mph e-moped – the kind you can ride with an AM motorcycle licence (or even without if you passed your driving test before February 1, 2001).
However, even with a moped, performance seemingly remains a priority for Delfast. The bike promises 160Nm of torque from the Bafang M620 mid-drive motor and 100-mile range at 20mph.
It’s had an interesting genesis too. Delfast say one of their designers was touring their new Los Angeles headquarters when Russia invaded Ukraine.
“How do you cope when you’re stuck outside of your war-torn country and feel unable to help? Design an e-bike that represents more than yourself. With the help of the California team, and 30 employees working from the heavily bombarded Kyiv, he dreamt up quite possibly the best commuter e-bike ever built.”
As with the firm’s other bikes, a percentage of Delfast California revenue will be donated to help Ukraine.
Delfast’s website indicates the California will be priced at $3,999 with deliveries due to begin next June. The bike will however be available for $1,999 via an upcoming Indiegogo campaign.