Last April, we teased the concept of our customized electric bike with Super73. Today, we're ecstatic to show you the final product! Our e-bike is based on the Super73 S1x which main highlights include a top speed of 20mph and range of 30+ miles on a full charge thanks to a 768 watt-hour battery (50+ miles in ECO pedal assist mode).
I've had the chance to review the company's base model Z1, but S1 simply looks like a better bike and also comes with a lot more valuable features. The 9lb battery is removable, meaning you don't have to directly plug the bike into the wall, which was a pain in the ass at times with the Z1. There's also a standard LED headlight (good for cruising at night), an LCD display that reads your speed and battery life, and hydraulic brakes, so you don't end up running into that car that just cut you off.
In the world of electric bikes, the S1 isn't the cheapest option at an MSRP of $1,995 (on sale now for $1,800), but with all the extra features and its retro-style rugged design, it's something that'll look timeless and something you'll enjoy riding for years to come.
Back to our collab bike with Super73 and the story behind it... As a car guy, I didn't really have any interest in electric bikes until I discovered S73. Their bikes didn't look like the ones you'd see as couriers in the city. They have a certain coolness factor about them that anyone with a sense of style can appreciate. Upon further research, I noticed a huge subculture modifying these e-bikes with many owners already repainting and modifying the frames, reupholstering the seats, adding more battery power, swapping out the tires, etc. It honestly reminded me of the Honda Ruckus community when it first got its start. This got me thinking that it would be dope to customize one of our own, so we teamed up with our sister brands Hot Rod and Four Wheeler to each come up with our own collab concepts with Super73.
With the Four Wheeler e-bike going more 'outdoorsy' and adventure-looking in tan, and the Hot Rod S1 rocking a fire engine red color with whitewall tires, I wanted to take Super Street's concept in the opposite direction—evil and aggressive. The Super Street bike is based on a gunmetal frame with all black hardware including the chain. The handlebars have been shortened to give a lower and more cafe racer appeal; don't forget the pegs installed in the rear. For a higher-end touch, the seat has been upholstered in diamond-stitched leather, something you'd typically see in reupholstered European cars. As for the rear rack, it's been removed to look sleeker. And speaking of sleeker, we ditched the standard all-terrain tires for slicks to give it a more city racer look.
We'd originally slated angel eye headlights for our build, but after stumbling upon a dual halogen setup laying around at Super 73 headquarters, we decided to try them on for size and the result was nothing short of awesome. The final pieces of the puzzle was additional white LEDs installed under the frame (underglow vibes) and an updated sticker package stamping our seal of approval for the Super Street x Super73 collab.
I've had the chance to mosey around on the bike for a couple weeks now and it's been a frickin' blast. I wouldn't mind being able to go faster, but that would require a license, registration and insurance, which in essence declassifies the e-bike from being a bicycle (too much of a headache if you ask me). I also wouldn't mind some suspension on the bumpy pothole-infested roads of LA, but that would be something for the more advanced RX model, which features an adjustable coilover (I'm not at that level yet).
Overall, our e-bike has turned so many heads that it's been quite entertaining to see people's faces. It looks like a motorcycle at first glance and has a look and feel that made a car guy like me enjoy and appreciate it. The icing on the cake is that we were able to put our Super Street touch on it and make it one of the dopest Super73 electric bikes out there.
Stay tuned for our next feature and final photoshoot showing all three collab bikes.