Budnitz announced a new entry to the e-bike market, dubbed the Model E. It features an aluminum frame and sticks to the Budnitz preference for a belt drive and internal gear hub – but adds a Fazua Evation e-drive system for pedal assist. With a nod towards future proofing and service, the entire battery and motor are removable – also giving the option to drop ~8 pounds and ride it like a normal non-powered bicycle.
Budnitz Model E aluminum hybrid commuter e-bike with removable drive system
While Budnitz is best known for their titanium bikes, they’ve offered aluminum and steel as well – all featuring the Gates carbon drive system. Now they’re getting in to the pedal-assist e-bike game, with the all-new Model E. Based on an aluminum frame, it adds the Fazua Evation battery and motor, giving 400 watts of peak power.
Interestingly, the entire battery and motor system are removable, giving you the option to carry a spare battery for long rides. Or if you want to go lightweight and au naturale, you can ditch the motor and battery entirely, dropping roughly 8 pounds from the bike. This short video shows the removal of the system, along with the overall design philosophy of the bike:
If you choose to ride the bike with no battery and motor, a placeholder may be installed to cover up the otherwise open downtube.
The rest of the drivetrain get completed with a Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal gear hub, for a virtually maintenance-free drive system.
The Budnitz Model E is available immediately, for a price of $3,650 USD. It includes a ten year guarantee on the frame, along with a 12-month wheel-to-wheel warranty.