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Civilized Model 1

Updated: September, 2023


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The Civilized Model 1 is an electric bike that combines practicality with a comfortable design and excellent speed. With its sleek Vespa-like appearance, this bike stands out from traditional e-bikes on the market. It offers up to 750W power, making it suitable for difficult terrain. One standout feature of the Model 1 is its automatic suspension, which provides a smoother ride compared to many other e-bikes. It is also designed with multiple riders in mind, with the ability to support a carry weight of up to 400 lbs. This makes it ideal for riding with a partner or even with kids. The comfort level of the Model 1 is another highlight. It features a sturdy frame and a cushioned gel saddle, making it one of the most comfortable e-bikes available. The suspension is easily adjustable to suit your body weight and frame, ensuring a personalized and comfortable ride. In terms of utility and storage, the Model 1 offers panniers on either side of the rear wheel. Each pannier can accommodate up to 20L of material, providing ample space for carrying personal items. Additionally, the bike's battery is concealed in the rear panniers and can be easily disconnected for charging. The Model 1 also has some convenient electronic features. It can be locked with an on-board PIN via the app and comes with integrated GPS, along with other electronic features accessible through the bike's on-board app and small LCD touch screen. The bike even has the ability to function as a power bank to charge phones, tablets, and other personal electronic devices. While the Model 1 has a lot going for it, there are some drawbacks to consider. One potential downside is its focus on practicality over aesthetic value. It may not have the same level of fun as a Vespa despite drawing inspiration from its design. Another factor to consider is the price point, with the Model 1 being relatively expensive compared to other e-bikes with similar power capabilities. There are also some minor inconveniences to note. The bike's height may be an issue for shorter riders, and manually signaling a turn or changing gears can be slightly cumbersome. Additionally, the range of 25 to 30 miles on a full charge may be lower than expected for an e-bike in this price range. Overall, the Civilized Model 1 offers a unique combination of practicality, comfort, and speed. While it may not be perfect, it provides a comfortable and attractive option for riders seeking a versatile electric bike that can handle various terrain and support multiple riders.


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11 Reasons to Purchase the Civilized Cycle Model 1

  • The Model 1 offers up to 750W power for difficult terrain.
  • With a sleek design, reminiscent of a Vespa, the Civilized Cycle Model 1 can appeal to those who don’t like the traditional or “clunky” look of electric Zero motor bikes.
  • The bike rides much smoother than many traditional e-bikes, even at a comparable price point (higher tier models,) thanks to the automatic suspension that can help riders along more difficult roads.
  • Designed with multiple riders in mind, it offers the ability to support a carry weight of up to 400 lbs. You can ride with your partner or your kids.
  • It’s easy to adjust/tweak the suspension: simply hold down on the left handlebar button while the air suspension pump adjusts to your body weight and frame.
  • Among the most comfortable of e-bikes and Zero electric bikes on the market, the Model 1 features a sturdy frame and cushioned gel saddle.
  • The Model 1 offers the ability of real Vespa-like riding with a built-in throttle to the right handlebar. You can also adjust speed via the pedal assist system that responds intuitively to each stroke.
  • Each pannier on either side of the rear wheel can accommodate up to 20L of material/carry-on/personal items while closed, allowing for extra utility and storage.
  • It’s easy to disconnect and charge the battery while locked up, given that it’s also concealed on the rear by the panniers. Given that it’s not engineered into the frame, it can also be easily disconnected.
  • Model 1 can also be used as a power bank to charge phones/tablets/personal electronic devices.
  • The bike can be locked with an on-board PIN via the app. It contains integrated GPS along with plenty of other electronic features via the Model 1’s on-board app w/ small LCD touch screen.

5 Reasons to Not Purchase the Civilized Cycle Model 1

  • It’s fixated on practicality more than on aesthetic value, which may be a positive or negative depending on the kind of rider you are. Two hard-shell panniers are mounted to both sides of the rear wheel. Despite taking a heavy amount of influence from the Vespa design, it isn’t as “fun” as one.
  • It’s a high price point for e-bikes comparable in “power” – the $6,950 price tag could get you a much more powerful standard electric bike from a brand like Cube.
  • You can’t signal a turn while both hands are firmly planted in place: you’ll have to reach for the tip of either handlebar. Manually changing gears also requires accessing a knob on the level handlebar.
  • Despite Civilized Cycles purporting that the bike can be adjusted for those as short as 5 foot 2 inches/5 foot 3 inches, anyone with shorter legs may have a much more difficult time getting comfortable.
  • 25 to 30 miles on a full charge is a pretty low level of coverage for an e-bike of this price point, especially on a full charge.

Bottom Line

The Civilized Cycle’s Model 1 may not be the “perfect” e-bike, but it certainly has enough high-quality, luxury features to warrant the sub $7,000.00 price tag. The charm and appeal of the bike lies behind the ease of use and practical function for daily commuting or everyday use, while also being able to achieve higher speeds at a level of comfort not typically seen.  Marketed as a potential car replacement, the Model 1 may not quite bring you there – but for city dwellers looking for a high-quality Vespa equivalent, the Model 1 may be the electric bike to buy.


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