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This sophisticated beauty of a bike is a beast at hauling cargo—if you're tall enough and don't need to go too far.


Photograph: Civilized Cycles

Self-leveling pneumatic rear suspension. Carries two adults and cargo. Built-in lockable hard-side pannier bags. Powerful mid-drive motor. 28 mph top speed. Front suspension fork. Integrated headlight, taillight, and turn signals. Looks like a Vespa. 

I'm sitting on Civilized's Model 1 electric bike, and it feels like a painfully slow teeter-totter. The rear suspension starts to hiss—psssssss. Air escapes from the shock absorber underneath the bodywork. The bike's back end starts to sink, all the way down, until the suspension bottoms out and stops. The on-board air compressor kicks in. It sounds like a tiny jackhammer. The bike's rear ends starts to puff up again and rise.

As flashy as it is, it only takes 10 seconds to set the pneumatic, self-leveling rear suspension on Civilized's Model 1 electric bike. It's elegant, but it's still a working bike designed to ...


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