We've had a few EBCO bikes in for review at ebiketips and we've been impressed with them: good quality, fully-featured city bikes with decent kit. This USR-75 is a bit of a different beast; like the Raleigh Strada E we've previously tested it's one of a newer breed of stripped-down urban machines for a sleeker look and a faster ride.
The £2,199 USR-75 boosts its performance credentials with a Bosch Performance Line motor bolted to the T6 aluminium alloy frame. Pushing out 63Nm of torque, the Performance Line is designed for higher assistance than the more commonly-used Active Line. It's still a nominal 250W but it's a bit more eager to wind you up to the 25km/h limit, or help you up the hills. EBCO claim a maximum range of 75 miles (120km) from the 400Wh battery; that's very much a best-case scenario but the USR-75 is designed for longer rides than a more traditional city bike.
The motor is paired with a Shimano Deore 9-spd transmission which offers smooth shifting and a good range of gears for the hills. You also get powerful and dependable Shimano hydraulic disc brakes front and rear.
The USR-75 is designed with a more aggressive geometry than most city bikes; it's more of a sport hybrid in feel. There's still plenty of adjustability; the frame is a standard diamond but it has quite a low standover height for its length so there's plenty of seatpost to accommodate a range of rider sizes. The stem and bars are adjustable too to fine-tune the fit.
Controls are well laid-out; you get the normal Bosch Intuvia display and remote, and the bike uses Ergon GP2 grips that give plenty of comfort and a range of hand positions. The saddle is a Selle Royal sports design that's firm but well padded.
The bike doesn't come with mudguards, though if you want to fit them there's bosses for them on the alloy frame and fork, as well as rack mounting points at the rear if you want to carry stuff on the bike rather than on your back. You get a chainguard on the motor for clean trousers, and a kickstand for easy parking.
We'll be taking the the USR-75 on the commute and also trying it out on some longer inter-city excursions to see if it lives up to its sporty billing. Watch out for a review on ebiketips soon!