We like to push both ends of the envelope here at ebiketips. So hot on the heels of the £649 Cyclotricity Revolver comes this monster truck: the Simplon Sengo 27.5 Urban 80. Or the Sengo, as we shall be calling it from now on, to save our fingers.
Is it an urban bike? Well, nominally it is: those Schwalbe Super Moto tyres are designed for the asphalt, and it's got a plumbed-in front light and comes with a Busch & Müller battery rear too. Oh, and it has a kickstand.
It's a very stripped back urban bike though: there are no mudguards, nor any means of fitting them, and the look is very much cafe-racer-meets-mountain-bike rather than your average shopper. The frame is Simplon's Sengo 27.5 carbon mountain bike frame; they do proper off-road builds of this bike too. But if you're after a fast, stripped-back cruiser then they don't come much faster or more stripped back than this.
The Sengo gets the full-fat Bosch Performance Line CX motor and a chunky 500Wh battery, but in spite of that tips the scales at only just over 18kg: that's the lightest Bosch-powered bike we've had through the door, without really trying too hard. The finishing kit is good quality stuff but mostly falls into the durable camp, rather than the lightweight one.
Gears are supplied by Shimano, from their XT mountain bike groupset. That's one below the top tier so it's quality stuff, and the 11-42 cassette will give you a range of gears for pretty much anything you're likely to throw this bike at.
The Sengo's frame has slightly dropped and bent seat stays, and they're flattened in order to allow a bit of flex and keep the back end more comfortable. The compact nature of the frame and the small-bore carbon seatpost will also help there.
Up front you get a full carbon fork that's nice and tall to keep the bike's geometry correct when it's not running suspension. There's plenty of room inside for the massive 70mm Super Moto tyres, which are running on 25mm rims
It's a lot of bike, this, and unsurprisingly it's also a lot of money: £3,949 in this build to be precise. It's the bike that's had the most casual interest in the office though, with literally everyone demanding a go. We'll give it some miles around our local roads, and report back...