And the combination of an Enviolo intelligent auto-shifting CVT hub and Gates carbon belt drive (instead of a chain) make for a throttle-free but surprisingly responsive riding experience.
Pedal hard and the bike responds accordingly. Slow your cadence and it automatically changes gears to meet you where you’re comfortable.
We absolutely loved the quality of the finish, the active brake / tail-light and integrated headlight, the concealed cabling, and other thoughtful touches like the glove box above the battery, the geometry, and the handling advantages that come from having both a mid-drive motor and the battery positioned next to it.
We were also impressed (and surprised) at how well the combination of aluminum frame and fat(ish) tires made up for the lack of actual, active suspension.
And the fenders and racks made us feel like we could genuinely use the Serial 1 as a daily commute vehicle in all but the most inclement of weather.