Size is important, with the more expensive T1 coming in Medium – aimed at heights 5’6” to 6’ – and Large, for 5’10” to 6’5”. The T1ST is scaled down with a Small version for heights from 5’1 to 5’8” and Medium for 5’5” to 6’. Due to the top tube of the T1ST, it will be easier for shorter riders to get their legs over.
Both bikes weigh in at just 36lb, though can bear a 330lb load. There’s more of a premium matte finish to the Frozen Blue and Crystal Black color options for the T1, compared with the glossy Sand and Lava choices for the T1ST.
Power and display
Although these two models come with the same 36V, 9.8AH batteries, and 350/600W peak motors there is quite a difference in range, up to 70 miles for the T1 and 52 miles for the 1 ST. Velotric explains this is because of a variance in the power tuning, with the higher power setting and wider tires on the T1ST adding to resistance and power consumption; the T1 has better energy efficiency with thinner tires lowering resistance and enhancing acceleration.
Whilst the battery is smoothly integrated into the frame, it is difficult to remove, which may be a consideration during sub-zero winters. That will also impact where you can charge this ebike.
Another key difference between the two is integration with the Velotric app for the T1, which serves as a highly functional display. Screenshots from the Velotric T1 app are shown below. You can add fingerprints for security, unlock your ebike, track rides, monitor charging status and set security settings. This is one of the most polished apps we’ve seen from an ebike that is still relatively affordable.
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The lower-priced T1ST lacks the app compatibility above but does have Apple Find My for locating your ebike in the event it is stolen. It turns on via a neat button on the top frame, with bars showing battery charge and colored sensor showing the pedal assist level. The T1 instead has a super-sensitive fingerprint reader instead of a button which allows you to unlock the bike.
Both bikes ship as Class 1, though can easily be overridden to attain Class 3 speeds of 25mph. Simply hold the ‘light’ button until the ring light on the top tube flashes purple. Engagement of the torque sensor is smooth but the lack of throttle and lower-powered motor makes for a more challenging hill climb.
Pedal assist levels are controlled by the buttons on the left side of the handlebars. A dedicated light button allows you to turn on and off the headlight.
Great brakes and component overview
Branded Tektro, hydraulic disk brakes are a generous bonus on the T1ST. Cabling is beautifully integrated into the frames, with additional clips and subtle branding making for a stylish ride. The 8-speed Shimano trigger shifter and Altus derailleur for each version are standard issue and do the job for recreational rides.
It’s also a boost to have an 11-32 tooth chainwheel, rather than the more basic freewheel. And the bolt-on, thru-axles with Novatec hubs are a nice, higher-end component, enhancing safety and precision.
There’s a smaller, 40-tooth front chainring on the T1, compared with the 42-tooth on the T1ST. Both bikes allow for pedaling power to the max speed with no ghost pedaling.
The T1 has a slicker 700X38C tire size than the 700x40C of the ST and it also has a thinner, racier seat and metal – not plastic – pedals. Slightly more swept back and ergonomic handlebars and grips also set the T1ST apart.
They both include an integrated headlight, with a battery-operated rear light attached to the seatpost. Mounting points are included for fenders, bottle cages/folding lock, and racks. Compatible fenders and rear rack are available directly from Velotric on their accessories page.
Velotric has done a great job with their first generation of stealthy, road-type ebikes. They offer a sleek design, with impressive features and a lightweight feel for those looking to exercise as they ride. At $1299 the T1ST is particularly good value. But the gadget-minded will appreciate the power of the Velotric app that comes with the T1.