Now, if this brand is new to you, I want you to try and forget most of what you know about how bikes are designed, built, and even enjoyed. Why? Simply because UK-based Evari decided to hit the e-bike industry with a machine that disrupts the norms of bicycle design and manufacturing, and all that shines through in the ST, just as it does in all other Evari machines.
To start things off with the ST, let me begin by asking you to look for welds on the frame. See anything? Of course, you don't, and that's because Evari crafts each ST from nothing more than carbon fiber, laid down by hand, and molded to create the high modulus monocoque ribwork we see.
But take a closer look. Do you make out any wires hanging off the frame, under it, or around the cockpit? I like to call this level of integration, Evari magic, and one of the reasons why these babies look so damn flush, clean, and tasty. Only snippets of cable can be spotted in areas exiting the frame and working brakes and derailleurs.
For starters, the ST is designed with a belt drivetrain provided by none other than Gates. However, all Evari bikes have a belted drivetrain, so what's the difference? For starters, this puppy has a single-speed setup, meaning that you won't be shifting any gears, all except those needed to access higher power levels from that mid-mounted motor.
Speaking of mid-mounted motors, the ST packs a Bosch Performance Line CX with more than enough power to have you zipping around city streets at speeds allowed by local laws and regulations; maybe Evari shows you how to tamper with the speed settings. Nonetheless, these powerhouses have more than enough spunk to dominate city streets, even if you live in a hilly town.
As for the power necessary to ensure your motor is running hot at all times, a Bosch Powertube with 500 Wh of juice is integrated into the down tube. Now, the range is difficult to gauge because cities differ greatly from one street to the next. However, since this feature is typically a removable one, by picking up another pack, you can double your range no matter where you ride.
As for all the other little knick-knacks found on the ST, they're made up of a set of DT Swiss alloy rims, Schwalbe G-One Speed tires, Magura MT Sport brake levers and calipers, and Magura Storm HC rotors with 203 mm (8 in) on the front and 180 mm (7.1) on the rear. That's more than enough stopping power, and it's necessary nonetheless; this is an e-bike. The only detail I couldn't find on the Evari website was how much this thing weighs.
As for the question on everyone's mind, just how much is something like this going to cost us? Well, let me start things off by pointing out that this is the most affordable Evari e-bike to date, cruising in with a rather wallet-dip of a price tag of nearly £7,000, which is roughly $8,700 (at current exchange rates).
At the end of the day, there's really only one way to find out if the Evari 856ST is for you: a test drive! The trick is finding a dealership that has one of these in stock, and the chances of that happening outside of the UK are pretty low.
Heck, can you imagine the overseas shipping cost to get one to the US? Around $2,500 or more for a box with a 25 kg e-bike in it. But hey, you'll be one of the only people with such a two-wheeled creature west of the Atlantic.