Just to kick things off, Crow is asking you to dish out $3,670 (€3,750 at current exchange rates) on the Naked. I know what you're thinking; that's quite the cash for an e-bike when others can be found for around $2,000, even less. Sure, you'll be dishing out a tad more than usual, but there are clear reasons why, and like any e-bike, a large part of that has to do with the electronic systems in place.
If you managed to pick up on the articles I've covered on Crow, you might notice a recurring theme regarding the e-system manufacturer at hand. Yes, they equip their EVs with nothing more than Fazua components. Why is this a big deal? All will be answered in the next three minutes or so.
The Fazua Drivepack, as it's called, functions differently than other mid-mounted motors in that the motor module and battery pack are found together in the down tube. Clearly, it's a removable system, but how the heck is a motor mounted in my down tube going to help me propel my bike? The secret lies in a unique bottom bracket (BB) that is integrated right into the bike. In all, you're looking at a torque output of 58 Nm (43 ft-lb), up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) of range (in optimum settings), and top assist speeds set to your local laws and regulations.
Best of all, whenever the Drivepack is out of juice, just take it out of the frame, and pedal around with absolutely no resistance, yielded by that special BB I mentioned. This is one of the reasons why Fazua has risen to the top of the e-drive manufacturing list to stand alongside greats like Bosch and Shimano. Heck, Porsche recently purchased the brand, and I'm keen to see if this system will be taken further.
The frame, while simply out of aluminum, shares similar traits to other Gravital bikes. While the Naked is clearly, well, naked, please keep in mind that the other Gravital bike crow offers typically includes an array of gear designed for nothing more than adventure. This means that this two-wheeler can be transformed into nothing more than a capable bikepacking monstrosity, made possible by the countless mounts seen all over the fork, frame, and seat stay.
It seems as though the only thing really keeping the Naked locked in an urban setting is nothing more than those tires. If you like gravel riding with flat bars and have the bucks to grab some grippier tires, I feel you may be able to venture a tad further than just tarmac, and that's worth considering even at this price. Happy riding, and always wear a helmet.