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Following a century-long hiatus from cycling, car company Ariel has produced a titanium and carbon fiber e-bike that will turn heads wherever the rider goes.

Ariel Returns To Cycling Roots With 3D-Printed Titanium E-Bike

The English brand Ariel has announced it is introducing two new e-bikes following a 92-year hiatus from the bike biz. Ariel got its start in 1871 with what they claim was the first production penny farthing. You may know the name as a result of their track car, the Atom.

The Ariel Dash is a road e-bike with a frame made from titanium and carbon fiber. It uses seamless 6Al/4V tubing (94 percent titanium, 6 percent aluminum and 4 percent vanadium), welded to 3D-printed lugs, while the seat tube and seatpost are made from carbon fiber. No word yet on weight, but road e-bikes can weigh less than 30 lbs.

The Ariel Dash comes in two different configurations. The Dash Urban is a single-speed e-bike while the Dash Adventure features a Shimano 1×12 GRX mechanical groupset. Both versions sport a Mahle X20 250W mid-drive motor powered by a 236Wh battery. Both versions feature internal routing of the brake hoses (and the cables in the case of the Dash Adventure).

Other options include the ability to add fenders, racks, Tailfin panniers, Supernova lights and a Brooks saddle.
The Ariel Dash Urban will go for £9,984 ($12,698), while the Dash Adventure will run £10,992 ($13,987).

Each Ariel Dash will be made to order by a single technician whose name will adorn the frame on a nameplate. The Dash is available to order now, though there’s no word on lead times.

It is surprising to see a company that hasn’t made a bicycle in a century return to cycling. It’s even more surprising to see a company return to cycling and do it at the top of the market and with such style and demanding materials—working with 6/4 titanium is notoriously difficult.

These are stylish-looking e-bikes and certainly aimed at the sophisticated buyer who wants an e-bike that claims few peers. These e-bikes are so rarefied, few people would even know what they are.

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