Those who have been familiar with the slim e-bikes from Coboc for a while will probably know the model name Vesterbro: Back in 2015, the Heidelberg-based company presented the bike of the same name, at the time its first commuter bike with commuter equipment such as mudguards, lights and the almost invisible pannier holders.
Now, just in time for the upcoming Eurobike bicycle trade fair, the comprehensively revised new edition of the Vesterbro is being presented. The basics of the electric drive are unchanged — they still consist of a compact hub motor in the rear wheel, a fixed installed battery in the down tube and the minimalist operating concept with only one button and no display at all. Further functions are offered via the matching smartphone app.
However, the technology is state-of-the-art: Coboc’s newly developed CBC01 rear wheel motor is now used, which is supposed to offer good power delivery with very quiet operation despite 30 Nm of torque. The battery has a capacity of 380 Wh, which is Coboc’s current maximum. While the first Vesterbro came with a purist singlespeed drive, the new generation is much more comfortable — it uses an 11-speed derailleur.
Speaking of comfort: there is also a new Vesterbro variant with a comfort frame called Vesterbro TPZ, equipped with a pretty trapezoidal frame (and thus certainly less polarising than the former Coboc Villette).
Safety is ensured by a permanently installed lighting system, with a bright Supernova headlight at the front and Coboc’s own rear lights at the back: at the Vesterbro with diamond frame it’s integrated into the seat tube, while at the Vesterbro TPZ it’s integrated into a newly developed seat post — so they don’t use the popular Lightskin model here, but have developed their own.
The equipment is completed by 44 mm wide tyres and matching mudguards as well as the pannier stays, which run parallel to the mudguard and are thus almost invisible. Nevertheless, they offer support for two regular panniers. For the icing on the cake in terms of style, the saddle and handlebar grips are stylish and weatherproof parts from the Brooks Cambium All Weather series. Despite the extensive equipment, the weight of the Vesterbro remains pleasantly low at 15.8 kg!
The Vesterbro with diamond frame is available in four frame sizes, while the TPZ version with trapezoidal frame will be available in three sizes: S, M and L. The price for both frame variants is 4,699 euros each.
Also new is the Merano TPZ at the same price. Based on the already familiar Merano, the trapezoidal frame with the new rear light in the seatpost is also used here. This makes this bike a somewhat more off-road alternative to the Vesterbro.