Over the past year, the demand for electric bikes (e-bikes) has soared. In fact, over 600,000 e-bikes were sold in the U.S in the past year alone, which equates to around one bike every 52 seconds. That’s impressive. So it’s no surprise that Diamondback, a well-known bicycle manufacturer, recently got into the game with its new Union 1 electric bicycle.
The Diamondback Union 1 brings electrification to an acoustic lineup
The Diamondback brand has been around for decades, however, you might be familiar with its line of mountain and road bikes as of late. They’re all well-made “acoustic” — the brand’s term for “non-electric” – bikes and provide cyclists with a sturdy means of transportation on and off the road. However, during the Spring of 2021, Diamondback released its collection of electric bikes.
This new lineup consists of four different bikes – Union 1 and 2, Response, and Current – and they’re all geared to turn your commute up to “11,” given their Class 3 rating. However, the all-new Union 1 e-bike is the brand’s entry-level model for those wanting to spice up their daily commute with a little electrification.
It’s powered by a Bosch Performance Line Speed motor
The Diamondback Union 1 is a Class 3 electric bike, which means that it offers the rider an electric pedal assist for up to 28 mph. That assist is powered by a Bosch Performance Line Speed motor and PowerTube 400 battery, which is tucked into the bike’s downtube. Cycle Volta recently reviewed the Union 1 and reported that it accelerates rapidly and smoothly thanks to its 85Nm of torque, although it does have a little bit of motor whine.
That can be forgiven, though, as the rest of the e-bike is very well-built. The Union 1 has an aluminum alloy frame and handlebar setup and it rides on 27.5-inch tires. Changing gears is a snap as well, as the Union 1 features a 10-speed Shimano Deore derailleur that shifts “cleanly,” as Cycle Volta put it. And when it comes to stopping, the Union 1 is outfitted with Shimano MT240 four-piston front and two-piston rear hydraulic disc brakes that bring the bike to a halt quickly and smoothly.
There aren’t any integrated front or rear lights on this bike, but you will get a rear rack and a kickstand. Also, in case you’re wondering, the Union 1 can go up to 35 miles on a full charge, according to Diamondback.
How much does the Union 1 cost?
When it comes to pricing, the Diamondback Union 1 is the most affordable among its three other stablemates. That is if you think $3,500 is affordable. However, in the world of electric bikes, that’s a fair price to pay for a quality piece that can take you around town with relative ease.
Also, in an age where eco-friendly commuting and the ability to zip through traffic takes a front seat to owning a more expensive car, the Diamondback Union 1 provides a smooth and easy way to get around town.