Corratec Life S
The LifeS is the signature e-bike model of Corratec. Designed to be extremely easy to ride, low maintenance, and fits both small and tall riders. The LifeS features small wheels (think motor scooter) and has a clever design that enables the rider to have both feet flat on the ground while sitting on the seat which results in an e-bike that is very comfortable and stable to get on and off.
The Corratec Life S is one of those bikes that perfectly fits a very large customer desire that most of the bike industry failed to even see – an electric bike that was as easy to ride for new and returning bike riders – which is a huge part of our clientele here at EBT.
It’s got a low step through to make it easy to get on, a low centre of gravity to make the weight easy to manage, internal hub gears that are easy to shift, the Bosch Active Line Plus system with a torque sensor that is smooth and intuitive, and best of all – customised geometry to allow you to pedal comfortably and have both feet flat on the ground when you pull up, whether you are shorter or taller! It was especially refreshing to see this model with high quality components from the Bosch motor and 500Wh battery capacity to the Shimano brakes and gears.
When Ryan from Switched on Bikes in Wellington (the importer) brought it in for a test ride, we immediately ordered one.
The importer’s descriptionÂ
Remarkably easy, comfortable, super-styler, mega reliable and unashamedly unconventional, The Corratec LifeS is a fresh town eBike radically suitable for the new world of mainstream eBike mobility.
Â This bike’s unique and clever design, in addition to looking super cool and distinctive, makes it easier to ride well, especially for the less hardcore cyclist, that is to say, for the rest of us! The key feature is being able to put your feet flat on the ground easily, while still having the seat high enough to make pedaling the easiest and least tiring. On most bikes, most riders don’t want to put the seat this high because it means you need to step off the seat in order to reach the ground with your feet. But is that the way that it needs to be?! The LifeS boldly claims: this is unnecessary!
Super Solid Build
To make it even better, Corratec has built this bike solid: strong, very low maintenance, and reassuringly sturdy to ride. High volume 3 inch wide tires provide enormous traction and effectively act as suspension, cushioning bumps, and creating a more forgiving rider environment. Wide handlebars also help make the bike very stable, and did we mention the height is adjustable? 😉
An internally geared hub means less maintenance
Another great aspect is reliability. We think you should be able to get an ebike which just goes, like a good car. The LifeS is good news if you’re worried about maintenance on your ebike. Traditional gears and brakes require regular adjustment in order to keep them going well. The LifeS features an internally-geared hub, a less common gear system famous for requiring next to no maintenance, which also conveniently lets you change gears while stationary. Hydraulic disk brakes like these also self-adjust and require only very sporadic services or pad changes and are more powerful than most brakes (though unlike the gear hub, these are a feature you will find on most ebikes in this price range). You will still need to put some air in the tires from time to time, but high-volume tires like these tend to need inflation less regularly than ordinary tires, and thanks to their high quality, they won’t puncture easily.
The Corratec features high quality Bosch drive systemÂ
The electrics, as well, are extremely well built. The BOSCH drive system is arguably the highest quality ebike system available and has proven it’s exceptional reliability to us over the years. It has the same reassuring solid, quiet and powerful feeling that you’d expect from a German car and the same robust engineering you’d expect from any BOSCH product. This comes with the largest of the batteries available for that system, the 500 wh, which could deliver over 100 km range in perfect conditions, and in the most challenging of conditions such as we have here in New Zealand, will reliably deliver no less than 40 km.
We think the LifeS is a really forward thinking and useful contribution to ebike design, and we may see imitators following soon. If you want a super cool ebike with car-like ease and reliability, consider the LifeS.
SIZES: One size fits (almost) all
COLOURS: Black/Red, Black/Green, White/Green
FRAME: Corratec LifeS
BRAKES: Shimano Disc Brake MT200 front, Shimano Disc Brake MT200 rear
STEM: Ergotec Vorbau Cobra
HANDLEBAR: Ergotec B Â¼gel EWG
SADDLE: Corratec Trekking Saddle
SEAT POST: ZZYZX Twin Bolt
CHAINWHEEL: ZZYZX E-Power Crank
CASSETTE: Shimano Nexus 8
SHIFT LEVERS: Shimano NEXUS Revo Shifter
RIM: ZZYZX Trekking
TIRES: Innova 20 x 30
CHAINWHEEL RATIO: 1s; 42T
CASSETTE RATIO: 8s; 18
BRAKE DISC: 180 mm front, 160 mm rear
ENGINE: BOSCH Active Line Plus
BATTERY: BOSCH PowerPack 500 Performance
LIGHTS: AXA Compact Line 35 front, AXA Blueline-E rear