Designed in sunny Los Angeles and built in war-torn Ukraine, the Delfast California has an evocative history. The idea was sparked when a Delfast designer was touring the company’s new headquarters in LA when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Unable to return to war-torn Ukraine, Max Tkachenko set out to design a electric bike that uses the Guinness World Record Electric Motorcycle Manufacturer’s expertise, but it’s a daily commuter. And in less than a year Delfast California was born.
“We are incredibly proud to unveil our Delfast California e-bike in these challenging times,” says Daniel Tonkopi, the company’s founder and CEO. “Our international team worked hard on this bike even in the midst of the ongoing war, which speaks directly to the dedication and unstoppable spirit that is the foundation of our company.”
The e-bike is designed and designed for daily commuting, so it is flexible, comfortable to ride and easy to get on and off, thanks to the U-frame design. An industry first, with the frame developed in the shape of the letter ” U”, riders can pass through, so the bike is comfortable for all genders and most ages.
According to Delfast, the California can accommodate riders of all shapes and sizes: from 5 feet to 6 feet 3 inches and over 264 pounds. Plus, the frame is sturdy yet lightweight — at 66 pounds, the bike is lighter and smaller than many competitors on the market. And the comfortable seat and ultra-soft DNM full suspension promise a pleasant ride on most terrains.
The California combines a powerful 750W mid-drive motor with a battery range of up to 100 miles on a single charge, with Samsung’s removable lithium-ion battery charging in four hours. The vehicle is categorized as a “Class 3” e-bike capable of climbing hills, accelerating faster than its competitors and reaching a top speed of 28 mph.
Another advantage of the U-frame design is that it can accommodate the powerful motor and battery in its base, which optimizes the center of gravity and balance for easy handling and control in every turn.
The bike features a fully connected app with a super-intelligent on-board computer that seamlessly syncs all e-bike components in real-time, working as a single organism and delivering data at the rider’s fingertips.
It features location detection, auto stop, Bluetooth lock and unlock, battery lock and a customizable alarm that sounds if the e-bike is moved without permission. Meanwhile, the bikes can be customized in the five available shades: black, white, yellow, blue and red.
Tonkopi says: “Our e-bikes produce no air emissions and have no negative impact on the environment. They also help reduce traffic and fuel dependency and serve as a real alternative to paying high gas prices.”
Last November, Delfast unveiled another e-bike, the Dnepr. A powerful 60hp motorcycle favored by the ex-KGB, the originals of the 1960s were built in Ukraine at the Kiev Motorcycle Factory. Delfast’s post-Soviet 2021 is reimagined as a futuristic electric roadster with pop colors and a modern electric powertrain.
The Delfast California is manufactured in the USA at the company’s base in Whittier. The bikes will retail for $3999, with shipping scheduled from June 2023. However, early birds can order the bike at a special price before launch. For more details, see here.