Urtopia Carbon One Review –
The Urtopia Carbon One is an eye-catching carbon fiber electric bike offering smart features for a convenient riding experience. Following our comprehensive testing, this Urtopia bike review will give you the information you need to understand if their carbon fiber ebike fits your needs.
Specs of the Urtopia Carbon One
250-watt rear hub
4 levels plus walk
Torque-sensor pedal assist
360-Wh Samsung Li-Ion
Front and rear
Dual-piston hydraulic disc
Gates Carbon Drive
Kenda Kwest 700x35C
Medium (Rider Height Range 5’5″-5’11”), Large (Rider Height Range 5’9″-6’5″)
First Impressions of the Urtopia Carbon One
Design and Components
The creators of Urtopia bikes focus on design and technology, and the Carbon One’s unique geometry will earn you compliments, while its connectivity adds sophistication to your rides. With a carbon fiber frame, it’s about 30% lighter than other ebikes, allowing you to comfortably carry it if your commute features stairs.
This is a belt-driven, single-speed carbon fiber electric bike. Medium or large frame sizes and three color schemes help you find a Carbon One that fits your body and style.
Look and Feel
Urtopia’s Carbon One has a designer appearance at a mid-range ebike price. Its carbon fiber frame doesn’t have a connection between the seat tube and the bottom bracket. This design has a circular, never-ending effect, symbolizing Urtopia’s sustainability goals. You’ll feel fast and receive compliments riding such a unique, beautiful bike.
If you stick to well-maintained roads and bike paths, the Urtopia Carbon One provides fun, comfy riding because of its lightweight maneuverability. The handlebars don’t make you hunch too much and will feel comfortable for most riders. However, because the handlebars house electronics, adding a stem adjuster is impossible, eliminating the option to change the handlebar position.
LED Display/Smart Ebike
Utopia has packed a ton of technology into its carbon fiber electric bike. The Carbon One’s innovative features are housed in the Smartbar in the handlebars and include an anti-glare LCD display, Bluetooth speaker, voice control, turn signals, built-in lights, fingerprint unlocking, theft alarm, and GPS tracking.
On the left side of the Smartbar, you’ll find a directional pad that will feel familiar to anyone who’s played video game consoles. Up and down arrows control the motor assist level, while left and right arrows activate the turn signals, which project onto the road below you for superb visibility. Also, you can use your voice to turn on lights with prompts such as: “Turn left” or “Lights on.”
The fingerprint button sits on the right side of the Smartbar. Use it to start the motor, sound the horn, activate the voice control, or enable the alarm.
This ebike has an integrated app that lets you track your rides, set fitness goals, interact with other riders, and start the motor. It features a 4G and GPS-enabled esim to automatically sync with the app and install over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
The Urtopia Carbon One comes with off-brand hydraulic brakes, and our tests showed them to be high-quality equipment you can rely on to stop safely. The 250-watt, 35nm torque motor might seem small to those familiar with ebikes. But, thanks to its lightweight and intended use as an urban commuter, we found it sufficient.
The battery has a 360-watt hour capacity and only supports pedal assist; there’s no throttle. Urtropia rates the Carbon One with a 25 to 62-mile range.
The Urtopia Carbon One utilizes a Gates carbon belt drive coupled with a torque sensor, which provides a smoother and more enjoyable ride than the cadence sensors in many ebikes. The belt is rated for over 18,000 maintenance-free miles, and you’ll never have to worry about grease stains on your clothes.
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Our test rides were satisfying on paved roads. I’m a belt drive ebike enthusiast, and adding the torque sensor made for an incredibly smooth, enjoyable ride. There was zero jerkiness like you might find from some ebikes.
We’ve got to say that this is a city ebike, and won’t give you much help on hilly terrain. If you hope to rely on the motor to power up steep hills, this carbon fiber electric bike might not be the best choice.
Overall, the Urtropia Carbon One offers satisfying performance on flat, urban roads. Also, we noticed its unique design and turn signals attracted more attention and compliments than we’re used to.
What We Don’t Love About the Carbon One
Absence of a Throttle
One notable drawback of the Urtopia Carbon One is that it’s pedal-assist only. Unlike many ebikes, this model doesn’t let you zoom around without pedaling. While the torque sensor provides a smooth and enjoyable riding experience, the lack of a throttle may disappoint riders accustomed to its convenience and fun.
As a city bike, the Urtopia Carbon One doesn’t have gears, making hill climbing difficult. Unfortunately, the absence of gears might be a breaking point for some riders, especially in factoring this carbon fiber ebike’s price. Furthermore, adding gears could widen the Carbon One’s audience.
Surprisingly, the Urtopia Carbon One doesn’t come with a kickstand, which seems unusual considering its overall quality. Honestly, I felt scared to damage the bike because it could fall over.
Urtopia offers a kickstand as an accessory for an additional cost, but we couldn’t even find a place to mount a kickstand.
Glitchy Fingerprint Unlock
Although a notable feature, the fingerprint unlock system on the Urtopia Carbon One was glitchy during our test rides. We couldn’t unlock the bike sometimes, the same way that the feature doesn’t always work on your smartphone.
Fortunately, the bike’s app offers another method of turning the ebike on and off. But, it was annoying to have the fingerprint not always work when it’s such a prominent feature.
Low Top Speed
The Urtopia Carbon One is a class 1 ebike, meaning its top pedal-assisted speed is 20 miles per hour. While this speed is a fine urban commuting and leisurely riding speed, you might look at the carbon fiber ebike and think it goes faster, leading to possible disappointment.
What We Liked About the Carbon One
The Urtopia Carbon One’s Gates carbon belt drive is a top-of-the-line component that makes riding more fun than with a metal chain. Belt drives are quieter, lighter, require less maintenance, and are cleaner. Obviously, I’m a big fan of belt drives, and I would choose them over chains every time.
Innovative Front Light
While other ebikes have built-in lighting systems, the Carbon One’s headlight shows Urtropia’s attention to detail. It reminds me of designs from Apple and other innovative tech companies. You can see they put a lot of thought into the front light and had top talent working on it.
Unique and Innovative Design
The Carbon One pushes the boundaries of bicycle design and captivates riders and onlookers. You feel you’re getting a glimpse into the future with its projection turn signals, concealed battery, and flowing shape.
Its various electronic features are top selling points for this carbon fiber ebike. Urtropia’s Carbon One enhances your riding experience with numerous smart functionalities. It may seem strange now, but talking to your bike while pedaling to work could become a standard practice.
Torque Sensor and Pedal Assist
You enjoy a smooth ride on the Carbon One thanks to its torque-sensing pedal assist. This system is a step up from the cadence sensor on other ebikes. Expect a precise, responsive boost from the motor when riding one of Utopia’s bikes.
Our test rides and mechanical overview show the Urtopia Carbon One to offer a satisfying, high-quality riding experience for those who want cutting-edge design and technology. Better options exist if you seek fast speeds without pedaling or help climbing steep hills. But, the belt drive, torque sensor, and low weight make for a smooth and enjoyable way to get around the city, while the smart features add an exciting twist to your usual bike riding experience.
The Urtopia Carbon One’s unique carbon fiber frame and innovative tech additions will give you something to talk about with other enthusiasts. Overall, this is a high-end-looking, progressive city commuter ebike at a mid-range cost.