Ampler built its first prototype in 2014, and sold its first bikes in 2016. The company now employs 18 people, a number it plans to double in the next eight months. The company has sold about 1,700 bikes in total, with more than half of those being sold since February when Ampler unveiled its latest models: the quick and lightweight Curt, the sturdy Stout, and humble Stellar. It’s the sporty Curt that I’ve been riding, an electric pedal-assist bicycle that looks too svelte to be electric.
The Ampler Curt starts at €2,490 (about $2,918 if Ampler ever starts selling it in the US). Yes, that’s expensive, but pedal-assist bikes can serve as replacements for cars or public transportation for many urban dwellers by greatly extending the radius of what’s normally consider bikeable. By comparison then, it’s a far less expensive means of travel that also promotes a healthier person and planet. My review Curt included a number of optional components like a silent belt drive that doesn’t need oil, mudguards, integrated lights, a rear carrier, a more comfortable saddle and grips, and a bike lock mounted onto the frame just above the pedals. Those additions mired the stealthy clean look of the base model a tad, but they also made it a much more practical city bike, while bringing the price closer to €3,200 (about $3,750). And it still didn’t include a kickstand or bell.