While browsing the webs I came across the Hawk e-Freerider. I don’t recall ever seeing it before but it was on display at Interbike 2010.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
The Ion e-bike is the real head-turner though, with a Bosch electric motor to power you to the top of the hill and make uplift queues a thing of the past. The Ion20 E-Boxx has 180/203mm of front/rear travel courtesy of a RockShox Vivid 5.1 shock and a claimed frame weight of 14.3kg (31.5lb).
The shorter-travel (160/170mm) Ion16 E-Boxx comes with a Cane Creek Double Barrel shock and weighs slightly less, at 13.9kg (30.6lb). The motor can also be built into Nicolai’s Helius and Argon frames. UK pricing for the E-Boxx models is still to be confirmed.
via: Bike Radar
American Outdoors posted a video interview with Sealth Electric Bikes founder John Karabalis and Stealth USA’s director, Darin Brin. This is the only in-person interview with either of these guys I have come across which made it interesting to watch. Also, some very interesting points were made…
1) Stealth Electric Bikes are neither mountain bikes or motorcycles in John and Darin’s eyes. Stealth two wheelers are “creating it’s own class of bike”.
2) When riding downhill, the added weight of the hub motor in the rear wheel gives increased traction and stability when compared to a downhill bicycle.
3) Stealth Electric Bikes are hand made and assembled in Australia under John Karabalis’s supervision. There are no plans to change this or switch to mass production methods.