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Test Ride eBike

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29er XC racing bike is the basis for the prototype e-bike

In April of 2014, I rode the first e-bike mountain bike from our partner.  This 29er Cross-Country (XC) alloy frame mountain bike was outfitted with a custom e-bike power kit that can be divided into four major components, including battery, torque sensor, motor and LCD console.  My first impressions of the bike was very sleek, flat black lines with oversized head tube, and sloping downward strokes of a beautifully balanced geometric frame.

As  a previous XC mountain bike racer who had competed in the Xterra World Championship, I had seen many bikes fall apart during the race over the volcanic mountain terrain of Maui, Hawaii.  The owner assured me that through years of testing and experience in building the stiffest bikes on the planet, that there would be no damage to behold of the frame.  Previously, at the Taipei International Cycle Show in March 2014, the owner showed me a carbon version of the frame used last year on trail with no damage seen except for some pelted rock surface scratches on the bottom tube from rocks debris.  This was to show actual use and the toughness of the carbon.  In addition, the owner also stood on top of the bottom bracket of bike by laying the bike horizontal and standing on the rear portion to demonstrate the stiffness of the carbon.

I then got onto the bike to test it’s handling, maneuverability, power, and braking, I was immediately impressed with the response of power from the acceleration.  Smooth and controllable and responsive even in tight snap turns, flicking the bike frame close to the ground.  I didn’t even notice the extra weight from the battery pack and hub transmission, nor did I notice any degradation in turning ability, breaking response time, and acceleration.

Finally, I would want this e-bike in my collection of road and mountain bikes.  Not was this only fun to ride but the exhilarating, fast, and a powerful experience.  It is an easy transition from XC racing mountain bikes to e-Bike mountain bikes.  This new chapter in e-Bike racing has yet remain to be seen in the early developments of e-Bike mountain bikes.

Prototype Flux eBike specs:

Frame: custom Flux Alloy 29er frame size L
Wheels: Custom built
Tires: Maxxis Ikon
Fork: Magura TS8 R 29″ 15mm axle
Stem: Truvativ Stylo T20
Handlebars: Truvativ Stylo T20
Seatpost: Truvativ Stylo T20
Saddle: Prologo Kappa
Grips: Syntace Moto
Shifters: Sram
Brakes: Magura MT-2 with regenerative braking switch 180mm/160mm
FD: Sram X7
RD: Sram X9
Crankset: Driveline X5
eBike components: Bionx custom 500W/90Nm with Lithium battery pack

Total weight: 19kg

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