electrical mountain bike Frey Bike unveils 31 mph 1,500W full suspension commuter e-bike and twin battery EMTB
Frey Bike unveiled two high-power and high-speed electrical bicycles immediately, pushing the envelope for top finish e-bikes with surprisingly modest costs.
The revealing came about at Frey Bike’s headquarters in Jinhua, China.
And as typical, Electrek was in attendance to carry you the most recent.
The 2 e-bikes unveiled immediately embrace the EX and CC fashions, that are a high-end electrical mountain bike and electrical cross-country or commuter bike. The EX mannequin is designed for aggressive path driving and mountaineering, whereas the CC mannequin has a extra relaxed, upright geometry in addition to low standover top, each of which make it higher fitted to metropolis and hybrid driving.
Each e-bikes characteristic full suspension utilizing high of the road RockShox suspension parts. The EX mannequin presents as much as 180 mm (7 inches) of suspension journey within the entrance and 160 mm (6.3 inches) within the rear, whereas the CC mannequin presents as much as 150 mm (6 inches) of suspension journey within the entrance and rear.
The pair of latest e-bikes share the excessive energy Bafang M620 mid-drive motor, which is extra generally often called the Bafang Ultra motor. This motor is commonly rated at 1,000W steady, however places out nearer to 1,500W to 1,600W of peak energy. It additionally churns out 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of torque, which is just large. That’s round 2-3x the torque of most Bosch, Brose, or Shimano mid-drive motors. And in contrast to almost each different mid-drive motor, these Bafang Extremely motors include a hand throttle along with the usual pedal help.
Frey Bike formally quotes the highest velocity of the 2 bikes as 50 km/h (31 mph), with an choice for limiting the velocity and energy ranges to authorized ranges for numerous jurisdictions. As if that wasn’t quick sufficient, I used to be advised by a number of house owners of Frey electrical bicycles within the viewers that this motor put in on the corporate’s standard AM1000 electrical bike exceeds the claimed 50 km/h (31 mph) high velocity.
Each fashions embrace a high-capacity built-in battery, with a 48V and 672 Wh battery hidden within the body of the EX mannequin and a bigger 48V and 816 Wh within the CC mannequin. The EX mannequin additionally presents the choice of a second 672 Wh battery added to the body in a downtube-mounted pack.
Each fashions include hydraulic disc brakes. The CC mannequin contains Tektro Dorado brakes, whereas the EX mannequin options even higher-end Magura brakes.
Frey Bike has quite a few patents on the brand new fashions, principally centering across the suspension linkage. The EX mannequin joins quite a few high-end mountain bikes produced by Frey Bike, together with the corporate’s greatest vendor: The 1 kW AM1000 full-suspension electric mountain bike.
The CC mannequin, however, is the model’s first commuter-style e-bike. In accordance with Frey Bike, the corporate determined to construct a commuter bike after discovering that a big share of its buyer base was shopping for its high-powered 1,000W electrical mountain bikes to make use of virtually purely for avenue use.
Each fashions ought to be accessible to buy within the subsequent two to a few months. Frey Bike didn’t unveil the ultimate pricing but, however mentioned that the CC mannequin ought to be equal to the present AM1000 mannequin pricing. That bike at present begins at round $2,300 earlier than transport, with choices for even greater spec parts, similar to DNM inverted forks, rising the worth considerably.
I’ve to say that these two bikes are fairly unimaginable, and I can attest to that as somebody who test-rode each of them earlier immediately on the manufacturing facility flooring after the disclosing.
Whereas many (even perhaps most) electrical bicycles in China are pretty low-end, mass produced e-bikes, Frey Bike is kind of completely different. The corporate solely produces round 1,000 to 1,500 e-bikes per yr, however builds them at extremely prime quality requirements and with top-end parts that I’ve by no means seen earlier than on Chinese language e-bikes.
These full suspension e-bikes actually rival $6,000-$8,000 Haikbikes and different high-end European electrical mountain bikes. You’ll discover the identical bike parts on each bikes, and the frames are simply nearly as good. The one distinction is you’re shopping for direct to client from a Chinese language firm as a substitute of paying European costs. Certain, the price of labor is greater in Europe, however you possibly can’t deny that you simply’re partially paying for the model identify (to not point out the Bosch brand name as nicely).
I met the folks within the manufacturing facility whereas I used to be testing the bike and manufacturing course of, they usually love what they do. I like the product they construct — and it reveals.
I’m notably within the CC mannequin, although I journey totally on the road, so I’m a bit biased.
I’ve not often seen full suspension metropolis bikes, a lot much less with this degree of high-end RockShox suspension and customized linkage. Add within the ridiculously highly effective Bafang Extremely motor, the hand throttle and the surprisingly inexpensive worth and also you’ve received an actual winner in your arms.
So what’s the catch? Just about the truth that Frey doesn’t have a big seller community, which all however necessitates its direct-to-consumer method. The corporate has a Swiss distributor that additionally companies Germany and Austria, however the overwhelming majority of the corporate’s gross sales come from its Alibaba marketplace page. Whereas that may make some prospects uncomfortable, the corporate is delivering round 1,500 bikes per yr and has a big base of fiercely loyal prospects, so that they have to be doing one thing proper. And the truth that you may get a $6-$8k degree electrical mountain bike for lower than half of that worth is fairly superior, in the event you ask me.
I’ll be testing out each bikes extra extensively over the following few days, so I’ll be reporting again with full opinions of every.
Till then, I need to hear what you assume. Let me know your opinion on the bikes within the feedback part beneath.
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