Electrical path bikes are the way forward for off-road enjoyable, and Ubco’s new FRX1 is the newest machine to hit the market. Serving to to construct out a fledgling section, the FRX1 is an electrical path bike that hopes to hit the candy spot of construct high quality, energy and worth.
The FRX1 is priced at $eight,999 within the US, with pre-orders obtainable now and transport anticipated to start out in July of this yr. Whereas that’s a considerable funding, the FRX1 will put itself in a aggressive place between its rivals, the Segway Filth eBike and Cake Kalk OR. They begin at $2,999 and $13,000, respectively.
Ethan Ralston, CEO of Ubco US, says the FRX1 is aimed on the coronary heart of the brand new electrical grime bike market. “The rising marketplace for a light-weight electrical path bike is a very new class we’re very enthusiastic about,” mentioned Ralston. “It blends the agility of a mountain bike and the facility of a motocross bike.”
Light-weight, certainly. At 132 kilos, the FRX1 is sort of half the load of conventional path bikes, and about 18 kilos lighter than the dearer Cake Kalk OR.
However don’t assume that as a result of the FRX1 is a light-weight, it doesn’t pack a punch. On board is a liquid-cooled brushless motor that places out 15kW of environmentally pleasant energy. This interprets to 20 horsepower and 280Nm (about 206ft-lb) of torque, numbers that exceed the Cake Kalk OR and Segway Filth eBike. You’ll be cruising as much as the FRX1’s prime velocity of 50 mph very quickly.
When you’ve drained the two.2kWh Lithium-ion battery, which has an estimated vary of 62 miles, charging will take six hours to maneuver from zero%-100%. That will have you ever wishing for the pedals seen on final yr’s FRX1 prototype. Both means, 62 miles is stable by way of vary for this light-weight.
Ubco’s app can preserve observe of the bike’s vary and velocity. Whereas we haven’t examined it alongside the FRX1, it impressed us throughout our evaluate of Ubco’s 2×2. The FRX1’s Bluetooth functionality will make monitoring a breeze for riders, and helps future-proof the bike for added enhancements as they’re rolled out with firmware updates.
Talking of agency, the FRX1 has a correct grime bike suspension with 250mm of journey on the entrance and rear. The inverted forks are absolutely adjustable, whereas the rear shock has each excessive and low velocity compression, rebound adjustment, and spring preload. The suspension, together with 4 pot hydraulic brakes with 220mm rotors, will likely be Ubco-branded.
On paper, the FRX1’s specs actually stack up, however we’ll wait until we’ve had an opportunity to experience earlier than any actual judgements are made. Go to Ubco’s web site for extra on the FRX1.