Stealth Electric Bomber, A Two Wheeled Identity Crisis
Quick, what has two wheels, handlebars, a motor and goes over 40 mph?
A motorcycle – wrong!
Sorry, that was not fair. I left out pedals and crank arms. So OK, now guess what it is?
A moped – wrong again!
Ok, enough with the semi-cleverish intro. I’m talking about electric mountain bikes. Big travel downhill mtb’s with an electric motor, batteries, cranks and motorcycle like top speeds. Why bother with pedals on a bicycle that does 50+ mph and weighs 100+ pounds?
Find out why after the break.
Fist off all that power can be hidden inside what looks exactly like a bicycle. If you are in an urban area a bicycle can be ridden on sidewalks, bike paths and on the street. In big cities it can also be locked to a bicycle rack when parking is at a premium. Second you may get more exercise. I think offroad motorcycles are underrated in their physical strength requirements but theoretically you can get a better workout on a motorcycle with pedal assist. Lastly, if you do run low on power you can pedal which lessens range anxiety. Granted, you are gonna be feeling the burn when you get home.
Stealth Electric Bikes Bomber
The Stealth Bomber and Stealth Fighter by Stealth Electric Bikes in Melbourne, Australia are “mountain bikes on steroids”. The 72 Volt Bomber uses a Crystalyte X5 hub motor in the rear wheel and a 9 speed Suntour v-boxx crank. The RST front suspension provides 9 inches of travel and the DNM rear almost 10 inches. Most of the components are upgradeable through Stealth. The all steal monocoque framed bike weights close to 130 lbs but it will do almost 50 mph without pedaling. Have a look at the video below to see the Stealth Bomber doing hot laps to get an idea of how fast it moves. Also be sure to read through Potatoho’s first hand report of life with the Stealth and how it compares to his Zero X.
Bottom line is the Stealth Bomber proves that an identity crisis can be a good thing. Now what is this blog about again? Aww whatever, let’s ride.
Stealth Fighter Retail Price: $7,900.00 USD (as of 5/3/2011)
Stealth Bomber Retail Price: $9,900.00 USD (as of 5/3/2011)
More Information On Stealth:
I am watching and reporting Stealth’s every move on my electric bicycle blog Doped Bike (queue psycho music).
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