The German-designed Blacktrail carbon fibre electric bicycle last summer stole headlines with its 60mph top speed and eye-watering £50,000 price tag, but a new design of retro-fit electric motor will give a similar performance for a fraction of the price.
The EGO Boost aims to make downhill mountain bikes a practical option for cyclists without access to chair lifts. The kit costs £2,000 and boasts a 2400Watt motor and weighs only 3.1kg – the battery is carried by the rider in a rucksack. Mating the electric motor kit with an exotic frame and wheel set would result in a Blacktrail rivalling bike for a tenth of the price.
Who is the EGO kit aimed at?
Downhill bikes use over-engineered frames and forks to survive the abuse of being hurled down mountainsides, but the resulting additional weight makes riding back up the slopes near impossible.
The EGO Boost motor is ten times more powerful than many of the electric bicycles on sale in Britain today and the torque it delivers enables it climb some of the steepest slopes.
The manufacturers claim the kit, which mounts at the crank, is compatible with 70 per cent of bicycles and that the battery can be re-charged 1000 before it needs to be replaced.
The bike’s nearest rival is the Stealth Fighter, a ready-built electric mountain bike with a top speed of 35mph and a price tag of £3,000
On the flat, a bicycle fitted with an Ego boost kit can reach 50mph. This performance means it would need to be registered as a motorcycle to be legal on British roads. In order to be exempt from motor vehicle legislation, an electric bicycle must not exceed 250w and the electric motor must cut out at 15 mph
A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) said: “The performance delivered by the Ego Boost shows the potential of electric bicycles.”
EGO Boost kit | Retro-fit electric bicycle motor
| Basic specs
- 2400Watt motor
- 3.1kg (motor only)
- 50mph on the flat
- £2000 (manufacturer’s estimate)
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