M55 Beast. What the ___?

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11/29/2010 4:57 PM

Saw this on Engadget the other day. It's an electrically powered bike capable of 40mph. The thing weighs a whopping 73 pounds, which is where I'm guessing it got its name from (the M55 Beast).

A few blurbs from their website:

The hybrid drive means that the motor is not a substitute to your human power but an addition – it lives with your ride: if the sensor feels that you need some extra torque, the motor switches on to multiply your effort.
With the Beast you can have a true „living tissue on an exoskeleton” experience.

It is designed for cross-country use. Although it may look like a downhill bike, it is not. The weight of the motor and battery pack require the burlier components which mean longer life-expectancy at the same time. It climbs like wonder and thanks to the supreme Fox suspension, you’ll wait for the descents! The stopping power is delivered by the famed brake company, Brembo. You could find them on Formula1 cars but not on bikes – untill now. It’s an M55 exclusive!
As you can see we used only the finest components to built the no-compromise hybrid bike. (See the full specifications below)

It’s basically an off-road bike but also ideal for beachside cruising and urban shredding.


More info: http://www.m55-bike.com/en/m55-bike-models/the-beast







Do the UCI rules say anything about having an engine?

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11/29/2010 5:18 PM

...the fuck?

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11/29/2010 5:24 PM

By the power of Greyskull! is that Skeletors Mega bike?

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11/29/2010 5:37 PM

LOL at the He-man reference.

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11/29/2010 5:44 PM

M55. that should be called M80 or M16.
What i want to know is how does a 160mm fork give the 200mm travel they state in the features. Not that i really want to know...Just sayin....

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11/29/2010 6:40 PM

needs more Steampunk.

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11/29/2010 6:44 PM

I can't wait to wait for the descents!

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11/29/2010 7:10 PM

By the beard of Zeus!

what are people smoking these days?!

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two wheels, one love.

11/29/2010 8:33 PM

it's still cooler than hipsters on fixed gear bikes and rollerblades...

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11/29/2010 8:54 PM

Cobra Panda wrote:

it's still cooler than hipsters on fixed gear bikes and rollerblades...

gonna have to agree with you on that one LOL

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11/29/2010 9:04 PM

Just realized that it has built in head/tail lights. I wonder if the tail light is brake activated?

Apparently this thing was at Eurobike. Surprised it never really got noticed.





Found a DH version too:





Inside bits:

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11/29/2010 9:05 PM

The DH one has a kickstand. Love it.

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11/29/2010 10:52 PM

those weren't tail lights they were turbo jet outlets.

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11/29/2010 10:57 PM

i want to see someone fast destroy one of those things

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11/30/2010 6:11 AM

Reminds me of the RN01.

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11/30/2010 10:54 AM

Oh man that reminds me of the Mtn Cycle Shockwave I used to have with dual 24x3.0 tires back in like '99. I used to get all the smokin' Bakersfield chicks down at Pismo Beach with that bad hog. Those were the days....

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11/30/2010 12:51 PM

Looks expeeeeensiiive!

Ti spring, Rolhoff, Li-ion battery, carbon post etc etc.

Someone spent an aweful lot of time and money developing that thing!!!!

Where would you ride it? Backwards up DH trails? Up Shuttle roads?

Just a little bit overdone with the bars ya think?

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11/30/2010 12:52 PM

Interested in hearing more about the Brembo brakes.

Didn't notice any dropper post cable guides.

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12/2/2010 3:18 AM

supposedly the bike is going to retail for around 35,000 USD, not unexpected because it is ti and carbon.

i would be afraid of short it out when i clean it with the hose.... but then again, a bike that expensive i would probly not get sirty... haha jk jk..

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12/3/2010 11:13 PM

Found a video of how it was made, haha:

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