Would You Ride This $13,000 Downhill Fat E-Bike?

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5/4/2018 11:44 AM

From time to time we receive some truly wild press releases here at Vital. HPC's new "downhill fat e-bike" falls into that category. Prices range from $13,000 to $18,400. With up to 3000 watts of power beneath you and a top speed of 45mph, it's fair to say this doesn't meet your standard e-bike classification... Have a read and let us know what you think.



Hi-Power Cycles Announces World’s First Off-road Exploration Electric Bike, the 2019 HPC Revolution AT

Los Angeles, CA (May 2018) — Hi-Power Cycles, the innovators and leaders in electric bicycles, is proud to announce the newest evolutionary step in their flagship Revolution model: the HPC Revolution AT.

The Revolution AT is the world’s first off-road exploration bike. In fact, the Revolution AT is the first in a whole new type of bike: The Downhill Fatbike. The Revolution AT’s standard 4.8” Maxxis Minion tires offer unparalleled flotation and traction in even the softest conditions, without sacrificing suspension travel or terrainability.

The internally geared 14-speed Rohloff Speedhub, with an impressive 526% gear ratio, gives the AT tremendous hill climbing torque and blistering speeds in one robust package. Top speed in the lowest gear varies from 9 mph to over 45 mph in the highest gear!

“This is a huge leap forward for us and the e-bike world,” said Chris Hunt, co-founder of Hi-Power Cycles. “We gave the Revolution AT every bit of our research and design expertise. We have created the ultimate off-road exploration bike. It can truly conquer all terrain.”

The Revolution AT features:
· 4.8” Maxxis Minion tires
· 14-speed Rohloff Speedhub with 526% gear ratio
· All-aluminum 6061-T6 body
· Fully CNC’d swingarm
· Custom DVO factory-tuned FAT suspension
· Brushless Mid Drive (PAS and Throttle)
· 12” of ground clearance
· Up to 3000W power
· Top speed of 9mph in low gear up to 45mph in highest gear
· 230mm frame travel
· Range up to 100 miles
· Retail price: $13,000



You can see the Revolution AT here. Visit the Hi-Power Cycles Facebook page or website for photos, product information and updates.

About Hi-Power Cycles, LLC
Hi-Power Cycles was founded in 2008 by brothers Chris and Derek Hunt. Hi-Power Cycles produces high quality and high performance electric bicycles built from the ground up in the HPC factory in Los Angeles, CA. Every product has been vetted by engineers and rigorously field tested and every bike is individually signed by the craftsman who built it. The HPC team is comprised of engineers, e-bike enthusiasts, top-tier craftsmen, and professional bike athletes, all of whom are committed to HPC's mission of providing groundbreaking technology to customers at competitive prices.

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5/4/2018 11:58 AM

When people object to E-bikes this is the worst case scenario they envision.

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5/4/2018 12:04 PM

I would totally ride it. Into an iron smelter.

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5/4/2018 12:07 PM

And so the thing that the E-bike fans said could never happen, has happened!

Its a motorcycle, get over it, get it off our trails.

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5/4/2018 12:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/4/2018 12:45 PM

FoolCyclist wrote:

And so the thing that the E-bike fans said could never happen, has happened!

Its a motorcycle, get over it, get it off our trails.

I mean for the price point, you should just buy a moto (or 3)

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5/4/2018 1:04 PM

Do these companies not realize that Alta motors exists? 50hp $12k

https://www.altamotors.co/redshiftmxr/#redshift-mx-1

When it looks like a dirt bike- you might as well have a dirt bike.

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5/4/2018 1:06 PM

Its lame.

...but the sub 100 pound electric DH mountain bike with 2.6-3.0" tires will replace the enduro moto in the next 10 years. Yeah, I said it.

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5/4/2018 1:47 PM

My wife just threw up in her mouth a bit when she saw the picture...

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5/4/2018 1:51 PM

I dont see DVO letting them buy forks for these bikes very long. Unless it's a special E bike spec. Bicycle forks are not designed to withstand the forces a 75 pound powered vehicle would be putting through them. Huge lawsuit potential.

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5/4/2018 2:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/4/2018 2:10 PM

csermonet wrote:

I dont see DVO letting them buy forks for these bikes very long. Unless it's a special E bike spec. Bicycle forks are not designed to withstand the forces a 75 pound powered vehicle would be putting through them. Huge lawsuit potential.

Ehhhhh, I doubt that. Let the real engineers chime in, but I'd wager the forces a pro level DH rider puts on a DH bike is no different than joe-blow riding a 75 pound e-bike.

EDIT: I'd say the real liability is Team Robot seeing you on that thing and pummeling you...

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5/4/2018 2:43 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/4/2018 5:20 PM

No.. You could buy a used Mtb bike, motorcycle and dirtbike for that price..

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5/4/2018 3:13 PM

The photo of the guy riding it says it all. 3000watts and I will only wear a open face helmet. This is the mentality of the people who would buy this. Hope the Darwin effect takes care of it

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5/4/2018 3:45 PM

It's an electric motorcycle with a pedal actuated throttle. How is this even relevant to our sport?

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5/4/2018 3:50 PM

Would i ride one? Abso-*******-lutely, I'd give that monstrosity a blast any day! Would i buy one? Not a ******* chance...
I'm sure its a blast and all, but i'm completely content with my old 13 gambler and no desire to go any faster, the argument for going back up is moot, as its probably cheaper even in the long run to do uplifts...

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5/4/2018 5:11 PM

cofattire wrote:

It's an electric motorcycle with a pedal actuated throttle. How is this even relevant to our sport?

Guessing due to the theat of our mtb trails..

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5/4/2018 6:19 PM

Probably the first time I am bummed about seeing a guy in our helmet.

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5/4/2018 6:54 PM

taldfind wrote:

My wife just threw up in her mouth a bit when she saw the picture...

I just threw up in my lap.

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5/4/2018 7:46 PM

I just gota plug trials motorcycles here. 150 pounds, 300cc, all the travel and torque you'd ever want. Who the hell would buy an e-motorcycle for 13-18k when you can have something better for 7-8k.

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5/5/2018 12:45 AM

How does the motor not case on full squish?

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5/5/2018 1:50 AM

Any time someone buys a fat e-bike like this - they should give them a complimentary free hat that says: Complete A**hole

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5/5/2018 3:34 AM

Craw wrote:

When people object to E-bikes this is the worst case scenario they envision.

Why does this thing even needs pedals?

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5/5/2018 3:48 AM

What’s the seat tube angle?

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5/5/2018 7:53 AM

12 inch bb height ? Bust out the 150mm cranks

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5/5/2018 8:32 AM

france wrote:

Why does this thing even needs pedals?

It’s for when someone catches you on normal trails and accuses you of riding a moto

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5/5/2018 8:34 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/5/2018 8:35 AM

You know what, I'll be that guy. I would for sure ride one of these. But not as a replacement for anything bicycle related. With a bit more refinement a sub 90lb electric trials moto would be really cool. The ALTA is still a full size MX bike at 270lbs. Thats a lot more bike to wrangle than something like this.

Just like electric chainsaws if you can do away with the hassle and mess of lugging around gas, oil, and do away with the giant maintenance requirements why not?

Caveats:
1) It should be pretty damn clear to anyone that THIS kind of e-bike does not belong on anything but moto trails.
2) This idiot should get some proper gear. It is not a 100mm XC bike.

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5/5/2018 10:03 AM

That thing is very cool but if I see it on my Mt Bike trails its getting thrown off the cliff!

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5/5/2018 10:32 AM

lev wrote:

What’s the seat tube angle?

Enough e–angled. Thats all you need to know.

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5/5/2018 11:23 AM

HELL NO!!!!!

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5/5/2018 11:34 AM

I'd give it a rip. Probably a blast, in much the same way 4-wheelers and dirt bikes are crazy fun.

I wouldn't want to see one at my trails though.

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5/5/2018 12:01 PM

Simply to see how it compared to a moto, I'd give it a try, but its not an e-mtb by any stretch of the imagination. Its an engineering experiment and should go no further. You should not build something because you could, but because you should and this should not.

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