The German brand EGO-Kits recently released footage of its E-Powered Downhill Bike Kit (shown above on a Kona).  It certainly looks to be an interesting solution to pedaling your way to the top or shuttling.

The kit includes the following:
- 1200-watt aluminum motor that mounts below the downtube (compatible with 70% of DH bikes)
- Battery pack (which you carry in a backpack) and charger
- Bar mounted controller module
- Special crankset
- Short chain to connect to the motor assembly
- Twist throttle kit with battery indicator

Price and availability? To be determined.

Here it is in action:

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Would you use one?  Has anyone ever used an alternative method to get to the top, like the Shuttle Buddy system?  Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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  • mickeydesadist

    1/27/2011 10:46 PM

    HA HA HA the Battery. Will you sometimes need a boost. Is it made in INDIA and will it be available at Wal-Mart soon? Will McDonalds give it as a prize in a McRaffle? Seriously though-I can see using it as a commuter bike if it was converted to street but not MTB as the effort is part of the fun.

  • mickeydesadist

    1/27/2011 10:46 PM

    HA HA HA the Battery. Will you sometimes need a boost.

  • loconnor18

    1/16/2011 7:23 PM

    Buy a moto if you dont want to pedal

  • crankster

    1/16/2011 6:39 PM

    not bad. doesnt substitute a chairlift, but in an area without lift it's cool.

  • bjenson

    1/14/2011 11:18 PM

    MW is on point. I'd ride it.

  • MikeyB

    1/13/2011 3:57 PM

    Ummm, do you ever pedal!!! I reckon you would just strap it on for the car park burnouts pre and post ride!

  • Scrub

    1/13/2011 3:25 PM

    A good way to shoot rooster tails out of corner moto style. When in doubt, throttle out.

  • MW

    1/13/2011 3:10 PM

    Oh come on guys! Its just like a fat chick or a scooter, You know you want to ride it, you just don't want your friends to see you doing it!

  • peewho

    1/13/2011 12:59 PM

    they should have spent more money on target market research before going full R&D, production and now advertising. marketing '101.. get some..!


  • AlexCocco

    1/13/2011 11:34 AM

    i can only see this being practical in a few applications. they must have a small market that there abiding to. wouldnt buy it, but id take it haha.

  • Cobra Panda

    1/13/2011 11:29 AM

    this product seems as practical as an off road segway. i imagine these being rented out to people during the summer so they can cruise the mountain while their non idiot friends are actually out riding. i just can't condone this for anyone who actually likes to ride. with that being said though, i will probably wish i had one on my next uphill climb.

  • tarka

    1/13/2011 10:55 AM

    Holy crap. look at the battery!

    The website also says this thing will do more than 40mph!

  • tarka

    1/13/2011 10:35 AM

    huh, so this thing mounts against the BB flange and then just velcro's around the downtube?? Obviously the chainrings have some freewheel system, but it sounds like the motor is running on the downhill? What they need is a system that is powered on the way up, but then recharges the batteries on the descent (the way hybrid cars recharge when coasting)... interesting, but I'd never put this on my nice bike, maybe some little kids bike, pit-bike style

  • SpiritoftheWolf

    1/13/2011 10:14 AM

    Good idea if you want to do hot laps in a short amount of time.

  • alpaca04

    1/13/2011 9:55 AM

    what happened to fitness?

  • kaibrabo

    1/13/2011 9:48 AM

    its not the idea of the assistance, its the look of the system and the fact of having to tweak around your drivetrain to downgrade components

  • RandyRidesBikes

    1/13/2011 9:46 AM

    Okay this appeals to the inner fat kid in me, but I would hate to think of how much more out of shape I would be if I did not have to pedal my bikes. Seems like after the cost of a legitimate mountain bike and this system, you could purchase a pretty darn nice moto.

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