Thursday, December 06, 2012

Hanebrink X-5

Wired reports: [edited]

The 120-pound bike has a dual-suspension monocoque chassis build out of aircraft-grade aluminum tubing. The suspension has 177mm of travel, while Avid hydraulic front and Brembo four-piston rear brakes bring it to a stop.

Mounted inside a water-tight box lies four lithium-ion liquid-cooled batteries that Hanebrink claims will get you 200 miles of travel on a single charge. The 14-speed transmission lets you hit a top speed of around 80 mph.

If/when the juice runs out, pop out the pedals from behind the fairings to go on human power. Regarding the X5′s street legality, Hanebrink says, “the benefit of a legal electric bicycle is, of course, that it does not require registration, drivers license, or special motorcycle permit, etc. and can be operated where motorcycles are not permitted.”

The X-5 will cost you $16,940, and if you order now you can expect delivery by the end of March 2013.

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