Friday, October 8, 2010

The PG-Bikes BlackTrail - world's fastest ebike!

The PG-Bikes BlackTrail - world's fastest ebike!

18:56 September 7, 2010
The PG-Bikes BlackTrail - world's fastest ebike!
The PG-Bikes BlackTrail - world's fastest ebike!
It’s no secret that as gas prices soar and battery technology evolves, electric bikes are fast becoming the next big two-wheeled thing. That trend is clearly evidenced by the strong showing ebikes are making at this year’s Eurobike trade show, currently taking place in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Over the next several days, we’ll be showing you a few examples that we’ve spotted at the show, but to start things off... well, let’s kick out the jams and go with the “Oh come on, you can’t be serious” ebike. It called the BlackTrail, and with a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), it’s officially the world’s fastest commercially-available electric bicycle – and probably the most awesome-looking, to boot.
The BlackTrail is the result of a collaboration between two German companies, namely PG-Bikes and carbon fiber products developer UBC, which also designs parts for Formula 1 race cars and Porsche Carrera GTs. The bike itself is striking – it has the classic styling of a 1930s motorcycle (complete with brown leather saddle and battery cover), but with the sharp angles and undisguised carbon fiber of a rocket bike.
The non-human-generated speed is supplied by a 1.2 kW CM48 V hybrid motor, powered by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery. It charges up to 80 percent in 30 minutes, and up to 100 percent in 150. At its top speed, the bike has a range of 40-60 kilometers (25-37 miles). At its cruising speed of 30-50 km/h (19-31 mph), that range extends to 160-200 kilometers (99-124 miles). No acceleration specs were provided.
Besides carbon fiber, its body is composed of high-alloyed aluminum (“used by NASA”), titanium and magnesium, for a total vehicle weight of 19.8 kg. (43.65 lbs.)
Is it cheap? Nope. If you wish to purchase one of the 667 BlackTrails that will ever be built, be prepared to part with approximately US$75,460. You could certainly get a full-on electric motorcycle for much less money, but... with a huge ticket item like this, bang for the buck is hardly the point.
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    User Comments (11)
    60 mph on a bike with NO suspension?
    No thanks!
    Keith Reeder
    - September 7, 2010 @ 09:09 pm CDT
    Why would I pay $75K for a bicycle? That Oregon based company has a motorcycle, with a suspension for less than $20K, does a sustained 100mph.
    - September 7, 2010 @ 10:09 pm CDT
    I've been riding my ebike every chance I get, it is unbelievably fun. My commute is significantly faster and actually rewarding in so many ways. I can't even begin to explain how incredible it is to blow through standstill traffic with the speed of a professional athlete while getting around 1000 mpg equivalent. Also, I get to park at the door and have a bunch of money suddenly not being spent on car stuff. Srsly, cars are for suckers, just like this absurdly overpriced bike.
    - September 7, 2010 @ 10:09 pm CDT
    Gad, that thing is FUGLY.
    At first glance I thought it was a photo of a motorcycle from the turn of the LAST century.
    - September 7, 2010 @ 11:09 pm CDT
    This is a bad joke. Going 62mph without suspension is not doable as the rider would get thrown off on normal streets. Next 1.2kw isn't enough to push a bike that fast without aero body. It would take 7-10kw to do that.
    In the US it's not a bike but a MC, pedals or not.
    Ebikes and MC's are a great idea but this one isn't. Plus unlikely to be the fastest Ebike under their difinition either.
    - September 8, 2010 @ 09:09 am CDT
    The speed record was 64 mph on a 3-wheel human powered streaminer from the early 1980s (Vector). That record held for many many years. Now it is up over 80 mph on a 2-wheel streamliner. I don't know if spending $75K and finding about faster bicycles will make customers very happy.
    Chris Jordan
    - September 8, 2010 @ 11:09 am CDT
    Makes me wonder if they actually did market research before coming up with the production limit of 667. For what they are offering at that ridiculous price point, I have the feeling that they will be waaaaay overstocked!
    Will, the tink
    - September 8, 2010 @ 03:09 pm CDT
    Its a bit early for an aprils fool joke right? no suspension, $75k. sure. I wouldnt pay $7k for that.
    - September 8, 2010 @ 06:09 pm CDT
    I have done 130Kmh on a bicycle - down a HUGE steep and long hill, towing a trailer full of heavy stuff......
    Quite good actually.
    For the people who shit can first and think nothing later......
    1. If you are going to do much more than 20 - 30Kmh.... and way up too 100 kmh, dump the velcro and wear more and more heavy duty stuff like joint pads, gloves and leathers.
    2. Avoid surfaces that induce excessive vertical accelerations.
    And - Or:
    3. Buy a motorbike.
    Mr Stiffy
    - September 9, 2010 @ 01:09 am CDT
    Very clean looking, but as far as being new or "the fastest"....No
    I made one of these about 4 years ago (60mph ebike)... Terrible idea. Recently i made an electric moped with a 65mph top speed and a 40 mile range. Great suspension, full lights and all, much better idea then this death machine.
    Marc Breitman
    - September 10, 2010 @ 05:09 pm CDT
    Yes 'jerryd', you are right about it needing a lot more KW to do 100km/h (62mph) but you CAN do it without suspension and without getting bucked all depends on the road condition... (for a real world motorized bicycle check this out:
    - September 20, 2010 @ 05:09 am CDT

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