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The Only Thing Better Than A Fat Bike, Is A Fat Electric Trike


Fat bikes are all the rage these days, though we can’t quite comprehend why. Our limited understanding of trends doesn’t change anything to this reality however, so we’re not surprised to see manufacturer Standard Bearer Machines announcing a beefed up electric version of their Rengu line of fat bikes. The Rengu Juggernaut is a tadpole trike (with the single wheel at the back) that benefits from electric power assist, which is a more than welcome addition to a vehicle already notable for its inefficient locomotive properties.

What’s new with this model is a 2,000-watt 3-phase high torque rear hub motor. It’s powered by a 48-volt 12.5-Ah lithium-polymer battery, and linked to a 3-phase controller. In throttle mode, it’ll take the trike to an electronically-limited top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) for a distance of approximately 20 miles per charge.

These trikes are meant to be used on sandy beaches, where the lack of electric assist would mean a much harder pedal. But the convenience of electricity comes at a price: the renege Juggernaut is $5,300!


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Yes, The Electric Wakeboard Is Happening


The thing about electricity-powered vehicles is they have to reach a critical mass, a point at which their use doesn’t involve a dramatic sacrifice of convenience, for consumers to pay attention. Tesla cars, for instance, don’t compromise on range, performance, or safety, and are thus enjoying widespread adoption. Electric wakeboards, however, could have easily been ignored if they didn’t have the kinds of numbers the Radinn Wakejet Cruise has: 25 knot speeds, for 30 minutes, at full speed, with a 1 hour charge. That’s 28.8mph, or about 46.3kph, which is pretty darn fast for a floating board. It accomplishes this with a carbon fiber and kevlar construction, which keeps the weight down to 29kg (63.9lbs), and an electric brushless motor that’s “nearly silent”. You don’t need waves wherever the Radinn Wakejet Cruise goes, but… you do need a heck of a bank account. It’s a $19,375 purchase. Yeah, so, about that critical mass… it sort of goes like this: affordable – good range – fast, pick two.

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Bolt Electric Skateboard Is World’s Smallest


There are gaps in our transportation infrastructure, for trips that are too far away to walk comfortably, but too close to take the bus or car. For these instances, a device like the Bolt, the World’s Smallest Electric Skateboard, is awesome. Measuring only 23.5-inches long and 10-inches wide, and weighing in at a very reasonable 8.8lbs, the Bolt is extremely portable. But when it’s on the road, it’s able to carry a rider up to 6.5 miles on a charge, at up to 10mph, with a 1 hour recharge time. That’s just enough for a daily commute to school, or to get some groceries at that convenience store that’s just a couple of blocks too far for you to feel like actually walking to it. The battery can also be used to recharge your electronics, and can even be controlled remotely since it does connect to your smartphone. Control is achieved through a handheld remote, and a powerful 2,000 Watt motor should be able to handle riders of most sizes. To get your own you’ll have to pre-order it for $599. It was successfully funded on Indiegogo, but deliveries aren’t slated to start until October of this year.


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That Bike From The TRON Movie Will Soon Be Up For Auciton

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You’re looking at a fully functioning replica of the bike used in the 2010 movie TRON:Legacy. Even if the movie wasn’t exactly a stellar flick, it has spawned countless pop culture references in the half-decade since its release. This particular bike was built for “the Andrews Collection, one of America’s biggest and best car collections, most of which is currently being sold at auction.”

96 volt, direct-drive electric motor with lithium batteries and a computer-controlled throttle, rebound and compression damping with spring-preload front suspension and rigid rear suspension, and front and rear hydraulic brakes. This custom Tron tribute boasts a very low seat height of 28.5 inches, making it easy to ride even at low speeds. The motorcycle is finished in black with a white stripe and boasts an imposing stance to match its performance.

It was only ever ridden around the Andrews Collection’s facilities to ensure it’s still in working order, so it’s in an as-new state. The auction will be held on May 2nd at a Sotheby’s location, with a $25,000-$40,000 starting bid and no reserve. That means you could snatch it for even less… if it just so happens that no one else is interested in it, which seems unlikely.

Hit the jump for a bunch more pics.

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Want: Trefecta DRT Electric Bicycle


You’re looking an an electric bicycle that still allows you to power through things using your legs, or letting the electric motor take over when you’ve had enough. It’ll let you cruise at 55kph (34.2mph) for up to 100km (62miles) on a charge, but will go further if you don’t get lazy and pedal a bit; top speed is even higher at 70kph (43.5mph). Better yet, it’ll be juiced back up to 80% in one hour, making it possible to go long distances with a simple lunch break in the middle. Regenerative braking, integrated touchscreen controls, “fly-by-wire” handlebar controls, Tailtronic electronically controlled suspension, carbon fiber wheels, quick release interchangeable battery pack… and the list goes on. Matter of fact, this baller bike is just too cool for school, and we think that if you’ve got $25,000 burning a giant hole in your pocket, it’ll be well spent here. You can’t quite buy it now however, but you can request a pre-order and hope to be given a chance to plunk down the cash when the time comes… which is undetermined, apparently.

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QS2 Quadrofoil Will Have You Flying Above The Water, Pollution Free


Look at this watercraft and tell us it doesn’t scream: the future is here! It’s an electric quadrofoil craft that gets up to 21 knots (40 km/h or 25mph) and has a range of 100km (62 miles). Its all-electric operation means it’ll be relatively silent while floating above water, and not one drop of oil will ever enter the environment. It’s easily steered, is allegedly unsinkable (with a Titanic reference in their material, it’s hard to take it seriously), sits two, and features an anti-collision system that will reduce impact forces in case you run into something.

Of course the future isn’t cheap and the Limited Edition QS2 will set you back a cool 22,500 €, or roughly $28,144USD. But at that price you’ll have the coolest watercraft on the pond, bar none.

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Radinn Makes An Electric Powered Wakeboard


If you’ve got about $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you might be able to get your hands (well, your feet) on this electric powered wakeboard by Swedish company Radinn. Made from carbon fiber, it weighs all of 29 kg (64 lb), yet carries an electric motor powerful enough to propel you at speeds up to 25 knots (29 mph or 46 km/h), for up to an hour at a time. If you go full-out, that’s more likely to be closer to 30 minutes, but still, it’s a decent range considering the product. The throttle is modulated through a wireless and waterproof handheld remote that you’ll have to tie to your body, of course, if you don’t want to lose it. The first production run has been pre-ordered already and should start shipping this winter.

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Movpack Is The World’s First Backpack Electric Vehicle


Walking is for chumps. Ok, no, not really. Walking is great, but it’s nice to have options. If you need to commute, are traveling, or otherwise have the desire to carry some clothes and a laptop, while simultaneously not wanting to get too tired walking, Movpack is for you. It’s a backpack that carries an electric skateboard, which uses a hand-held remote for control. You get a 9 mile range at speeds up to 15mph, and once the battery is depleted, you can charge it back up in 2 hours. The wheels remain on the outside so that even if you’re out of power you can still roll it around on the ground if you don’t feel like keeping the weight on your shoulders. It’s not a whole lot of weight, incidentally, with the whole thing clocking in at 17lbs.

Convenience and mobility, however, don’t come cheap. The Super Early Bird pledge is $999, with expected retail to be at $2,000!


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E-Bike Retrofit Kit Monitors Your Heartrate, Adjusts Assist Accordingly


Many people use bicycles as an exercise tool, and not only as an outdoorsy activity. But sometimes, when you’ve ventured out a little further than you normally do, it’s nice to have a little assistance on the way back. The Falco Fusion Sports Electric Wheel is an electric motor hub that can be mounted on just about any bike, turning it into an electric assist vehicle. Its rugged design means that this also includes mountain bikes, by the way. The 50V 400Wh Li-Ion battery pack is good for up to 110 miles of assistance, which is great, but not the salient feature. That would be its compatibility with heart-rate monitors, which would allow it to precisely and automatically control the amount of assistance its sending your way, based on how tired you are. If your goal is to maintain your heart going in a specific range, but suddenly a hill shows up, this electric hub would let you climb it without pushing your heart above its target.

Granted this isn’t the first electric drive hub we’ve come across, but we believe it’s the first time we see it integrated with heart-rate monitoring. It’s doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, so we’re not sure if it’ll ever see light of day. A $495 pledge can get you on your way to owning one.

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