The B-52 Bomber is Born Again as an e-Bike
There’s a new type of military-grade, hard hitter bearing the “B-52” moniker these days. But it’s not a hulking American bomber like its namesake. No, it’s a lithe electric bicycle built in Australia. But don’t be fooled by its size, there’s a colossal amount of technology afoot here. Built by Stealth Electric Bikes, the B-52 Bomber is a rugged, motocross inspired, off-road e-bike. It boasts pedals like your average bicycle, but then pairs them with the cranking power of a brushless DC electric motor. Juiced up by a lithium iron phosphate battery pack, the electric power combined with your pedal power can catapult the bike to cruising speeds of around 50 miles per hour. Bear in mind, this is a bicycle with meaty tires. Take a peek at what that looks like, below. RELATED: Ford is Changing the Game with New e-Bikes
That heady top speed is enabled thanks to the nine-speed sequential gearbox housed in the B-52 Bomber frame. Stealth Electric Bikes claims that the B-52 Bomber has an average range of 50 miles, though thanks to careful regenerative braking, perhaps you can eke out a little more range here or there. Two performance modes allow riders to lock and unlock the e-bike’s potential. The base mode provides 15.5 mph for everyday driving conditions, while a competition mode unlocks full power. Recharge time is said to take two hours.
The B-52 Bomber doesn’t exactly hide its motocross underpinnings. Up front, the e-bike’s fork allows for 7.8 inches of wheel travel, while in the rear, the swingarm suspension permits nearly 10 inches of travel. All the better for hitting trails with. Stopping power comes courtesy of four-piston Magura hydraulic disc brakes.
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The B-52 Bomber retails for just under $10,000 which is a pretty penny for a bike, no matter how you slice it. Then again, some may find it replaces a few modes of transportation they already have–a bicycle, motorcycle, or car.
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Photo Credit: Stealth Electric Bikes