Electric vehicles are all the rage right now, but what if you could get an electric bike that can go 300 miles on a single charge? Would you buy that instead of an EV? It sounds ridiculous, but that’s exactly what Colorado-based electric bike brand Optibike just launched.
The Optibike R22 Everest Edition is a tough, durable, downhill-ready e-bike capable of 300 miles thanks to its absolutely huge battery pack. What’s the trick? Well, it will cost you around $19,000 to get one. And for those wondering, yes, that’s more range than some Tesla models.
The company claims that it has enough battery to climb Mount Everest on a single charge, but there is no trail to climb Mount Everest. Still, that’s the name of the bike, but at least you know it’ll be able to handle going down the mountain, thanks to the rest of the high-end spec.
Optibike is one of the first electric bike companies in the US, and each bike is designed and manufactured in Colorado. However, the latest R22 Everest improves things. As you can see from the photos, there’s a ridiculously large 3,260Wh battery flanking the left and right sides of the frame. It combines two packs to deliver all that mileage and power, and both lithium-ion cells can be removed from the carbon fiber frame.
For those wondering, the battery size is 3.26 kWh, which is more than 5 times the size of most electric bikes on the market today. It’s pretty impressive.
This bike offers a double-crown front suspension fork, 200mm (8 inches) of rear suspension travel, speeds in excess of 36 MPH and 190 Nm of torque thanks to Optibike’s patented 1700-watt PowerStorm mid-drive motor.
It’s worth mentioning that you’ll only get “up to 300 miles” per charge under certain conditions. The company explains that number can be achieved for a 165-pound rider pedaling and using throttle-style motor assistance at speeds no higher than 15 MPH. With electric bikes, the faster you go with the motors, the more battery life is drained.
For the price, you also get a large LCD screen, throttle control, hydraulic disc brakes, optional headlights and taillights, and the bike will be custom hand built for each buyer in Colorado. So if you can’t afford a Tesla, get the Optibike R22 Everest and the company’s sleek bike trailer accessory.