March 28, 2024

First Look at Gocycle’s Featherweight Cargo E-Bike

Plus, new updates from Ryvid, LiveWire, Vvolt, and more.

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What You Need to Know Today

Gocycle, the premium British e-bike brand known for its innovative industrial designs, has pledged to rethink “cumbersome and heavy cargo bikes” with its upcoming F1-inspired belt-drive CX series. Now the company has shared the first images of the bike, and, as promised, it’s both strikingly good-looking and impressively functional. The headline here is the bike’s weight. At 50 lb (22.6 kg) it’s at least 50% lighter than many cargo e-bikes, yet can still haul some serious payloads. Overall the CX can handle 420 lb (190 kg) of load capacity, plus up to 132 lb (60 kg) on the rear rack.

ICYMI: We demo’d the new Radster Trail this week on Ride Review.

Rad Power Bikes has long been the epitome of the affordable, entry-level segment of the market. With most of their models priced between $1,000-2,000, they have provided good value for money but most people didn't consider them “premium.” That appears to have changed with the launch of Rad's 2024 lineup, with re-vamped versions of the RadWagon and RadExpand, and a brand-new model called the Radster.

We took an in-depth look at the Radster Trail variant, which we found to be a nice blend of utility and adventure. It features a sturdy yet approachable frame, with a powerful motor driven by Rad's new SafeShield battery tech. It's meticulously designed with premium components across the board, highlighted by a Shimano Acera drivetrain with a torque sensor. Check out our full coverage below.

Maeving, the U.K.-based manufacturer of retro-inspired electric motorcycles, is officially setting up shop in the U.S., launching the RM1 and RM1S in California.

Tough break for Canada’s Biktrik: How professional thieves stole $1 million worth of unreleased e-bikes in seven minutes.

Ryvid, a rising star in the e-motorcycle scene, is bringing new configurations, accessories, and colorways to the Anthem. For our money, the highlight of the collection is the new rear rack, which many Ryvid riders have been requesting. (The Anthem has a fairly unique frame construction, making it more challenging to get a rear rack from a third-party provider.)

Harley-Davidson’s EV imprint LiveWire has announced the immediate availability of its first electric cruiser motorcycle for $15,999. Known as the Mulholland, it’s LiveWire’s second motorbike built on its more affordable S2 platform. It features a 10.5kWh battery pack providing 121 miles (195 km) of city and 73 miles (117 km) of highway riding range.

Vvolt, an Oregon-based company that makes stylish commuter e-bikes, has unveiled an updated version of its Alpha series. The lightweight (44 lb; 20 kg) Alpha II features a low-maintenance belt drive, hydraulic Shimano disc brakes, and a removable UL-certified battery for easy recharging and up to 40 miles (64 km) of range.

Is it too late in the season to pick up snowmobiling? Maybe not in Scandinavia. Vidde, a new Swedish startup, is now taking preorders for an electric snowmobile, the first ever to be designed by famed Italian firm Pininfarina.

When Boosted Boards, the leading electric skateboard manufacturer, folded in 2020, e-skate fans everywhere were despondent. But since Boosted’s dramatic downfall, a vibrant mix of powerful, versatile electric skateboards have burst onto the scene.

VMoto (formerly known as Super Soco) is launching its eye-catching Stash e-motorcycle in Europe.

Speaking of rebrands, Utah-based Fezzari is changing its name to Ari. Along with the new name, the company is unveiling a new eMTB. The Nebo Peak, as it is called, features Fazua Ride 60 drive system offering 60 Nm of torque and 450 watts max power output, emphasizing a natural pedal assist feel over raw power.

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