September 7, 2023

🧃 Juiced Scorpion X2’s Triumphant Return

Plus new rides from Denago, Cannondale, Gazelle, NIU, and more.

What You Need to Know Today

San Diego-based Juiced just revealed its updated Scorpion X2 moped-style ebike. The new version sports an 1,000W motor, offering 25% more power than the original, and claims 55 miles (88 km) of range when pedaling. Like its predecessor, the bike is capable of achieving Class 3 speeds (28 mph; 45 kmh).

How Apple AirTags helped a young traveler track down an expensive racing bike after the airline lost it. 

NIU, a Beijing-based manufacturer, has introduced two new standing electric scooters called the NIU KQi Air and KQi Air X. These scooters are notable for their lightweight carbon fiber frames, with the KQi Air X weighing just 25.8 lbs (11.7 kg). The scooters have a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) in the US (though speed limits in Europe are lower) and offer a range of 28-31 miles (45-50 km) per charge. 

Cannondale’s Cargowagen and Wonderwagen Neo are two newest additions on the electric cargo bike scene. The Cargowagen is a longtail that can haul up to 80kg, while the Wonderwagen has a giant front bay that can carry 100 kg, plus another 27kg on the rear rack. Both models are powered by capable Bosch motors, giving them a top speed of 28 mph (45 kph).

Colorado-based Driven Technologies’ new Orbit Drive offers a modern ebike transmission built into the motor housing that requires little to no maintenance. The company claims the new system offers 20% more battery range, requires no maintenance for 10,000 miles, and is lighter weight compared to current drive systems.

Motocross fans take note: This Swiss company is offering electric conversion kits for existing motorcycle frames, so you can charge up and hit the trails with no gas. 

Dutch bike maker Gazelle’s latest launch, the Eclipse, is a comfortable, long-range ebike with a quiet drive belt, a 750Wh battery, and the Bosch Kiox 300 display. It has a 75 mm travel suspension fork and 60 mm wide tires to handle rough terrain and comes in two models: the T11 HMB and C380 HMB.

Ever heard of Organic Maps? They’re offline cycling and hiking maps that are built on top of crowdsourced OpenStreetMap data.

Maeving just opened preorders the RM1S, a classic-looking electric motorcycle. The British company claims the new model, which is an enhanced version of the original RM1, can reaches a top speed of 65 mph (105 kph) and has a range of 80 miles on a single charge (129 km). The RM1S will be sold in the U.K., but Maeving has plans for sales in the U.S. to follow.

In India, EV maker River has begun production of its first vehicle, the Indie, an electric moped claiming a top speed of 56 mph (90 kph) and a range of 75 miles (120 km).

Legacy motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield is finally planning on releasing its first electric model… but not until 2025.

Japanese brand Yamaha is launching four vehicles in the UK, The Booster, CrossCore RC, Wabash RT, and the Moro 07, which will be available for purchase in both motor dealerships and online.

Texas-based ebike maker Denago just released a new line of mid-drive eMTBs called eXC. The upcoming off roaders are equipped with torque sensors, aluminum frames, Bafang mid-drive motors, suntour suspension forks, and hydraulic disc brakes.

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