New Zealand born electric bike company UBCO have released a new trail bike and updated 2x2 Utility bikes. Here's some info from them. Stay tuned for full reviews later in the year...
New Zealand electric vehicle company UBCO is fast emerging as a world leader in the off road electric vehicle space. They’ve just released the latest part of their product and technology platform, the FRX1 Electric Trail Bike.
Due to market in July is the FRX1. Whether you’re taking on the local tracks, or working in serious hill country the FRX1 is one of the new wave of lightweight free ride trail bikes that don’t compromise on power but can deliver it in a very lightweight envelope.
Justin Pagirys notes “The FRX1 is targeted at the mainstream customer who would not traditionally have ridden a motocross bike, but will equally appeal to the experienced rider delivering a new riding format that will surprise
“It extends the core range providing additional power for hard to reach places where vertical climbing through is considered essential.
“The FRX1 fits so well into the UBCO platform, we are excited to be delivering this innovative trailbike into people’s hands in 2020, it is exciting seeing the bike being put to work in a New Zealand High Country Farm”
Previewed at AIM Expo in the US last year with two options including pedal assist, the team at UBCO have worked hard to refine the design into a no compromise motorbike specifically for off road use. The all new FRX1 is now ready for pre-order.
Ethan Ralston, CEO of UBCO US, says “The emerging market for a lightweight electric trail bike is a really new category we are very excited about. It blends the agility of a mountain bike and the power of a motocross bike. It will attract new riders with its lightweight accessible design and ease of use.”
Weighing in at 132lbs/60kg, the bike is built on a lightweight, 1in, tubular 7027 alloy frame. The liquid-cooled brushless motor delivers a top speed of 80km/h. Electric drive train also means it’s a proper cheater with a twist throttle and no clutch, it makes intense trail riding a breeze.
The FRX1 runs on a 50V Lithium-ion 2.2kWh battery pack and delivers an estimated range of 100km which can be recharged in 3-5 hours using a standard socket. The adjustable regenerative braking system provides brilliant descent control on hills and banks the power gains.
It fits neatly into the UBCO application and communication environment giving over the air updates and telematics alongside its stable mate the 2X2.
“The FRX1 is an important step toward our full off road electric vehicle platform, it provides another level of performance and choice in our range. We have customers who now have 2 generations of 2X2, and it is pretty exciting that they can now add a true performance trail bike to their fleet” UBCO CEO, Timothy Allan.
UBCO 2X2 MODELS
The UBCO 2×2 has had four generations in use, and the fifth generation sees a huge range of advancements delivered through the introduction of two new models. Both bikes share a common new generation drive train and power system, vehicle management system, telematics, control clusters, frame and structure. Significantly enhancing the application utility of both bikes.
Tom Hayward led the team and provided an insight into their development, “These new bikes are the culmination of 18-months of iterative development and we are stoked with the new 2×2. It delivers on so many areas where we have learnt from our customers and users and it is satisfying to see the dealer and distributor responses to the new products”
2x2ADV – The Adventure Bike. This continues UBCOs dual-purpose tradition with full road compliance in Australasia, United States and Europe. This bike packs a full portable power supply for those adventures on or off-road. The 2×2 Adventure bike is road registrable and dual purpose. It is targeted at a recreational customer.
2x2WK – The Work Bike. An unashamed return to UBCO’s roots. This off-road work horse is for the farmer, hunter, property owner and outdoors person. Rendered in all black, out of the box with lever guards and full off-road tyres. Blacked out, stripped back and ready for a hard day’s work. UBCO have taken their utility bike roots and created a bike that is unashamedly a workhorse for the farmer, off-road worker, hunter, trail rider or conservationist. This is the lightest and simplest 2×2 to date.
UBCO’s engineering team have developed an innovative integrated telematic control unit (TCU) that seamlessly works with the proprietary Vehicle Management System (VMS). Through a 9-Axis Accelerometer, Gyro, GPS, GSM the UBCO Vehicle platform can now integrate into any telemetry system globally for advanced fleet management and control. Rob Beck, UBCO CTO, has been instrumental in the architecture and development of the whole telematic solution at UBCO. “This brings a lot of threads that have been under development together to give a full IOT solution for the whole UBCO Product Platform”.
KXH Portable Power System
This is a new product range for UBCO. Providing external power on the go. Portable power has been at the core of the 2×2 modular design since the outset with the power accessible off the console. 2020 sees this become a completely stand-alone product capable of working inside and outside the vehicle.
This new product comes in a rugged exo-frame to match its applications in the real world with multiple directions to carry and use. With 12v and 5v ports out it can power a wide range of your devices with our largest total capacity of 60Ah. The Exo frame enables it to be carried easily and attached to the bike, the garage or your vehicle.
The KXH doubles as the power supply of the 2×2 which means you can travel into your work or adventures and then use the portable power supply with ease. Effectively providing on demand power like a generator. It can be easily removed from its protective frame and placed into the bike.
The new cell structure design focuses on safety and reliability with a battery management system designed with advanced data recording, communication and monitoring features. It has charger detect, which means the bike knows when it is plugged in so cannot operate when charging and comes standard with a battery lock provides peace of mind when bike is parked up.