ONYX’S LZR – A VERY HIGH POWERED PEDELEC
Dirt bikes are small and agile bikes that can be used to put on a good show in bike parks and are also made to be strong to suffer plenty of use and abuse in daily riding too and they have been described as a cross between mountain bikes and BMXs – see the video below and you get the general idea.
And now, perhaps inevitably, comes an electric version. This isn’t just any old electric version but a super powerful pedelec from California’s electric ONYX, better known for high-powered electric mopeds. Most notably, the ONYX LZR is a pure pedelec e-bike with two different motor options, 28mph (class 3) assist and a derestricted version.
The ONYX LZR uses what is described as a Dark Matter mid-drive (not one EBR has come across before). It’s 500W rated whilst the ONYX LZR Pro uses a 900W rated Bafang M600 mid-drive offering 1,050 peak watts and a top speed of 30+ mph. Both bikes include a frame-integrated 504Wh battery and use hydraulic disk brakes. Gearing is single speed. There is 100mm air suspension at the front.
The ONYX LZR retails at $2,799 (pre-order price is currently $1,999). The LZR PRO retails at $3,399 (pre-order price $2,799).
HUMMINGBIRD USE RECYCLABLE, PLANT BASED MATERIAL FOR ULTRALIGHT E-FOLDER
‘Flax fibre is a plant-based material capable of being just as light and strong as carbon fibre. Already being used in the motorsport industry as an alternative to carbon fibre, flax is lighter than carbon and offers improved vibration damping.Flax is also a sustainable material, unlike carbon fibre, as the waste generated at the production stage is biodegradable. Flax is far less harmful to dispose of and recycle than carbon as it will break down.’
That’s how UK-based Hummingbird describes their latest e-bike frame material. The Hummingbird Flas E-bike itself has the same one piece mainframe design as previous versions, with the rear triangle swinging underneath it and bars and seat dropping down, to produce a long, thin folded package (around 45” long x 25”cm tall x 8” wide) with a claimed weight of 10.3kg / 22lbs.
It uses the latest version of the Zehus all-in-one rear hub motor system that claims 50% more torque and 20% more range than its predecessor, with customisable power settings controlled from the Bitride App via Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
UK price is £4995