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KTM Takes Next Step in e-Bikes

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KTM has had e-Bikes in production since 2000, but only one model. In Friedrichshafen the company shows that it is taking the next step with models that until now nobody else has dared to touch; electric-assist MTB and Trekking bikes. After doing some consumer research,

KTM Takes Next Step in e-Bikes

KTM has had e-Bikes in production since 2000, but only one model. In Friedrichshafen the company shows that it is taking the next step with models that until now nobody else has dared to touch; electric-assist MTB and Trekking bikes.

After doing some consumer research, KTM discovered a need for these kinds of bikes in the German market. With increased range and lower weight KTM hopes to attract new customers – not simply cyclists with age-related or other physical challenges, but also active people with an understanding of e-Bikes’ benefits.

The e-MTB uses the well-regarded BionX system from Canada, which consists of a motor, battery and command console. The system boasts high torque (32 Nm) and average power output of 250 kW with peaks up to 600 kW possible. This means the 20 kg mountain bike can be accelerated up to 25 km/h and maintain that speed with relative ease.

The command console allows the rider to choose from four different riding modes and displays how much battery power is available. Cleverly, the system is also connected to the hydraulic brakes and shuts off the engine during braking.

The top three models of the e-Trekking bikes use the same BionX system, but with battery pack mounted on the rear rack. New 26’’ and 28’’ e-bikes for regular use (both sizes offering two models) utilize a less-powerful, but lower-priced system from Panasonic.

The new KTM e-bikes are surprisingly powerful and while hardcore trail riders may never adopt it, many will get the idea behind them. For the pedal-powered purist, KTM is also launching a brand new aluminum hardtail, full suspension Comp R and also a new downhill/freeride platform in 2010.

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