Dual-battery, AWD trail monster rides the line between ebike and moped
Ebike startup Bandit recently opened its first direct-to-consumer bricks-and-mortar store in Santa Monica, California, and is celebrating with the launch of a long-range, dual-motor, full-suspension beast called the X-Trail Pro.
Described as a street-legal ebike – though its top pedal-assist and throttle speeds exceed the limits for Class 1/2 and 3, so some paperwork will likely be needed before hitting the road – the Bandit X-Trail Pro would be more accurately dubbed an electric moped and is obviously geared towards off-road thrill seeking – the clue is in the name.
The overpowering fun starts with a 750-W front-hub motor combined with a 1,000-W rear hub for a top speed of 42 mph (67.5 km/h). It rocks a cadence sensor with seven levels of pedal-assist, which isn't as responsive as the torque sensor but if you need a push from the motor, a twist throttle has been included for e-moto-like acceleration to 38 mph. And there's a 7-speed Shimano Altus gearset for more flexible ride options.
There's a 960-Wh battery to the front and a second 720-Wh battery under the seat, both removable for charging indoors. Bandit reckons that the X-Trail Pro has rolled for more than 120 miles (190+ km) per charge in testing.
The ebike/moped is built around a 6061 aluminum alloy frame with a low step-over height to support rider heights from 4.9 to 6.5 ft (1.5 - 2 m). It soaks up uneven terrain courtesy of 20-inch wheels with 4-inch puncture-resistant CST fat tires, dual-coil squish to the rear and a suspension fork up front, and stops with the help of Nutt four-piston hydraulic disc brakes with 180-mm rotors.
There's a waterproof moto-styled LED headlight and rear lighting with integrated turn signaling, a moped-style nylon padded seat, and a sporty BMX-like handlebar with a color LCD display in the middle that allows for switching between front-wheel drive, rear only or both. Riders can unlock the X-Trail Pro using a digital passcode or NFC card, and a companion app is incoming for custom tweaking plus subscription-based GPS tracking and anti-theft chops.
Bandit has launched a pre-order funding campaign on Indiegogo, where perks start at US$1,999. The usual crowdfunding cautions apply but if all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in September. The video below has more.
Update June 27: The company has confirmed that a speed limiter is in place for Class 3 street riding, and riders can disable this for off-roading.