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Delfast's latest ebike is ready to race – or commute

Delfast's latest ebike is read...
Production of the Cross Dirt should begin in October
Production of the Cross Dirt should begin in October
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Production of the Cross Dirt should begin in October
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Production of the Cross Dirt should begin in October
The Cross Dirt has a 3,000-watt rear hub motor
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The Cross Dirt has a 3,000-watt rear hub motor
A close look at the Cross Dirt's coil-sprung rear shock
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A close look at the Cross Dirt's coil-sprung rear shock
The Cross Dirt features new off-road tires
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The Cross Dirt features new off-road tires
The Cross Dirt tips the scales at either 121 lb (55 kg) or 158 lb (62 kg) with the small or large battery, respectively
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The Cross Dirt tips the scales at either 121 lb (55 kg) or 158 lb (62 kg) with the small or large battery, respectively
Pricing for the Cross Dirt starts at €3,699
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Pricing for the Cross Dirt starts at €3,699
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In the past, Ukrainian manufacturer Delfast has brought us a wide variety of electric-assist bicycles. It's now focusing on the Electro Motocross race circuit, with the Cross Dirt ebike.

Designed primarily for use on surfaces such as mud, sand, gravel and snow, the Cross Dirt features a motocross-style seat, new knobby 19-inch off-road tires, and a 3,000-watt rear hub motor that allows for a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). A company representative tells us that for more civilized (and legal) riding on city streets, it can be set to lower speed modes.

Buyers will choose between 1,920-mAh and 2,760-mAh lithium batteries, depending on how long they plan on racing between charges. A 4-hour charge provides a claimed range of 74 miles (120 km) with the smaller battery, or 174 miles (280 km) with the larger one.

The battery choice also affects the weight of the ebike – it reportedly tips the scales at either 121 lb (55 kg) or 158 lb (62 kg) with the small or large battery, respectively. In either case, it can support riders weighing up to 298 lb (135 kg).

Pricing for the Cross Dirt starts at €3,699
Pricing for the Cross Dirt starts at €3,699

Some of the Cross Dirt's other features include a high-tensile steel frame, front and rear shocks, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, GPS tracking (in case it gets stolen), and an LED headlight. Optional extras include an "advanced" high/low-beam headlight, mirror-integrated LED turn indicators, a belt-drive drivetrain, and city wheels.

Delfast is now taking preorders. A full payment of €3,699 (about US$4,349) will get you a Cross Dirt with the smaller battery, if you place an order this month – after that, the the retail price will rise to €4,699 ($5,525). The big battery is an extra €339 ($399).

Plans call for production to begin in October.

Source: Delfast

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4 comments
nick101
I hope they offer fenders for all the dirt, mud, and rocks those big knobby tires kick up!
DavidB
They do, @Nick101. See the Delgado web site, linked above.
Joseph Breton
Great survival vehicle, can also keep in cabin out of town. Would be good if there were adaptable racks that can be installed to carry equipment/supplies, etc. not limiting it to a “dirt bike” only. Can see where two can ride, however no footrest for the second rider (!?).
Mzungu_Mkubwa
Those hub motors are heavy. I've got a 3kW on my bike and its a beast. If they hope to compete with the likes of KTM or Honda (when they go electric moto-x) they'll need to move to mid-drive. Centralize mass and lose that un-sprung hub weight for the rear suspension (which appears pretty anemic in these pics.)