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Ultima ebike packs in unique looks, a camera and speakers

Ultima ebike packs in unique l...
The Ultima ebike is presently on Indiegogo
The Ultima ebike is presently on Indiegogo
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The Ultima's headlight puts out 1,000 lumens – upgradable to 1,700 with the SE package
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The Ultima's headlight puts out 1,000 lumens – upgradable to 1,700 with the SE package
The Ultima's included tail light
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The Ultima's included tail light
The Ultima's top tube battery can be removed for charging
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The Ultima's top tube battery can be removed for charging
The Ultima comes with a frame-mounted folding chain-style lock
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The Ultima comes with a frame-mounted folding chain-style lock
The Ultima XS and XT reportedly weigh 16.3 kg (36 lb) and 20.6 kg (45 lb), respectively
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The Ultima XS and XT reportedly weigh 16.3 kg (36 lb) and 20.6 kg (45 lb), respectively
The Ultima ebike is presently on Indiegogo
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The Ultima ebike is presently on Indiegogo
Pictured here are the Ultima's camera, mirrors, thumb controller, display screen and smartphone holder
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Pictured here are the Ultima's camera, mirrors, thumb controller, display screen and smartphone holder
The Ultima XT's hub motor and Shimano Tourney 7-speed derailleur
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The Ultima XT's hub motor and Shimano Tourney 7-speed derailleur
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Given that we're now in the midst of an ebike gold rush, companies are trying even harder to make their particular product stand out. The just-announced Ultima ebike is a good example, as it features a 4K camera, Bluetooth speakers, and a snazzy-looking frame.

Manufactured by Vancouver-based startup EV Canada, the Ultima is being offered in two models – the XS and the XT – both of which are in turn available in either Base or more deluxe SE packages.

All four versions of the bike are built around a hydro-formed 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame. With its lack of visible welds and of a seat post, the resulting ebike sort of brings exotic bicycles such as the Rizoma and Superstrata to mind.

Both the XS and the XT feature a 36V/240W brushless rear hub motor, which is powered by a removable 36V/5.8-Ah LG lithium battery located in the top tube – the XT throws in a second non-removable 7.8-Ah battery, located where the seat post would be. One charge reportedly delivers a range of 30 to 40 km (19 to 25 mi) for the XS, and 60 to 80 km (37 to 50 mi) for the XT.

The Ultima's top tube battery can be removed for charging
The Ultima's top tube battery can be removed for charging

Utilizing a bar-mounted thumb controller and a stem-integrated LED screen, riders can choose between four levels of electrical assistance. There's no word on the top motor-assisted speed, but if the Ultima is like most street-legal North American ebikes, it should be no more than 32 km/h (20 mph).

Some of the XS' other standard features include built-in Bluetooth speakers; "smart" LED head- and tail-lights that are activated by ambient light levels; rearview wing mirrors; a frame-mounted foldable chain-style lock; a house brand headshock-type suspension fork; Tektro hydraulic disc brakes (although mechanical discs were in place at the time the photos were taken); 20-inch alloy wheels with 1.95-inch tires; and a Shimano Nexus 3-speed rear hub gearbox.

Differences on the XT include a longer-travel house brand suspension fork; 3-inch tires; and a Shimano Tourney 7-speed rear derailleur. For both models, upgrading to the SE package adds doo-dads such as a ride-recording 4K camera; a GPS tracking module; a helmet; a backpack; a portable electric tire pump; a tool kit; a 3-liter cargo box; and a 20,000-mAh power bank for charging smartphones.

Pictured here are the Ultima's camera, mirrors, thumb controller, display screen and smartphone holder
Pictured here are the Ultima's camera, mirrors, thumb controller, display screen and smartphone holder

According to the company, the XS weighs 16.3 kg (36 lb), while the XT tips the scales at 20.6 kg (45 lb). Both are being offered in nine color choices.

Should you be interested, the Ultima ebike is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. Pledge levels range from US$1,795 for the XS Base (planned retail $3,295) up to $2,845 for the XT SE (retail $5,595). Assuming it reaches production, shipping should take place next June.

You can see the Ultima in action, in the video below.

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Sources: Indiegogo, EV Canada

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