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Delfast reveals powerful Top 2.0 e-bike

Delfast reveals powerful Top 2...
Delfast has updated its fastest model, with the Top 2.0 rocking a 5 kW rear hub motor
Delfast has updated its fastest model, with the Top 2.0 rocking a 5 kW rear hub motor
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Delfast has waterproofed the color display on the upcoming Top 2.0 e-bike
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Delfast has waterproofed the color display on the upcoming Top 2.0 e-bike
Stopping power for the upcoming Top 2.0 e-bike has been improved with the inclusion of double disc braking to the front
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Stopping power for the upcoming Top 2.0 e-bike has been improved with the inclusion of double disc braking to the front
Delfast has updated its fastest model, with the Top 2.0 rocking a 5 kW rear hub motor
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Delfast has updated its fastest model, with the Top 2.0 rocking a 5 kW rear hub motor
The Delfast Top 2.0 has a more aggressive stance than its predecessor
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The Delfast Top 2.0 has a more aggressive stance than its predecessor
The Delfast Top 2.0's 5,000 W hub motor is IP54 dust- and moisture-resistant
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The Delfast Top 2.0's 5,000 W hub motor is IP54 dust- and moisture-resistant

A couple of months after launching a fleet-ready reworking of its record-breaking Prime e-bike, Delfast has announced an update to its fastest model. The Top 2.0 has the same top speed as its predecessor, but has a much more powerful motor.

Years in the making, and the result of improvement suggestions from customers, the main focus of the Top 2.0 update is power. Sporting a more aggressive stance than the outgoing model, the new e-bike's max speed has been capped at the same 50 mph (80 km/h) as before. But Delfast has focused on improving how riders get to that top speed.

Key to those improvements is a 5,000 W rear hub motor for zippy acceleration (up from 3 kW on the original), with Delfast reckoning that the Top 2.0 would be able to keep up with most regular cars for the quarter mile. That said, you may find yourself restricted to off-road riding only for this beast, since it would likely exceed regulatory limits for e-bikes in most places.

But the company has given the motor IP54-level resistance to dust and moisture for all weather riding, and says that the motor will keep the e-bike rolling fast for longer without overheating.

The Delfast Top 2.0's 5,000 W hub motor is IP54 dust- and moisture-resistant
The Delfast Top 2.0's 5,000 W hub motor is IP54 dust- and moisture-resistant

Delfast has redesigned the controller too, which should offer users and smoother and safer ride over a wide range of speeds, though all of that extra grunt has meant a redesign in the stopping department. Double disc braking at the front are likened to the kind of system installed on cross-country motorcycles.

There's no mention of expected range at this stage, though the model before it did offer 174 mi (280 km) per charge of its 48 Ah battery. Elsewhere there's a waterproof color display to keep the rider informed, an integrated 3G GPS tracker for peace of mind security, and lighting front and rear.

Detailed specs, pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

Update June 11, 2019: Delfast has informed us that full specs will be revealed "in a couple of weeks" and that pricing is due to be confirmed next month. Folks can pre-order now though, and promo codes are being shared on the company's social media channels.

Source: Delfast

3 comments
Daishi
Zero Motorcycles was started in 2006 and began shipping in 2010 with the hope of building electric motorcycles to the masses. They have ~$60 million in annual revenue. Rad Power Bikes started in 2015 to make electric bicycles and they went from $7 million revenue in 2016 to $30 million in 2017. Now ebikes like this and Sur-Ron are starting to move up and blur the line for what is a motorcycle by hitting 45-50 MPH and offering street legal kits. Zero is faster and more capable but Sur-Ron starts at $3,300 with a 2 kWh battery vs. the cheapest Zero FX for $8,500 with a 3.6 kWh battery. At 60v the 48 Ah Delfast would be 2.8 kWh. ebike companies seem to be finding mainstream success and starting to move up market.
Mzungu_Mkubwa
I don't get the hesitation that surrounds the statement "you may find yourself restricted to off-road riding only for this beast, since it would likely exceed regulatory limits for e-bikes in most places." So it's not an "e-bike". So freakin' what? Register it as a motorcycle or scooter and get on the road, already!! Lighting kits and mirrors are absurdly easy to install and readily available! What's the problem here? ...that said, its my understanding that the Sur-Ron (which I like better than this one, personally) does not come with a full-length VIN number, so it makes registering it challenging. (I'm guessing this will be fixed ASAP, assuming this feedback has been sent to the manufacturer, but still a current hindrance to that model going road-legal in the States.)
chidrbmt
Informative comment,Daishi. Having two Sur-Rons,they seems to be quality built at the lowest price. Of course,these crazy tariffs (which the importer pays & passes on),will raise prices for all. The photos show only a single brake disc in the front. Besides wouldn't such be overkill with such light weight? Why didn't they release,weight,specs and prices?