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Rungu's monstrous fat trike goes electric

Rungu's monstrous fat trike go...
The hard-to-miss electric version of the Rungu Juggernaut
The hard-to-miss electric version of the Rungu Juggernaut
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The hard-to-miss electric version of the Rungu Juggernaut
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The hard-to-miss electric version of the Rungu Juggernaut
Like the original Rungu Juggernaut, the 75-lb (34-kg) electric version features two 26 x 4.7-inch tires in the front along with another in the rear
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Like the original Rungu Juggernaut, the 75-lb (34-kg) electric version features two 26 x 4.7-inch tires in the front along with another in the rear
The electric Rungu Juggernaut is powered by a 2,000-watt 3-phase high torque rear hub motor
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The electric Rungu Juggernaut is powered by a 2,000-watt 3-phase high torque rear hub motor
Power is provided by a 48-volt 12.5-Ah lithium-polymer battery
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Power is provided by a 48-volt 12.5-Ah lithium-polymer battery
In throttle mode, the electric Rungu Juggernaut will reach an electronically-limited top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h)
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In throttle mode, the electric Rungu Juggernaut will reach an electronically-limited top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h)
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If you want a fatbike that'll get you noticed, the Rungu Juggernaut is a hard one to beat. Actually a fat trike that was originally designed to carry surfboards across loose sand, it's presumably not always the easiest thing to pedal – particularly on loose terrain. That's why its California-based designers have now come out with an electric version, which we spied at Interbike 2015.

Like the original, the 75-lb (34-kg) electric version features two 26 x 4.7-inch tires in the front along with another in the rear.

What's new with this model is a 2,000-watt 3-phase high torque rear hub motor. It's powered by a 48-volt 12.5-Ah lithium-polymer battery, and linked to a 3-phase controller. In throttle mode, it'll take the trike to an electronically-limited top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) for a distance of approximately 20 miles per charge.

Like the original Rungu Juggernaut, the 75-lb (34-kg) electric version features two 26 x 4.7-inch tires in the front along with another in the rear
Like the original Rungu Juggernaut, the 75-lb (34-kg) electric version features two 26 x 4.7-inch tires in the front along with another in the rear

Although riders can pedal while the throttle is in use, there's no pedal-assist mode.

Rungu is already making the electric Juggernaut in limited quantities, but plans on stepping up production next year. If you want one (or even if you don't), it'll cost you US$5,300.

Source: Rungu

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6 comments
ClauS
With most of the weight on rear axle they have two wheels on the front one. Where is an engineer when you need one?
Alan Belardinelli
Why not three motors and a carving front end? Then we are seriously talking!
tedski
overpriced p.o.s. if there ever was one. where IS the engineering?
Slowburn
You can't lean into the curves and the stance is too narrow to keep from falling over in the curves.
unklmurray
I do not understand why the front 2forks are so close together,I build trikes that are similar but the front wheels are 36inches apart, Having the forks like this pivoting above the wheel Vs' on the end of the axle like the "Tad pole" means you get to learn how to ride,all over-----you see when you are above the wheel,in the corners you don't go on the inside of the curve as you do on a bike or on a Tadpole with the turning beside the wheel,you go around the outside of the curve,the inside tire lifts up ,causing the trike to lean outward....If you turn to fast-or-to sharp centrifugal force will cause the trike to tip over....I flipped my first one 5-6 times B4 I learned how to ride it!!
unklmurray
I have to agree with myself.......I still like every thing but the outrageously High price!!