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Schobba channels some old-school chopper into its electric cycles

Schobba channels some old-scho...
Schobba Electric Cycles has two models on display at CMT 2019, including the 2.0 pictured here
Schobba Electric Cycles has two models on display at CMT 2019, including the 2.0 pictured here
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The Schobba 2.0 has a 60 km all electric range and a top speed of 40 km/h
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The Schobba 2.0 has a 60 km all electric range and a top speed of 40 km/h
Schobba Electric Cycles has two models on display at CMT 2019, including the 2.0 pictured here
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Schobba Electric Cycles has two models on display at CMT 2019, including the 2.0 pictured here
The Schobba Streethawk comes with a 1,500 W motor as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 3,000 W flavor
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The Schobba Streethawk comes with a 1,500 W motor as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 3,000 W flavor
Oozing retro cool, the Schobba all electric scooter
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Oozing retro cool, the Schobba all electric scooter
Designed for fun, a Schobba electric scooter in the wild
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Designed for fun, a Schobba electric scooter in the wild
The Schobba electric scooters sure are cool rides
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The Schobba electric scooters sure are cool rides
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Fat-tired electric cruisers with some retro chopper chic have popped up a few times over the years, the Scrooser from 2013 was followed by the Phatty in 2017 and then came the stripped back, stand up Strator last October. At about the same time as the latter was rolling out in California, German startup Schobba launched its own take on the design. We spotted two of its electric scooters while wandering the halls of CMT this week, let's take a closer look.

Both of the Schobba's retro-cool, Harley-inspired fat tire rides on display at the Caravan, Motor & Touristik show in Stuttgart, Germany, only offer 60 km (37 mi) of all electric range, so they're clearly not designed for long road trips across Europe. And with a top speed of just 40 km/h (25 mph), riders aren't going to break any land speed records. But what they lack in oomph, they more than make up for in style.

The Schobba 2.0 tips the scales at 57 kg (125 lb) including the 60 V/20 Ah LiFePo4 battery. It features a 1,200 W motor, telescopic front fork suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and a 165-12-30 chunky tire to the front and a 215-12-30 at the rear.

The Schobba 2.0 has a 60 km all electric range and a top speed of 40 km/h
The Schobba 2.0 has a 60 km all electric range and a top speed of 40 km/h

The aluminum frame offers a seat height of 70 cm (27.5 in) and ends in a wide 110 cm (43.3 in) handlebar with digital speedo, a classic motorcycle headlight and smartphone holder with USB charging port.

The Schobba 2.0 will set you back €2,199 (about US$2,500).

The Schobba Streethawk shares much of its specs with the 2.0 but is a tad more beastly. It comes with a 1,500 W motor, or the option to upgrade to a 3,000 W, but there's no increase in top speed or range.

The Schobba Streethawk comes with a 1,500 W motor as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 3,000 W flavor
The Schobba Streethawk comes with a 1,500 W motor as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 3,000 W flavor

This flavor wears chunkier 205-13-30 (front) and 215-13-30 (back) tires, has a seat height of 75 cm (29.5 in) and is a bit heavier at 70 kg (154 lb). It also benefits from dual rear shocks. Pricing for the Streethawk starts at €3,199 (US$3,650).

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3 comments
DavidB
I'm curious why one would pay $1,150 more for a heavier bike with a bigger motor that delivered "no increase in top speed or range."
:/
AngryPenguin
@ DavidB with the rear shocks it would be a more comfortable ride.
Still wouldn't pay 1150 for it, though.
rude.dawg
Someday, in the not-too-distant future, mankind will surely find a practical reason to spend $2,500 on this very cool-looking fashion accessory.