From the same folks that brought you the awesome series of Kranked freeride movies, comes the latest e-DH bike incarnation, the E-Rides Santa Cruz V10c E’Go. After years of filming some of the greatest riders in the sport, Kranked Cinema set off to reinvent themselves and create their own brand. So far it’s been limited to mostly helmets and soft goods, but with the addition of E-Rides Kranked is stepping into the world of electric assist bicycles with the help of E’Go’s electric bike kits. In order to power the bicycle, E’Go kits essentially bolt onto the down tube of many bikes and offer 1200-2400 watts of controllable power from a brushless electric motor through planetary gearing for maximum torque. Since our last post on the E’gos, they seem to have cleaned up the design quite a bit and no longer require the huge control box at the handlebar.
Kranked has been selling the E’Go kits for awhile, and are now offering complete “Kustom” builds based on the Santa Cruz V10 carbon and Nomad Carbon.
Wonder how much a decked out, electric, carbon DH wonderbike will set you back? Details after the break.
First, the specifics – you might have noticed the drive on the frame looks quite small without any batteries to be seen? That’s because the 10.14lb battery is carried by the rider in an Ergon backpack in order to keep as much weight off of the bike as possible. The weight of the motor is around 7 lbs, which in addition to the rest of the parts needed for the bike works out to about 12.12 lbs added to the bike not counting the 10 pounds on your back. What’s the trade off for a 22lb addition to your total ride weight? About 25 miles of travel at up to 43mph with a design that won’t affect the bike’s suspension or require hubs that aren’t up to the task of extreme riding.
As mentioned, the large box mounted at the front of the bike in our original post has been replaced by a much smaller, grip shift like controller that manages the amount of power output. The system features three different modes of operation with continuous throttle (basically a moped), pedal assist with continuous throttle control, or pedaling without any motor resistance thanks to the crankset mounted freewheel.
Now for the bikes – if you’re building Kustom, carbon bikes the sky is the limit, right? As such, Kranked will be offering an unapologetically rad V10c complete with the option for Enve wheels, Shimano Saint bits, and and various suspension options for $11,494-$13,696. Yes, you could buy some very nice dirt bikes for that but they would be a lot heavier and wouldn’t run on battery power. If that’s too rich for your blood, you can always send your bike to Kranked to have them install an E’Go kit for $3,499 plus $300 for installation, plus shipping.
If you’re wondering, that cord hanging from the seat is the plug for the battery. While riding, it would be removed from the seat and plugged into the included backpack to connect the battery to the motor.
Santa Cruz V10c frame only/complete build options:
- DH1, DHX RCK k, 40RC2, EGO, 47.91 lbs, price $11,494
- DH1, DHX RCK k, BOXXER WC, EGO, 46.74 lbs, price $11,617
- DH1, VIVID R2C, BOXXER WC, ENVE, EGO, 44.96lbs, price $13,696
- Frame with custom Ego install and DHX RCK k, price $7000
- Frame with custom Ego install and VIVID R2C, price $7100
Kranked will also be electrifying versions of the Santa Cruz Nomad carbon offering lighter but still very capable e-bikes. The highest end, and lightest Kustom build will be the XTR, Enve, Fox equipped model but it won’t come cheap at a staggering $14,203.
- R AM, RC4 Coil, 34CTD ADJUST, EGO, 46.94 lbs, price $8,942
- SPX, RC4 Coil, 34CTD ADJUST, EGO, 42.7 lbs, price $10,196
- XTR AM, ENVE, Float CTD Adjust, 34 CTD ADJUST, EGO 37.5lbs, price $14,203
While it would be easy to hate on any of these bikes for their price, and the fact that they’re not “real” bikes, I’d be willing to bet money that if you were to ride one you’re pretty much guaranteed to smile. Who knows, it might even become the weapon of choice for Strava Terrorists everywhere.