Icon Combines Style and Electricity with US-Made E-Flyer Electric bike

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We’re still not really sure where the line is drawn between an electric moped and an e-bicycle, but we’re guessing you probably won’t care when you’re zipping around on this retro boardwalk racer inspired e-bike. Called the E-Flyer, the electric assisted creation is the first two wheeled product out of Icon – well known for their super clean, and super simple Jeep FJ, CJ, and Broncos. Perhaps in a small effort to offset the gas guzzling nature of their off road vehicles, their electric bicycle is turning some heads.

Get the details on this limited edition after the break!

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Instead of a boring, cylindrical battery pack like you’ll find on a lot of e-bikes, the E-Flyer offers one shaped to resemble a v-twin motor (e-twin?). Inside is a 52v 12.5 Amp hour battery rated for 1000 cycles that can fully recharge in 2 hours with the included charger. Thanks partially to the regenerative braking, the battery is good for up to 35 miles  on a single charge. The battery is housed in an Icon Rocky Mountain Gray powdercoated hydroformed aluminum frame with a custom dual crown fork made with steel legs in billet aluminum triple clamps.

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The juice is fed to a 3,500w hub motor that is limited to 750w in “street legal” mode. Otherwise the brushless DC motor pumps out a full 3,500w which will push the E-Flyer to around 36mph (20mph in Street Legal mode). Fairly impressive when you consider the bike weighs a reported 57 pounds! Front and rear stopping power is provided by Avid BB7R mechanical disc brakes with 140mm rotors as shown (57 pounds? 140mm rotors?).

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The rest of the bike sees custom bits like the brake levers, the CREE H4 LED head light, and a leather work provided by Brooks. Made in California, the E-Flyer will be limited to 50 pieces and will retail for $4,995. But that’s not all – the price includes any specialty tools, owners manuals, and a Brooks leather care package.

Comments

NCMTB - 11/06/13 - 10:49am

140mm Mechanical Disc Brakes stopping 57lbs from 20mph, good luck with that. Sweet looking death trap though!

Robo - 11/06/13 - 11:24am

haha true. Still, icon makes some good lookin’ stuff

boobie - 11/06/13 - 11:51am

That’s an easy fix…

This thing looks dangerously fun.

hogdog - 11/06/13 - 12:12pm

Brilliant!…apart from the brakes.

whangdangdoodle - 11/06/13 - 12:49pm

Call me old fashioned, but I’m not liking this whole e-bike trend. There are plenty enough city bikers who have zero common sense, limited skills, and poor attitudes… I imagine them zipping around even faster on heavy e-bikes causing even more issues between bikers and cars/peds.
I think e-bikes are gonna start have to being reclassified as something other than a bicycle.

Tom - 11/06/13 - 1:32pm

maybe I read this the wrong way, but 3500 watts does not equal 36 mph, nor does 750 watts equal 20 mph. You can go 36 mph on 750 watts though…So far as marginal braking questions, I suspect that the motor can create quite a bit of braking force when regenerating. besides that, there shouldn’t be heat soak issues in the brakes since prolonged braking should be handled by the motor. The price is actually pretty good, considering the package, but I doubt the ergonomics will really encourage significant contribution by the rider (seat way too low).

RyanC - 11/06/13 - 1:35pm

If the regen kicks in when you pull the brake lever, you’ll slow down in a hurry. An electric motor that big has a lot of stopping torque at it’s disposal if the circuitry is designed for it. The 140 rotors will be plenty for around town, though a huge DH rotor might look cooler up front. A long steep down slope would be the only major worry for braking. Cracks and Potholes at 35mph are seriously going to hurt your wrists with that fork. A springer or some sort of suspension fork would make this thing safer and more comfortable(fun). Otherwise, This thing looks pretty boss and like a fun way to get to town.

professor - 11/06/13 - 2:05pm

Still a moped

trinidad - 11/06/13 - 2:45pm

Judging from the people I see utilizing motorized bicycles in my neighborhood I’m not sure where they’ll find buyers for this bike. Last time I checked meth heads don’t tend to have 5 grand laying around to spend on a bike.

Androo - 11/06/13 - 4:11pm

Looks cool, but I think they made some compromises on the component choices to make the price point and aesthetic statement (mostly the brakes and fork, as already discussed).

And while 57 lbs sounds really heavy, it’s only 7 lbs more than the Specialized Turbo (which tops out at 45 kph, whereas this one is 57 kph). So not too terrible.

RyanC - 11/06/13 - 4:30pm

Tom–

The other thing that precludes pedaling is the single speed gearing in the apparently very low gear. 200 rpm or so at 30mph, yikes.

Ripnshread - 11/06/13 - 5:18pm

Think you’ll be happy to have a low gear when this beast runs out of juice and you got to pedal it home from the bar.

RUSTYDOGG - 11/06/13 - 6:02pm

In California I wonder at what point it goes from bike to moped? Meaning no more sidewalk access. In my hood;the Palm Springs Palm Desert area I see WAY too many ebike folk flying down the sidewalks. Yes bikes do to, but they are bikes not e-peds. They are heavy and can do some damage I’ve personally witnessed.

Jose' - 11/06/13 - 6:30pm

My shops sells a ton of E-bikes to baby boomers who just sold their motorcycles… The $2K price point is more practical than this but I like the idea

Ben - 11/06/13 - 10:11pm

Sweet moped!

fausto - 11/07/13 - 7:26am

To me the line between moped and e-bike is pretty clearly drawn at “who cares?”
What does that distinction mean? Unless you guys are sidewalk-riders, and even then I don’t see why segways are allowed on the sidewalk but an electric moped isn’t.
The line between moped and motorcycle is 49cc, with no provision for electric drive. That’s the distinction that has some meaning.

I can see some utility in a machine like this (my commute is fine except for a 1/2 mile stretch where I’m racing dump trucks on a road that’s not wide enough; having a 3000w of pickup would make that a lot less scary) and it certainly does look cool, but $5k for a bike that I’d have to replace the brakes before being able to ride it… The brake cable in their glamor shot isn’t even routed correctly.

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