If you’ve ever taken a friend on their first mountain biking ride, you know how physically daunting climbing can seem to a new rider. Gilles Lappiere, the managing director of Lappierre bikes, set out to find a way to make mountain biking more accessible for the average outdoor enthusiast.
With the new line of electric Overvolt bikes, the company has created a compromise-free bike to help open the sport to new riders. Head past the break to learn how they did it.
The Overvolt is powered by a Bosh motor placed low in the frame for a better COG, while still providing good ground clearance. A 400 watt battery powers the bicycle for between 2-3 hours or 30-90 km. A bar mounted computer shows speed, distance traveled, battery charge, and allows you to select between different levels of assistance.
The motor automatically kicks in when riding and self adjusts to match the cyclists performance level, which is determined by sensors capturing force, cadence, and speed. The motor stops providing additional assistance when the maximum speed possible is reached.
Two versions of the bike will be available – A (20.2kg/44.53lbs) 120mm hard tail and a (21.8 kg/48lbs) 140mm travel full suspension . No official geometry spec has surfaced but the bikes are said to have longer CSs for increased stability and a rearward riding position to lessen the impact of the additional weight from the electronics.
We’ve reached out to Lapierre for more details regarding pricing, availability, battery tech, and more. We’ll update as soon as we hear back! For more, visit Lapierre