Optibike R8 Touring Electric Bicycle Review

Optibike R8

Posted 01.29.16 in Bikes by Steve

For nearly a decade, Optibike has been the name in e-bikes. Their monocoque frame, which houses the battery, controller and chargers, is iconic.

 

The R8 is the Boulder-based company’s touring rig. In standard form it’s got a whopping 55-mile range. Invest in the optional Touring battery, and you can take your R8 100+ miles. The Optibike Elite Series line is made up of no-compromise, cost-is-no-option bikes that look extreme and are made to perform better than any competitor. The R8 fits into the upper-mid range of Optibike’s Elite Series line up. They offer bikes with more speed and others designed specifically as technical off-road bikes. But, where the R8 shines is in its ability to perform brilliantly in almost all conditions; equally at home blasting down trails as it is commuting.

 

The 750W geared mid-drive motor, which produces 122 ft-lb of torque, has enough power to propel you up the steepest grades, while the 300W eco mode gives you unrivalled range. Outfitted from the factory with quality parts including: Fox front and rear suspension; fenders; Swiss wheels wrapped in Schwalbe tires; Avid hydraulic brakes. A nice feature that shows Optibike’s dedication to providing the best parts available is the Rohloff 14 speed geared rear hub. This hub can be switched into gear while at a stop and since the gears aren’t exposed it won’t get clogged up with mud or damaged if ridding in rough terrain. The high-end bike market may be more competitive than when Optibike first burst onto the scene, but if your budget for a two wheel EV is in the five figure range, this is definitely a bike to consider.

 

 

This profile originally appeared in the Electric Car Insider Electric Bike Buyers Guide. The Guide featured full page profiles - including specifications and photos - of 30 of the top electric bicycles available. Electric Car Insider is available on the newsstand at Barnes & Noble and Hastings across the U.S. and at Chapters/Indigo in Canada as well as hundreds of additional newsstands throughout North America. Never miss an issue by subscribing.

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