A dual-suspension all-terrain e-bike with one of the world’s most powerful street-legal mid-drive motors? The Bakcou Storm is a mad, grunting hog of an electric bike on which you should fear no terrain at all.
The Bafang Ultra mid-drive motor is rated at 1,000W but can be quickly toggled to 750W for street-legal use. On the road, this “smart motor” will do a street-legal 20 mph — but off, can do 35+ mph. At full power, it can throw out as much as 160 Newton meters of torque and carry up to 300 lbs of payload almost anywhere.
There are four battery options, ranging from an 840 Wh battery for just under $6,200 to just under $6,600 for the 1,200 Wh version. If you’re planning longer trips into the backwoods, prepare to spend the higher sum, as it’ll maximize your range outbound. You can also carry a bigger load.
Being dual suspension, the Bakcou Storm has a 120 mm travel RST Renegade air fork and a high-end Rockshox Monarch rear shock. This will ensure optimum comfort on rough terrain and allow you to go full blast even on the least friendly of tracks.
Reasons to Buy
For the price, there are few dual-suspension all-terrain e-bikes that’ll compete with this beast. For those who want to go far from the beaten track and enjoy the silence of nature, the Bakcou Storm will be a very good investment in your free time.
This e-bike has one of the biggest battery options on the market, meaning it’ll be hard to find a bike that goes as hard or as long. It also comes in two frame sizes (17″ and 19″) so you can find your perfect fit.
Things to Consider
Though an all-terrain electric bike, the Storm will be heavy and lumbering for downhill and trail thrashing. It’s definitely more for slower-paced overlanding than blasting downhill thanks to the 82 lb weight. However, there’s plenty of fun to be had with it if used in the right way.
The motor delivers all of its power via the chain. This means that even on throttle only, the chain will get a beating from regular use of the e-bike. Be prepared to switch it out every 500 miles to avoid breakage.