A lightweight, long-range step-through all-terrain electric bike, the Orbea Kemen Mid SUV 30 is great fun to ride on and off road.
At just over 48 lbs, the Kemen Mid SUV 30 is around 30 lbs lighter than you’ll find in typical big fat-tire overlanders. This means that the internal 540 Wh battery can take it much further than its American rivals. Efficiency also comes with the 10-speed transmission and a big, 43-tooth rear cog for the nastiest climbs. Unable to hack thick mud or ride over dry sand, it can still take on steep slopes with the 250W mid-drive motor that can hurl out as much as 85 Newton meters of torque.
This electric bike also includes a rack that’s capable of carrying all you need for a day’s riding. The tubeless Schwalbe Johnny Watts tires sit comfortably between off- and on-road to both grip the soft stuff and pavement. Being tubeless, they’ll self-seal should a thorn go into the tire.
Reasons to Buy
Lightweight, nimble, and downright beautiful to look at, this e-bike is deceptively tough — very European with efficiency trumping raw power. The Kemen Mid SUV 30 uses less power to achieve more, and that can mean a much more fun ride than an e-bike made with girders and beefy motors.
Another big selling point is that you can upgrade the e-bike considerably on the order page. The basic model is $4,399, but you can upgrade the brakes and add a range extender, better lights, and a backpack pannier bag for up to $5,335 if you take all options. There is a range of colors and sizes available to suit your needs, too.
Things to Consider
This lacks a throttle, which could be off-putting to some U.S. buyers. Another minor issue is that it’s a Class 1 e-bike capable of only doing 20 mph at full pace. For those who like high speeds, this could be a drawback — though it’ll be much easier to handle at speeds over the speed limiter in terms of agility thanks to its low weight.