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Optibike R22 Everest Review

robb dorr
By
Robb Dorr,
Co-founder
Taylor Moon
By
Taylor Moon,
Managing Editor
Images from manufacturer's website

300 mi

RANGE

36 mph

TOP SPEED

8 hrs

CHARGE TIME

93 lbs

WEIGHT

Mid-drive

MOTOR TYPE

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Optibike R22 Everest Review: Takeaway

Unapologetically an off-road monster, the Optibike Everest R22 is possibly the most extreme electric mountain bike on the market today. With a 3.26 kWh battery system, a 1.7 kW mid-drive motor, and a variety of components to allow serious off-road riding, this is an electric mountain bike beast that can only be tamed by adventure-seeking riders.

Ideal for...

Extreme overlanding adventures
Long-distance trail riding + touring
Towing trailers on long long treks
Conquering mountains, literally conquering actual mountains

Overview of the R22 Everest

Imagine the ultimate eMTB. Blisteringly quick with huge power and range, built to handle serious terrain, and with an internal gear system to prevent chain problems. That’s what Optibike has produced in its top-end electric mountain bike, the R22 Everest.

We spoke to the co-founder of Optibikes, Jim Turner, and he states that while the R22 Everest can be configured to 5 different levels. In Levels 4-5, the R22 is legal in all US forest and BLM areas where OHV (off-highway vehicles) are legal. There are ten of thousands of miles of these trails available, so check with your local national forest area before riding.

Furthermore, in Level 3 the R22 is a Class 2 e-bike, so you could ride it on the road to these trails. Can you imagine a Class 2 electric bike with over 300 miles of range?! Insanity.

Unlike many other e-bike brands, Optibike uses an in-house power system instead of relying on Bosch or Yamaha. The motor is a 1,700-watt mid-drive system that chucks out a brutal 190 Nm of torque — well over double that produced by the top Bosch motor. This is powered by a 3.26kWh dual battery capable of up to 300 miles per charge.

Designed for overlanding (with its trailer attachment) or trail riding, the Optibike R22 Everest is an extreme eMTB with few comparisons on the market today. And if you feel like going hard, a dual crown suspension fork balanced with a 200mm travel rear swingarm suspension will allow you to handle the most extreme off-road riding your mind will let you attempt.

Reasons to Buy the R22

If you’re looking to do some serious, and we mean serious overlanding, this is the ultimate electric mountain bike for you. Like, if you live for bikepacking in extreme conditions on extreme terrain, or if you have a trailer that you haul your gear with, this is your bike.

You’ll know if this is your ride if you’re the sort of expert mountain biker who feels limited by most other electric mountain bikes. If you’re looking for a bike that offers max range, industry-leading power, or the capability to handle any terrain (we’re talking 40% grade inclines), then there aren’t many electric mountain bikes that quite fit the bill like the R22 Everest.

Things to Consider

To legally ride this beauty on the streets, you will need to set the Level to 3 or lower. If you’ve found some open land to ride on, however, let it rip at Levels 4 or 5! Topping out at 34 mph, with 190 Nm of torque and 1700W of power between your legs, this rig is for serious riders who know how to control something of this magnitude.

All this power comes at a price, and rightfully so. We are talking high-end, thoughtfully designed construction with the R22. Bring your checkbook and your sense of adventure if you’re interested in something like the R22 Everest.

Specs & Components

Frame
Carbon
Motor
Optibike PowerStorm™ MBB, 1700W Continuous with 190Nm Torque
Battery
3260Wh 52V Removable Li-ion
Display
LCD
Power delivery
Throttle/PAS
Drivetrain
Rohloff Speedhub 500 internal hub gears with 14 ratios. Chain drive.
Brakes
4-piston hydraulic
Rear suspension
Swingarm, 200mm travel
Front suspension
Dual crown
Dropper post
50-150mm according to rider need
Wheels
38mm Velocity Dually Rim
Options
Choice of tires, lights, saddle, and a range of other personalizations

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
5/5
5

With a 1700-watt custom-built mid-drive motor offering up to 190 Nm of torque, this beats its competition to a pulp. Though peaking at 36 mph (theoretically it could go faster), the R22 Everest is designed for fast off-road riding.

The Rohloff internal rear hub gearing system is one of the best in the eMTB industry. Offering 14 ratios, this will allow pedaling up even the toughest slopes.

Range
5/5
5

The 300-mile claimed range is based on a 160 lb rider riding at 16 mph on the flat. At full speed, the range is still more than adequate. It out-competes many other machines on the market today.

Add load and very tough terrain, and you will get fewer miles. Even so, on the dual battery, you can get a full day’s riding from sunrise to sunset.

Comfort
5/5
5

Essentially a trail-riding motorcycle with a pedal assist system, the R22 Everest has a swingarm rear suspension and a front, dual crown suspension fork. The wheels are similar to a motorcycle’s wheels, and the tires are for your choosing — generally, those you would fit to motorcycles, too.

Durability
5/5
5

Maintenance will always be an issue when it comes to an extreme mountain bike. However, the basics are generally less of a problem. Having an internal rear hub gearbox means that chain stretch won’t be much of a problem, and you won’t have issues with it jumping off.

Optibike custom builds each R22 to order. If something goes wrong, it should help you out.

Style
5/5
5

Is extreme function beautiful? Those who understand mountain bikes may drool a bit looking at this e-bike, whereas someone from outside this world might not quite understand. Strictly where form meets function, the R22 Everest is a stunning machine to behold!

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About Our Editorial Team

robb dorr
Written by Robb Dorr
Co-founder
Robb is a massive cycling enthusiast who has more than 20 years of non-motorized cycling experience. He started eBikes.org to lower the barrier of entry to cycling and reduce the intimidation people can experience when getting into the cycling world.
Taylor Moon
Edited by Taylor Moon
Managing Editor
Taylor Moon is a seasoned editor and content marketer with a diverse background spanning journalism, entertainment, travel, B2B SaaS, technology, and digital and creative marketing. Outside of her professional realm, she cherishes moments with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, drawing inspiration from both her work and family life.
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