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Living On The Wild Side

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While we cover all the standard classes of e-bikes, our buyer’s guide wouldn’t be complete without including e-bikes that live outside the traditional realm. And we'll admit, we can’t help loving some.
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Written by Robb Dorr

Unleash Your E-Bike Wild Side

Many of these e-bikes are not street-legal because they have too much power and speed to be considered electric bicycles but also can’t be registered as motor vehicles. These models can be ridden legally on private property or OHV trails, many are simply impressive to look at, and others are a complete hoot to ride! So rather than choosing between Class 1, 2, or 3 e-bikes, why not live life on the wild side?

Hi Power Cyles Revolution

Hi Power Cycles create some great custom bikes for customers. They also manufacture their own production bikes, and the Revolution is their flagship model. It can be customized with a more powerful motor and a bigger battery, and we’ve seen the guys go on rides in the wilderness with solar panels to give them a bit more ride time while they stop for lunch. 

Price: $9,999
Motor: 5000W rear hub motor (option up to 7000W)
Battery: 1290 Wh (option up to 2400 Wh)
Top speed: 50+ mph
Range: 55 miles

Stealth Bikes B-52

If you recognize the name B-52, that’s probably because it also belongs to Boeing’s subsonic jet bomber plane. While the e-bike of the same name from Stealth Bikes isn’t quite as explosive, it does offer plenty of power for the ultimate fun dirt-riding experience.

Stealth Bikes hails from Melbourne, Australia, and manufactures e-bikes that are designed to conquer the local dirt. The brand started in 2008 when Stealth’s founder John Karambalis combined his 30 years of engineering, design, and off-road experience to create the original Stealth Bomber. The B-52 is an evolution of that bike. You can ride it almost legally in Eco mode, as it drops the top speed and the output of the hub motor to 1000 watts. We say “almost,” because the legal limit on public roads in the U.S. is 750 watts. 

Price: $10,400
Motor: 6200W rear hub motor
Battery: 2000 Wh
Top speed: 50 mph
Range: Up to 60 miles

Vintage Electric Bikes

Vintage manufactures e-bikes that are beautiful to look at. It’s all in the name; they hearken back to classic motorcycles from earlier in the 20th century, using what appears like an engine to house the battery to completely finish the look. These can be street-legal if you don’t opt for the “race mode” that’s a $149 extra charge at purchase.

Price: $5,495
Motor: 750W hub motor (3000W “race mode”)
Battery: 720Wh
Top speed: 36 mph
Range: 25–50 miles 

Swind EB-01

The Swind is the infamous bike that TV personality Simon Cowell flipped in his driveway that left him with a broken back. But don’t let that put you off. The e-bike is manufactured by British racing company Swindon Powertrain, a company that makes top-secret prototype cars for supercar OEMs and providers. We had one to test and fully understand how Cowell’s accident occurred. In Mode 1, it’s fairly pedestrian, offering 1,000 watts at the back wheel. In Mode 2, it gives 6,000 watts at the back wheel, and it’s really difficult to keep the front wheel down. In Mode 3, it offers a ridiculous 15,000 watts at the rear wheel. It is literally the scariest bike we’ve ever tested. 

Price: $20,000
Motor: 15kW rear hub motor
Battery: 1.75 kWh 
Top speed: 60 mph (electronically limited)
Range: 15–35 miles

Need a little more inspiration at the more extreme end of the e-bike market? Discover the e-bikes with the longest range and our guide to the best fat tire electric bikes.

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Written by Robb Dorr
Robb is a massive cycling enthusiast who has more than 20 years of non-motorized cycling experience. He started to lower the barrier of entry to cycling and reduce the intimidation people can experience when getting into the cycling world.

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