Okay, so maybe you saw the bicycle pedals in the picture. Forget those for a minute. You can sit on this thing (no need to pedal), twist the throttle and do 62 miles per hour. Sure, range is quite limited when you go that fast, and “cruising speed” is substantially slower.
The point is this. As Jay Leno explains in the video below the specification list from PG-Bikes (in its Germanglish, unedited), the Black Trail is an electric transportation device so light you can pick it up and put it on the bus with you, or put it in the back of your SUV. According to its manufacturer, you can recharge it 80% in 30 minutes (2-1/2 hours for 100% charge).
This thing is ungodly expensive (over $70,000), but you should ignore that, as well. You can buy a modern, carbon fiber bicycle (mountain bike or roadbike) for less than $2,000. A stout bicycle frame made of carbon fiber can weigh under two pounds. There are electric motors you can already add to your bicycle that cost well under $1,000, including both motor and the battery pack.
The merging of bicycles, scooters and motorcycles is moving forward rapidly. Drawing lines between these categories is increasingly difficult, and increasingly pointless.
If two-wheeled transportation is already available that can do more than 60 mph and weigh less than 50 pounds, what does the future hold? Sure, there is no suspension on this machine, and I wouldn’t want to hit a pothole at 60 mph without it. The disc brakes are borrowed from current mountain bike technology, and could certainly be adequate for a machine this light. Enjoy the Jay Leno video. He is his usual informative and amusing self. First, the spec sheet.
Maximum Speed: 100 km/h
Cruising Speed: 30-50 km/h
Range based on maximum speed: 40 – 60km
Range based on cruising speed: 160 – 200km
- Carbon Fibre
- High alloyed Aluminum (used by NASA)
Wheelset Varus: Full Carbon Fibre
Full Weight (Front & Back Wheel): 1600g
Most solid and lightest Wheelset on earth!
BlackTrail Special 3.0“ x 26“
Powder coating & Brushing:
Individual color and coating!
Drivetrain: CM48 V hybrid engine
Engine Performance: 1,2 KW Output/ 140NM
Control Logic: CM with 3 driving modes combined with the BlackTrail BT667 Software
Battery: CM 48 Volt Lithium Ion 17 Ah
Battery Lifespan: min. 2500 – 5000 charging cycles
Charging Time: 30min (80%) 150min (100%)
Brakes: Hope Tech V2 Disc Brakes ventilated
Lights: LED Deluxe with the following functions:
Display: OLED Display with the following functions:
Charging Cycles status
Administration Tool for individual motor, engine and power management!