Thursday, April 18, 2024

IRIS eTrike claims to be the world’s fastest street-legal e-bike

Bikes are generally used for transportation, enjoyment, and sport. With electric bikes, you can enjoy riding a bike with an integrated motor to enhance your riding experience. These e-bikes can run at high speeds and cover long distances. However, for safety purposes, e-bikes are restricted to going beyond 20 mph or 25 mph, depending on your country’s speed limit.

Cardiff, UK-based inventor Grant Sinclair has designed the IRIS eTrike electric bike that looks unique and futuristic. The inventor claims that the IRIS eTrike e-bike is the fastest street-legal Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC) bike in the world.

The IRIS eTrike measures 260 cm long, 94 cm wide, and 128 cm high, and the bike’s weight, including the battery, is 50 kg. The bike has a unique three-wheel design with 24-inch carbon BMX wheels at the front and 26-inch carbon MTB wheels at the rear.

This bike comes with three power choices of 250-watt (80 Nm), 500-watt (100 Nm), and 750/1000-watt (160 Nm) Bafang mid-drive motors, which provide maximum bike speeds of over 30 mph (48 km/h). The bike is packed with a 48 v (20 Ah) portable lithium-ion battery that offers a range of up to 30 miles (48 km) from a single battery charge.

This e-bike features extra safety, weather protection, easy to use go-kart-like handling. The cabin includes a universal smartphone dock for GPS, music playback and calorie counting, etc. It also has a built-in 120° rear-view camera that streams real-time video to the rider’s mobile devices. A powerful cooling system is also included with an anti-pollution High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air purifier to combat smoke, germs, and viruses.

The chromoly steel trike chassis with ultra-light foam EPP body structure is inspired by ski helmet technology. The body design ensures additional rider safety, and the futuristic design of the e-bike is inspired by the aerodynamic helmets used for velodrome bike racing.

The IRIS eTrike is available on their official website for a special-pre-order price of $6,222.55. It has an estimated worldwide delivery of Q1 2024 for new pre-orders.