All-Terrain E-Bike Makes Gnarly Climbs No Sweat

Bikes are some of the world’s most perfect vehicles. They’re nimble, powered by calories and get us to our destination quickly and without polluting the planet. Traditional pedal bikes can’t go everywhere, however. Unless you’re an expert, riding your pedal bike through sand dunes, on snow and ice, or up steep rocky climbs could be terrifying, not to mention extremely exhausting.

We’ve featured lots of electric bikes that provide the perfect extra boost when you’re cruising around town, but what about when you want to venture off the beaten path a bit? Fortune Hanebrink, a company dedicated to designing bikes that go where others won’t, recently unveiled the Hanebrink III, an electric on-demand, full-suspension all-terrain mountain bike that delivers a comfortable ride, even on rocky and unstable terrain.

Hanebrink III EV Bike

image via Fortune Hanebrink

As the III indicates, this isn’t the company’s first foray into the world of all-terrain EV bikes, but according to its website, the electric full-suspension model has more traction and control, and offers better handling into turns than previous iterations.

According to Gizmag, the Hanebrink III benefits from the addition of five inches of travel at the rear, courtesy of Ducati-inspired RockShock air suspension for improved performance on the very steepest of rocky trails. The air suspension is designed to get progressively stiffer as it moves upward, soaking up small bumps while offering stronger resistance over big rocks and drops, making for a smoother ride.

And when your legs give out during these off-road adventures, simply switch on the bike’s 36 Volt LiNMC, 9.6 Amp Hour battery which can travel up to 20 miles on a single charge. Weighing only 90 pounds, the Hanebrink III is available in black, orange or custom colors from a starting price of US$6,750. Check it on in prototype testing:

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog