Cruising from spot to spot in Los Angeles can be an exercise in futility. Which is to say if traffic is at its pique, you’ll move so slow you might as well be walking to work. An alternative to the car, needless to say, is the bicycle, but that isn’t always practical if the distance is more than a few miles, plus you there is a good chance that you’ll arrive at work laden in sweat.
Stealth Electrics Bikes might just be the resolve we’ve been looking for. It combines a traditional pedal powered bike with a 3-4.5kW brushless motors enabling their bikes to travel at speeds up to 50mph. It’s not entirely clear how much range each model can achieve – there are 3 to choose from – but the good news is that any model can charge in as little as 2 hours on a 110v or 240v common household plug. Stopping comes courtesy of a hydraulic brake calipers and while some models include 6 pistons, others allow you to add up to 8 total for each wheel for increased stopping power.
The one piece monocoque frames of the Stealth bikes are constructed from aircraft certified CrMo alloys, which means they’re both rigid and light weight. For those that invest in an additional battery pack, you’ll be able to swap them out in 90-seconds due to their “improved battery fastening” system. Lastly, some models include a 9-speed sequential gearbox as well as a regen breaking system that extends the battery life, which mind you is capable of up to 1000 cycles.
The Stealth Electric Bikes are available now from a variety of retailers and appear to start around $7,000.