In 2017, Delfast set an official Guinness World File for the farthest distance traveled by way of electrical bike at a formidable 228 miles. Colorado’s Optibike is now providing a beefed-up ebike with sufficient battery energy in its bulging body to journey about 30 % farther. The bike known as the R22 Everest as a result of it is the “solely ebike capable of climb Mt. Everest on a single cost … if there was a street.” Everest or not, 300 miles of on/off-road vary per cost equates to some epic bikepacking journey.
Whereas the concept of ebiking Everest is only a little bit of enjoyable, the R22 Everest was certainly made with mountains in thoughts. Impressed by the Rocky Mountains that encompass Optibike’s Colorado headquarters, the Everest was designed to transcend flat roads and fundamental metropolis hills in a means typical ebikes can not, supporting bold expeditions that embody lengthy mileage, critical up-and-down elevation adjustments or each.
Examine the R22 Everest to the downhill R22 eMTB, and one reality turns into even clearer: the Everest has an entire lot of battery. The usual R22 has a pleasant, easily painted carbon fiber body with its battery neatly hid contained in the thick down tube part. The R22 Everest’s down tube, however, is interrupted by the swollen vented battery case spilling out of either side. That outsized case is important to deal with the Everest’s 3,260-Wh 52-V lithium-ion battery pack, which is kind of actually two of the usual R22’s 1,630-Wh packs housed in a single case. That case will be rapidly faraway from the body by way of three bolts.
The 300-plus-mile (483-plus-km) vary estimate relies on a 160-lb (72.5-kg) rider going 15 mph (24 km/h) utilizing the pedal-assist set on low. Optibike makes use of that very same rider weight to estimate ranges at increased speeds, which break right down to 220 miles (354 km) at 20 mph (32 km/h), 100 miles (161 km) at 28 mph (45 km/h) and 55 miles (89 km) on the high velocity of 36 mph (58 km/h). All estimates assume that the rider is pedaling and never merely throttling ahead solely on motor energy.
The R22 Everest develops motive energy from Optibike’s personal 1,700-W PowerStorm mid-motor drive, which works at the side of a Rohloff Speedhub 500 14-speed internally geared hub. That e-drive kicks out 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of torque excellent for tugging a loaded bikepacking trailer into movement or quick-climbing a steep, bump-riddled sections of path. Optibike claims the R22 Everest can climb grades as much as 40 %, because the older R15C demonstrates utilizing associated motor tech:
Climbing a 40% Grade on an Optibike R15C
Optibike equips the R22 Everest with 5 electrical modes and capitalizes on the split-battery nature of the Everest’s pack with an “Out and Again” characteristic. A guide swap lets the rider choose one battery or the opposite so she or he can have a full second battery on the prepared, guaranteeing sufficient juice to show round and full the journey again.
A lot burlier than the common gravel-style journey bike, the R22 Everest smoothens out tough terrain with a dual-crown suspension fork and a Fox DHX coil-spring rear suspension with 200 mm (7.9 in) of obtainable journey. Optibike’s spec sheet lists tires as purchaser’s alternative, and photographs present the bike working 27.5 x 2.8-in IRC Tanken enduro rubber. 4-piston hydraulic downhill disc brakes deliver all that bulged-out mass and momentum to standstill.
The R22 is extra ox than gazelle, weighing in at an estimated 93 kilos (42 kg). The twin-battery pack alone weighs greater than quite a lot of total ebikes at 36 lb (16 kg), however the Everest is all about deep, pedal-assisted expeditions with loaded trailers or panniers and never
quick, mild using.
At $17,900 to start out, the R22 Everest is unquestionably not the bike for these trying to dabble with their first ebike for fast commutes or quick native path loops. However that is fairly clear from the characteristic set and photographs just like the one under. The Everest is a critical ebike for critical riders trying to take large on- and off-road rides and expeditions.
One in all Optibike’s latest creations, the R22 Everest launched as a part of the 2022 mannequin yr. The corporate builds every Everest bike to order at its Colorado store, hand-assembling the carbon fiber body and swing-arm and in-house elements just like the motor and battery pack. It provides a custom-built 2,700 lumen headlight that runs off the primary bike battery as an choice.
Mount Everest is probably not within the playing cards, however not lengthy after asserting the R22 Everest, Optibike did tackle a near-60-mile (96.5-km) street and path trip with 8,500 ft (2,590 m) of climbing to elevations over 10,000 ft (3.050 m) to point out what the bike can do within the mountains. That journey is additional detailed within the quick video clip.
60 Mile eMTB journey with 8,500 foot climb