Derringer Cycles from the USA are looking for crowdfunding to make electric bikes styled on board track motorcycles.
You probably know all about Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/ by now – we run enough stories here on road.cc on its bike-related projects [“Don’t you ever,” says everyone]. Essentially, a person or company goes to the website to explain their project and ask for backing. If you pledge cash you’re in line for a reward if the project reaches its full pledge target and goes ahead.
Los Angeles-based Derringer Cycles are after $75,000 to fund production of their electric bikes. Pledge a minimum of $3,500 and your reward will be a complete electric bike. Go to the Kickstarter page for details on other rewards.
The frame is cromo steel, TIG welded in the Oregon, and the bikes are assembled in California. The lithium-ion battery is available in 37, 52, or 63-volt options, each with a 12.5 Ah capacity. The bikes are USA street legal: 750 watts and 20mph maximum speed. Some models feature a computer that allows owners to tune the bike up to either 2000 or 2800 watts. Ranges vary from 22 miles up to 38 miles (based on a 170lb rider on flat ground, no pedalling, at 20mph).
Derringer say, “The battery resides in an enclosure inspired by the fuel tanks from vintage board track racing motorcycles. It mounts in close proximity to the motor controller, minimizing unsightly wiring. The motor controller resides in a vented enclosure styled after the rear mounted oil tanks and tool boxes on early vintage motorcycles.”
Anyway, we just wanted to show you the bikes because we think they look neat. We really don’t know how pedalling one of these would feel although, judging by the short seat tube and saddle height, we don’t imagine it would be a lot like riding a normal bike.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.