The newest and most trail oriented Kinetic electric mountain bike. These feature the V3 300 watt rated motor that just got top award in the Auckland long hill ebike comparison test. This was run by an independent testing agency, and we came in first. Our motor also won two Speci, Germany cargo ebike races and the 2015 Sun Trip 7000km race across Europe. In the Sun Trip race, our 54 year old rider beat all the other younger competitors on various German motors (many using Bosch) by two whole days! Raptors are offered in the ideal configuration for off-road riding and the 38mm wide rimms with oversize 2.35 German Schwalbe Rock Razor tyres simply glide over obstructions. it is our 200 rpm version of the V3 motor that we have upped the torque and sacrificed a bit of top end speed. Even so, it will go about 30 kph without peddling. This is a better machine than the Bosch equipped MTB units and your inspection and test ride will prove this to you. The mounting of a throttle over-ride with the Raptor makes it very much easier to start going uphill than on a mid-drive system and navigating switchbacks uphill is also easier. It also overcomes the inherent limitations of mid-drive eikes, like hard shifting, chain falling off, and damage to the rear cluster, and provides easy servicing and cooler running operation. Please note the race results when making your decision on this. Our Raptor out-performs.
The Raptor represents the best value for off-road electric bikes in the New Zealand today. Note that the Raptor is a much upgraded choice from any comparably priced full-suspension e-bike in NZ today. The components are exceptional for a real off-road machine in this price range. Don’t confuse the Raptor with kit adapted mountain bikes. The frame is specially designed by Kinetic to carry the weight of the battery, motor and you thru the bush. The over-sized wheels with German kevlar belted Rock Razor tyres increase climbing torque over larger diameter wheels and are assisted by 5 to 1 planetary gearing in the hub. This beats any Bosch system for climbing assist efficiency. The overall weight is low at just 19 kgs (without battery) but this includes the many standard accessories.
The Raptor is the ideal compromise between power and battery capacity and overall weight. E-bikes with more horsepower have to haul ever bigger batteries to go anywhere using that power, and are almost impossible to pedal without power. They are also near-impossible to lift over obstacles or carry. Our 300 watt planetary geared motor (peaks at over 700 watts) has plenty of grunt to assist you up steep sections of trail, but not so much that you cant go the distance on a regular battery and keep the weight down for regular pedaling. Kinetic is so smart in this design. The power is also legal on the road, something of great importance.
The suspension fork has lockout feature and adjustable dampening. Raptor rims are custom 38mm wide with spokes of thicker Scanvik stainless steel; The tyres are big knobby German Schwalbe 2.35s with puncture resistant kevlar belting. This is the best quality tyre in the world today. A fully adjustable DNM rear shock, sealed bearings, cartridge bottom bracket, and stainless hardware throughout the bike, complete the package. See the spec table for more details.
The Raptor is for the real world of trails, and the 400 and 540 watt hour lithium batteries feature fully tested (UN38.3) construction. The battery has the capacity and the ride position to melt away the miles under your saddle. Magura hydraulic brakes with motor cut-off switches, provide precise stopping control.
This is not a kit adapted mountain bike, and not generic Chinese junk; It is designed and built from the ground up by the Kinetic design team, including our NZ EBH owner, to take on the over-priced full suspension the e-bikes out there. It is designed to survive the bucking trails you will throw at it.
A trial ride by you would speak a lot more clearly than any words here can convey. Go ride one for one of life’s great thrills.
Our video is for the Forza, which is identical in performance, but not suspension, is attached to this product page. We will add a Raptor specific video soon. Distances traveled off-road on a single charge will vary widely with terrain and rider input. The distances shown may be decreased by lower tyre pressure, higher speeds on knobby tyres, and steep climbing.
These are in-stock and ready for free delivery to any NZ location. We stock them in black or British Racing Green. $70 of free set up time by our service agents and free delivery are included with this bike price.