i personally would like to see more options added to the free rider kickstarter etc..
pedal kit options, different wheel size options, bare frame & frame w motor options etc..
but it looks like the product is already fully developed & tested so this is just marketing
but the kickstarter price discounts offered are significant & this is a nice bike..
looks like they actually may reach their funding goal as they are nearly 20% there w still a month to go..
2 people have already backed the kuberg trex trial bike.. thats where i would be shopping.. 8)
After just getting done looking at bikes, the price is great for what you are getting (this is for the kickstarter pricing). Any cheap full suspension mountain bike not from wal-mart is about 2k. This thing has a motor and a decent size battery pack. Even the 750w bafang BBS-02 kit and lipo batteries from Hobbyking are around $700, $750 with charger. If you got a brand new full suspension bike for the kit you will end up over what this costs. This is with the 3kW motor and not a 750w.
That being said, I couldn't get away with this bike on the mt. bike trails. Looks too much like a motorcycle. I do like to take sharp turns using the pedals on my bike to shift my weight and actually enjoy using my own muscles to help the bike. That adds to the entertainment of it all. Lastly the option of bigger tires would help the bike. The video looks like he's riding a pit bike built for a ten year old.
I do hope they make their goal on kickstarter, but doesn't look too promising right now.
I'd like a bike from BZHwindtalker, but I don't think he'd sell one for this price.
free ride uses chain drive, not belt drive..
also uses a chain roller/retainer, here are some pics :
I hope they dont build it with that swing arm pivot / drive belt arrangement !
part of the "wasted space" is to accommodate the larger motor option..
also positions the motor for chain clearance of the swingarm under suspension movement..
the battery design keeps the weight centered and facilitates quick change battery removal..
more battery capacity would of course add more weight, maybe not the best option for a "freeride" bike..
It definitely looks unique (ugly IMO). Seems like there is a big waste of space where you could lower CG and/or add more battery cap.
(Unedited screen shot from their website)