23 UBCO 2×2 Special Edition First Look [Electric Fast Facts]
Part electric bicycle and part Rokon-style two-wheel-drive motorcycle, the 2023 UBCO 2×2 Special Edition is an inexpensive adventure “motor driven cycle” outfitted for low-speed expeditions on- and off-pavement.
Based on the UBCO 2×2 Adventure Bike, the 2×2 Special Edition enhances cargo-carrying capability, so you can take it with you wherever you go. There’s a 30-liter weatherproof rear bag with side s, an expandable compartment, and a pair of Giant Loop Pronghorn straps for the front rack. Between the rider’s legs and above the 3.1 kWh battery pack is an open-top tote bag for carrying even more stuff. Including the rider and bags, the UBCO 2×2 will carry 330 pounds.
Your electric-powered adventure will be limited by the battery capabilities, of course. UBCO claims a range of up to 75 miles, which means much less in real life—especially when hills and dirt are involved.
High speeds won’t drain the battery, as the UBCO 2×2 Special Edition tops out at 30 mph. Charging is via a standard plug, and it takes six hours to juice it up from flat. Should you see water, the battery is splashproof, but not designed to be submerged. In addition to an LCD dash, you can attach your phone to a vibration-isolated Peak Design mount below behind the steering head.
Each wheel has a brushless one-kilowatt motor with a planetary gear system. There’s no clutch or gearbox—twist the throttle and go. You’ll ride in near silence, as the 2×2 puts out just 75 dB at full speed.
The frame is 7027 stainless steel with a standard fork in the front and cantilevered shocks in the rear. The suspension at both ends is adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload—no word on wheel travel. A pair of 17-inch wire-spoke wheels are employed, each sporting a 2.75-inch-wide tire. Braking is handled by a 240mm disc and hydraulic caliper on each wheel. There is also regenerative braking on both wheels.
The seat height on the 2023 UBCO 2×2 Special Edition is 32 inches, the wheelbase is just short of 48 inches, it weighs in at just 156 pounds, and the MSRP is 6999—all unintimidating numbers.
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Electric, 2×2 and riding UBCO’s utility bike
I’ve always liked utility bikes (‘ag bikes’, ‘farm bikes’) where functionality is measured in terms of load carrying and off-road agility, rather than tarmac-creasing acceleration or foot-long suspension travel. They even get their own section in AMH8, left. For the right sort of gnarly adventure, or with a recalibrated attitude towards pace, bikes like Honda’s AG190 ( left ) could make a tough little travel bike.Ag bikes possess that do-anything, go-anywhere appeal, which must also be behind the adventure motorcycling phenomenon. Yamaha’s TW-inspired Ryoku concept of a few years ago ( below right ) seemed to bridge both segments.
Whether intended or not, UBCO’s 2×2 electric utility ‘moped’ may also benefit from this ‘I-could-if-I-wanted-to’ conceit. People need personal mobility, sure, but many like to be feel cool while doing so, be it in a RAV 4 or on a GS12 or Raleigh Chopper. While staying in an affluent suburb of Sydney recently, along with skimpy urban scoots like the Sachs ( above left ), Chinese urban retros similar to the Mash Roadster as well as a few XSR7s outnumbered anything else I saw on two wheels there. In fact it’s said bikes like these are now beginning to outsell adventure-styled bikes. Expect Bike Shed franchises to start popping up like Pizza Huts.
The Ryoku never got off the drawing board, but Honda’s recent X-ADV adventure scooter sought to capitalise on that urban adventure cachet. But after riding one – and even though I now have DCT out of my system – I felt something more akin to the current Ruckus moped (left; not sold in the UK) would have been more fun.In Australasia and South Africa, ag bikes have been on the scene for ever, but have changed little since the 1980s. What you want is an ag bike’s utility with scooter-like ease of getting on and off – a mini X-ADV. But do you also need 2WD and would you choose electric?
You can be sure that one long winter some obscure engineer-farmer has experimented with front-wheel drive long before most of us were born. The vid below is one of many crazy-arsed compilations on YouTube. And a couple of years ago Visordown dedicated one of their Top Tens to 2×2 motos, some pictured right.
Such predictions proved to be on the money. If AWD is seen to be as desirable as it was when Audi introduced the Quattro road car in the 1980s, then the advent of hub-mounted electric motors is by far the least complicated and most elegant way of doing it. Ask Nasa ( above ) or even Ferdinand Porsche. The mechanical or hydraulic solutions powered by an ICE (internal combustion engine), as in the vid above, are mostly just too clumsy, expensive, complex or otherwise lacking in real-world commercial potential.
Off-road the benefits of AWD traction is obvious. I can think of many sandy pistes in the Sahara ( above ; Algeria) which would have been a whole lot easier and therefore safer to ride with the addition of front-wheel drive. Just like in a 4×4, AWD means you can tackle loose terrain like sandy ruts or dunes without resorting to momentum (aka; speed) which will catch you out (right). And in my experience in the desert, a 4×4 with an automatic gearbox is an unbeatable combination, especially on slow rocky climbs or in soft sand. Just the right amount of torque is fed to all the wheels to give traction, and on rocky trails there is no risk of stalling, again allowing you to concentrate on precise wheel positioning and clearance issues.
Automatic scooters are common, proper motorbikes less so, but do you even need 2×2 on a road bike? The answer is: not really. While road tests affirm that Yamaha’s recent ‘2FW’ Niken ( above ) delivers eye-opening improvements in front-end grip, on the road 2×2 would only benefit acceleration, by spreading the torque to both wheels and so limiting wheel spin (just as front and rear brakes improve braking all round).But advances in electronic traction control and tyres to match have proved just as able in optionally eliminating wheel spin. Combined as it is with ABS sensors, TA probably adds just a few ounces to a bike’s weight. Any front-wheel drive system would add several kilos while drawing overall power.All up, the US-built 200-cc Rokon below is the only successful production 2WD motorcycle – a two-wheeled tractor that looks even less comfortable to drive on anything easier than a wooded hillside and for most people has has probably been superseded by AWD ATVs, even if the latest model features the miracle of front suspension.
UBCO: Electro Glide in White
UBCO stands for Utility Bike Company, founded in 2015 when the work of a couple of creative Kiwi engineers got picked up by entrepreneur, Tim Allan (riding, below ). In 2018, after the original off-road only model had spent a couple of years in development with Kiwi farmers, a fully road-legal, version was released for global export. It’s the world’s first production 2×2 electric motorcycle aimed at farmers, rangers and forestry, while also being bought for urban deliveries and just plain off-road fun. Being restricted to 50kph, it’s classified as a moped which in many territories means it can be ridden on just a provisional licence.You can add luggage or wider racks and run power tools off it. To recharge the 16-kilo battery takes 6-8 hours. The bike is made in China and in NZ and Australia costs 8000, (about £4200) in the US it’s more. That’s about the same price as a KTM full-suspension e-bike ( above right ) I saw in an NZ shop window.
Wisely, UBCO dodges competing with the likes of recently folded Alta or Zero who produce(d) full-sized electric road-legal motorcycles. Instead, it’s aiming squarely at the utility market where the benefits of a light, rugged, easy-to-ride and near-silent all-terrain bike outdo its limitations in range and performance.
Weight is 65kg and with 2.4kw (3.2hp) via the 48-Ah, 50-V Lithium-ion battery, power is less than an ICE moped. But 90Nm or 66 ft lbs of torque across two wheel is a figure equivalent an 800cc bike, and all that torque is delivered instantly to each wheel so both will spin as you pull away on loose dirt. Electrotoque is not really comparable with ICE torque: old but interesting article.Very few electric motorcycles have motors in the wheel hubs. Once you get beyond a moped power level, they become too heavy and bulky so need to return to the typically central ICE location. Above (the two sides of a hub motor), the number and size of copper windings correlate to the power, and these motors are designed to spin fast, hence the three reduction gears on the left. The UBCO’s motors are about as small and low powered as they get on an e-moto, so hub fitting is not a problem. There’s just the low, centrally positioned battery with a power cable reaching out to each hub. Simple.
Tim, myself and his mate JB set off along an overgrown MTB trail at the TECT Trail Park close to Tauranga where UBCO are based. No clutch or gears, no heat, drive chains or belts and virtually noise, plus hydraulic MTB brakes, speed-calibrated regenerative braking and low CoG and seat all make the UBCO effortless to ride. Along with the cleated footrests, it all means you can concentrate on fern-dodging and where to put the front wheel.
Unlike an ICE moto, terrain permitting an electic bike is most efficient with the throttle at the stop and hard acceleration doesn’t consume power like it does on an ICE. Despite its optimal traction and light weight, the low power rating means it’ll only climb 1:4 at which point the short-action throttle is pinned. If you run out of go it’s dead easy to hop off and push. Even with my weight, I found what looks like basic suspension well suited to the bike’s speed potential and the terrain we rode. It’s operation never intruded on my ride and it never bottomed out.
I can’t say I noticed the 2WD, apart from wheel-spinning when pulling away on loose dirt, but it rode as on rails despite the Kenda trials-pattern tyres being at road pressures. The 2×2 has no negative effect on the steering, probably quite the opposite, but you barely notice it. Just like I found myself pressing air for the foot brake, it probably takes a while to believe and then fully exploit the front end’s drive. And no, it won’t be more efficient in one-wheel drive (like old-school 4x4s could be) – the small motors are designed to work most efficiently together. As you can see below, the air-cooled hub motors (the only part of the bike which gets hot) aren’t fazed by shallow water crossings either.
Sure, the MTB handlebars were way too low when standing up, and there was nothing to brace the legs against. But the UBCO is so light and power levels so manageable it didn’t really matter. When sitting down I found my knees banged against the frame, but some trousers or pipe lagging would fix that.Just like a DCT Honda, the lack of gear changing or fear of stalling really frees the mind to deal with other things, meaning you can ride more smoothly and have more fun doing so. Before I got my current Himalayan I considered adapting a DCT NC750X into something akin to the Rally Raid CB500X. To me this is one of the greatest benefits of electric bikes. Doing the same ninety minutes riding on any sort of ICE dirt bike would have left me comparatively worn out.The fast-paced off-roading we did would give you about 40 miles range – you’ll get nearly twice that on a flat road at 20mph. And the regen braking means coming down a long pass actually adds a bit of charge. The dash info is basic and includes the temperature of each motor, but you can change or monitor various functions with the bike bluetoothed (or some such) to a smartphone app. Lights are LEDs up to a very bright 2200 lumens.
At the end of the ride I was able to nose the front wheel against the back of the trailer, turn the handle and let it climb up. But even without the 2×2 or even the utility element, like the Sachs moped above, the UBCO can also pass as a cool-looking urban runabout. In the right setting it would be a great way of nipping around without frightening the horses.
In 1967 the Electric Vehicle Association claimed that Britain had more battery-electric vehicles on its roads than the rest of the world put together. Almost all were milk floats (right) rated at around 8-10Kw and with a range of 50-60 miles. Even then, the first Golden Age of electric vehicles can be dated back to the start of the 20th century when, in the US for example, 40% of cars were steam-powered, 38% were electric (about 34,000 in total), and just 22% were dirty, smelly, noisy, rough-running ICEs. Then major oil fields were discovered around the world and before domestic air travel became the norm, the interstate road network went on to outstrip the railroads. Now there are well over a billion ICE road vehicles in the world, about 20% of which are bikes. The total number of EVs surpassed 3 million in 2018, a 50% increase over 2016.
The future will be electric, again. That may well be the case in urban settings or for other short-range applications. In 2008, alongside the more common pushbikes I was amazed to see electric scooters ( right ) whooshing around the streets of Kashgar, western China. And in Auckland last week I was equally intrigued to see dock-free e-scooters ( left ) either left on the pavement or whizzing about between pedestrians.
But any form of trans-continental overlanding in the less-rich AMZone will probably be the last place to see e-motos. The world is just too divided between rich and poor, urban or rural. Just as with fast internet or mobile phone masts, the cost of installing the necessary infrastructure everywhere is too great. It’s an overlanding quandary which has become analogous with diesel cars. Low-emission engines designed to run the low-sulphur fuel sold in rich countries will play up on the old, high-sulphur stuff sold in some parts of South America, Africa and Asia where emission regs are less strict and ‘Euro 5’ is a football tournament. So while in the next decade you might be able to ride your e-moto across Europe or North America, as things stand Cairo to Cape or Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia will be a challenge for a long while.
Visualising a sunshine-powered, off-road coast-to-coast traverse of Australia, similar to their World Solar Challenge race, I asked the UBCO tech guy would the necessary 400-w solar trailer (about two panels on the left) do the job? No. A battery can’t be charged and discharged at the same time, but a spare battery could be charged. Broome to Adelaide at 30mph max would sure give you plenty of time to get a nice sun tan. Some say the specific problem with electric motorcycles (as opposed to e-bikes, cars or trams) is that, price apart, with the available technology the weight vs power or range doesn’t add up with current perceived expectations of what a motorcycle can do. It ends up either too heavy, too slow or runs out of charge too soon. But even Harley’s turbine-smooth Livewire ( above ) only weighs 210kg, does 0-60 like a 701 and might last 100 miles. We’ll know more (or not) when the Long Way Up comes out this autumn. Other electric bikes will do better. As we approach the fabled Tipping Point you’d hope things can only get better.
I Rode The Electric 2023 Ubco 2×2 Motorcycle And Oh My God It Does Front-Wheel Burnouts
Two-wheel-drive is a somewhat rare configuration in the motorcycling world. Many people can point out the existence of the rugged Ural and some others might recall the Christini AWD dual sport, but the list of 2×2 and 3×2 motorcycles isn’t long. Part of the problem is just getting power to the front wheel. Electrification has made this easier as a result, the concept of the 2×2 motorcycle has gotten a bit of a revival. At Overland Expo West, I got the chance to ride a 2023 Ubco 2×2 Special Edition and the little motorbike-like thing provided an experience unlike anything I’ve ever ridden before. I did a front wheel burnout on two wheels!
Ubco, which stands for Utility Bike Company, has origins dating back to early 2014. Daryl Neal and Anthony Clyde spent 10 years in the electric bicycle industry and eventually saw a hole in the market for a unique product. The pair wanted to create a two-wheel-drive lightweight electric utility vehicle. They created a prototype, which won an award at Fieldays in New Zealand, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event.
A year later, the pair joined forces with Timothy Allan to create Ubco and from there, the company created another prototype before getting its utility bikes into the hands of riders. Since then, the concept has grown from a simple agricultural bike to include one that is street-legal and can be found all over the world, including here in America. Ubco’s electric motorcbike has gone through five generations of updates and I got to ride the best the company has to offer.
Powering The Front Wheel Of A Motorcycle Can Get Tricky
Before I continue, I should note that historically, getting power to the front wheel of a motorcycle has been tricky. Ural has been offering two-wheel-drive since 1995. Dnepr had a two-wheel-drive design that didn’t reach production in 1944. Ural’s current iteration of two-wheel drive sends power to the sidecar wheel using a solid driveshaft. The front wheel is not powered.
Charles Fehn invented what would become the Rokon Trail-Breaker two-wheel-drive minibike in 1958. A Trail-Breaker uses a shaft from the engine which connects to a clutched transfer box up at the handlebars. There’s a sprocket in there, which drives the front wheel’s chain.
Rokon’s motorcycles, which look like beefy minibikes, are closer in design to the Ubco I rode. However, they’re marketed differently. Ubco targets farmers, city riders, and off-roaders while Rokon seeks out preppers and hunters.
For an example of how complex motorcycle 2×2 systems really get, look no further than Christini’s AWD system. I mean, there’s so much going on that Christini has a graphic to explain it:
Then there’s the Yamaha 2-Trac, which used an Ohlins-designed hydraulic system to drive its front wheel. Fluid was forced into a hub-mounted hydraulic motor, which propelled it forward.
This is all to say that two-wheel-drive motorcycles have been around for many decades, but their construction gets pretty complicated. That’s where electric motors come in. They don’t need a transfer case, chains, sprockets, or hydraulic systems. Instead, a hub motor can spin a wheel right where it sits, no complicated connections needed. There have been a number of electric two-wheel-drive ebikes and motorcycles because of this and Ubco is perhaps the most popular of the bunch.
The Ubco 2×2
What is the Ubco 2×2? Well, the company calls its machine an electric motorcycle, but its tires would be at home on an ebike and its frame reminds me of the utility scooters of the past. Its top speed, 30 mph, is also close to that of a moped or scooter. So, it’s really sort of in its own niche of not really an ebike but not a true motorbike either. The Ubco 2×2 isn’t quite a full-on motorcycle; it’s more substantial than an ebike and even more utilitarian than a scooter.
The heart of the Ubco 2×2 is its two brushless Flux motors. These hub motors, which make a claimed 4 HP combined and 76.7 lb-ft torque, give the Ubco 2×2 a ton of character. I got to take a 2023 Ubco 2×2 Special Edition for a short spin on a road and a trail around the Overland Expo West grounds.
On pavement, the little Ubco performs exactly as you’d expect an electric bike to. The torque comes on nearly instantly and acceleration is strong up to about 25 mph. I didn’t measure the time it took to reach 25 mph, but it was enough to keep up with city traffic. You won’t be winning any races with one of these unless you’re racing a kid in their Power Wheels or someone on a Bird scooter.
Here’s an exploded view of Ubco’s motors. These are air-cooled brushless DC motors with sealed bearings and splined gears.:
The unit I tested topped out at 32 mph going slightly downhill. There are riding modes ranging from a juice-sipping Eco mode to Boost, which gets you to the 30 mph top speed as fast as possible. You’ll want to be in Boost if you’re navigating city traffic.
The tires are nearly as thin as bicycle tires and have a similar road feel as a bicycle. That means very light steering and cornering feel similar to that of a bicycle. Despite that, the tires didn’t lose grip. Even better, the suspension soaked up bumps more like a scooter or motorcycle than a bicycle.
A Point-And-Click Adventure
It is off-pavement where the Ubco really shines. The tiny knobby tires, combined with the high-torque electric motors, turns a trail ride into a point-and-click adventure. Just point the bars where you want to go, crank the throttle, and the Ubco will go there. Crank the throttle all of the way and the front tire will happily skip through the dirt, kicking up dust as it does the most adorable burnout. The rear tire sadly does not join in on the spinning action, but watching that front tire just rip in the dirt made me giggle all of the way through the trail.
I wasn’t able to get a video of the front wheel doing its thing, but this reviewer did and it’s so adorable:
Like that reviewer experienced, the rear wheel stayed put on my unit.
There’s another great thing about the little Ubco bikes. They’re not just fantastic in the dirt, but they’re super lightweight. The basic off-road-only Work Bike version weighs just 111.6 pounds without the battery and 151.2 pounds with the largest 3.1 kWh battery. The road-legal versions weigh 116 pounds without a battery and 155.6 pounds with the biggest battery. That makes the Ubco 2x2s light enough to deploy from a camper, a pickup truck, or your overlanding rig. It’s also light enough that you might be able to put it into your apartment.
I also love the 7027 alloy frame. It’s designed to carry a 330-pound payload and has 19 drop forged attachment points for whatever you’ll want to drag along for the ride. Go ahead and stick your tent, fishing gear, and provisions on this little bike. Also Smart is the fact that the batteries, either a 2.1 kWh or a 3.1 kWh unit, are easily removable. Ubco says you’ll get around 43 to 75 miles. That range isn’t divided up between the two batteries. The way I see it, with the utility racks, you could also carry more batteries for extra range. Ubco’s 2x2s come with a 10 amp charger and top up in 4 to 6 hours.
Helping to extend your range is brake activated active regeneration and off-throttle passive regeneration. There are modes for regeneration, too, from regen so low that you’ll coast to regen that can drag the bike close to a stop. I found regeneration to be strong, but if you need more stopping power, a pair of 240 mm rotors get the ride to a stop quickly. Weirdly, to change any of the above modes, you have to put the Ubco 2×2 into Neutral and put the stand down. Unfortunately, that means no changing between Eco and Boost while on the move.
So Many Possibilities
I was impressed with my short time on the Ubco. This is the kind of motorcycle type of thing that I’d love to have with me on a Gambler 500. It’s light enough that I can lift it into a vehicle on my own and it has just enough performance to put a smile on your face. I’d like to think of it as a Honda Ruckus on steroids. It’s not fast, but it is ridiculously fun.
However, I do have some potentially bad news. The cheapest Ubco 2×2 is the off-road-only Work Bike model, which starts at 4,999. That one doesn’t have mirrors, reflectors, or turn signals. For the same price, you can get the Ubco 2×2 Adventure Bike model, which is the same, but with the road-legal bits to make it registerable. Finally, we have the Ubco 2×2 Special Edition, which is the one I rode. This one is the same as the Adventure Bike, but comes in green with orange straps and some matching green storage bags. This one is 6,999, but I’m told to expect the price to drop to 6,000 sometime soon.
That price is affordable but puts it in some heavy competition. You can get faster electric dual sport motorcycles for the same price and if you go with internal combustion, you can get new bikes that will go highway speed. If speed isn’t a concern, a Honda Trail 125 is an attractive alternative for less money. Still, none of those bikes are all-wheel-drive and none of them have the utility of an Ubco.
If anything, Ubco shows that all-wheel-drive has a place in a future of electric bikes. After I got a taste of how weird and fun a two-wheel-drive motorcycle can be, sign me up for that kind of future.
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DIMENSIONS Weight excl. power supply: 52.7kg | 116lbs 2.1kWh battery: 65.7kg | 144.6lbs 3.1kWh battery: 70.7kg | 155.6lbs Height: 1,040mm | 41” Seat height: 815mm | 32” Width (handlebars): 820mm | 32.3” Length: 1,820mm | 72” Wheelbase: 1215mm | 47.8”
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BRAKES UBCO Quadratic² brake system: Hydraulic regenerative brakes operate together. DOT approved hydraulic brakes. 203 x 2.3mm rotors. DOT approved Dash 3 brake lines.
WHEELS 9 gauge stainless steel spokes.17×1.85” aluminium rims (DOT compliant). 17×2.75” multi-use tires, balanced between street performance and off-road grip (ECE and DOT compliant).
STRUCTURE Payload (incl. rider): 150kg | 330lbs Super X step through frame: 7027 alloy. Front and rear racks standard. 19 drop forged attachment lugs on subframe rack. Mechanically switched self-retaining kickstand.
SUSPENSION 130mm front suspension. 120mm rear suspension. Preload rebound adjustment.
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You can find your trackingcode by going to your Orders dashboard and clicking on the specific order. The UPS codes will be under Shipment Tracking Details. See the picture below.
Packages are shipped every Tuesday from our warehouse. See how long it takes to deliver to your country here.
I did not receive a track trace code?
If you did receive a track trace code, please contact support with your order number. You can also login to your account and see the tracking code under My Orders after you log in.
What if I want to send it back?
No problem. If you’re not completely in love, let us know and send it back to us. We do have some rules on returns. For more details, check out our handy Returns exchanges page.
Can I pick up my order in a Fatdaddy store?
You certainly can! Just select “Pick up in Fatdaddy store” at checkout and choose the most convenient store location for you. You’ll receive an email as soon as your order is ready to pick up – just remember to bring your ID, so we know it’s you.
Do i have to pay extra duty and tax?
Since we are a EU registered company we pay all import and VAT duties for you in advance. This only applies to country’s within the EU.
How much does shipping cost?
Buying something online with Fatdaddy should be just as hassle-free as possible. Enter your address in your cart, or at checkout to calculate the shipping costs.
You can combined multiple items into one shipment, the price will not change and is for the total shipping lot, not per item. If we ship multiple boxes you will also receive multiple tracktrace codes.
Do you ship to my country?
We ship to every EU and a few US locations though direct, secure and insured shipping.
If you country is not listed during checkout you get the option to ‘ship it yourself‘ this means that you will arrange pickup and shipment of your order from the Fatdaddy warehouse to the destination. When your order ready to be picked up you get an email with all the pickup details, the shipping agent needs to sign a document when they pick it up. This shipping methode is for your own expense, own liability and has a restock fee of 10%.
You can check the estimated shipping time for orders on this page or on the checkout page. All accessories ship within 48 hours. When your order leaves our warehouse, you’ll receive an email with a tracking number – you can use this to follow your order’s journey to your door or to one of our stores. We work with international shipping partners to get your order to you as soon as possible, but delivery times vary depending on where you order from.
We ship to certain area’s in the US. Want to know more about shipping to your US address send us an email.
You Can Now Legally Ride Your UBCO 2×2 Utility Electric Bike On Streets
There are a lot of electric bicycles (e-bikes) on the market today — from off-road adventure beasts to fat-tire bikes with folding frames. Some can’t even be legally ridden on streets. If you own a UBCO 2×2 e-bike, you know what we’re talking about, but here’s some good news: the new UBCO 2×2 utility e-bike solves that problem.
There are a lot of electric bicycles (e-bikes) on the market today — from off-road adventure beasts to fat-tire bikes with folding frames. Some can’t even be legally ridden on streets. If you own a UBCO 2×2 e-bike, you know what we’re talking about, but here’s some good news: the new UBCO 2×2 utility e-bike solves that problem.
UBCO 2×2 Utility Electric Bike Is Now Legal
The New Zealand e-bike company UBCO, which makes “utility electric vehicles” (UEV), finally has a road-legal 2×2 utility e-bike. Previously only licensed for off-road use, the 2×2 utility e-bike is ready to roll. Of course, check to see if your state and city allow for e-bikes on roads and/or sidewalks. New York state and New York City differ on the use of e-bikes. Hopefully, the success of e-bikes will force an overall legalization of e-bikes across the country.
Back to the new UBCO 2×2 utility e-bike, the e-bike is hailed as a dual-environment vehicle. This means it’s good for on-road use and off-road use. The company upgraded the e-bike with brake lights, indicators, reflectors, a speedometer, an odometer, and a LED headlight with a high and low beam for street use. It now also includes a motor cut-off switch, a steering lock system, and a Bluetooth app.
The e-bike uses a 52.2Ah (48Ah rated), 50V, removable UBCO lithium-ion battery pack that can be used to power tools or simply charge your phone. The e-bike has two USB chargers (1A 2.5A) and one 12V outlet (10A max).
It also has two electric motors, one in the front and one in the back. And to get you to tackle almost any environment you throw at it, it sports two powerful 1 kilowatt peak brushless DC Flux Drive electric motors (2.4 kWh peak) that are air cooled. It sports two high power density controllers with overheating protection.
Its top speed is 50 km/h (31 mph) and it weighs 63 kg ( almost 139 lb). Its estimated range is 120 km (74.5 miles).
The price is 6,999, which means you can now take your surfboard to the beach with it.
UBCO 2×2 Utility E-Bike Conclusion
Is the UBCO 2×2 utility e-bike blurring the lines between an e-bike and an electric scooter? It definitely looks like it fits neatly in between both worlds. It is aimed at a utilitarian market and looks mighty comfortable off-road as well as on. The company offers custom bags and cargo decks, with an option to fit onto its sturdy frame anything you can fit.
You have lean and fit e-bikes, daily commuters, and even cool retro-looking e-bikes, and now you also have the SUV of e-bikes, the UBCO 2×2 utility e-bike.
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