E-bike startup Bandit recently opened its first direct-to-consumer brick and mortar store in Santa Monica, California, and celebrated the launch of a long-range dual-motor full-suspension beast called the X-Trail Pro.
Described as a road legal e-bike – although its top pedal assist and throttle speed are over the 1/2 and 3 limits, so may need some documentation before hitting the road – the Bandit X-Trail Pro would be more accurate Billed as an electric moped, it’s clearly designed for off-road thrill seekers — and the clue is in the name.
A 750W front hub motor combines with a 1,000W rear hub for jaw-dropping fun and a top speed of 42mph (67.5km/h). It rocks a cadence sensor with seven levels of pedal assist, which isn’t as responsive as a torque sensor, but if you need the motor’s push, you can use the twist throttle for e-bike-like acceleration to 38 mph. There’s also a 7-speed Shimano Altus gear set for even more flexible riding options.
There’s a 960-watt-hour battery up front and a second 720-watt-hour battery under the seats, both of which are removable for charging indoors. Bandit estimates that the X-Trail Pro drove over 120 miles (190+ kilometers) per charge in testing.
Constructed with a 6061 aluminum alloy frame, this e-bike/moped has a low ride height and supports a rider height of 4.9 to 6.5 feet (1.5 – 2 m). It features 20-inch wheels with 4-inch puncture-resistant CST fat tires, rear dual-coil extrusions and front suspension forks to soak up uneven terrain and is aided by Nat four-piston hydraulic disc brakes stop. 180mm rotors.
It has a waterproof motorcycle-style LED headlight and taillight with integrated turn signals, a moped-style nylon upholstered seat, and a sporty BMX-like handlebar with a color LCD display in the center for Switch between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive. only or both. Riders can unlock the X-Trail Pro with a PIN or NFC card, and a companion app is coming soon for custom tuning as well as subscription-based GPS tracking and anti-theft stamps.
Bandit has launched a pre-order grant campaign independent website, benefits start at $1,999. The usual crowdfunding caveats apply, but if all goes to plan, shipments are expected to begin in September. The video below has more.
Riders looking for something less scary and less expensive might want to check out the Engwe M20 motorcycle-style e-bike or Aventon’s Sinch 2 stepper folder.
Bandit X-Trail Pro Promo V1