California-based Hi Power Cycles (HPC) has launched the first full-suspension e-bike in 3 years. Described as the ultimate all-carbon fiber enduro, the 2023 Trailblazer lineup can be equipped with a torquey 1,600-watt mid-mounted motor and a 45-mile battery.
“Trailblazer represents more than two years of research and development,” said company co-founder Chris Hunt. “We went through six prototypes to get it just right. The Trailblazer aims to be the longest range, most powerful, best performing lightweight carbon e-bike on the market. In overall quality, weight, performance and value.”
2023 Trailblazers come in two flavors, each of which can be configured with different options. The base Pro model comes standard with a 750-watt mid-mounted geared motor, but options of up to 1,200 or 1,600 watts and up to 140 Nm (103.25 lb-ft) of torque are available.
Pedal assist includes a torque sensor and two cadence sensors for immediate response to pedal inputs, up to 20 mph (32 km/h), 32 mph (51.5 km/h) for 1,200-W off-road or 34 mph (54.7 km/h) with 1,600-W in style.
The thumb throttle can optionally be powered on demand with the off-road version. Each variant is equipped with a SRAM EX1 8-speed gearset for increased ride agility. The American-made quick-release battery can be configured up to 907 watt-hours (52 volts) for a range of 45 miles (72.5 km) per charge at 1,600 watts.
The lightweight carbon frame is finished with lime green accents, and HPC teamed up with DVO suspension to deliver 160mm of travel on a custom-tuned Diamond D1 fork, and Topaz T2 rear air shocks offer 155mm of travel to adjust to each rider Tailored to your weight and riding style.
The Pro rolls on 27.5-inch wheels with Maxxis Minion 2.8-inch tires, and stopping power is provided by four-piston Magura MT7e hydraulic disc brakes with 203mm rotors and motor cut-off, which feature Renthal carbon fiber fat bars and Apex bars , and an SDG Tellis dropper seatpost. The mid-size standard configuration weighs just 51.5 lbs (23.3 kg). Retail prices start at $9,000, but there’s currently a 15th-anniversary sale that brings the price down to $7,650.
The 2023 Trailblazer model shares a lot of similarities with the Pro, but starts at a much cheaper $6,400 (or $5,440 after discount), so some components aren’t quite as high-spec. The motor and battery configuration is the same, but this model features a Diamond D2 fork and Opal shock combo, a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed gearset, Alex rims wrapped in Kenda Nevegal II Pro tires, two-piston Magura brakes, Spank handlebars and stems, and a PNW dropper seatpost. The total weight of the medium frame is 52.5 lbs (23.8 kg).
Product page: 2023 Trailblazer Pro