A few years ago New Zealand-based electric bike outfit, UBCO rolled out its inaugural model with the 2×2, a highly-utilitarian fully-electric, rack-laden, two-wheel-drive two-wheeler largely marketed towards farmers and ranchers and the like. This week, the Kiwi company has now revealed its first performance-focused electric dirt bike model with the all-new FRX1.
Like with the 2×2, the FRX1 is kicked along by the brand’s “Flux Drive” motor, albeit now a mid-drive setup rather than the 2×2’s hub-mounted units, and boasting 15 peak kilowatts (20hp). The liquid-cooled brushless motor — which is mounted at the swing-arm pivot, allowing the chain’s tension to remain taught regardless of rear suspension travel — is paired with a 50V Lithium-ion 2.2kWh battery pack that affords a 60+ mile range. The proton-powered trail bike boasts an MX-style saddle, wide, off-road bars, fork-guards, and a number of other motocross-inspired aesthetic bits that help the FRX1 to look the part. Tipping the Cales at only 132lbs, the aluminum trellis-framed FRX1 can reach speeds of 50mphs while generating a whopping 206.5ft-lbs of torque — more than double of Ducati’s flagship Panigale V4. 19” spoked rims, discs brakes, and adjustable suspension fore and aft complete the package. Currently available for preorder, the UBCO FRX1 has been priced at $8,999.