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This electric bike is made for Imperial Stormtroopers

Gordon Mah Ung | April 20, 2016
Zeitgeist's carbon-fiber electric bike will go up to 100 miles on a charge and looks like it was built for the Empire.

But some states, such as California, have passed laws allowing pedelectric-bikes that only assist the rider to hit a maximum speed of 28 mph. Once you exceed 28 mph, it’s just your legs doing the work as the motor is turned off to remain legal.

Zeitgeist execs said another side effect of the pedelec power, combined with the sleek design of the Beta X, is that most people won’t know it’s electric.

Electric bikes haven’t been embraced by all bicyclists, and having a 250 lbs. mouse potato ring his bell as he smokes a Lance Armstrong wannabe on a steep hill climb probably won’t help. With the Beta X, Lance won’t even know what happened.

zeitgeist motor hub 
The hub motor is rated for 500 watts of power and is fairly compact too.  Credit: Zeitgeist

Ouch. Dat price

If you’re expecting this bicycle to cost $399, you better dig deeper—and add another 9. Yup, it's $3,999 for the Zeitgeist Beta X, and that’s just the starting price on the Crowd Supply crowdfunding campaign. The Beta X looks like it’ll hit $5,000 when it goes into full production. Initially, 100 units will be made for the Crowd Supply campaign, with plans to go into full production of the Beta by October.

The cost may seem high, but company execs say that’s actually a good price, as competing eBikes with similar power plants but more weight range from $6,000 to $7,000. 

To a bicycling enthusiast who takes the week off to watch the Tour de France, dropping $5k on a bicycle is part of the life style. But to a regular Joe or Jane? Yeah, it’s going to take some serious justification for most of us.

If you live in a traffic-congested city like New York or San Francisco, however, a vehicle that lets you effortlessly go 10 or 15 miles and bypass that gridlocked traffic is something that just might be worth the money. We’ll see when when I get one in for a ride of the electric bicycle lifestyle. All I’ll need is my Stormtrooper armor to go with the Beta X’s stark looks.

zeitgeist storm trooper standing 
The Empire has gone green and traded its Scout Bikes for Electric Bikes. Credit: Zeitgeist

 

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