The folks at Optibike have been building electric bikes for a few years and that experience now manifests itself in their ultimate creation, the new OB1. It takes the signature Optibike part, the patented Motorized Bottom Bracket (MBB) that uses a derailleur system to give you the optimum gear ratio and mates it with a 850W continuous brushless DC motor powered by 20ah of lithium ion batteries housed inside an aluminum monocoque frame. Add to that handlebars, brakes, derailleur, chainring, and cable ferrules made of carbon fiber. Suspend it with Fox Racing shocks and forks connected to TAG Dupont resin wheels and let it light up the night with twin 10W halogen lights. All done? Not even close. It has a fully integrated wireless PDA to monitor things like battery state of charge, motor temperatures, and expected range. You won't need to worry about getting lost either since there is also GPS satellite navigation.

According to their website "Your OB1 will be custom painted to your specifications by an artist at Gunslinger Custom Paint and the entire bike is covered by a 2 year full warranty". The battery is covered for 3 years or 30,000 miles and the wheels, frame, and Chris King Headset are guaranteed for life. Every flight of fancy has its price and the OB1 will set you back $12,995 if, of course, you act fast enough because quantities are very limited.

Optibike has a range of models besides the OB1 that are more than adequate for us mere mortals. Hit the jump for some videos of them in action doing craziness like traversing Breckenridge and climbing Pike's Peak.





[Source: Optibike via Gizmag]


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