The electric bicycle market has an additional benchmark. Indeed, Ariel Rider has just unveiled the Grizzly. Halfway between cycling and motorcycling, the machine was designed to withstand the toughest tests. Its 6061 aluminum frame is not only lightweight, it is also strong enough to support up to two people (the second seat is optional). In its classic version, the Grizzly only offers one seat and one luggage rack.
An electric bike as efficient as a motorcycle
Speaking of design, the Ariel Rider Grizzly has a fork up front. Rear suspension is provided by CNC shocks, while the braking system consists of a set of 180mm Tektro rotors with dual-piston calipers. Frankly, the main reason that this model is considered a bike and not a motorcycle or a scooter is that its components perform less well.
Although the Grizzly looks like a motorcycle, it makes do with a KMC 27 bicycle chain as well as a Shimano derailleur. On the motor side, the machine benefits from all-wheel drive (2 × 2) since each wheel incorporates a 750 W brushless motor.
Ariel Rider also reports a torque of 80 Nm. It is not clear, however, whether this is the force generated by the two motors or by each of them. Either way, thanks to its chunky wheels, this e-bike is well enough designed to tackle rough or steep trails. The top speed exceeds 50 km / h, or more precisely 53 km / h, despite an empty weight of 47 kg.
Ariel Rider Grizzly. Credit photo: Ariel Rider
Two batteries for a range of nearly 100 km
What is also remarkable is the fact that the Grizzly carries two batteries. One is located under the luggage rack, while the other is on the part of the frame where the cup holder is typically installed. To power his new electric bike, Ariel Rider has thus provided a 52V 17.5Ah accumulator and another of 52V 14Ah.
These are lithium-ion cells manufactured by Samsung. They are supposed to withstand up to 800 charge cycles and give the bike a theoretical range of 96 km. Note also the presence of a set of 52V and 750W controllers for each motor.