The fastest electric bike on earth is a tech toy for thrill-seekers

Designed for adrenaline-charged, off-road recreation and billed as the world’s most technically advanced and powerful electrically powered hyper bicycle
The SWIND EB-01 is the most technically advanced and powerful electrically powered ‘hyper bicycle’ in the world
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Mind-blowingly, brutally fast. That’s how the British manufacturer of the SWIND EB-01 describes its audaciously equipped two-wheeled product.

Designed for adrenaline-charged, off-road recreation and billed as the world’s most technically advanced and powerful electrically powered ‘hyper bicycle’, the EB-01 has an official top speed of 60mph. With a bit of tuning and tinkering, says its designer Raphaël Caillé, it could go as fast as 80. Wallpaper* travelled to a private tarmac and dirt track cycle facility in far east London for a test ride.

A thing of jolie laide, butch utilitarian beauty the Swind is, genetically speaking, 70 per cent downhill mountain bike and 30 per cent Ducati Monster. The air cooled cell and drive train sit inside a bombproof aluminum and carbon-fibre monocoque frame. Bolted on is a regenerative braking system and thumb shift gear levels. Long travel forks at the front end and a big bouncing swing arm at the rear. Choose from either knobby or road tyres. The 1.75 KW.H lithium-ion battery is fully charged in 90 minutes and it’ll go for up to 80 miles. You also can pedal it like a normal push bike (if you really want to).

The SWIND EB-01 wheel

Long travel forks at the front end and a big bouncing swing arm at the rear

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There are three twist-and-go power settings – Eco, Normal and Boost. Eco is perfect for a shopping trip or a canal toe-path, while the torque, acceleration and sheer brutish thrust of the ‘Boost’ option will take your breath away. The iPhone sized, digital dash has buttons for traction control, range control and, hilariously, ‘wheelie control’.

The boutique project of Swindon Powertrain, a specialised tech outfit that creates cutting-edge products and prototypes for supercar OEMs and Formula One teams, the £15,000 EB-01 went on sale earlier this year but has already established its place on the international big boys’ toys market. Early adopters have been hypercar owners and boat owners. ‘The kind of people who want to add the hyper e-bicycle to their garage or perhaps to have a pair sitting on the deck of their mega-yacht,’ says Raphaël Caillé. The fact that the bicycle’s wheels can be fitted with soft, dune sports tyres will help sales in the UEA.  

‘Off road test riders have been thrilled to find out that they can go up hills as fast as they can go down them,’ says Caillé. ‘It completely changes the perception of cycling and the riding experience.’

Hyper Bicycle with three power settings

Three power settings give the bike varying forms of life – Eco sets the pace for a leisurely cycle, whereas Boost expectedly pushes the bike’s acceleration

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The Swind is, genetically speaking, 70 per cent downhill mountain bike and 30 per cent Ducati Monster

The Swind is, genetically speaking, 70 per cent downhill mountain bike and 30 per cent Ducati Monster

(Image credit: swindon-engines.com)

Bicycle that features a 1.75 KW.H lithium ion battery that can be fully charged in 90 minutes, and can last for up to 80 miles

It features a 1.75 KW.H lithium ion battery that can be fully charged in 90 minutes, and can last for up to 80 miles – but can also be used as a regular pushbike

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With an official top speed of 60 mph, designer Raphael Caille thinks it could push 80

With an official top speed of 60 mph, designer Raphaël Caillé thinks it could push 80

(Image credit: swindon-engines.com)

INFORMATION
SWIND EB-01, £15,000. For more information, visit the Swindon Powertrain website (opens in new tab)