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  • McLaren launches 161Nm torque eMTB range 
  • stwhannah
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    Yes, that McLaren. Of Formula 1 fame, purchased by footballers. The makers of supercars have turned their attention to ebikes. There is a long history …

    By stwhannah

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    McLaren launches debut electric mountain bike range 

    jimthesaint
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    Is there some sort of tax break to be had for car brands when they make these bikes? Generally they’re pretty shit and your left wondering why did they bother

     

    zippykona
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    I rate their prams.

    nickc
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    Why do they do this?

    FunkyDunc
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    Why do they do this?

    Because there is a lot of money to be made in bikes I would imagine

    hot_fiat
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    Do they count for their EV quota?

    tomhoward
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    Not a looker, is it?

    munkyboy
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    Based on the logic that we know a bit about bikes so know this is garbage how bad are the cars?

    nickc
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    Because there is a lot of money to be made in bikes I would imagine

    Is there? Really? Now? When any number of manufacturers are probably skipping unsold stock rather than depress the market [even further] I doubt there’s more than a couple of cars worth of profit in it.

    Kramer
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    Why do they do this?

    Marketing apparently.

    TomB
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    I bet replacing that cockpit/handlebar will be cheap when you drop it on a rock….

    somafunk
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    If it has the build quality and reliability of their cars then I’d give it a hard pass

    FunkyDunc
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    Is there? Really? Now?

    Just because avg salary people think e-bikes are overpriced and can’t afford them , doesn’t mean that people who can afford a McLaren are in the same situation.

    Random fact – McLaren are by far the fastest depreciating super car brand

    grahamt1980
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    Let’s face it, there are hundreds of people turn up at trail centres in their 80-90k vans or suv’s that would love to have an ebike brand like this.
    Money doesn’t matter to them

    johnnystorm
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    Nice way to add an extra £10k onto a sale when someone buys one of their cars or a freebie to throw in to close a deal. Any mention of who makes the motor?

    twistedpencil
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    That is one ugly bike… how do the designers of the McLaren F1 come up with that?

    tomhoward
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    how do the designers of the McLaren F1 come up with that?

    He doesn’t work for Mclaren anymore.

    matt_outandabout
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    Hyperbike

    🙄

    vlad_the_invader
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    That is one ugly bike… how do the designers of the McLaren F1 come up with that?

    There’s a comment on Pinkbike that it’s actually a 3yr old Chinese catalogue frame. I sincerely hope so otherwise I suspect Gordon Murray will be equally horrified…

    sl2000
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    McLaren’s first hyperbikes, the “Extreme 600 and Sport 600”, vie for title of the world’s most potent e-bikes with up to 600W and 161Nm of torque

    Vying with all the other e-bikes legally limited to the same power?

    finbar
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    Comeooooonnnnnnn Singletrack this isn’t a bike and any goon who buys one will likely never pedal it.

    v7fmp
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    My friend works at McLaren. I have told him to hunt down the person who gave this the green light and kick them right in the goolies!!

    jamesoz
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    The only person I know with a McLaren is far too tight/not into bikes to buy an E-bike.

    IIRC he said The car is largely paid for by renting it out to experience day companies. No idea if that’s true.

    kayak23
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    I see that you sit in the middle to steer, just like the Speedtail.

    cookeaa
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    Lad round the corner had one of those when I was little:

    vektarposter

    Sweet mag wheels, the rest was ‘of it’s time’ shall we say…

    (Edit: I give up, how the flip does image linking work now? This forum is still broken and shite)…

    ThePinkster
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    I hate to be one to jump on a bandwagon, but f me that’s ugly.

    multi21
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    ThePinksterFull Member
    I hate to be one to jump on a bandwagon, but f me that’s ugly.

    It is but a 600W e-bike does sound quite fun, assuming the geo is not utter arse.

    convert
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    Oh my. That really hasn’t gone well in the styling dept has it.

    A 600W motor – assuming that means a continual power output of 600w rather  than a short peak of 600W is going to munch a battery.

    vinnyeh
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    IME, manufacturers end up giving these away to the purchasers of the cars.

    jameso
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    murky

    brandmanagement.caa.com/mclaren/

    “This is reflected in its licensing programme across a range of categories that capture and express the brand’s ethos, creating a world where consumers can experience McLaren’s inimitable vision.”

    comet
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    I suspect most of these will be bought by owners of McLaren cars.

    Sandwich
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    20mph and all those watts do not a street legal pedalec make, surely?

    Also that ugly tree must have been very tall with lots of branches!

    tjagain
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    US legal – not UK or EU.

    matt_outandabout
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    murky

    brandmanagement.caa.com/mclaren/

    “This is reflected in its licensing programme across a range of categories that capture and express the brand’s ethos, creating a world where consumers can experience McLaren’s inimitable vision.”

    So Chinese catalogue bike, a press release and a photographer who has a brief to not show ‘whole bike shots’ too much?

    Speeder
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    SandwichFull Member
    20mph and all those watts do not a street legal pedalec make, surely?

    Is that the US limit?

    1000 hours! that’s 25 man (person) weeks.  And, according to the way it’s written, that was just to do the styling. FFS

    I get the desire to bring some McLaren design and innovation to the eBike world and there’s definitely something to be said for a fresh pair of eyes on the subject but this is ****ing hideous!  Did no-one think to open the door to the bike world and see what the state of the art is? How bikes are used? How we users customise things to fit us? I don’t know what’s worse, the gopping frame design or the proprietary handlebar/stem/light/display combo.

    I get that this is going to be a rich person’s add on to a much bigger purchase – “can i also interest sir/madam in this, our latest eBike? It’s the perfect compliment to your supercar of choice and would look great in your garage (might be collectable one day)” but to punt it out to MTB magazines as if it’s a proper bike is ridiculous.

    Hope it rides better than it looks.

    HoratioHufnagel
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    Most full fat ebike motors from Bosch Shimano etc are around 600w with no time limit on that figure.

    tjagain
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    Is that the US limit?

    us limits vary I think but that will fit most of them IIRC

    dirkpitt74
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    Williams had a couple of ebikes too…….

    Bit cheaper at around £2k though.

    northernmatt
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    Porsche also do a line of ebikes for those which have more money than sense.

    Not a patch on the ones they made in the 90s though https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/porsche-bike-fs-evolution

    mmannerr
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    90s Porsche bikes were from Votec which were quite mad but apparently quite good for full suspension bikes back then. The Votec brand is now reborn after bankruptcy and much duller.

    Almost same story with Mercedes bikes which were rebranded AMP bikes with that cool parallelogram fork.

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