Stealth Bomber Releases Epic Video

May 25, 2013
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The ebike industry has not had many good Youtube videos to speak of…Much of that is because very few ebikes are designed with the performance market in mind. Performance is what looks good on Youtube. It would be hard to convey how cool it is to ride 20-MPH for 50 miles via an internet video (*yawn…).  That is sad because one good video can transform an obscure activity (like ebiking) into an instant mainstream hit, which is what many ebikers have been waiting for. Stealth is one of the few ebike companies focused on performance.

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The Stealth Bomber has all the makings of an epic video. A fast (50-MPH) electric bike,  the most heavy duty off road suspension of any electric bike on the market, a world-class sponsored rider  (Ronnie Renner), and a rare company focus on performance and speed. However, although Stealth ebike videos have been good, there have been no real stand outs…

…until now:

 

This video has all the making to go viral and is probably the most exciting production electric bike video I have seen.  In its first day of being live it has already gotten 30,000 views.

One thing I like about the Stealth company is they don’t inflate their performance numbers, and they let the product sell itself. In the these videos, Ronnie is humble about the bikes, and does a great job of emphasizing their benefits over the ultra powerful gas bikes he is accustomed to.

It is not cheap to make a performance bike such as the Stealth, and it comes at more costs than just financial (read our high cost of  ebike speed ). One of the biggest drawbacks of speed on an ebike is it equates to a heavy bike. It is no secret that the Stealth Bomber is not only the fastest production bike available, but also one of the   heaviest at 125 pounds. Much of that weight is in the rear wheel which contains a 28-pound Crystalite hub motor. As fast as the Stealth Bomber is, it is not as agile as a bicycle, a typical ebike, or even an off-road motorcycle which is perfectly balanced. Therefore it is laborious and difficult to do awe-inspiring tricks on it that are worthy of YouTube. However for something to blast through trails quietly and stealthily at a 50-MPH speed, the Stealth Bomber is unrivaled by any powered bike or motorcycle.

I saw Ronnie in Las Vegas at Innerbike riding his  brand new white Stealth Bomber and it seemed like he was getting accustomed to wheelying his heavy beast. This is about as high as he would get it up. But when else could a 50-MPH vehicle be allowed to ride indoors in the Las Vegas convention center?

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In Ronnie’s  first video, an introduction to him and his Stealth Bomber, you can see it is kind of skimpy in terms of tricky bike maneuvers, although very good in production quality etc. You don’t see many extreme manuevers in this video…but more of enjoyable trail riding behind the house without pissing off the neighbors. The trick that Stealth seems to be focusing on is riding a high performance vehicle where no other can ride:

 

 

If you want to see what Ronnie Renner is capable of,  watch on the electric KLM motorcycle on which he seems  more in his element. Of course an electric motorcycle like the KLM or the Zero are going to have better balance with a mid drive motor with twice the horsepower of any production bike. Again this power comes at the expense of weight  and the KLM electric motorcycle weighs in at 200 pounds (Stealth weighs 125 pounds).

 

 

Actually most buyers of the Stealth Bomber will probably do most of their riding in the street (something you would not get away with on an electric motorycle)…which is technically  illegal (the Stealth Bomber is at the top of our list of Illegal ebikes in 2013). However you can always dial your Cycle Analyst down to “Legal Mode”, and ride at 20-MPH and you can at least  argue that you are legal, and you probably will not be hassled if you ride civilly and that is because of the pedals (I am an electric biker!).  Here is a video of a Stealth Bomber street riding in Columbia like a bat out of hell. Lucky Columbia is known for its lawfulness:

 

 

Stealth USA did a number of good quality videos of a Stealth Bomber that was off-road riding in its legal habitat. Stealth is well on their way to defining a new category of electric bike…which is a high performance off-road machine that can be ridden on more trails because of its silence and pedals than a gas powered MX bike.  Here is a good example and their most recent video (shot in Canada):

 

 

With such an enticing marketing ploy as a viral video, one must ask what Stealth success would mean to the industry.

Riding in SF lately, I have seen two Stealth Bombers in the wild (on bike lanes). Will it be good or bad for the ebike market if bikes like the Stealth Bomber become more popular? Please share your feelings in the comment section, I know it is a hot issue. Personally I really like the Stealth product and like how they are presenting it. It is good to see a non China-made electric bike kicking ass and demonstrating what good technology in an ebike can do.

The speed and performance will attract a younger demographic to ebikes that normally would not be interested. Does spending big money on a 20-MPH electric bike make good sense over buying a simple and affordable 20-MPH pedal bike?  To a 25 year old probably not…where as the 50-MPH Stealth Bomber could make sense. However, on the other side of the coin, it is possible that as more of these high-powered electric bikes hit the street, hard-core ebike legislation could kick in, ruining it for everyone.

Selfishly speaking,  the Stealth Bomber would be a fun vehicle to own, and Stealth has ebikes ready to pack up in fancy wooden boxes and  ship from their Australian warehouse.

 

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Eric has been involved in the electric bike industry since 2002 when he started a 6000 square foot brick and mortar Electric Bike store in downtown San Francisco. He is a true believer that small electric vehicles can change the way we operate and the way we think.


8 Comments

  1. It’s not only possible but PROBABLE that “if more of these high powered e-bikes hit the street, hard core e-bike legislation could kick in ruining it for everyone.” You’ve answered the question yourself. In China in one city near Hong Kong there were 70 e-bike deaths recently, and now e-bikes are far more strictly controlled. In New York City where the inner-city messengers went berserk on their electric delivery bikes, endangering people not only crossing the roads but on the sidewalks walking their children, e-bikes were banned outright, not just in the city but throughout the state!! I understand how Stealth has been bombarding this website with revenue and with riders to promote/test their product. But if we really want to enjoy the e-bikes we have, we should be alarmed by this brazen ad blitz to sell an essentially antisocial kamikaze line of 50 mph bikes, which is only inviting an unpleasant blowback response for the rest of us,

  2. Hi, I’m From France, and i’m looking for a Stealth,
    i’m just afraid to run on public road, our reglementation is 250W !!!
    I ‘m just not sure between the fighter and the bomber ?

    i have also a Grace MX bike 350W bosch engine , and I want to know if a Stromer is better than this bike ? The Stromer is 500W in torque, is it easier to climb hills ?

    thanx a lot.

    Ben.

  3. Its about the rider and the respect for the bike and environment. Stealth is making a bike that is versatile and respected for quality. Their team world wide is patient and calm and understand when the bike fits and when it does not. A pure example of this is the way the product is portrayed by its staff. Hats off!

  4. Stealth is very good at marketing and selling dream. But I would be very cautious about the bomber s supposed durability and versability. It is made of parts that are indeed fragile and difficult to repair : vboxxx, sealed battery. The weight in the rear wheel doesnt make it so versatile, you can t use it as a downhill bike as advertised on videos. It s best terrain is still tarmac, but it is not street legal….From dream to reality, there is often a huge gap.

    • Very good points……thanks

  5. All it’s going to take is a hysterical Fox News report about these “hazardous, dangerous” new eBikes that can move at 80 miles an hour (inflate figures, make public assume every eBike can reach such speeds), mention something about the thousands of people in China and Europe who are mauled every year on these things (Facts? Who needs facts?), and you can expect every eBike inside of or slated for sale within our borders to be heavily regulated and used as another source of revenue – either via registry fees or through the ticketing process. To keep us safe from the menace, of course. USA! USA! USA!

  6. There is now a ebike which gives riders more options in so many ways!!!!
    I have just purchased one for my personal use mainly on the road,for many reasons. I think governments will always look for ways to regulate anything that will generate more revenue for their coffers!
    The local law enforcement will still have a field day no matter what,and as other people have said it will only take a few reckless people to help change the face of the ebike anyway.
    On a final note,the Stealth Bomber that I have just bought is the only ebike that suits who I am and how I want to ride! Apart from the steep price it is the only way to go!!!!

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