LMX Bikes, maker of electric drive systems for lightweight vehicles are quite close to successfully crowdfunding the LMX161H hybrid dirtbike/bicycle.
Adam Mercier and Lucas Suteau founded LMX Bikes in 2013 with the primary goal of producing high-performance electric freeride motorcycles. After building one-offs and limited production models, LMX commissioned the LMX161H hybrid in early 2017. To get good support and means to turn the concept into reality, the duo set up a crowdfunding page. So far, LMX has accumulated 95% of the investment necessary to sign off the hybrid into production.
The 161-H is designed with a more off-road focus in its nature. Built to tackle rough roads, it uses an ultra-lightweight 6061 aluminium frame. A pair of RST Killah Coil RC mountain bike forks handles front suspension duties, with a DNM RCP2 monoshock at the rear. The LMX161H provides 220 mm of front and 200 mm of rear suspension travel. 203 mm disc brakes both up front and out back are sourced from TRP Zurich. The front wheel is a 26-inch affair, lifted off an MTB. The rear wheel is a 19-inch motorcycle wheel. Both spoked wheels are wrapped with dualsport rubber.
The 161-H is powered by a brushless DC motor equipped with a Kelly controller, a Samsung battery (this one doesn’t explode), and regenerative braking system. The motor produces 3 kW in Eco mode and 8 kW in Boost Mode, and an astounding 300 Nm torque throughout the rev range. LMX says the 161H can easily climb inclines up to 45 degrees. The entire vehicle weighs just 50 kg, making it extremely flickable and agile.
A 600-watt charger is standard with the161H, charging it to full capacity in three hours. It has a range of almost 65 km on a single charge in Eco mode through off-road terrain. While this doesn’t sound like much, the Samsung battery powering the motor is hot swappable. Just remove the existing discharged battery and replace it with a new one and you are good to go. LMX also gives optional pedals that clip onto the footpegs in the eventuality that the battery has conked out or manual drive is required.
LMX Bikes is currently homologating the 161H for series production. Deliveries will commence in May 2018, with preorders ending today, 31st October. There will be a slight rise in the asking price after today, but the product is listed at $6,215, which shouldn’t burn a hole through your pockets.