Skip to main content

Exclusive: Ubco FRX1 electric dirt bike pre-orders go live at $8,999

Electric trail bikes are the future of off-road fun, and Ubco’s new FRX1 is the latest machine to hit the market. Helping to build out a fledgling segment, the FRX1 is an electric trail bike that hopes to hit the sweet spot of build quality, power and price.

The FRX1 is priced at $8,999 in the US, with pre-orders available now and shipping expected to start in July of this year. While that’s a substantial investment, the FRX1 will put itself in a competitive position between its rivals, the Segway Dirt eBike and Cake Kalk OR. They start at $2,999 and $13,000, respectively.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Ethan Ralston, CEO of Ubco US, says the FRX1 is aimed at the heart of the new electric dirt bike market. “The emerging market for a lightweight electric trail bike is a really new category we are very excited about,” said Ralston. “It blends the agility of a mountain bike and the power of a motocross bike.”

Lightweight, indeed. At 132 pounds, the FRX1 is almost half the weight of traditional trail motorcycles, and about 18 pounds lighter than the more expensive Cake Kalk OR.

But don’t think that because the FRX1 is a lightweight, it doesn’t pack a punch. On board is a liquid-cooled brushless motor that puts out 15kW of environmentally friendly power. This translates to 20 horsepower and 280Nm (about 206ft-lb) of torque, numbers that exceed the Cake Kalk OR and Segway Dirt eBike. You’ll be cruising up to the FRX1’s top speed of 50 mph in no time.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Once you’ve drained the 2.2kWh Lithium-ion battery, which has an estimated range of 62 miles, charging will take six hours to move from 0%-100%. That may have you wishing for the pedals seen on last year’s FRX1 prototype. Either way, 62 miles is solid in terms of range for this lightweight.

Ubco’s app can keep track of the bike’s range and speed. While we haven’t tested it alongside the FRX1, it impressed us during our review of Ubco’s 2×2. The FRX1’s Bluetooth capability will make monitoring a breeze for riders, and helps future-proof the bike for additional improvements as they’re rolled out with firmware updates.

Speaking of firm, the FRX1 has a proper dirt bike suspension with 250mm of travel at the front and rear. The inverted forks are fully adjustable, while the rear shock has both high and low speed compression, rebound adjustment, and spring preload. The suspension, along with four pot hydraulic brakes with 220mm rotors, will be Ubco-branded.

On paper, the FRX1’s specifications certainly stack up, but we’ll wait till we’ve had a chance to ride before any real judgements are made. Visit Ubco’s website for more on the FRX1.

Mitchell Nicholson
Mitchell comments on the current happenings in the motorcycle world. From the latest advances in wheelie control to noise…
4 simple pieces of tech that helped me run my first marathon
Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar displaying pace information.

The fitness world is littered with opportunities to buy tech aimed at enhancing your physical performance. No matter your sport of choice or personal goals, there's a deep rabbit hole you can go down. It'll cost plenty of money, but the gains can be marginal -- and can honestly just be a distraction from what you should actually be focused on. Running is certainly susceptible to this.

A few months ago, I ran my first-ever marathon. It was an incredible accomplishment I had no idea I'd ever be able to reach, and it's now going to be the first of many I run in my lifetime. And despite my deep-rooted history in tech, and the endless opportunities for being baited into gearing myself up with every last product to help me get through the marathon, I went with a rather simple approach.

Read more
This bracelet helps you fall asleep faster and sleep longer
woman-in-bed-wearing-twilight-apollo-on-ankle

This content was produced in partnership with Apollo Neuroscience.
Have you been struggling to get the recommended seven hours of sleep? It's always frustrating when you get in bed at a reasonable time, then toss and turn for a hours before you actually sleep. The quality of that sleep is important too. If you're waking up multiple times during the night, you're likely not getting the quality REM cycle sleep that truly rejuvenates your body. If traditional remedies like herbal teas and noise machines just aren't helping, maybe it's time to try a modern solution. Enter the Apollo wearable.

Now we understand being a little skeptical. How can a bracelet on your wrist or ankle affect your sleep patterns? Certainly the answer to a better night's sleep can't be so simple. We considered these same things when we first heard of it. We'll dive deeper into the science behind the Apollo wearable, but suffice it to say that many people have experienced deeper, uninterrupted sleep while wearing one.
A non-conventional approach to better sleep

Read more
The 11 best Father’s Day deals that you can get for Sunday
Data from a workout showing on the screen of the Apple Watch Series 8.

Father's Day is fast approaching and there's still time to buy your beloved Dad a sweet new device to show him how much you love him. That's why we've rounded up the ten best Father's Day tech deals going on right now. There's something for most budgets here, including if you're able to spend a lot on your loved one. Read on while we take you through the highlights and remember to order fast so you don't miss out on the big day.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 -- $200, was $230

While it's the Plus version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 that features in our look at the best tablets, the standard variety is still worth checking out. Saving your Dad the need to dig out their laptop or squint at a small phone screen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 offers a large 10.5-inch LCD display and all the useful features you would expect. 128GB of storage means plenty of room for all your Dad's favorite apps as well as games too. A long-lasting battery and fast charging save him the need for a power source too often too.

Read more