If you’re looking to have your ebike stand out from the crowd, adding speed and versatility it one way to do it. That appears to be exactly what Hi-Power Cycles (HPC) has in mind with its new Scout model, which is capable and affordable in its standard form, but can be modified to become a real beast on the trail with some optional upgrades.
In terms of cycling components, the HPC Scout is nicely equipped with a Rockshox Recon RL suspension, an SRAM GX 11-speed drivetrain, and a Magura hydraulic braking system. It also features an aluminum frame — available in three sizes — and Kenda Havoc Pro tires, to go along with its Truvativ Descendant seat post and handlebars. The basic Scout also features a 750-watt electric motor, which when paired with the standard 596 watt-hour battery gives the ebike a range of as much as 30 miles at trail speeds of up to 32 mph. A built-in color display makes it easy to monitor battery life, distance, and speed, too.
But for those looking for even more performance from their electric bikes, Hi-Power Cycles has some additional options that can provide increased speed and range. For example, the Scout’s electric drive system can be upgraded to either a 1,500-watt or 2,000-watt model, raising the top speed to 35 and 40 mph, respectively. Those upgrades don’t come cheap, however, as the 1,500-watt variant adds $500 to the price, while the 2,000-watt motor will set you back $1,000. Similarly, the battery can also be upgraded to a 673 or 842 watt-hour version, which increases the range of the bike to 34 miles and 42 miles. The smaller of those batteries is a modest $150 upgrade, while the larger tacks an additional $400 onto the price.
HPC says that the Scout is a versatile bike that can be used for both daily commutes and off-road exploration. To that end, the ebike offers both pedal-assist and full-throttle modes, giving riders the choice to use whichever option best suits their needs. Pedal assist tends to work well while weaving through traffic, while the instant-power that comes with the throttle control is handy on the trail.
The HPC Scout starts at $3,995 and is available now.
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