Jeep is already well-known for its go-anywhere capabilities. Now they’re expanding on that attribute with a new vehicle—an electric bike that boasts one of the highest-torque electric bicycle motors out there. The Jeep e-bike has already made waves as a part of the manufacturer’s Super Bowl ad, featuring Bill Murray getting ready to embark on a Groundhog Day adventure riding the new bicycle.
What’s been shown so far of the e-bike is pretty impressive. The bike will ride on extra-wide 4.8-inch fat tires and will be powered by a 750W electric motor capable of a 40-mile range on a single charge. The motor is a mid-drive one that is built by Chinese company Bafang (model M620, or the Bafang Ultra). The motor is capable of 1,600 W of peak power when connected to a standard 52V e-bike battery. It can also put out 160Nm of torque—an amount that can rival gas motorcycles. Jeep’s site lists QuietKat as being responsible for the bike, which makes sense as the Colorado-based company is already established as an electric mountain bike company. QuietKat also contributes their Fire-Link suspension, which they designed to provide extra traction and control with a four-bar linkage and four-piston hydraulic brakes. The bike appears to be a Jeep-branded RidgeRunner from QuietKat, which, in addition to what has already been mentioned, means that the bike with feature an air-suspension fork in the front and a RockShox Monarch RL rear shock. The bike has a conventional 10-speed suspension, and will be offered in both 17 and 19-inch frames and weighs just under 80 pounds. “The RidgeRunner is designed to be the most capable bike QuietKat has ever made,” says Jeep. “The rear suspension linkage has been fine-tuned to provide maximum traction, capability and ride quality. The oversized fat bike tires and 120mm of suspension travel allow the bike to handle any terrain from sand and snow to rocks and gravel.” The Jeep e-bike will be available June 2020.