Blurred Lines: New KALK Electric Bike

New electric off-road motorcycle manufacturer CAKE announces first model – the KALK.

An “all-electric, high-performance off-road motorcycle designed for exploration and discovery”, this new electric bike model KALK from Swedish manufacturer CAKE.

With a clear mission to help speed up the “transition towards a zero emission society, CAKE aims to turn the motorised two-wheeled future upside down,” says Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of CAKE (also the man behind POC cycling apparel).

Ytterborn talks of a new off roading class of bikes growing around these hybrids which fall somewhere between enduro motorcycles and MTB. “The category will evolve into an independent pursuit, offering action and magic in combination with responsibility and respect towards people and planet.” Said Ytterborn.

 

CAKE KALK electric bike Enduro21 800

 

The KALK is engineered from scratch “since mountain bike parts are too weak and available motorbike parts too heavy,” CAKE claim.

Handling is influenced by downhill and enduro mountain bikes borrowing much from those two sports’ in terms of geometry. Development also merges expertise from the off-road motorcycling industry and electric engineering.

The KALK has no gears or clutch and three riding modes:‘Discover’ tempers acceleration and limit max speed to 28 mph.‘Explore’ for longer trail rides.‘Excite’ for maximum power, speed and acceleration “encouraging wheelies.”

 

KALK rear Enduro21 560

 

KALK KEY FACTS:

  • Weight: just under 155 pounds (sub-70 kilos)

  • Top speed: 50 miles per hour (80 kilometres per hour)

  • Distance on single battery charge: up to 50 miles (80 kilometres)

  • Interior permanent magnet (IPM) motor with direct drive

  • 15,000 watts at peak power

  • Lithium ion battery pack, at 2.6 Kw/h

  • Astute Controller Engineering (ACE) controller

  • Adjustable motor braking

  • Frame: 6061 aluminium extruded, CNC jointed and welded; Body: Carbon fiber

  • Suspension: Öhlins TTX dampening technology, 204mm travel in the forks, nitrogen-pressurized bladder reservoir system, 3-level high speed and 16-click low speed compression, and 7-low speed rebound adjustment

The name KALK was derived directly from kalksten, limestone being the bedrock of the island of Gotland, CAKE’s test grounds in Sweden.

The KALK costs $14,000 USD with a $1,000 USD deposit.

More details: ridecake.com

 

 

jon.pearson enduro21 april 2017

Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Tester of Things
jon.pearson@enduro21.com