Canadian e-bike company Biktrix has never been shy about using high-powered motors. Several of the brand’s e-bikes feature what was once one of the most powerful mid-drive e-bike motors on the market: the Bafang M620 Ultra motor. I say “before” because it has now been overtaken by Biktrix’s in-house developed Biktrix XD motor, and the new motor solves all the major issues we’ve ever encountered with such powerful mid drives.
High-powered e-bikes are great because they allow new types of riding that wouldn’t have been possible before. Hills so steep they can be difficult to climb on foot can suddenly be climbed by bike.
But the problem with high-powered mid-drive motors on e-bikes has traditionally been that they tend to destroy bikes, or more specifically bike chains and rear gears that were never designed for these loads.
A healthy mountain biker can handle several hundred watts per hour. A high-powered mid-drive motor like the infamous Bafang M620 Ultra can sustain 1000W for days and often peaks closer to 1500W. It’s a recipe for breaking chains and tearing cogs out of gears, something that multiplies Electrek the staff experienced.
So when Biktrix started designing their XD engine to be even more powerful than thatthey decided to reverse the script and remove the drivetrain from the bike altogether—or at least add a second, more powerful one alongside.
Instead of transferring motor power through the bike’s existing chain and gears, the Biktrix XD adds a second output from the motor unit to the opposite side of the bike.
The traditional bicycle chain stays on the right side of the e-bike and transfers human input to the rear wheel. The motor’s output goes through a motorcycle-style left-hand sprocket and chain in a second independent power transfer system.
The result: human power stays on the gear designed for humans, and the power of the bike comes through a much beefier set of components – and beefy is the right way to describe it. Take a look at the comparison between bike chain/gears and the XD’s second moto-level drivetrain below.
The chain and sprockets are much thicker, specifically designed to handle these power levels.
The Biktrix XD motor is not only designed in Canada, it is also manufactured here. The team certainly takes pride in local manufacturing, as Biktrix founder and CEO Roshan Thomas shared:
I am proud of my team for their tireless efforts to bring this project to life. We are constantly striving to bring manufacturing back to North America.
The mighty XD comes with a claimed “2,000+ watts”, and I guess the plus sign does the heavy lifting, as the motor seems capable of much higher peak power levels.
To continue the comparison with the Bafang M620, the Biktrix team pitted the new Biktrix XD motor against the M620 in a drag race which you can see at the start of the launch video below.
Spoiler alert: the previously impressive M620 looks like grandma’s grocery store compared to the Biktrix XD.
And while you watch the video, stick to 1:32 for a truly impressive presentation of the climbing power of the Biktrix XD engine. The motor feels so powerful it could practically scale a wall if the bike’s tires were sticky enough.
For an even more ridiculous display of the system’s durability and power, Biktrix even showed it towing a highway-legal RV trailer. A job that would normally require a van was done by an e-bike. Let it sink in.
Coming soon to Juggernaut XD
Fitted with the XD motor system, the Biktrix Juggernaut XD is capable of reaching speeds of “50+ km/h” (31+ mph), and again, that plus sign likely hides a much higher number. The motor will be sealed inside and with waterproof connectors, plus it’s surrounded by bash guards to prevent it from taking direct hits when operating in rough terrain.
The motor core is also modular for ease of maintenance, if required. The Juggernaut XD will feature two frame sizes with an inverted front air shock suspension fork. A 10-speed shifter will be standard, and riders can choose between a right half-turn throttle or a left thumb throttle. Both 48V and 52V battery options will be available in capacities up to 25 Ah, or around 1,300 Wh.
Releasing this summer, it will be priced at US$5,999, with an early bird price of $4,999 for those who book a $50 reservation.
“But why not just buy a motorbike?”
The Juggernaut XD will no doubt be an impressive machine.
The horsepower and torque put it at light motorcycle levels, and the e-bike’s capability delivers off-road motorcycle-like performance.
With such powerful e-bikes, I often hear people ask, “Why not just buy a motorcycle?” And while I understand the confusion, these people are missing the point. The bottom line about e-bikes like these is that they aren’t just meant to go fast, accelerate quickly, or scale previously impassable peaks. They are intended to provide a cycling experience. You have the sensation of actually pedaling, the result being much more powerful. Think of it as a mech suit for your legs.
It would be like asking a flier in a wingsuit, “Why don’t you just buy a plane ticket?” The goal isn’t just to go high or fast in the sky – it’s to feel like you’re flying. And with high-powered e-bikes, it’s about living the experience of cycling, but with much more extreme performance. Sitting on a 250lb mountain bike is not the same as pedaling a 100lb e-bike up a massive mountain.
And believe it or not, you still get a good workout with high-powered e-bikes over 1,000 watts, when used in pedal-assist mode. Sure, the bike goes a lot faster since the motor is producing more power, but your legs are still pumping hard. You can get the same workout on a 250W e-bike as you would on a 2000W e-bike, if you try. The only difference is that the few hundred watts of power you personally add means you’re cruising at 450W on the former and 2200W on the latter. Which looks the most fun?
That being said, of course, this kind of power isn’t meant for commuting on bike lanes or even typical mountain bike trails. There is serious responsibility that comes with using a machine like this.
We hope to learn more about this new motor technology before the Juggernaut XD is released soon.
Until then, let’s hear your thoughts on Biktrix pushing the boundaries with new levels of power. Sound off in the comments section below!
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