Super73 is known for its collaborations which have seen its popular e-bikes draw design inspiration from famous brands, sports teams and other cultural icons. After showing off a gorgeous concept bike designed in collaboration with Roland Sands Design last year, the company has now decided to create a limited-edition production version of the eye-catching e-bike.
Launch of the RSD x SUPER73-RX Malibu electric bike
The original concept was billed as an off-road racing-style e-bike, and the specs live up to that name.
It was built on the basis of Super73’s flagship RX-series e-bikes, which feature fully adjustable dual-suspension designs, high-powered motors and high-capacity batteries.
The new e-bike, known as the RSD x SUPER73-RX Malibu, will retain the same adjustable RX inverted air fork found on all RX models, but adds a Fox Racing Float 3 Evol rear shock unit. to improve ride quality and handling.
The stock 960Wh battery has been moved from the top tube to the downtube, making way for an extra-long tracking bench seat in its place. The company says the new seat should give the rider a greater range of motion while racing (or just on the streets).
The lowered battery will likely also improve cornering handling by lowering the center of gravity of the bike.
The bike retains the RX’s standard 2000W hub motor, which delivers speeds of over 28 mph (25 km/h) in unlocked mode. This mode is generally reserved for off-road driving. Cyclists can choose from more limited modes to maintain cycle street legality under various local regulations.
Class 1 mode limits the bike to 20 mph (32 km/h) with 750W of continuous power and 1,200W of peak power, but disengages the throttle. Class 2 mode (which is the default mode when shipped to the US) adds throttle into the mix and Class 3 mode increases speed to 28 mph (45 km/h) on the pedal assist.
An upgraded Magura four-piston front brake caliper was added, along with short brake levers to “increase precision” when squeezing that stock 203mm rotor.
The RSD x SUPER73-RX Malibu also receives an upgraded mid-bar handlebar with bar pad and ODI Ruffian ATV grips, which have been added to the bar ends using “SUPER73” engraved gold locking rings.
More gold accents can be found in the gold pins on the Crank Brothers “Stamp 2” pedals as well as a gold KMC Z410 chain.
Along with the visuals, the bike is adorned with RSD graphics that make it look even brighter than the stock Super73s (which are anything but mundane to begin with).
Finally, the e-bike gets upgraded GRZLY 20×4” front and 5” rear tires, just in case the stock tires weren’t massive enough already.
As Super73 co-founder and CMO Michael Cannavo explained:
“SUPER73 is proud to partner with Roland Sands Designs to take a fresh look at what two-wheeled electric mobility should look like. With a focus on motorcycle styling, ergonomics and attention to design that has made RSD so iconic in the motorcycle industry, the Malibu is a perfect fit for any rider’s lineup.
the RSD x SUPER73-RX Malibu is a limited edition e-bike with only 1,000 units to be produced worldwide.
As if the production weren’t limiting enough, the price is also likely to reduce the potential market: $4,500.
Orders won’t open until October 25, so you have time to find the cash.
It’s pricey, but given how quickly Super73 sells e-bikes, I don’t think they’ll have trouble moving a thousand RSD x SUPER73-RX Malibu editions.
I know looks are subjective, but I think it’s awesome and would love to have one myself.
Ordinary Electrek readers may recall that we recently spent a few weeks riding Super73 e-bikes in Germany while visiting a few industry shows. The bikes were fast, powerful, and comfortable, making them excellent urban assault vehicles.
With all the upgrades and of course new aesthetics from RSD, these limited edition e-bikes are sure to be even more fun.
If you can afford them.
For those who still want the Super73 experience but don’t have a big enough wallet, check out the brand’s more affordable models. I recently took a spin on the Super73-ZX which is less than half that price. You can see this driving video below.
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