It certainly looks worthy of HBO’s vision of the future. But it’s also priced like it’s from 2052.
Any Gear Patrol readers who managed to make it all the way through to the seventh episode of the third season of HBO’s Westworld recently may have spotted an item that seemed to stand out in a sea of otherwise-theoretical props: a sweet, appropriately futuristic e-bike ridden by Aaron Paul’s character. Unlike many of the products seen on screen in the show’s vision of the future, though, this one just so happens to be real — and you can even buy it. But should you?
The bike, which goes by the name of Trefecta RDR, has been in development for around seven years, judging by both the company’s own website and some extant footage on the brand’s Vimeo. Nevertheless, based on the specs found on the bike’s site, that time spent in development seems to have led to impressive results: Trefecta claims the RDR packs a 1.48-kWh battery that delivers a battery-assisted range of roughly 125 miles, an electric motor that whips up a whopping-for-an-e-bike 89 lb-ft of torque, hydraulic calipers connected to floating disc brakes and an optional integrated ABS system. It even packs an integrated iPhone mount, though judging by the images, the only current Apple product that might work with it is the iPhone SE.
Now, if you’re like us, you’re probably intrigued enough about this battery-assisted ride to imagine parking it in your garage. Well, here comes the bitter pill that sobered us up: the price. The base model of the Trefecta RDR is a brow-elevating €9,990 — about $10,800 at current exchange rates — while the higher-level Trefecta RDR ABS RK goes for €12,200 (roughly $13,200). For that kind of money, you could buy one of the best e-bikes on sale, the $9,000 Specialized Turbo Creo SL Expert Evo, and still have enough money left over for 10 years of HBO Max. Or, you could buy a Cake Kalk Ink and have an actual electric motorcycle that looks just as wild…and still save more than $1,000.
And if you’re still interested, even at that price, take note: you may have to wait a while to grab one. The Dutch-based company’s website doesn’t list any dealers in the United States, only accepting orders through the website. And after the folks at Input dug up some details about this bike, the chairman and founder of the company told the publication that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, new units will be delayed two to three additional months. Still, even if it takes that long, you’ll be riding it way before Aaron Paul does.
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