As someone obsessed with cycling and overlanding, I’ve watched with interest as more electric bikes have come to market. I’m particularly intrigued by products that bridge the gap between bicycle and motorbike, thus offering comparable speed to a moped, without the weight or emissions. I truly believe that this style of bike will dominate city streets in the future, alongside electric scooters, as commuters seek out cost-effective ways to avoid congestion and lower their emissions. These relatively lightweight bikes are perfect for mounting on overland vehicles and provide a great runabout when parked up at camp. The UBCO 2×2, marketed as “the world’s toughest utility bike,” is one such model that seeks to change the way we think about transport whilst also promising to be a legitimate all-terrain adventure bike.
The new UBCO app, for both Apple and Android, is designed to get the very best out of your 2×2. It’s now easier than ever to change your settings, view the live dash, and get updates and diagnostics, all over Bluetooth. The app allows the rider to dial in their perfect handling and performance, whilst the diagnostics info helps rectify issues without the need to visit a dealer. It showcases an alternative dash, more information about the ride, and detailed performance feedback. The company does note that you’ll need to continue using the original 2×2 app if you purchased a bike pre-2021, but they’re currently working on moving all products onto the latest version.
The 2×2 continues to get better, with a range of 120 kilometres+, is easily charged overnight, has a top speed of 30 mph, weighs 266 pounds (with 2.1-kilowatt-hour power supply; bigger packs available), has all-wheel Electric Drive, all-terrain suspension (130mm front/120mm rear travel), regenerative braking, accessory lugs and much more. The price will no doubt deter some people, in which case I’d recommend taking a look at the equally excellent yet more affordable Super73 bikes. But I think it’ll be justified easily by others who can utilise it for their daily commute. I like the 2×2 a lot, and the updated app integrates some cool new features that further the bike’s appeal.
If you’d like more information on the UBCO 2×2 check out this article by Heather Lea (Motorcycle – Senior Editor):UBCO’s 2×2 Utility Electric Vehicle
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