Claimed Weight: 195 lb
Actual Weight: 222 lb
Seat Height: 35.4 in.
Footpeg Height: 13.8 in.
Seat-to-footpeg distance: 21.6 in.
Street Legal: optional
Fuel Capacity: n/a
OPINIONSAfter hearing how much fun our staff was having riding the Quantya electric bike, I decided I better take it for a test ride before we had to give it back. So I loaded it up along with the charger and brought it home to try it out on some of the fire roads and mountain bike trails by my house. The coolest thing about an electric bike is that I can ride right from my door out onto these trails versus loading up a truck and driving thirty minutes to an hour away for a MX track or at least an hour for any kind of legal off-road riding.Some of the local kids have put some time into the mountain bike trails and they consist of pretty challenging single track that branches off of a four mile long fire road that goes up to the top of a mountain. I took the Quantya right out of my neighborhood and headed for the fire road.I was immediately amazed at the torque of the electric motor as it allows you to wheelie obstacles and break the tire loose at will. It is not the same as a full sized gas motored bike but it is plenty fast to have fun on. I used the fire road to get a feel for the capability and bypassed what is normally the exit of the multiple single track sections as I went up. I blasted all the way up the four mile climb in less than ten minutes even though I was far from pushing the limits of the motor. This same climb takes me thirty minutes on my mountain bike. I headed back down and then hopped onto each of the single track sectionsjust as I would on my mountain bike. The Quantya works really well on these tight trails as it feels somewhere in between a motorcycle and a mountain bike as far as size/performance. Meaning that it feels more stable than a mountain bike because it is bigger, beefier and has a better riding position than any cross country mountain bike (and even better than a true downhill mountain bike). The coolest thing was that after I went down the single track sections, I could ride right back up them, even though there were some seriously technical and steep sections on the trails. I went up and down the fun sections multiple times as I worked my way back down the mountain and had a blast. After forty five minutes of fun, I decided I better get back to my house before the battery ran out and made it back with no problem.One of the most amazing things was that from the mountain, you can see all of the neighborhoods below and just like if I were riding a mountain bike, nobody knew I was even there. It makes almost no noise and makes virtually no impact on the terrain so there are very few reasons foranybody to care that you are riding this Quantya on any legal fire roads or trails.As far as overall performance, I found the Quantya to be really predictable, with decent throttle control, enough power to be fun and it has good brakes. To be picky, the rear shock is the only item that seems a little “cheap.” It is a little springy, with limited damping control. This is not a replacement for your regular dirt bike and theprice tag puts the Quantya (and any other Electric bike currently available) beyond the comfort level of most people but if you can afford it, I think you would get your money’s worth out of it in enjoyment.
Sean Finley, 5’10″ 160 lb, Vet NoviceWhen I first got the call to go out to Milestone to ride the Quantya electric bike I was stoked! After riding and training on 4 strokes for the last 6 years I was excited to try a electric bike for the first time. With the bike fresh off the charger, I was ready to go. My first impression was that I was really impressed how fast the bike actually was. Within a few laps of warming up and learning the track I was starting to get in a race groove. The power takes a little getting use to, it has no hesitation or bog, and hits full power instantly. But that was not the hard part to get use to. It was the lack of noise coming from the motor! This might be the only bike to pass the AMA sound test in stock form! As I came up on people to pass, they seemed amazed that they were just passed on a bike creating no noise, with the exception of roost coming off the tires, or a the occasional chain slap on landings. I was uncertain on how hard I could push the bike, but after the guys at Quantya informed me that I could jump it hard. I was jumping everything the motor was capable of clearing. 30 to 40 feet was no problem. My only complaint was that the rear shock was not up to par with forks. At the end of the day I had a smile from ear the ear and I can safely say, I would love to ride one again!
Ricky Yorks, 6’1″, 175 lbs, ProI love the idea of an electric bike. I don’t get any thrill from the noise of bikes, so a silent racer would be perfect as far as I’m concerned. The Quantya is not a full motocrosser, but a great alternative or distraction. This is like having a 125 to play on for the guy who already has a 125 (that’s me). I got to ride the bike on several mini tracks, as well as one vet-type track, and was smiling the whole time. The lower power let me ride a lot longer than I would have on a regular bike, and it was fun to get the reactions from people watching me zip by in stealth mode.
The drawbacks – aside from this being a play bike not a full racer, are the freewheel effect, which really bothered me. If I’m going to jump a bike, I want to know exactly what’s going to happen when I twist that throttle. The way electric bikes run, that’s not the case. Engine speed needs to match ground speed before that ‘connection’ between wrist and tire can be made. Hopefully the electric bike companies will come up with a solution to this. I also didn’t like the Quantya’s stock tires. I got an opportunity to ride this bike previously with some true knobbies Quantya was testing, and the thing was a different animal completely. The trade off is quicker battery wear, and more strain on the engine (Quanta has some good info own which knobbies work best, because some will work well and others will really put a lot of excess strain on the motor), but it was easily worth it. I raced through some twisties, switching between a stocker and a ‘knobbied’ version, and there was no comparison.The re-charge time is a downer, especially since riding the bike doesn’t take all your energy. So you find yourself like a kid waiting impatiently for the battery to say ‘go’ again. The charge lasts long enough for a nice long session of hard riding, though.My advice is if you want to have a blast and ride in areas currently closed to your gas bike, or just want a really, really fun new hobby, get a Quantya, a set of good tires, and go have a great time.
Pete Peterson, 5’10″ 160 lb, Vet NoviceCheck out the July 2009 issue of Dirt Rider where we shootout the Quantya against the Zero-X.Still have questions? Dave Lodermeier and Dario Trentini will be answering them on our forum. Click http://forums.dirtrider.com/70/7653692/general-discussion/quantya-electric-bike-official-q-a-thread/index.html to go to that thread. They’ll be checking in often from May 14 to May 20, so get all your questions answered!