2016 Oset 20.0 48v Racing Electric Trials Bike Review

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2016 Oset 20.0 48v Racing Electric Trials Bike
The 2016 Oset 20.0 48v Racing Trials Bike is an electric powered machine that can be a crucial part in growing a young person’s technical ability to ride a dirt bike.Photo by Kris Keefer

Have you ever wanted to just ride right out of your garage or build a makeshift course in your backyard? Well, Oset bikes has made this possible without getting your neighbors all in an uproar. The 2016 20.0 48v Racing Electric Trials Bike is designed for 8-12 year old’s (but don’t let that stop you from trying it out if you're North of that age by 25-30 years) and is powered by 48v battery system (four 12 volt batteries), that has lasted us up to 2-3 hours per ride time, depending on size of rider and how it is ridden. The Oset 20.0 bike comes with a 48v wall charger that takes up to four hours to charge when unit is fully drained. The 20.0 2016 model comes with three fully adjustable power settings (speed, power, and response). Each setting can be adjusted via a knob near the front of the machine. What I have learned is that “speed” is the overall top speed the Oset 20.0 will go, “power” is much like a torque adjustment similar to bottom end on a gas powered machine, and “response” is how quick you want the throttle to hit when accelerating (similar to rpm response on a gas powered machine). For those in the target age range, the Oset 20.0 is a machine, which is a lot of fun, provides incredible opportunities for gaining skills, and the bike can be ridden in a decent-sized backyard – without upsetting your not so dirt bike friendly neighbors. The Oset 20.0 machine is configured with front and rear disc brakes controlled by hand levers, like a mountain bike, a twist throttle like a motorcycle, and the direct-drive electric motor means there’s no transmission, so no shift lever or clutch.

Aden Keefer on 2016 Oset 20.0 Electric Trials Bike
Ten year old Aden Keefer has been riding an Oset machine since he was six years old. Being able to ride in his backyard without getting “non dirt bike” friendly people angry is the highlight of his day.Photo by Kris Keefer

The cost of the 2016 Oset 20.0 48v electric machine is $2899.00. Without a gas engine to keep supplied with fuel, oil, filters, etc, the Oset is fairly easy and cheap to own. The lifespan of the four batteries is going to vary a lot on usage however, but if the bike is used constantly we would suggest investing in batteries every year or so. We are going to try a set lithium batteries on our next go around (which will get 20.0 to lose around six pounds) to see if the lifespan increases and the recharge time decreases. Oset will sell you replacement batteries at $41.95 each which isn’t a lot considering that yearly cost is probably less than the fuel alone for your gas powered-driven machine.

Throttle response is awesome when the knob is turned near high and the electric motor makes great torque, so even if a skilled rider gets on he or she can loft the front wheel easily, which essential for trials. The riding position is made to stand upwards and the purpose is for the rider not to really sit down, especially on a trials bike, so there’s no seat. My son Aden from time to time will sit down on the plastic just for the pure fact that his little ten-year-old legs are getting tired so it can be done. Having your young child’s brain wired into standing up most of the time will teach him or her very good foot placement on the pegs (for weight distributing) and give them strong legs for when or if you decide to graduate them to a motocross style gas powered machine. All of these fundamentals that are key for riding a dirt bike can all be taught easily on the Oset 20.0 with minimal danger.

Aden Keefer on 2016 Oset 20.0 Electric Trials Bike
The Oset 20.0 can teach anyone (not just 8-12 year old’s) the importance of balance on a motorcycle.Photo by Kris Keefer

We played with the “speed” dial and although we could feel a difference in top speed of the Oset 20.0 and clocked it going 36mph down the street, this dial can be somewhat set in the middle for slow type trials riding.

The “Power” knob was set to almost wide open as my son began to get more comfortable on the Oset. The great thing about having all these control setting options is that you can monitor your child’s improvement and see it first hand. Having these control settings can also make it very easy for a parent’s mind to be at ease when watching their child ride on a daily basis. Less risk, more reward.

Aden Keefer on 2016 Oset 20.0 Electric Trials Bike
The Oset comes with three different power control settings to accommodate any level of rider.Photo by Kris Keefer

The fork and chassis remind me more of my mountain bike than a motorcycle, primarily because the Oset 20.0 doesn’t need the size and heavy-duty nature of a typical dirt bike suspension. The fork can be adjusted with air just like your typical mountain bike and also has a rebound adjustment for a slower or faster feeling. Oset gives the customer an option to go to a heavier rear spring for larger riders. Even with my 170-pound body on the Oset, I felt the rear spring was adequate enough for trials type obstacles. When my son and I occasionally rode our toned down backyard motocross style track the suspension is too soft for such riding.

I originally started my son Aden on an Oset 16.0 then moved him to the 20.0 racing version so he could learn the technical skills that he needed (in a safe way) before jumping into a pipey, aggressive, somewhat intimidating 65cc pre-mixed burning motocross machine. Now that my son has graduated from his 20.0 48v Oset, his mechanics were impressive when he hopped on his 65. He wasn’t as scared of the bike and knew how to properly brake, use the throttle, and weight his pegs. Getting a child to learn how to use a clutch is easy compared to getting him or her to learn the proper way to ride, in order to be safe, is something I can thank the Oset 20.0 machine for. You think once your kid gets on a gas-powered machine that he or she would put the 20.0 Oset to the side right? Wrong! Everyday when Aden gets home from school the Oset is charged and ready to ride in the backyard for a couple hours. But not before his homework is done first, of course!

Aden Keefer on 2016 Oset 20.0 Electric Trials Bike
Having an Oset 20.0 in your garage is almost like a small miracle. It can get your child to get their homework done, chores completed, and even say “please” before they ask do it.Photo by Kris Keefer