Although available in other markets in 2014, the KTM Freeride E-XC made its US introduction in 2017 followed by a multitude of updates in 2018. Over the past couple of years the e-machine has not seen any additional changes, however, it remains a midsize electric dirt bike that both beginners and pros can enjoy. Beginners will benefit from its lack of a clutch and gear shift lever, while more experienced riders will enjoy tapping into its electric motor’s claimed peak power of 18 kW. Its 260-volt lithium-ion battery can last for a claimed 1.5 hours (depending on the riding style) while energy recuperates when coasting or braking for added range. Its chassis consists of a composite frame, WP Xplor 43 fork, WP PDS Xplor shock, and long steering head for stability and handling.
When it made its way to the US in 2017, the KTM Freeride E-XC claimed praise for its tight maneuverability, carrying its 238-pound weight well, and accompaniment to rider skills with its three ride modes.
After the 2018 updates were implemented, which included a new battery, improved suspension and brakes, and additional features, these all added up to “move the bike more toward serious off-roader from playbike.”
No updates for 2020. It comes at a starting MSRP of $10,499.