Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Big, Low $ Minibike Returns - Super 73 Scout

It's been all over the e-bike news this week. Lithium Cycles re-introduced the Super 73 Scout model.

Totally googular search results
 
 
Mesquite Huggery types rejoice - the Scout is much more affordable than the other Super 73 models and it's probably cheaper than you could build it yourself. If you pre-order soon, you can get one for about $1000. So, if you've been holding out for just the right inexpensive oddball e-bike, your time has come.

A Rose Avenue by any other name...
 
And if you're truly the Mesquite Huggery type, you can pony up a few hundred $ more and end up with more powerful oddball somewhat-cargo-bike version - the Super 73 Scout Rose Avenue edition. This one has more power and range (48 volts and 14.5 Amp-hours), a rear rack, and some lights. It also has a black frame and red wheels, in case you are into that sort of thing.

Easy-to-compare specs
 
Are there any drawbacks to the Scout version? Well, there are a few. The first one is that you won't get to enjoy it until (practically) next year - they hope to ship in December. If you're in a hurry, you might want to keep looking. (You can order the $3200 2018 Super 73 now and get it in October 2017.) Also, if you plan to do much pedaling (you know - for more range and more exercise) you may be disappointed to find that this model is a single speed. The other Super 73's have 7-speed running gear.
 
[A 2018 Super 73 note: It looks like Lithium has thrown out the 2016 model's mid-drive motor in favor of a 1000 watt rear hub motor on the 2018 model. Hmm...]

In case you are missing the mid-drive or want to build your own, here are a few options to check out from Luna Cycle:



One truly bad mamma jamma - make sure you have health insurance!
 
In case you're wanting a somewhat-cargo-bike version
 
Okay, that's about it for this big minibike post. May you roll green while re-living your childhood dreams!
 
A few previous Mesquite Hugger posts about big mini-bikes:
 
 
 
Follow-up on the Big Electric MiniBike (12-1-2016) Lots of 2016 Scout info and pics
 
Back to the Big Electric Mini Bikes (3-18-2017) A little Scout info