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Xtracycle EdgeRunner with Falco eMotors Electric Bike Kit: Video, Pictures, & Specs
Mar 14, 2014
The Xtracycle EdgeRunner cargo bike with Falco eMotors 500 watt electric bike kit is in for testing and review!
The EdgeRunner is a versatile “longtail” cargo bike with many accessories options that help with carrying cargo and/or people.
Added to that is the Falco eMotors 500 watt motor and 36V 11.6 ah lithium ion battery. The Falco kit is pretty high tech with a 5 phase motor, wireless display, and the ability to fine tune the kits performance with computer software (wirelessly).
In this first part of the review there are a BUNCH of detailed pictures and specifications to get you familiar with this versatile electric cargo bike.
The EdgeRunner in this review is the 27D Lux Freight model with a base price of $3,299 ($3,549 as tested) and the Falco eMotors 500 watt direct drive rear hub motor with 36V 11.6ah lithium battery has a base price of $1,595 ($1,915 as tested).
Please note that there are more economical options for the EdgeRunner (starting at $1,599) and Falco eMotors kits (starting at $1,290).
The Falco eMotors 5 phase, 500 watt direct drive rear hub motor features an internal torque sensor and controller.
One of the unique features of the Falco eMotors kit is that it has the option for a wireless display (ANT+). In this picture you can see the display and the pedal assist adjuster that have a wired connection at the handlebars. Under the display (in this picture) is the wireless transmitter that connects to the motor.
Since the Xtracycle EdgeRunner is a “longtail” bike, it is convenient to have the wireless display option.
Here is the Falco 36V 11.6ah lithium ion battery (Panasonic cells) with its bike mount. The mount fits where a water bottle cage mounts on the bike frame. There is a keyed lock that secures the battery to the mount.
The Xtracycle EdgeRunner has a number of places to mount an electric bike battery. I chose the downtube location because it balances the weight of the battery and rear hub motor pretty well.
Also, note the sloped top tube on the Edgerunner. It makes getting on and off the Edgeunner easier and that is very convenient when you are carrying a lot of cargo!
On the right side of the battery you can see the on/off switch, key lock location, and battery level indicator button and lights.
On the left side of the battery you can see the charger port (has a weather seal) at the bottom of the battery.
And here is the key to lock/unlock the battery from the mount.
The Falco battery can be charged on or off the bike.
The Falco charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it can be plugged into any normal wall outlet.
The Xtracycle EdgeRunner has another battery mount location that is close to the rear rack system.
The command center! “Mustache” style handlebars are spec’ed on the EdgeRunner and they provide a comfortable riding position.
On the front of the handlebars you can see the wired connection between the Falco display and the pedal assist adjuster. After that it is all wireless communication to the motor and battery! Please note that the display does need to be charged every few weeks, with its included charger.
Up close and personal; the Falco wireless (ANT+) LCD display provides the following info: speed, odometer, level of assist or regeneration (5 levels each), battery voltage, display recharge battery indicator, energy consumption indicator, heart rate indicator (compatible with ANT+ heart rate monitors).
You can also vary the modes: “Eco” is the traditional up to 20 mph mode. ”Cruise” removes the 20 mph speed limit with the ability to use the 5 different levels of assist. And “Turbo” provides the maximum assist up to 30+ mph.
Here is that wireless unit that communicates with the display and is attached to the motor. I hide it in one of the Xtracycle bags.
Speaking of wireless, the Falco kits can be fined tuned with Falco computer software and the included ANT+ USB key. The software is only available for PC at the time of this review but the Mac version is in the works.
You can see the current motor stats in this view of the Falco software.
The motor performance can be fine tuned to fit your riding style with the Falco eMotors software.
On the left side of the handlebars you will find the pedal assist adjuster, Shimano Deore front derailleur shifter, front Shimano M505 hydraulic disc brake lever, and Ergon grip.
This is a close up of the right side of the handlebar with Shimano Deore rear derailleur shifter, rear Shimano M505 hydraulic disc brake lever, and Ergon grip.
The Ergon grips bolt on for a secure fit and they provide comfortable wrist support.
The EdgeRunner stem has some clean lines and the bike comes with an upright position that can be modified to fit your riding style by cutting down the fork steer tube.
Shimano Deore Hollowtech II cranks with 3 chainrings (26t, 36t, 48t) and a Shimano Deore front derailleur provide a solid drivetrain on the 27D lux Edgerunner.
A 9 speed Shimano Deore rear derailleur rounds out the 27 speed drivetrain.
The 500 watt direct drive Falco motor is hidden pretty well by the Xtracycle bags but it can be revealed by lifting the bag.
Shimano M505 hydraulic disc brakes with 160 mm rotors take care of slowing down the 27D Lux EdgeRunner. It is nice to have solid brakes on a cargo bike!
And here is the front Shimano M505 hydraulic disc brake.
Let’s take a look at the EdgeRunner 100% chromoly frame. The welds look good and the frame has a stout feel.
X2 Freeloader cargo bags came on this 27D Lux Freight model EdgeRunner and they have plenty of capacity to carry 2 bags of groceries (each side) or anything else you can think of. There are plenty of straps to secure the stuff you are carrying.
Inside the X2 bags you will find smaller cargo compartments where you can store additional straps, a lock, etc.
The X2 bags also have another way to carry cargo! The outer portion of the bag “un-velcros” from the internal portion and folds down to carry even larger/longer loads.
The FlightDeck is the top deck on the Xtracycle cargo system and it provides a platform for carrying additional gear or people. Xtracycle has a few options (Hooptie & Childseat) for carrying the kiddos on the back to make this a minivan/SUV alternative.
The “U-Tubes” aluminum bars (located along the bottom of the X2 bags) are foot rests for passengers and they also provide a platform for carrying larger cargo.
Here is the external portion of the X2 bag and U-Tubes carrying the SideCar box….more on the SideCar in a bit!
When the X2 bags are closed up tight, you can see that the “U-Tubes” have quit a bit of load carrying area or places for passengers to rest their feet.
And here is a view with the X2 bags fully extended for carrying cargo. You can easily carry 4 bags of groceries!
The SideCar! Xtracycle states “A perfect solution for carrying bulky cargo, bike party sound systems, and more!”
The SideCar is 30″ long x 27″ wide and can carry up to 250 pounds. And the SideCar is not intended to carry live cargo!
The cool thing about the sidecar is that it folds up when not in use.
In addition, the wheel has a quick release button that allows you to store the wheel in the X2 bag if you want.
When carrying heavy cargo it is best to have a sturdy kickstand. The Xtracycle KickBack kickstand provides that sturdy solution!
The 27D Lux EdgeRunner comes with the B&M Luxos front light and B&M rear light. These lights are powered by the BioLogic Joule 3 front hub dynamo generator. Also note the sturdy FSA Pig DH Pro headset that is good for cargo bikes.
A closer look at the B&M Luxos front head light. It provides an impressively wide and bright beam to light up the road.
This is the BioLogic Joule 3 dynamo front hub generator that powers the front and rear lights.
And here is the Standard rear B&M light attached to the custom Xtracycle rear aluminum fender.
Schwalbe Big Ben 2.35″ wide tires come on the EdgeRunner and they provide a cushy ride!
Xtracycle spec’ed these stylish custom aluminum fenders on the 27D Lux EdgeRunners.
The little details that make it cool……the Xtracycle badge on the fender mud flaps.
Price: The EdgeRunner in this review is the 27D Lux Freight model with a base price of $3,299 ($3,549 as tested with additional Xtracycle SideCar and KickBack kickstand). Please note that there are more economical options for the EdgeRunner starting at $1,599.
Motor: 500 watt 5 phase direct drive rear hub motor with 40 Nm of torque. The controller and torque sensor are integrated inside the motor.
Battery: 36V, 11.6Ah, 417Wh lithium ion w/ Panasonic cells and Falco Battery Management System. Battery mount attaches to the water bottle area on the bike frame. The battery can be removed for storing and charging indoors.
Assist Options: Falco offers 3 options: a torque sensor (built into the rear hub motor), a cadence sensor, and/or a twist grip throttle. There are 5 different levels of pedal assist, “0” mode which is no assist, and 5 different levels of regenerative mode.
Display: Wireless (ANT+) LCD display with the following info: speed, odometer, level of assist or regeneration (5 levels each), battery voltage, recharge battery indicator, energy consumption indicator, heart rate indicator (compatible with ANT+ heart rate monitors).
Additional Features: Falco software with wireless ANT+ USB key for fine tuning the system performance.
Price: The Falco eMotors kit in this review has a base price of $1,595 ($1,915 as tested w/ off road display, 9 speed freewheel, and built in a 20″ wheel). Falco eMotors kits also offers other kits starting at $1,290.
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