Batribike and Oxygen are joining forces for a “badge engineered” product – a new full suspension mountain bike style electric bike.
Joining the ranks of the likes of Kinetics in Glasgow, this e-MTB will be hand built in Britain, at the Batribike facility in Lincolnshire.
The two firms are said to be delighted at the partnership and the opportunity to create an electric bike that will be built here in the UK.
Available through existing dealer networks, the Batribike Storm and the Oxygen MTB-X will be available from Spring 2015.
The bikes will feature MTB styling, 24 gears, lockout forks and disc brakes. They will come equipped with a 250w rear hub motor and a 36v 10.4 Ah Samsung Lithium battery.
The full suspension bikes will also come with plenty of features including the ability for consumers to set their own PIN number on the display/control panel to stop others using the electrics. The security conscious bikes will also come fitted with the Datatag Stealth Pro security system, as with all electric bikes leaving the Batribike facility.
Batribike said: “Having bikes hand built in Britain is an unprecedented and exciting move for mainstream electric bikes in the UK and one that follows in the footsteps of the old traditions of building bikes in Britain.
Director Sue Coulson added: “The whole team at Batribike is very excited about this new project, we have been thinking about being able to hand build our electric bikes for a while. At Batribike we are very proud that our bikes are built specifically for the UK market, building bikes here in Lincolnshire underlines this and shows our commitment to the electric bike market in the UK.”
John Camm of Oxygen added: “We are thrilled to be partnering Batribike with this project and proud to be playing a part in bringing bike building back to Britain. Having the bikes hand built in Batribike’s facility will ensure an high level of quality and consistency while ensuring the bike can be delivered at a reasonable price.”
Batribike told BikeBiz that there will be the minimum PDI for bike retailers as the gears and brakes will be set up and spoke tensions checked.