Welcome, Newcastle Show go-er
We figure you're here to find out more about our range of Australian designed and made eBikes, so have put this page together to help you get to the information you're most likely going to be looking for, just to ease the journey. We're delighted you've come this far and welcome your interest! Thanks for stopping by at Newcastle show to chat with the team from the University of Newcastle and Tom Farrell Institute!
About the bikes
There are three main models that exist in the Stealth eBike range that we sell and support. Here's a brief overview of the three and their key differences, with links to their product pages:
The Fighter: This is the smallest, lightest bike in the range, with 3kW/2 speed, weighing 35kg. It's closest in feel to a mountain bike, but still capable of 50-55km/h. Cost: $7900 GST inc. See the Fighter page for more details.
The Bomber: This is the big brother, with 4.5kW/9spd Suntour VBoxx gearbox, weighing 50kg, still less than half the weight of a typical dirtbike. It's the most popular bike in the range, capable of ~80km/h. Cost $9900 GST inc. See the Bomber page for more details.
The Hurricane: This is a straight eBike, with no pedals or gearing, driven solely by the rear hub motor. These can be fitted with either a 3kW or 4.5kW motor, depending on your power/speed needs. The simplest bike in the range, yet still highly capable. Prices vary according to motor configurations. See the Hurricane page for more details.
The bikes take about 2hrs to charge from a standard wall outlet. If you're in an offgrid setting, you'll need a 1000W inverter to drive the charger, with 1.5kWh of battery capacity for a single (full) charge (eg 12V140Ah for deep cycle batteries).
Frequently asked questions
Are they legal to use on road in Australia? The Australian Road Rules require a bike to be limited to 200Watts to still be classed as a bicycle. You can ride Stealth eBikes quite effectively on flat terrain with no power at all. Above that threshold, bikes are categorised as Mopeds and must be registered, and the rider licensed, to be ridden legally. The bikes can be configured to run in 200W mode, but not easily switched whilst riding. We sell them with the intent of them being used as offroad bikes, to help riders make a modal switch from dirtbikes, which have a whole bunch of social/ecological issues and present a range of evolutionary challenges. (In case you're wondering, yes, we think the 200W limit is out of step with the need for effective active transport solutions, but for now, those are the rules). You can find out more about how varied international eBike legislation is to see where Australia is placed.
Can I get the bikes registered? Not at this time. It's something that is under consideration. There are significant impacts involved by adding ADR compliant lights, brakes, blinkers, all of which work against the efficiency/simplicity/offroad reliability of the bikes.
What sort of range do the bikes have? The rough rule of thumb we use is 50km/h for 50km for the Fighter, 80km/h for 80km for the Bomber. Note that these are figures generated on a flat test track and real world riding is different, as there is a big impact made by terrain, surface friction, braking, acceleration, and the amount of pedalling effort put in by the rider. Owners who ride them find that reducing the power output has a substantial impact on the range eg cycling at 40km/h will get you much further than if ridden at 60km/h, as drag resistance is much lower when going 20km/h slower (to understand why, see how drag resistance works).
Can I customise the colour? Yes. Each of our bikes are hand built to customer orders - this allows us to offer them in a range of colours and colour combinations, with options to powder-coat the shock spring, rims and swingarm.
Do QuietRush offer finance? No. Not at this time. However, we work on a payment approach of 50% deposit / 50% on completion and find that this works well for many people to address the issues of paying upfront. Builds typically take about 6weeks, unless there is a pre-built combination that you're happy with, which might be available at shorter notice. We think the build-to-order model is a useful, viable, sustainable model that minimises waste - remember, building quality machines takes time.
Blog articles we think you'll find useful
As long term riders of both mountain bikes and dirtbikes, we are motivated to be delivering clean technology to address the need for conversion to a post-carbon economy, swiftly and at scale. We've written a series of blogposts that you might find answer some of your other questions in more detail, have made direct links to them here:
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