Spotted: SRAM prototype e-bike motor

By Seb Stott

(PINKBIKE) — Walking around the pits at the Enduro World Collection, there was one particular bike that we caught several fleeting glimpses of, but it was generally quickly concealed away. Eventually, I did control to get a couple of photographs as it stood outside the house the SRAM pits. It appears to be like a Nukeproof Megawatt E-MTB with a prototype SRAM motor.

Why SRAM? Nicely, it seems incredibly various from the Shimano motor that creation Megawatts are developed all over. We noticed it going back and forth in between the Nukeproof and SRAM tents in the pits, and SRAM employees was seen performing on it and riding it. The bike also has a total SRAM build and SRAM-branded cranks.

Aside from the uncooked end, it appears to be equivalent to the creation Megawatt, despite the fact that the frame is undoubtedly modified to accommodate the diverse form and size of motor. I did not deal with to get a photo of it, but there seems to be a top rated-tube mounted exhibit, way too. 

Shimano launched its initially e-bike motor way again in 2016, and rumors about SRAM moving into the fray have been swirling for the very last two decades. SRAM also has a patent for what seems to be an digital drivetrain powered by a central battery, very similar to what would be observed on an e-bike. We will have to hold out and see if that design ends up staying executed, but it would be nice if there was only one battery to charge, as an alternative of charging 1 for the motor and a single for the derailleur. 

SRAM has a BlackBox Check Pilot group in the EWS-E this time, so it only can make sense that it would be applying the race as an option to exam prototype goods. SRAM’s official comment was, “No remark.”

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