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Cyclotricity Stealth review: The e-bike built for exhilarating off-road fun

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The Good The Cyclotiricity Stealth's powerful motor turns a country ride into an exhilarating race and its suspension forks make for a comfortable journey.

The Bad The motor has to be limited to be legal for use on the road, at least in the UK. The brakes and gears need improvement and the battery doesn't last long at full pelt.

The Bottom Line If you want a bike for an extreme adventure rather than a city commute, the Stealth's high-powered motor and burly suspension makes it a hell of a lot of fun on hillside tracks.

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7.0 Overall
  • Comfort 8
  • Design 7
  • Performance 7
  • Battery life 6

The Cyclotricity Stealth is for the adrenaline junkies among you.

It's a mountain bike at its heart, complete with 26-inch wheels and springy front suspension that easily absorbs stones on rough off-road surfaces. It looks every bit as aggressive as you'd want a serious off-road mountain bike to look. Made in Britain, it costs £1,295 from the company's website, which roughly converts to around $1,720 or AU$2,260. Cyclotricity ships around the world.

In the rear wheel is the electric motor, which provides a massive 1,000 watts of power. That's enough to propel you to 30 mph (48 kph) which, I can assure you, is an exhilarating speed when you're belting down gravel trails.

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The motor can provide assistance to your pedalling, but there's a throttle too, which you can push down to ride the e-bike on the motor's power alone. You can use it if you're feeling lazy, but I found it immense fun to tear around hills purely powered by the throttle -- it turns mountain biking into something approaching motorcross. The Stealth is comfortable to ride on- or off-road, and even without motor assistance it's not difficult to get up to speed.

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