UBCO 2×2 SE Electric Bike First Look Preview
New Zealand–based UBCO is freshening things up with a special-edition 2×2 electric bike, simply named the UBCO 2×2 SE. Joining the 2×2 ADV (read the Front Wheel Burnouts and Utilitarian Fun: Meet the UBCO 2×2 article) and 2×2 WRK, the 2×2 SE adds a few more niceties for traveling. And it gets improved brakes, which is just plain nice.
The SE comes with a detachable waterproof tail bag (30-liter capacity) designed specifically for the ample rear rack, plus a center carryall bag (12L capacity) that attaches above the battery between the rider’s legs. A mechanically locking Peak Design phone mount has also been added, with (claimed) vibration damping. It’s a bit below the sight line, so maybe don’t use it for navigation while navigating anything at the claimed 30 mph speed limit.
Otherwise, brakes have been upgraded. Our last road (and off-road) test found the 2×2 ADV’s brakes to be up to the task, but bigger is usually better. The SE gets larger brake rotors, larger four-piston calipers, larger reservoirs, and larger brake levers. Befitting an EV bike with no pedals, the brakes are DOT motorcycle grade. Larger brake pads with a longer-lasting compound round things out, in addition to a lighter, smaller front fender.
This Special Edition clocks in at 1,000 examples, individually numbered on the swingarm. A new seat and some nice straps for the front rack are also part of the package. Lastly, it gets a green color that splits the difference between seafoam and military grade. MSRP is $6,999, which puts it at the higher range of the eBike category. But the 2×2 ADV and 2×2 WRK models have come down in price to $4,999, from $6,999 and $5,999 respectively. It’s a tough price point, but the quality, fit, and finish of UBCO are impressive.
Not familiar with UBCO? It is basically the opposite of the urban-based Super73 line. Designed for country and/or light off-road adventures, the two-wheel-drive configuration runs on two separate hub-mounted 1kW motors. You get about 4 hp and up to 75 miles of range. You also get to do front wheel burnouts while climbing all over God’s creation, including large American race locales.
Available right now.
UBCO 2×2 SE Technical Specifications and Price
|MOTOR||2 x 1kW Flux2 brushless DC air-cooled motors|
|CLAIMED CHARGE TIME||6 hr.|
|CLAIMED RANGE||75 miles|
|CLAIMED HORSEPOWER||3.2 hp|
|FRAME||Alloy tube trellis cradle|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||UBCO ATFZ, preload and rebound adjustable; 130mm (5.1 in.) travel|
|REAR SUSPENSION||UBCO ATF, preload and rebound adjustable; 120mm (4.7 in.) travel|
|FRONT BRAKE||DOT motorcycle-grade 4-piston caliper, UBCO Quadratic² brake system, passive regenerative braking|
|REAR BRAKE||DOT motorcycle-grade 4-piston caliper, UBCO Quadratic² brake system, passive regenerative braking|
|WHEELS, FRONT/REAR||Aluminum; 17 x 1.85 in./17 x 2.75 in.|
|SEAT HEIGHT||32.0 in.|
|CLAIMED WEIGHT||155 lb.|