Outrider Electric ATV – Strange Even for a 3-Wheeler
When we use the term “ATV” around the office, it usually elicits images of four knobby tires, rider-forward seating, controls borrowed from motorcycles and so on. “UTV” or “side-by-side” are terms that bring up a different set of mental images. But the Horizon from Outrider USA is a machine that has even us scratching our melons with intrigue. What in the world is this thing?
Well for starters it’s a 3-wheeler, something we ATV-riders are all-too familiar with. And yes it wears knobby tires but they seem to have come from a mountain bike rather than a dune buggy. Beyond the obvious, Outrider says the machine is truly one of a kind, blending an all terrain, full suspension chassis with their industry leading electric drive system.
If you’re unable to shake the feeling that the Horizon bears a striking resemblance to a recumbent bicycle, you’d be right on the money. Outrider is offering up 3 transmission options for the horizon: Pedals, Pedal-Electric hybrid and full Electric motor. If you’re worried an electric trike couldn’t get you down the trail fast enough, we’re hearing reports of 40-mph test runs.
So just how did this machine come to be you wonder? The power of crowd sourcing and the reach of the internet: Kickstarter. The company raised enough to kick off its powerhouse recumbents for a Dec 2014 initial shipment of their road-going model, The Alpha.
The Horizon is on point to bring the innovation into the woods though expect to pay to play- MSRP is a steep $9,995. The full specs break down as follows:
Front Tires: Maxxis Maxx Daddy’s (20″, 20″)
Rear Tires: Maxxis Holy Roller (26″)
Wheels (Standard): Steel J-Bend
Wheels (Optional): Aluminum straight-pull (industry 9)
Shifter: SRAM X.0 Grip Shifter
Derailleur: SRAM X.7 9 Speed
Suspension: Independent A-Arm Front, Rear Shock
Motor: American Made Brushless 93% Efficient
Max Weight: Rider plus gear = 250
Battery Chemistry: Lithium Polymer
Battery Capacity: 1-4kW
Brakes: Dual Shimano Hydraulic 180 mm Disc Brakes
Frame: Chromolly / Aluminum
Charger: 900 Watt 110V Charger (220 Available upon request)
More info can be found on Outrider’s official site.