Super73 Unveils New Flagship R-Series Electric Models

Bicycle meets motorcycle with multi-class ride modes to blur the lines.

Super73 has released its most evolved ebikes—er, motorbikes—yet with the new R-Series.
Super73 has released its most evolved ebikes—er, motorbikes—yet with the new R-Series.Super73

Fat bicycle, or minimalist motorcycle? Seems like Super73 wants to have it both ways, and that’s just fine by us. Last weekend, the maker of minibike-style electrics unveiled the R-Series—its new flagship line of electric motorbikes for 2020, which at first glance, definitely looks more moto than pedal-powered. But take a closer look down below, and you’ll see Super73’s most powerful and technologically advanced drive system yet, which features multi-class ride modes—a boon for those of us who like the best of both worlds.

The new R bikes roll with an aircraft-grade aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm fitted with adjustable front and rear suspension.
The new R bikes roll with an aircraft-grade aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm fitted with adjustable front and rear suspension.Super73

The R-Series bikes are designed from the ground up and come programmed with a Class 2 riding mode, which allows throttle operation as well as pedal-assist riding up to 20 mph. You know what that means, right? Bike paths here we come—no license, insurance, or spandex required!

You can also access three other riding modes if you want even more flexibility, says Super73. Say you live in a somber, humorless place where throttle-powered electric bicycles aren’t kosher; well, you can get by on the R-Series using just pedal assist with the throttle deactivated in Class 1 and Class 3 modes (Class 1 up to 20 mph and Class 3 up to 28 mph). There’s also an “Unlimited” mode which opens up 2,000 more watts of power via throttle, letting you wick it up to 28 mph. Super73 says that’s just for riding off public roads and on private property, but, hey now, hallelujah! (As a side note, it’s a fair bet these are the bikes that’ll be used in future Super Hooligan Super73 ebike class races, which means we’ll probably be seeing much higher speeds.)

The premium RX model gets a rear piggyback coilover monoshock, with preload, compression, and rebound adjustments.
The premium RX model gets a rear piggyback coilover monoshock, with preload, compression, and rebound adjustments.Super73

The power behind all that throttling is a beefy 960 watt-hour battery (Super73 says it’s the largest in its segment). Most ebikes use a 400–700 watt-hour battery, but because the R-Series has the largest type in its segment, it gets an estimated 40-plus miles of range at 20 mph if you’re lazy and using just the throttle, or 75-plus miles of range using the Eco pedal-assist mode if you’re feeling a bit more spunky. No pain, no gain, right?

The new R-series features up to four available riding modes, from Class 1 to Class 3 and beyond, so you can ride most bike paths—or the Super Hooligan race series!
The new R-series features up to four available riding modes, from Class 1 to Class 3 and beyond, so you can ride most bike paths—or the Super Hooligan race series!Super73

The foundation of the new R bikes is an aircraft-grade aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm fitted with adjustable front and rear suspension. The premium RX model sports an inverted coil spring fork with air assist, and a rear piggyback coilover monoshock, with preload, compression, and rebound adjustments. The top-line RX model also adds premium LED front lighting, an integrated brake light, horn, full fender set, premium paint, and a high-performance Tektro brake system with four-piston calipers and 203/180mm rotors (28 percent thicker than standard bicycle brake rotors). And let’s not forget about those new, badass-looking all-terrain Super73 BDGR tires, which measure a whopping 5 inches wide, and blend motorcycle and bicycle tire construction methods. They sport a tread pattern designed to improve traction and increase stability for both on-road and light-duty off-road stints.

The 20-inch Vee Moto tires are the fattest in their class, and are purpose built using both motorcycle and bicycle qualities.
The 20-inch Vee Moto tires are the fattest in their class, and are purpose built using both motorcycle and bicycle qualities.Super73

Of course, all the new Super73s also get an electronics suite to pair with your smartphone through a new mobile app so the R-Series can receive over-the-air updates. Owners can also get an optional IoT module to access other cool features like remote anti-theft security, geolocation tracking, and crash detection. The Super73 R-Series is available in two trims; the base R model, for $2,995, and the premium RX model with an MSRP of $3,495. Preorders begin January 25, 2020, with discounted pricing through February 28, 2020.

For more info, visit super73.com.

The top-of-the-line RX model sports premium LED front lighting, and an integrated brake light, along with premium paint.
The top-of-the-line RX model sports premium LED front lighting, and an integrated brake light, along with premium paint.Super73
Given the specs, it feels like wheelying the new R bikes will be effortless.
Given the specs, it feels like wheelying the new R bikes will be effortless.Super73

2020 Super73 R / RX Specifications

MSRP $2995 / $3495
Frame 6061 / 7005 aluminum alloy, 1-1/8” to 1.5” tapered head tube
Color Olive Drab,/,Rhino Gray, Carmine Red
Motor
Class-1 Mode Output 750 watts nominal / 1200 watt peak
Class-2 Mode Output 750 watts nominal / 1200 watt peak (Default)
Class-3 Mode Output 750 watts nominal / 1200 watt peak
Unlimited Mode Output 1200 watts nominal / 2000 watt peak
Top Speed
Class-1 Mode 20mph (throttle deactivated, pedal assist only)
Class-2 Mode 20mph
Class-3 Mode 28mph (throttle deactivated, pedal assist only)
Unlimited Mode 28mph +
Battery 960 watt-hours, 21700 cells
Weight 76 lb (w/ battery),/ 80 lb (w/battery)
Front Hub 15 x 150mm thru-axle aluminum alloy
Rims 20 in. x 100mm alloy
Tires Front: 20 x 4.5 in. / Rear: 20 x 5 in.
Brakes Tektro Hydraulic, two-piston caliper; 180mm front and rear rotors,/ Tektro four-piston caliper; 203mm front rotor
Suspension
Front Inverted coil 35mm spring fork, 120mm travel / Inverted coil 35mm spring fork w/ air assist - adjustable preload and rebound damping, 120mm travel
Rear Coilover mono-shock – adjustable preload and rebound
Display Transflective Monochrome LCD + Mobile Device
Charger 3A (5-6 hour charge time) / Optional: 5A (3-4 hour charge time); DC/DC Converter
Throttle Thumb throttle
Pedal Assist 4 modes (ECO, TOUR, SPORT, SUPER)
Bottom Bracket 120mm sealed bearing, square taper
Crank / Front Chain Ring 125mm alloy crank arms, 36T chainring
Gearing Single-speed 16T rear cog
Rear Derailleur Single-speed chain tensioner
Seat Height 32 in.
Weight Limit 325 lb