Maxwell EPO (Ultralight eBike) Goes Kickstarter


Remember the Maxwell EPO ultra-light ultra-cool track bike with in-frame batteries at under 30lbs?  Sure you do.  They just went live with their Kickstarter project, to get funding primarily to get beta-bikes out there and tested.  Among our favorite rewards, the $100 “Spend an afternoon touring the Erie Canal, and enjoy lunch at the Genessee Brew House on the Maxwell EP0 prototype. [must provide transportation to get to the Maxwell offices].  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  The specs again?

  • Up to 20 MPH
  • 10-15 Miles Range
  • 250Wh Battery Pack
  • 26-31 lb. (depending on configuration)
  • 45 Minute charge time (90% Capacity)
  • Pedal Assist Sensor

Check out the Kickstarter here, and here are some more photos of the bike.

Maxwell EPO

Maxwell EPO

Maxwell EPO

Maxwell EPO

Category: Bikes


28 responses to "Maxwell EPO (Ultralight eBike) Goes Kickstarter"
  1. David Murray says:

    I just became backer #7….

  2. Nelson says:

    Does it regen going down hill?

    NPNS! SBF!

    1. danpatgal says:

      I’m pretty sure there is no-regen. That looks like a geared hub motor, for which you can’t get regen (otherwise it doesn’t free-wheel).

  3. Lensman says:

    How nice to see an article on InsideEVs about ebikes! They are a very popular form of transportation in third-world countries; I wish there was more coverage here.

    1. sven says:

      In NYC, EV bikes are a increasingly used by NYC restaurant delivery people who don’t follow any of the traffic laws. I almost hit a salmon riding an EV bike head-on with my EV the other day. I’ve really got to get an dash cam.

      1. ozzie says:

        And the are illegal in NYC yea?
        I also had some trouble with a delivery biker. He was going against traffic and I looked toward traffic and entered crosswalk on 3rd avenue and got hit by the a spanish kid going the wrong way! Messed up my hand real good. Since then, I understood why fast-moving-silent-electric bikes (when driven poorly) were a bad idea for NYC!!

        1. sven says:

          There are actually personal injury lawyers in NYC who specialize in bicycle accidents. Unfortunately, since it was kid who hit you, he is judgement proof.

          Apparently, there are two types of electric bikes, and only one type is legal. A pedelec or pedal-assist bicycle requires that the motor be activated by pedaling, and is legal. A motor-assist bicycle or E-bike doesn’t require pedaling at all (the motor does all the work) but is instead controlled by a throttle, and is illegal. These illegal E-bikes can be issued a ticket for up to $1,000 and confiscated on the spot. It appears that the police are not enforcing the law at all, enforcing it selectively in certain neighborhoods/police-precints, or enforcing every once in a while in a ticket blitz.

          The guy I almost drove into was definitely on an illegal E-bike, and was definitely a restaurant delivery man since he had on his DOT required vest with an ID number and restaurant name on it. He was a salmon, a biker riding the wrong direction in the bike lane (like a salmon swimming upriver against the current). As I was preparing to make a left turn with a bike lane on my left. I checked my mirror and turned my head to make sure no bike next to me in my blind spot, then as I was about to enter the intersection to make the left turn my attention was focused on the pedestrians in the crosswalk on the side street. As I crossed into the bike lane at the beginning of my turn, the delivery bike comes flying into the intersection traveling the wrong way in the bike lane. He was able to just stop short of my bumper. I never saw him coming.

          1. sven says:

            Here is a NYC Department of Traffic webpage that says at the bottom of the page:

            “Electric Bikes

            The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles does not register electric bicycles, therefore their operation is prohibited in New York City.”


      2. Robert says:

        I thought ALL bicycle riders were immune to ALL road laws and regulations?
        Or is it just the ones I see on the road?

    2. Warren says:

      I found they are very popular in Toronto. And they have single payer health care.

      Yes! I wish we had better health coverage here too. 🙂

  4. tedfredrick says:

    I would love an Ebike but am deathly afraid of getting it stolen. $4000 is to much to risk.

  5. tftf says:


    Lol, what a name considering the backstory…

    “What is EPO? Lance Armstrong admits to Oprah on air that he used it”

    1. protomech says:

      Small typo, the bike is described on the kickstarter page as EP0 (episode zero? engineering prototype zero?), not EPO.

      1. Troy says:

        I’ve done this to myself… 🙂

        Either one works as far as I’m concerned.

        1. pjwood1 says:

          I believe cancer use was Lance’s gateway. That’s my version of the backstory, and I’m sticking with it.

          1. Robert says:

            His excuse was bollocks!

      2. sven says:


  6. Roy LeMeur says:

    There are quite a few stupid-fast and powerful ebikes out there and an entire builders and component community. Seems like good subject matter for a story at InsideEVs 🙂

  7. Fraudstarter.

    No dirt cover over the wheels? No reflectors? No lights? It’s 100% street illegal. I hope European custody will shredder them all.

    1. protomech says:

      In case you haven’t heard of kickstarter, it’s a means to crowd-source funds to (hopefully) bring a new product or service to market.

      That means initial images of the product are typically prototypes or concept renderings, NOT the final product.

      I assume the finished product will be street legal – or at very least easily adapted – for any market the bike could be sold in.

    2. Robert says:

      There is no law in Europe that says a bicycle must be sold with mudguards or lights. I think all new bicycles sold in UK come with a rear reflector fitted from the shop.
      They other things are all optional extras.

  8. Djoni says:

    Pretty neat and basic design.
    I like it, althought I ride a Tarmac SL4 at about the same speed and range to spare.
    It did cost almost the same price….
    Charging time? I’am not sure.

  9. ampzilla says:

    i ride a regular bike all the time on li ny
    an ebike ive allways wanted CAN AN E BIKE BE INSURED LIKE A CAR FOR THEFT/ AND INJURY?
    Also would never buy an bike elec or reg
    without being fitted am 6ft 4 inch need proper frame size I like retrofit kits are they
    practical and how heavy, can my bike rack trunk mounted take the extra weight
    how about service and repair

    1. Robert says:

      I’m 49 and even when I was a kid we could have our bikes covered on the house contents insurance against theft. At home, in the shed or out and about. We never enquired about third party running somebody over insurance…
      You can get insurance for anything now a days. Try your home and car insurers.

  10. arne-nl says:

    I’m sorry, but I am not impressed. This is a standard bike with a battery enclosure welded onto the frame and a front wheel hub motor. The fact that this bicycle lacks a proper chain guard, means eternal problems with rusty chains from rain, dirt and salt.

    It’s light, yeah but they achieved that by stripping all stuff that is necessary on an every-day-bike. Like lights, mud guards, chain guard, luggage carrier, etc.

    Nothing to see here…. move on.

    1. Ted Dillard says:

      You oughta read up on the bike before you comment. Starting with “battery enclosure welded onto the frame”.

      …just a thought. 😛

    2. Robert says:

      I have owned dozens of bikes in my lifetime. NONE of which has ever been fitted with a chain guard!
      You oil the chain regularly to prevent it from rust.
      Seriously, have you ever seen or used a bicycle for real???

      1. GRA says:

        Given that arne added an ‘-nl’ after his name, I think it’s reasonable to guess that he’s been on a bike as passenger or rider since shortly after he was born, as he lives in the bike capital of the world.

        It’s a difference of attitudes; in the U.S., bikes are still mostly thought of as day fair weather performance/recreation machines, so they often lack most of the day-in/day-out commute features, like lights, chain guards, racks/baskets etc., to keep them as light as possible. In the Netherlands, bikes are seen as utilitarian transport for everyone, from 5 to 90, wearing their normal clothes – no spandex-chamois shorts or logoed team jerseys expected or required.

        Of course, all of the utilitarian features can be added to bikes here and commuter bikes come with them, but aren’t always required by law as they may be in the Netherlands and other countries. It used to be bikes there had to be equipped with generator lights, but with the advent of LEDs I’m not sure that’s still the case. Once people start commuting all-weather, all of the features that arne mentioned get added to the bike – I doubt you’d find a commute bike in e.g. Seattle or Portland without them. Oh, and unlike the NL, we wear helmets here, because drivers still mostly aren’t expecting or looking for cyclists, whereas in the NL, unless things have changed, if there’s an accident involving a car and a bike, the driver is at fault no matter how stupid or illegal the rider may have been.