Legally, electric bikes can only go as fast as 20 mph in the United States. Nevertheless, this little detail is not stopping Ristretto from making what may be the fastest ebike ever created. Dubbed the 303 FS, the new e bicycle from Ristretto is capable of going 40 mph. 

 

And as impressive as that is, it is not the only perk cyclists are hyped about.

 

Limited Edition of 500 Ebikes

 

Ristretto, an ebike manufacturer, announced a limited edition campaign for the 303 FS over a week ago. Yet, despite the asking price, the Indiegogo project has already met the $40,000 flex goal, and almost 160 electric bikes have been claimed.

 

That said, $3,099 is pretty hard for people to come up with. 

 

In addition, Ristretto has announced the 303 FS is still going to be available once the initial 500 units are sold. So why exactly are cycling enthusiasts so hyped up about this ebike?

 

303 FS Specifications and Features

 

Featuring a 3,500 watt CYC mid-drive motor, the 303 FS generates enough power to go 20 mph, even if the cyclist is a bit on the heavy side. On its own, that detail is super impressive. However, Ristretto decided to take things one step further by making it possible for the e bike to go faster than the legal limit.

 

To understand how, let’s review the available mode options.

 

Akin to pedal assist, the 303 FS offers three customizable modes. The first two are somewhat street legal. To elaborate, option one and option two increases pedaling power potential to a law abiding speed. 

 

And then sneaks another 8 mph in.

 

Daredevils that want to exceed the aforementioned 28 mph can press the third option, known as Race Mode. By doing so, cyclists may be able to increase their mph to about 40, with or without needing to pedal. 

 

To achieve these impressive, albeit dangerous, speeds, Ristretto plans to install each electric bike with a down-tube-mounted, 52V Panasonic lithium-ion battery. Other noteworthy features and specifications listed below.

 

  • Max range of 55 miles
  • Lightweight aluminum frame drops e bike weight down to 84 lbs
  • Recharges in about 5.5 hours
  • Comes with a Shimano 11-speed drivetrain
  • Pedal Assist System and control panel included
  • 26×4 inch fat tire wheels
  • Waterproof LCD display connects to bluetooth
  • Hydraulic disk brakes
  • Two LED headlights with three modes: high beam, low beam, and flashing
  • Dual circular taillights
  • Waterproof, leatherette saddle 
  • Available in 10 shades
  • Comes with fenders
  • Adjustable suspension
  • Riders up to 325 lb can safely use the 303 FS

 

Thanks to the versatility of this e bike, it can be used as a street legal electric bike, or as an e mountain bike. In addition, if the ebike is only utilized off-road, the illegal speed may not ever be an issue for cyclists. 

 

Those interested in trying to procure one of the first 500 units may sign up here

 

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