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It’s a high-performance three-wheeled cycle, powered by both pedal (hand or foot) and/or electric power. Click here to learn more about the Outrider History.
It’s used for real world transportation, just like your car, bike or motorcycle.
You can ride it on public roads, anywhere you’d drive your car or bicycle, except for restricted access high-speed interstate highways.
Our vehicles are ridden for a wide variety of different reasons, here are a few:
Most often, our riders are looking for a vehicle that combines the exercise of a bike with the speed, practicality, utility and fun of a car, with the guilt-free pleasure of an electric drive.
If you’d like to be able to explore new roads, tear up corners, blast up mountains, and spice up your commute for pennies-worth of electricity, and without a drop of gas, you’ve found the right rig.
If you’d like to be able to travel at the speed of traffic, but get exercise at the same time, you’ve found the right bike.
If you’d like a lightweight electric vehicle that you can put in the back of your truck, van, SUV, or hatchback, boat or plane, you’ve found the most capable sub-100 lb. vehicle available.
Each Outrider is assembled by hand, for each customer at our shop in Fletcher, NC. Our motors are hand-wound in California. All of our CNC’d drive parts are made about 100 miles from our shop, in Charlotte, NC. We source USA-made componentry whenever possible to support American workers.
All Outriders are shipped at a power setting of 750W and 20 mph, which is legal for road use in all US states. Where laws allow, power can increased to higher levels to allow for faster hill climbing, higher speeds, and faster acceleration. For international customers with stricter laws, we can specifically program your bike to meet your laws at no extra charge.
The electric and pedal powered drive systems can work independently of one other, or they can be used together. This allows for three riding modes: pedal only, electric only, and pedal-electric mode. The rider controls the power being delivered from the electric motor system by the twist grip throttle, which allows for full modulation of power from 0% to 100%.
Pedaling does not directly charge the battery, however it does extend the riding range. Instead of using pedal power to drive a generator to charge the battery, we’ve sent the pedal power straight to the ground, as it’s the most efficient way to use human power. As pedal power is increased, range is extended, and speed is increased. This also allows for drag-free pedaling and coasting whenever the electric drive is not in use.
There a multitude of reasons we chose to go with a recumbent trike chassis over a traditional upright. Here are a few:
While pedal-powered bikes are great for local use, or less time-critical trips, a standard bike simply can’t come close to doing what an Outrider can. An Outrider allows you to cover much more distance in a much shorter period of time. Have a 40-mile commute? A 422 Alpha can do that in an hour. Need to tow 200 pounds of lumber up a mountain? You can do it on an Outrider.
Electric motors offer more torque, are much smoother, more reliable, and incredibly efficient. By comparison, the average gas engine has an efficiency of about 25%, our motors have an incredible efficiency of 93%.
There are also significantly fewer moving parts in an electric motor than a gas motor, which means that they’re much less prone to failure. Electric motors are also extremely quiet and clean by comparison.
Lastly, the wide, flat torque curve of an electric motor allows it to operate without the need for a multi-speed transmission or clutch. This reduces vehicle weight, maintenance, and increases reliability.
Yes, we’re currently beginning to develop snap on enclosures. For a simple, lower cost alternative, we suggest Windwrap fairings. They'll keep you warm in cold weather riding and rain, and also slightly improve aerodynamics.
Absolutely. A single 200W panel, and a small battery bank and inverter will provide all the necessary power for most riders' daily needs. Contact us for specific advice on system design.
Steering is controlled by vertical tiller handlebars, simply push and pull to turn left and right.
You can charge anywhere there’s a standard 110V outlet. Once you start looking for them, you’ll see that they’re everywhere. Common charging points on long trips are parks, restaurants, gas stations, and campgrounds.
Absolutely! We especially enjoy weekend trips, but you can do anything from a weekender to a cross-country trip, and anything in-between. We’ve found that 120-140 miles a day is our favorite pace.
Sure. With the added utility of a heavy-duty trailer, like the Surly Bill, it’s possible to tow 300 lbs. With this setup, an Outrider becomes a very feasible all-purpose transportation solution.
We’ve gone to great lengths to maximize visibility. Our LED-filled flagpole stands 7 feet tall, and its whipping and bright shining LEDs are quite the attention getter in twilight and nighttime riding. All Outriders are also equipped with a very high power LED headlight. Exposure helmet-mounted LED headlamps are a highly recommended accessory. The extremely bright strobe pattern of the Exposure lights serves as an incredible, aimable beacon that can be pointed directly at any potential threat to immediately get the drivers attention.
Absolutely not! Our vehicles are designed to be a practical alternative to a car or motorcycle, not necessarily to serve as a replacement for a road or mountain bike. Furthermore, many riders choose to exert themselves just as they would on a regular bike, but on an Outrider, the added power from the electric drive allows them to travel at a much higher average speed. If it were being used in a road bike race, then it can justifiably be considered as cheating. Otherwise, it’s just another way for folks to get out there and ride, and to that we tip our hats!
There’s no reason to worry. Our vehicles have the longest range and fastest recharge times of any available electric bike. Charging can be done quickly and easily from any readily available, standard 110V outlet. In the rare case that you should fully deplete your battery, the bike can be simply operated as a traditional bicycle, and pedaled indefinitely to the next available charging point.
Ride away! All Outriders are fully sealed for all weather riding.
The incredibly powerful and efficient electric drive system allows Outriders to absolutely fly up hills. Our 422 Alpha currently holds the hill climbing speed record on Pikes Peak, Mt. Evans, and Mt. Mitchell. In 2012, we averaged 32 mph up the 7% average grade on the Pikes Peak hill climb race, climbing from 9000 feet up to 14,000 feet. After the race, the Alpha had enough range left in the pack to run full-speed up the mountain again, which we took full advantage of!
We use only the highest quality, state of the art technology that allows us to achieve performance that no other manufacturer has matched. Just as with any product, the latest and greatest comes at a premium. Because we’re on the cutting edge of performance, our parts are made in small batches, and are assembled by hand, with minimal mechanization. Hundreds of hours of welding, wiring, and assembly time go into each and every build.
There are a handful of major compromises that are made in order to build a $2000 electric bike. Here are a few:
It’s possible, but fairly rare. Our used and demo trikes get bought up very quickly. Send us an email, and we’ll fill you in on our current stock status.
Due to the customized nature of the product, Outrider determines returns and refunds on a case-by-case basis. Returns and refunds will be considered only if Trike is in mint condition, as received from Outrider USA. Notification of desire to return is made within 14 days of receipt of product. Requests for refund or return submitted after 14 days of customer receipt of the product will not be granted under any circumstance. Notification is made via email (email@example.com), phone (828-654-7555) or in-person contact (66 Fletcher Commercial Drive, Suite E, Fletcher, NC 28732). If return and refund is granted, customer is responsible for 100% of shipping costs, both delivery and return. Refunds granted will be less a $1,500 restocking fee.
Call or email us to schedule a test ride. We’re conveniently located only 3 miles from the Asheville Airport, in Fletcher, North Carolina. We’re happy to pick you up from the airport, or you can rent a car there if you plan on staying for a while.
We highly suggest making a trip of it. We’re nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, minutes from the awesome mountain town of Asheville, where you can find great food, live music, and great beer from local breweries any night of the week. The area is also surrounded by national and state forest, which are filled with beautiful waterfalls, vistas, and the highest peak in the east: Mount Mitchell. Not to mention some fantastic riding! The convenient Blue Ridge Parkway offers quick access to some of the most beautiful areas.
For a good place to stay at a reasonable price, we suggest the Hampton Inn on Airport Road in Fletcher/Arden. For world-class accommodations, we suggest the Inn on Biltmore Estate or the Grove Park Inn.
If traveling to Fletcher is out of the question, we will do our best to connect you with a local Outrider owner. Check out our Rider Map to find where the nearest Outrider.
Be aware of the weather, since we’re in the mountains. It can be cold, windy, and weather can change quickly. Wear appropriate clothing, and close toed shoes. Ladies, skirts are not the best bet! If you have a set of clipless pedals and shoes that you prefer, bring them along and we’ll install them for use on your test ride. If you have your own helmet, feel free to bring it along with some form of eye protection. If you don’t have your own pedals, helmet, or safety glasses, don’t fret; we have plenty of extra equipment.
We’ll start out by getting you fitted to the bike, adjusting for your height. Next we’ll get you comfortable on the bike, starting out just riding under pedal power the low-speed loop in front of our shop.
Once you’re comfortable with the handling of the bike, we’ll turn on the electric drive system. We’ll start out in low power mode, and increase the power to the point you feel most comfortable.
Remember that you can use whatever blend of pedal and electric power you’d like. So you can ride fully under pedal power, fully under electric power, or any blend of the two. It’s all controlled by the twist of your wrist.
Once you’re comfortable using both pedal and electric power, we’ll take you out on our country road loop that exhibits the power, speed, hill climbing, and handling of the bike. We’ll climb up a local mountain pass, and coast down the other side, through the beautiful countryside of Henderson County. Don't worry about not being fit enough for the climb, the Outriders have plenty of power to get you up the mountain. We’re on no time crunch, so we can go at whatever pace you’d like.
You can order your Outrider directly from our website. We can also process your order over the phone. Upon receiving your order, we’ll immediately start your build, and you can expect your bike to be at your door within 4-8 weeks, fully assembled, and ready to ride.
Yes. We sell directly to international customers, just as we do to US customers. Contact us for an exact shipping quote.
They’re shipped fully assembled, adjusted for you, and ready to ride. They’re shipped in a wooden crate for maximum protection. The crate with trike weighs about 300 pounds. It will arrive in a tractor trailer, and if necessary it will include a lift-gate to get it to the ground from the trailer. When you are placing your order we'll determine what the best delivery method is for you.
Shipping depends on your location, and the nature of your location ie. residential or business. All trikes ship from our shop in Fletcher, North Carolina, USA. Rates vary depending on country as well. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a shipping quote.
Our 2-year warranty covers everything excluding negligence and wear items (tires and brake pads). Rest assured that our warranty is the best in the industry. When warranty service is performed at a local bicycle shop within the warranty period, we’ll cover the cost of repairs. If any parts need to be shipped to Outrider for repair, we’ll cover the cost of shipping within the 2-year warranty period.
The electric drive components are all maintenance-free. The rest of the cycle componentry can be serviced by your local recumbent shop, or skilled bicycle mechanic. In the rare event that a problem with the electric drive system should occur after that time period, it’s easily removed and can be shipped back to our facility for repair.