Video: Ronnie Renner On A Stealth Electric Bike

May 23, 2013
by Tyler Maine  

As a father to four kids who travels the world competing professionally, Ronnie Renner doesn't always have time to jump on his KTM and go for a ride. Luckily Ronnie has a Stealth Electric Bike in the garage! These bikes are insane! Lightweight, low maintenance and easily stored in the garage they provide Ronnie with a perfect opportunity for a quick adrenaline rush. Watch Ronnie rip around behind his house hitting speeds of 50 mph through the trails, around berms and over small jumps. Ronnie even hits the BMX trails with his son and fellow KTM rider Ken Roczen! We want one!

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174 Comments

  • 114 6
 electric - or gas - it's still a motor - more motorcycle than bicycle, even though outfitted with bicycly parts. No doubt fun to ride though.
  • 17 87
flag Gawdodirt (May 23, 2013 at 13:37) (Below Threshold)
 No, you are incorrect. There is no such thing as an internal combustion "motor".
  • 24 10
 Buddy just buy a dirt bike.
  • 35 4
 e-bikes should be named e-motocycle
  • 36 13
 good to see someone shares my dislike of people calling engines "motor's"
  • 15 63
flag Motoracer31 (May 23, 2013 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 Holy shit that thing is stupid. C'mon pink bike can we just quit posting articles about these? Or anything with Ronnie renner. That doods a kook. Its got a motor, it's not a bike. Doesn't belong on pink bike wether it has a 40 or not.
  • 16 2
 Actually, if it was gas then it'd be an engine. You are correct it is a motor though, since it's electric.
  • 53 16
 If I ever see anyone riding one of these on my local trails I'm calling the cops
  • 12 3
 Engine and motor are not strictly defined. Ford Motor Company, General Motors.
  • 43 0
 @b45her

Motor: a machine that turns other forms of energy into mechanical energy; which creates motion.

Engine: A MOTOR that converts THERMAL energy into Mechanical motion.

SO. ALL ENGINES ARE MOTORS, BUT NOT ALL MOTORS ARE ENGINES.

Note, by definition - if there's no combustion, there's no engine. Purely electric bikes don't have combustion, so they are strictly motors, not engines.
  • 14 17
 Ronnie Renner for President
  • 11 7
 Seems like all the riders are getting on board. Renner, Filip Polc, Sylvain Guintoli, Brandon Mears, Sun tour, Fox, Marzocchi. Pretty simple to check youtube yourselves and see the trend is happening. I don't understand what could be nearly bad. Less pollution, no more paying to shuttle, Opens up tons of unmarked territory and its super fun. This is the future for me.
  • 1 0
 I just noticed Magura for brakes on the 13's as well. I might need a better job to buy one, but that's cool. More for me.
  • 4 6
 Are the boy scouts voting on this too?
  • 4 1
 I tink it would be pretty fun to ride but still would rather have a peddle bike
  • 3 0
 Cool and very interesting! Just not the toy for me.
  • 14 1
 Unless you charge it strictly with pedal power (no idea how this thing gets energy) then its burning fossil fuels so its not green. By plugging it into the wall it doesn't magically become green energy.
  • 7 21
flag ArizonaDownhill (May 23, 2013 at 18:32) (Below Threshold)
 craig7 why? hes not messing anything up, its silent. Dumb f*ggot.
  • 4 1
 Valid point^, a lot of electricity still comes from coal plants
  • 8 0
 Jane Fonda ain't got a motor in the back of her Honda Maybe she has an engine
  • 9 2
 @arizonadownhill because it is harder on the trails than a bicycle and in my experience the kinds of people who ride them dont do trailwork
  • 8 12
flag jamadi (May 23, 2013 at 20:42) (Below Threshold)
 Its harder on the the trails then a bicycle. However it has the same wheels. This does not make any sense. Its harder on trails? Where did you come up with this? Please show me. Seems you have some homework to do. I am very curious to try one out...
  • 2 1
 @Tek-8 Not if you recharge the batteries from your PV system or buy green energy from the grid. We put back nearly as much from our PV system as we take out from the grid, and I'd love to be able to recharge our car or bike from it.
  • 3 3
 Yep, I can see how it would be harder on the trails. Just look at what happens to that berm in the vid. Riding that thing looks more like its about dirt bike riding than mountain biking. It belongs on dirt bike trails.
  • 4 1
 @si618 The other problem with any battery powered vehicle is that producing batteries is not very enviro friendly, and despite all kinds of great claims over the years, none of the batteries seem to get the lifespan manufacturers claim. Then there's the disposal of them - another dirty process, if they even get recycled at all. My brother in-law just got rid of 2 electric lawn mowers (with a total of 3 batteries) that were barely 5 years old. I've got a gas mower that's 15 years old and still going strong. The energy to produce all that short lived stuff probably doesn't offset the bit of good it did.
  • 5 3
 holy SHIT IT LOOKS SO AWSOME
  • 4 3
 It's just another reason for your trails to get shut down , people complain enough when you are doing 25mph with your legs , now imagine people turning up on these things .... worse than those idiots who buy pitbikes and shred the shit out of your trails.

I can only see bad things come from these.


Looks cool but I think they will only cause problems , also why not be a man and buy a proper MX bike ?
  • 2 0
 A guy in my LBS showed me a cheap XC hardtail with an electric motor that they got it. He said "it's the future of off-road cycling". I said "not if you remove the cycling part". He hasn't sold any yet. What's so bad about pedaling?
  • 5 0
 @jamadi, it's harder on the trails because it's going way faster and is way heavier than any mountain bike.
  • 2 0
 It probably sounds like a prius...
  • 1 2
 I've ridden one and they are fucken awesome. I reckon you could increase the power half the weight and run the power through the gears with a kitted All mountain bike. Whoever says just get a dirt bike doesn't under stand how ghostly quiet these things are. How they don't cause the same erosion of trails and they are lighter and thus brake better and handle better. You can lift one over a fence but still do 80 kph. It is something new, not a dirt bike or a MTB. I can bunny hop a 40lbs bike with clips and you could get an ebike that light. Try bunny hopping your dirt bike.
  • 48 2
 Full moto kit possibly not required for running round your local singletrack.
  • 20 2
 30mph and trees hurt , imagine it hurts more at 50
  • 7 0
 Yeah, it really seemed to accelerate very fast at the beginning. I wonder what it's 0-30 or 45 time is.
  • 7 3
 Question: does the battery explode when you hit a tree at 50mph? I have never had to even think about my bike blowing up in my face after a crash, but I imagine its a bit of a concern with motorcycles...
  • 4 0
 "Question: does the battery explode when you hit a tree at 50mph?"...yes, but this is the least you have to worry about when it happens Smile
  • 1 0
 I had a small RC car battery (7.4v, 4000mAh) explode. You'd easily have time to get out of the way, and you'd be plain stupid to hang around when smoke starts spewing out.

Plus, modern lithium ion packs are filled with fire retardant anyway. Expensive packs won't explode, just puff up.
  • 2 0
 just like cell phone batteries, a lot of hissing but no exploding... although what is hissing out is highly poisonous, haha. and themountain, good call, hahaha.
  • 45 8
 This isn't supposed to be a MTB, it's an electric bike. Who cares if it's an MTB? Do you watch the FMX'ers on TV and think, "This is stupid, this ain't mtb."? If you do, you need to get out of your "plain stupid" bubble.

I think e-bikes are amazing. You can take them anywhere because they don't have to be licensed for the road and since they're not gas powered you can even take them on sidewalks and stuff. The possibilities are endless with an e-bike.
  • 18 0
 And they don't weigh 2-300 pounds!
  • 29 4
 If it's not a full blown regular DH bike, or a DJ/SS bike, it's the work of satan and your family should be tortured if you ever buy anything other than those two types of bikes.

At least that seems to be the general vibe a person would get from reading the comments here.

Oh, and anything new coming from the industry is just the Illuminati conspiring to take over the globe and rob you of your money.
  • 7 9
 I think the issue is that pink bike is for bikes. Ill go to vurb or racer x to read up on dirt bike stuff and washed up free riders.
  • 5 3
 Agreed, this is something you could take any place that says no dirtbikes allowed. You could probably do a 50 mile loop in half the time it would take you to do 20 miles of your same favorite single tracks.
  • 2 1
 dirtyslim, thanks for summarizing the problem with these things.
  • 1 0
 pretty good outlook on it, but I don't know if I'm sold just yet..
  • 4 0
 @dirtyslim69 - I'd classify that as a dirtbike, it's got a motor after all.

I agree with Geodood, if you're capable of doing twice the distance it's only going to cause problems on mtb trails, and judging from the amount of torque it produces, it would tear up trails pretty quick, especially any climbs and berms. The other downside is a lot of our local trails are shared use, so more risk for walkers, and more hate for riders.

The stealth looks like fun, but I'd take a zero over it and keep it to street or dirtbike trails. www.zeromotorcycles.com
  • 1 0
 Well yes maybe the torque could be a problem in some instances. I think this is a good concept though for people with say knee, leg problems. Cardiovascular problems, who knows. but want to get out and join the friends in the mountain bike park. Guess they need a less toque model. You wont see me on one anytime soon. I am good with my AM bike. But you never the what could come crashing down on you at anytime.
  • 35 4
 wont lie. that looks fun as hell.
  • 7 1
 ^^^^^^ i agree . that is one hell of a cool bike, i know there's guys that wont touch one and think its got no business in the mtb scene, but damn that thing is fast and still light enough to shred just like a mtb. also how fast did that thing shoot out of his shed from standstill.now that is worth the cash in itself to me.at the end of the day if you like that kind of hybrid bike then whats the big deal. just ride it and have the time of your life doing it....
  • 2 0
 it accelerate even inside a berm or on the fly!!
  • 2 0
 That's the beauty of electric power; loads of torque from zero RPM
  • 31 2
 Looks fun but im gonna be pissed if I start seeing these thing show up on local singletrack. Looks like it would destroy a trail in a hurry.
  • 6 0
 Yup, there goes the neighbourhood.
  • 9 0
 Totally agree. Max power from Zero revs is going to shred trails, and make it possible for someone to go unnaturally fast up a DH track. All Bad IMO, no matter how much fun it is.
  • 6 0
 If they do show up, some engineer needs to kickstart an EMP solution that will fit in a backpack...good luck pedalling out! ;-)
  • 14 2
 i don't care if it runs on rose petals and urine.. 2 wheels on dirt is always gonna be fun.
  • 8 0
 Well this really blurs the line between mountain biking and motorcycles for me. What exactly is still a mountain bike and where does it become a motorcycle? Then there's the issue of trail access and what this will do to our trails... It does look like it'd be a blast to ride though..just not sure where it fits in in the scheme of things.
  • 1 0
 It becomes a motorcycle when it has a motor. Gas or electric.
  • 10 2
 I do not like the look of this. Getting trails built is hard enough as it is, without having to argue about someone riding on some electric contraption that blurs the line between bike and motorbike. Keep the motors on motocross tracks.
  • 10 0
 Hmmm. Yeah - I kind of agree. I hate to talk down about innovation in the mtb world but I am somewhat wary of seeing these on the trail.

Many of the areas used by mtb'ers that I like to ride are shared access with members of the public. In short, they often "tolerate" us as long as we're respectful - sad fact of life. Anyhow....I reckon that if people were to start ripping down such trails on what members of the public see as "motorbikes" (lets face it, many of them probably won't notice the subtleties in difference between a "stealth electric bike" and a "motor bike" as it flies past in a blur), my guess is that it'll sooner or later undermine the goodwill and mutual respect that we rely on to keep riding these trails.....that and the 1001 other arguments about legislation, environment, safety, e.t.c. Seems like a bit of a minefield at the moment to me....

That said, I remember coming across similar problems with public acceptance, legal issues, trespassing issues, e.t.c. years ago when I first started mtb'ing in the early 90's and look where we've got to now!
  • 14 7
 For real people settle down its just a bike with an electric motor. My knees are getting bad and in a few years that's me for sure. Whatever gets you out there right ? There's many forms of mountain biking - this just takes out the pedaling - is that the most important thing in biking? Pedaling? For me it's one of the least important but hey maybe it's because of my bad knees. For me it's more about the trip / sights / time with friends and the memories. If your all about reaching your peak heart rate or feeling the burn don't buy one -EASY.
  • 10 2
 Actually, yes. I think pedaling is one of the most important parts. Pedaling is what gives us access to most of the trails around where I live. Motors will relegate us to the same places as other "motor"cycles.

Keep the pedaling in bicycles.
  • 3 2
 Will someone too unfit or broken to pedal a bike be willing to get out and maintain our trails? Especially since they will be destroying them a whole lot faster. It's takes a lot more work than most people realise to build and maintain a sustainable trail.
  • 1 3
 thanks coach , fix the trail yourself dic head
  • 12 3
 So basically, this is a mountain bike for people who don't want to pedal.
  • 10 1
 I just don't know how to feel about those things.
  • 11 3
 Anyone who rides one of those on single track or bmx courses is a f-ing douchebag..
  • 5 0
 As someone who owns and loves riding dirt bikes, this looks like a super fun machine, however it is not good for mountain biking. The major problem is that these have the ability to tear up trails exponentially faster than mountain bikes and since it looks like a bike and is silent like a bike, it will be perceived by other trail user groups as a mountain bike. Therefore, mountain biking will get a bad rep and could lead to access bans because of the false assumption mountain bikes destroy trails. Plus, when I ride my mountain bike on bike only trails, I don't want to be riding on whooped out, rutted, poof dust trails.
  • 6 2
 Whole another can of worms as far as trail access around here. Not sure I would like people roosting on some singletrack around that we built. Motos are fine, but not everywhere. They are almost as bad for trails as horses. Almost.
  • 5 2
 I gotta say.... No. Generally speaking, these kind of things are an environmental disaster. Battery powered vehicles will be a nice idea when they can work out how to recycle the batteries and not require burning fossil fuels to charge them.
  • 1 0
 Lithium ion batteries are easy as hell to recycle. Crush them up in a big compactor, sift through what's left, and separate the plastic from the now powdered lithium. The lithium doesn't even need much processing to be reused, it's not sulphated up like lead acid batteries are at the end of their lives.
  • 1 0
 Is it cost effective enough that manufacturers are actually going to bother to do it? How about the amount of electricity they require to charge?
  • 1 0
 It's not the manufacturers that decide, it's whoever recycles the batteries. Some will, some won't. And when you factor in co2 emissions from coal power plants, something like the tesla roadster works out at about equal to 120mpg.
  • 3 0
 I would treat this thing like Homer Simpson did the electric car and drive that POS into the ocean. Hahaha jokes, serious mixed feelings about it...it looks like fun for sure but just has this overwhelming aura of douchiness surrounding it. so does the guy riding it with his damn pajamas.
  • 4 1
 the only outcome i see from this is more trails damaged, accidents related to bike and ebikes due to large speed differences between the two, and more trails closed from usage regs...great...keep reppin this pinkbike. These dont belong on any trails except moto trails
  • 5 0
 Can't think of a quicker, more fun way of getting trails closed to all bikes than a motorcycle disguised as a bicycle.
  • 3 1
 THE WEDGE! hahaha this is right behind my house. I grew up fooling around at that place. sweet video tho. came out really nice. The price is a little high, but I'm sure its soooo worth it out of pure fun factor alone.
  • 2 1
 ha yup , the wedge. we used to ride 250's behind mvhs there was lines and hill gaps everywhere
  • 6 1
 This is bad news for mountain biking. Really bad news.
  • 2 1
 methinks it looks like a good time. just cuz u can spin out of a mtb trail berm doesnt mean u have to. also, all this enviro talk is gay. I don't hear anyone complaining about the fossil fuels used welding their mtbs and all the components. how about the DOT3 fluid for hydraulic brakes? that cant be too enviro friendly. plus the low wages paid to taiwanese slave laborors to build them. look at the big picture.
  • 5 2
 its like the best of both dh and mx Big Grin im gunna start saving for one like now lol
  • 3 2
 unfortunately you can buy a moto-x bike and a dh bike for less than that mongrel costs.
  • 1 0
 dought it my moto cost around 1000 and my scott about 2500 i cant see them been over 3500 quid if they are then thats pretty shocking
  • 2 0
 Try 9 grand.
  • 1 0
 ouch you can get a new santa cruz v10 carbon for that !!!
  • 4 2
 Hate all you want. Its not like its his only mountain bike. Trust me, Ronnie does his fair share of pedaling. Looks fun as hell! IF I could afford one, I would have one!
  • 6 1
 It will do a lot of damage to mountain bike trail advocacy. and wreck tracks.
  • 4 2
 I need one of these. This is a great alternative to your regular trendy little scooter. Imagine quick trips to the store on this thing. Sweet.
  • 4 0
 My rant above aside, I've just read this comment and I have to admit, I'd love to nip down to the shops on one of these Smile
  • 1 0
 At around 11 grand (US) MSRP, I don't think we need to worry too much about the masses buying up this type of bike.

That said, I wouldn't mind having one in my garage. It looks like fun.
  • 2 0
 This is either a great replacement for motorbikes on trails, or a really bad replacement for bicycles on trails. Not in my future....
  • 1 0
 I personally think this thing is freacking cool, look at at it from this way, a 60+ person that doesn´t have the abillity anymore to pedal up a to a trail but still wants to have fun and be able to catch up with it son.
  • 5 3
 It's got a FOX 40 stfu and stop complaining on what it is MTB or MX. It's got 2 wheels that roll!!!!
  • 2 1
 I like the way they started with a crash. Cos lets face it if your legs aren't holding you back anywhere things are going to get wild. Quickly.
  • 4 2
 If I ever saw anyone riding that on my trails or jumps I would be pissed....reminds me of RC'ers....aweful!
  • 1 0
 There is a guy at the Southridge races that uses one with a tow rope to shuttle his son on a Kona Stinky Jr. Not sure if it would work for an adult but might.
  • 1 0
 costs more than a new 250 full on motocross bike!!!
with half of this money you could buy a decent used car....or a motorcycle!
by the way the cost is between 7k to 9k $
  • 1 0
 Call it what you will, still looks like a lot of fun to dick around on. Is it a mtb? No, a dirt bike? sorta? but thats not the point of it.
  • 2 0
 I bet this accelarates like nothing !
  • 4 2
 idk about you guys but i can see myself having a blast on one of these
  • 4 2
 seen one of these on ebay £10.000
waste of money if you ask me!!!
  • 5 4
 I'm on PB because of my DH ebike. Glad to see they are getting more and more exposure.
  • 10 7
 One word "Lame".
  • 2 3
 Good thing he didn't take a vespa on those trails. All that dust and all those little pebbles in the way would have slayed him. Next time lets see this thing perform on terrain that isn't basically just asphalt.
  • 2 1
 Why does he still pedal? Does that give a little extra juice to the battery or something?
  • 2 1
 Go Ronnie! That is some of my locl single track and it seems to be in fine shape even if the E-bike is roosting it.
  • 2 1
 this looks sweet, a powered bike thats light and nimble enought to throw around like a mtn bike. i bet its all kinds of fun
  • 2 0
 I would buy one... If I had $10,000.00 to spare!
  • 2 0
 Ken Roczen is fucking awesome i want to go riding with him one day lol
  • 2 0
 Where is the drink holder.
  • 1 0
 Living in the prairies with no dh hills in site this thing would be awesome!! DH without the chairlift. Urban dirt bike.
  • 1 1
 The full moto gear was gay as balls tho
  • 1 1
 thats the whole problem with these, on flat courses skill+fitness determined speed, now anyone can rip a xc course on this where other riders are going 10-20mph these are goin 40+. I just hope these are banned before they get more common, otherwise some rich f*ck on one is gonna get nailed by a clothesline on my trail.
  • 2 0
 that would be super fun to ride but sucks for mtb, cool video though
  • 2 0
 takes the point out of downhill
  • 1 0
 My next enduro bike! At least help me get to the top of the climb and won't have to shuttle during practice runs!
  • 1 0
 So he's running a set of fox RAD forks and he's a motocross rider and they aren't even kashima coated , I smell bullshit !
  • 1 0
 This is f*cking awesome I've been waiting to see this in action for so long thanks Pinkbike!! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Nice bike. Just don't ride it on my trails. E bikes don't belong there I'm sure most of us would agree. Haha.
  • 2 0
 e-bike + strava = KOM master lmao.
  • 2 0
 ride a normal bike you lazy bastard
  • 2 0
 One day you will hear people "remember when we had to pedal" this is dumb!
  • 1 0
 i would love to see what someone with more a mountainbike background would do with it and also a trails background
  • 2 0
 Id commute to work with this bike.Smile
  • 1 0
 What's everyone's problem? These things are awesome. I am sure if someone offered you a go you wouldn't say no?
  • 1 0
 I like how you think Ronnie! I'm the same and if you wanna get these bikes into Australia I'd love to distribute them here!
  • 1 0
 If everyone gets rich and lazy enough this is the future. it would be better used in wheelchairs.
  • 1 0
 Despite all of the negative things people are saying about this, you still want one. Don't lie.
  • 2 1
 Can't u just get a electric motorcycle
  • 3 2
 the funny thing is KTM makes and electric mx bike haha.
  • 2 1
 Sell sell sell... Way to go kids, shown renny how to style those jumps.
  • 3 2
 Looks fun but it's not dh.
  • 5 4
 I feel like this could be an interesting training tool for DH racing
  • 2 1
 This/these thing(s) would be great for the flat lands
  • 4 4
 I'd like to see Acerbis make a hand guard for DH bars. They look kinda cool on a DH bike Big Grin
  • 2 0
 NOPE
  • 2 1
 What an awesome lifestyle!
  • 1 0
 Just an electric motorbike... Not a bike
  • 2 1
 SIIIIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCKK!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Pedal you P***y's!
  • 1 0
 Motors/engines are for the weak
  • 1 0
 I saw him in Fontana pulling his son to the top of the course.
  • 1 0
 how can we say "it's a bike" whereas there is no pedaling time?
  • 1 0
 10,000 dollars for an equivilant of 6HP. Hmmm,
  • 1 0
 if he beats Stevie Smith down the hill with that I might think about it...
  • 1 0
 i met him 2 weeks ago in paris at the airport,hes such a nice guy!!
  • 3 2
 Heavy AF
  • 4 3
 lightest is 75 lbs. not bad considering some of the ol' DH bikes weighed 50+
  • 11 1
 Bro, do you even lift? lol
  • 4 0
 lol it could always be worse
  • 4 1
 We had some Haibike electric bikes in and ours was sub 50lbs with 150mm of travel
  • 4 3
 looks like a Trek! LMAO!
  • 5 4
 love it
  • 3 2
 This looks amazing
  • 1 1
 when they get under 22kg and place the engine in the frame i'll get one
  • 1 1
 Very nice video.... too many geek discussions in the forum though!!!
  • 1 0
 Eco-friendly mo-ped.
  • 1 2
 looks pretty fucking stupid
  • 8 9
 NEED ONE!
  • 7 10
 Sounds like a poser using spirituality as an advertisement. Don't forget, he's a dealer... Pinkbike, c'mon, really?
  • 1 2
 Shit of "bike"
  • 9 12
 This is just plain stupid. This ain't mtb.
  • 8 5
 You're stupid, it's still two wheels and looks fun. Free your mind man
  • 13 4
 Then buy a real motorbike. The only thing you are going to achieve by buying this is more trails closed to the real mountainbikers, an even worse public opinion, and a faster erosion of the trails we have built for many years. It sure is a lot of fun, though not as much as a DH bike on the descents, as they are more flickable, or a MX on a proper track, as they are slower than any real MX. Therefore I just don't see the point of this.
  • 3 3
 This is great! You can basically treat cross country trails like downhill because you can maintain so much more speed! It's perfect if you don't live near any proper hills and want a speed rush! But shit 75pounds at it's lightest! I'm thinking I wouldn't want to have to pedal that thing home if it died! I'd love one but it probably costs as much as a full on motorbike!
  • 3 1
 amen, krankin. two wheels on dirt is always fun or funny or both. always a good time. i wouldn't pass up a test ride on it.
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