ENVO Launches $2000 Electric Snowbike Conversion Kit

Dec 8, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

A snowbike conversion kit has launched intending to offer the ability to turn any bicycle into an electrically powered snowmobile.

ENVO, an engineering research and development company that focuses on solutions for clean transportation and electric drive systems, claim their new Electric SnowBike Kit is the first "developed pedal-assist electric snow bicycle". The sizeable kit is designed to work with a large range of frame and fork combinations, although ENVO doesn't list what frame, forks or spacing is compatible with the product.

Sold as a kit only ENVO will supply you with the aluminium machined housing for the motor and track, a battery, front snowboard, motor, fork mount, display, motor controller, pedal-assist sensor, brake cut-off switches and a tool bag for your saddle. The motor is rated for 750W and when combined with the battery (this fits onto your frame using the water bottle mounts) offers a range of 15-50km with a max speed of 20km/h.

Similar to any eMTB the Electric SnowBike Kit includes a pedal-assist sensor which will offer five levels of boost when pedalling, but the kit also includes a thumb throttle which will provide power to the rear track whether you are pedalling or not making it into more of a snowmobile than snowbike.



The kit from ENVO costs around $2000 USD but in the fine print they state that as the assembly is completed by the buyer if the product fails in any way, they won't be liable. If you are still thinking that this sounds like a good idea then you can find out more here.


108 Comments

  • 97 5
 ebike filter not working
  • 3 1
 truth
  • 31 0
 I want my TWO DOLLARS!
  • 23 1
 You have to click the snow bike filter too.
  • 16 0
 @Chuckolicious: "..have you any idea what the street value of this mountain is?" Big Grin
  • 10 0
 @bman33: Go as fast as you can, and if something gets in your way...


turn.
  • 7 0
 @bman33: that flick is so under rated, imho.
  • 3 0
 @ReformedRoadie: totally agree. Need to watch it again, been a while
  • 1 0
 and if it was working, you'd never see this gem. OMGAWD
  • 3 0
 @Chuckolicious: And to drink.

....Peru
  • 4 0
 @SwampThAAng: Fronch Fries.
  • 1 0
 imagine being upset by this
  • 2 0
 @mariomtblt: The age of delicate.
  • 4 0
 @SwampThAAng: I'm real sorry your mom blew up Ricky...
  • 3 0
 @Chuckolicious: So few will get this reference LOL
  • 4 0
 @Chuckolicious: The international language... OF LOVE
  • 76 3
 we stray further from god every day
  • 36 2
 Every 60 seconds in Africa, a minute passes
  • 1 0
 @DonkeyTeeth: All of this has happened before, and it will happen again.
  • 51 1
 If only they made something like that with two skis in the front, a big comfy seat, and a large belt track in the back...

That said, is this going to the grand prize for the calendar giveaway?
  • 5 1
 So can we say the same thing about ebikes/dirt bikes? Jus askin
  • 3 1
 @foshizz Like some kind of a ski-nomobile right? You should invent it!
  • 35 2
 If you don't give it any attention, it might just go away on it's own .
  • 16 1
 That is the way the free market works
  • 26 0
 Hahahaha, oh shit, it's not April 1st....
  • 29 2
 looks like a sess...
  • 22 0
 The fact that they’re showing it installed on a department store hybrid. I’m getting the feeling that this wasn’t designed for durability or performance.
  • 20 1
 20km/h? What is that in miles per bald eagle?
  • 19 0
 0.03 gallons per Reagan
  • 4 0
 @DrPete: Nearly correct, 0.04 gallons per Reagan but its still 1.58 lbs per freedom.
  • 1 0
 "20KM/HM"....a unit which is, like this oddity, such a state of the art invention that nobody here has ever heard of it.
  • 3 0
 950 picofathoms/parsec
  • 14 0
 I want to see a video of someone "exploring the untouched" on one of these things in a mountain setting. Up an untracked off camber skin route.
  • 5 0
 so you want to see someone die?
  • 4 0
 Untouched, like the "find a local dealer" button on their website.
  • 13 0
 "explore the untouched" in a parking lot?
  • 9 0
 Was this designed by an engineer from Florida?? Coming from someone who has guided snowmobiling, there is absolutely zero chance this thing will even move in snow that is remotely soft. The video is on a few inches of snow over pavement. There is a reason snowmobiles have crazy power. yikes
  • 1 0
 It's no snowmobile but I imagine it'll do better than a typical fat bike does.
  • 1 0
 The lugs on that track are so tiny, it'll be useless on any surface other than a freshly groomed track. Any bit of fresh powder, it'll go nowhere. Put some 2" paddles on it, then we are talking. But that likely won't fit in the frame then. You're better off getting a dirt bike and converting to an actual snowbike.
  • 11 0
 So THIS is why @mikekazimer wants bottle mounts on everything, so he can fit the battery for this.
  • 12 0
 what in the actual fuck
  • 7 0
 I would love to ride this thing but maybe a fat bike would still be a better option.
  • 4 0
 Ha! Just had a quick look @ their webpage, below in quotation marks is a disclaimer, read it, but not while you're drinking your coffee!!

" IMPORTANT NOTE TO BUYERS
This is a DIY product preliminary launch for early adopters. This concept has gone through all major engineering, prototyping, limited production, testing, revisions, and approval to be released for marketing. However, there might be multiple unknown failure scenarios in the actual use of this product as mobility means in various terrains which are assumed the risk by the users. That means the buyer, assembler and users must be mechanically inclined and fully understand the product details and instructions as well as all probable risks of using. DIY installation on a wide range of bicycles requires a creative and a technical mind. Failure to a proper installation may cause serious damage to the bike and or hazard of severe injuries. The buyer assumes the liability for the safe installation and use of this product by signing the Liability Waiver. Before ordering, if you have any questions or need further details, do not hesitate to contact us. "
  • 7 0
 I want to see this on a Heckler being ridden by Danny Macaskill
  • 8 1
 Not a good idea
  • 2 0
 I want one. I'm sure if I bought one I'd never see snow in Philadelphia ever again...

Although looking at it some more, I'd want to come up with some sort of dual front ski set-up more like a snowmobile that has dual shocks and keeps both skis on the snow with banking/turning.
  • 2 0
 I think you need a lot more snow than we ever get here for that to be more fun than a mountain bike.
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: yeah, that's kinda my point. It's been quite awhile since we've had even close to enough snow to ride this and even then not for very long.

I see now it's meant to be a kit you buy to adapt onto their existing e-bike. Not what I'd want. I'd rather build something closer to an e-bike/snowmobile combination. Fortunately, I am already buried in enough projects for this contraption to linger in the "daydream" stage for a very long time.
  • 2 0
 Envo ought to offer a "Bundle" deal, where you purchase a conversion kit, plus a set of Carbon Fiber Snowshoes and a backpak to haul them in while your riding.......this will make it much easier to "Walk Out" when you get back in the boonies and the thing breaks, or you kill the batterySmile
  • 6 0
 2020 ain't still over Big Grin
  • 5 0
 I sure as hell wouldn't put that on a frame I cared about.
  • 17 0
 Neither would the manufacturer, apparently. Lookit that thing.
  • 1 0
 I have my qualms with Ebikes, of which I am not losing sleep over. But my most significant concern is how current ebike batteries aren't that long lasting (subject to what rider considers a "big" ride). So my question on this snow contraption is, does the added friction of tracks/mechanism drain an ebike battery even faster? What about wear and tear on motor from extra resistance? In a few years when Ebikes have longer lasting batteries, I could perceive this for backcountry snow access for ski touring. On unlplowed roads that access mountains, before the skins go on the planks.
  • 2 0
 It won't move an inch in powder. That track is only good for a groomed trail.
  • 1 0
 @DhDWills: ah, not worthy then.
  • 2 0
 Yes, the track would add lots more friction than a bike wheel, probably would have trouble spinning freely going downhill. The cold also saps the battery. To your backcountry ski access idea, I ended up winning a stupid fat bike, tried to sell it, but didn’t before I bought a bafang 1500 watt motor. Been two seasons of using it to access groomed snowmobile routes. Definitely condition dependent, but have been thoroughly impressed. I’d say a 6-10 mile range on 750 watt/hr battery in cascade mid-winter. Great for spring on melted out roads, towed two friends and all their gear. Lots of advantages over a sled: cheaper, easy to fix on the trail, no need to worry about parking a trailer, multiple uses, lower maintenance costs, the environment, the list goes on. Would I recommend buying a “hot-rodded” motor and sticking it in the bottom bracket of a bike bought at market value? Probably not, but it’s priceless seeing people’s minds blown.
  • 1 0
 @gticket: nice! You made lemonade from lemons!
  • 5 0
 Where's Sam Pilgrim
  • 5 1
 lol this is so fucking dumb
  • 1 0
 I hope the board mount keeps it flat (otherwise trying a manual might send you endo'ing when the board tip digs in) or otherwise in a fixed position relative to the suspension fork its mounted to. .
  • 2 0
 doubt this can handle any more snow then you would on a regular fat bike. love how the ski clamps just metal on metal against your fork like who gives a shit.
  • 3 4
 Yeah baby! This badass will definitely give those bitchin fat biker something to snake eye about. "Hey, your tracks aren't event at least 3.8" and round. So, get the eff off our tracks!" Tear it up baby, tear it up! Big Grin This thing actually looks fun and more cool than riding a fat bike in the snow!
  • 2 3
 GD fart bikers
  • 3 0
 "Experience the Untouched"? Is this posted in the wrong forum?
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I sniggered pretty hard when I saw that too. Apparently, while no expense was spared in helping maximize the performance of a very, very slow snowmobile, many corners were cut in copy editing the promo video.
  • 3 0
 Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
  • 4 1
 Fuck me, looks like pinkbike will publish anything for a price.
  • 5 0
 I believe they’re posting it for the laughs.
  • 1 0
 We all pay in the end.
  • 1 0
 @stevemokan: i figure their proof reading/research "skills" provide enough laughs.......
  • 1 0
 Not everything published on the intertrons is in exchange for Googlebucks.
  • 3 0
 12.43 miles per hr. Oh baby hold on!!!
  • 2 0
 don´t get the benefit over a fatbike / Plusbike with winter-ready tyres when you still have to pedal this thing . . .
  • 2 0
 I'd buy it just to ride around the grass field at the park and wave a flag to advertise my plastic surgery practice.
  • 3 0
 L O L
  • 1 0
 I thought it was a stupid fucking idea before I read the last paragraph. Better not loop out
  • 2 0
 I checked my callendar. It's not 1st April's prank! Please remove it...
  • 2 0
 This is incredibly stupid. I love it.
  • 1 0
 I will sell either of my sleds for $2k. Twice the skis, twice the fun. And they do over 20km/h.
  • 2 0
 Those stems should be illegal.
  • 1 0
 This would be interesting, if it could put on my e-MTB, which has a quality motor on it and proper components. This? Nope.
  • 1 0
 Future trail groomer for snow riding?

I mean, after A LOT of design changes.
  • 2 0
 Stop putting acid in the cool aid! Whoever is doing it just stop.
  • 1 0
 So if a dolphin f@cking a Y-bike made this: manta5.com , what jammed the 9:ZERO:7 to make this monstrosity?
  • 1 0
 How can I take anything seriously that uses that bike in the demonstration?
  • 2 0
 ..nevermind
  • 1 0
 I'd rather the dirt snow bikes... this just looks painful.
  • 1 0
 That headtube is thankful it will never exceed walking speed.
  • 1 0
 I want this for grooming singletrack along our river in the city limits.
  • 3 1
 Kill it with fire.
  • 8 0
 No need,it'll catch fire on itself.
  • 1 0
 The ultimate fix in flat tire technology!
  • 1 0
 Thank God ski resorts won't allow that on the mountain
  • 1 0
 Doesn't include the battery at this price?
  • 1 0
 Only if I can surf big waves on it
  • 1 0
 thi.....this is horrifying.
  • 1 0
 I want to fit this to an ebike, twin motors!!
  • 1 0
 Maybe I’ll just buy a timber sled snow bike kit for my dirt bike instead
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure I've seen Berrecloth ride one of these lmaooooo
  • 1 0
 Low key want just the snow track and ski kit without the motor....
  • 1 0
 What the?
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