Swedish battery bike maker Cake has announced another electric offroader, called the Kalk Ink.
The Kalk Ink follows the same pattern as Cake’s earlier models: it’s a stripped-down machine, somewhere between a full-on dirt bike and a mountain bike. Range is limited; the bike comes with three power modes, offering as much as four hours of seat time in “Explore” mode (max speed, 45 km/h) to as little as one hour or less in “Excel” mode, which allows max power at the expense of battery life. “Excite” mode is in the middle, with one to two hours of riding, but enough snap on tap for enjoyable trail riding.
The Ink has an aluminum frame and swingarm, and an 11 kW motor with rear-wheel torque rating of 280 Nm. The battery is a removable 51.8-V/50-Ah unit. There’s 200 mm of suspension travel in back, and 205 mm in front. Ground clearance is 300 mm, and the Ink weighs 55 kg without the battery, 72 kg with the battery.
All very fun-sounding, but the price tag, alas, means this will just be a dream for most riders. Pricing is expected to be $9,500 US, or $12,500 US with extra battery. That works out to approximately $12,750 to $16,780 CAD, which is a lot of money for a machine that’s this restricted in its range. However, it does look like a lot of fun if you don’t get stranded out of battery juice …