It retains the enduro-style frame from the original record-breaking model, but comes with actual bicycle parts like pedals, a bike seat and bike handlebar. Everything else seems to be ripped off a motorcycle, down to the massive battery and powerful motor, able to deliver incredible range and speed.
Delfast Top 3.0 will go into production in August 2020, but interested parties can already place a pre-order – and potentially get a good discount. Upgrades include new Gates carbon belt drive transmission, updated lights, more connectivity and longer range, and they are bound to put all other e-bikes (and even some electric motorcycles) to shame. So let’s see what the fuss is all about.
First things first, Delfast really is a record-breaker, officially recognized as such by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2017. The Delfast model Prime was used to achieve the greatest distance by electric bicycle on a single charge: 367.037 km (228.066 miles). Vitalii Arhipkin rode the Prime at the Kiev Velodrome, Kiev, Ukraine, to set it.
Long range was always a priority with Delfast, as was speed and reliability. Moreover, Top 2.0 was used as a base for the TopCop special edition, which is currently being used by several PDs across the U.S., as part of a special testing program.
The Top 3.0 is powered by a 5,000W peak-rated hub motor that puts out 182 Nm of torque and takes it to top speed of 50 mph (80 kph). On the downside, this means that even riders in some U.S. states, not to mention the EU (Delfast ships worldwide), will need a driver’s license and to register the bike in order to be able to operate it.
The bike is single-speed and comes with two modes: pedal-assist and motor only. It’s slightly lighter than the predecessor, tipping the scales at 154 pounds (69.9 kg), whereas normal load capacity is at 298 pounds (135 kg). Keep this in mind when you order cargo racks and panniers from Delfast with the bike.
Now with a Gates carbon belt drive instead of a chain, Top 3.0 is less of a hassle in terms of maintenance in this regard. 19-inch wheels wrapped in motorcycle tires and rear and front Tektro disk brakes will help you conquer even the most treacherous ground.
Last but not least, the Top 3.0 comes with improved connectivity. You get Bluetooth connectivity for remote launch and motor blocking in case of theft, GPS tracking and the ability to monitor stats on the dedicated app.
Delfast Top 3.0 comes with an MRSP of $6,649, which, yes, is a lot. However, if you pre-order now and are willing to wait a few more months until you get to go all wild with it, you can get a $1,000 discount off the final price. Delfast ships internationally, but make sure to check local regulations before making this kind of investment. Top 3.0 may be part-bicycle, but not as regards price.