MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 AT 8:07PM
We have been working flat out on the new ODK 3's. It is a very ambitious bike and nearly every part has been upgraded in some way. The typical ODK rider puts a lot of miles on the bike. Many of the readily available parts from the bicycle industry are simply not good enough and need to be beefed up or custom manufactured. We intend to achieve EV-Class Performance with our products. It has a much more demanding job than what is required with leisure-class e-bikes. We will try to keep the production status updated as the ODK 3 bikes become reality.
The aluminum frame is the core component to which everything is attached. It is one of the hardest parts to make. Here are some highlights of the new frame design.
Rear Disc Brake Compatibility
The Version 3 platform demanded increased stopping power while retaining internally geared hub compatibility. It is now equipped with Tektro HD-710E hydraulic front and rear disc brakes which gives the bike incredible braking performance. This is the best disc brake avaliable for e-bikes.
The rear disc brake setup required us to upgrade to a SRAM i-3 Hub as the Shimano's 3-speed does not have proper disc brake support. The rear dropout is custom designed to support the rear disc brake. V-brake compatibility is still retained.
Manufacturing this dropout required some extra time and tooling cost. However its worth the effort to avoid a chain tensioner. The new design also puts the chain out of the way of the center kickstand. Additionally, it is one less part to source, stock and support.
Front Accessory Mount