Update 02/03/2014: 2014 ODK U500's now shipping. Thank you for your patience as we work through the pre-orders.
Update 12/14/2013: The first production run sold out. We are doing the best we can.
Second production: Now accepting $200 pre-order deposits
Estimated Shipping: April-May 2014
Launched in September at Interbike 2013, the ODK version 3 is totally redesigned from the ground up to be the ultimate car replacement electric bicycle. Almost every part has been significantly upgraded with performance, reliability, practicality and serviceability in mind. We consider not only the product’s quality, but also the infrastructure in which it must be distributed and serviced.
We poured over every detail, listening carefully to the feedback from our customers. We examined how the product was being used and improved any weakness. Our 3rd generation ODK platform has really matured and now stands alone in the utility e-bike category.
The core of the platform
Helping to extend this lead is a completely redesigned Panasonic 48 Volt 22 Amp-Hour battery pack. It is the first commercially available e-bike to provide over 1 Kilowatt-Hour (1,056 Wh) of electric energy. The pack is 45% larger than the version 2 model and 3 x larger than a standard 36V / 10Ah e-bike battery pack.
Our high-capacity battery and aluminum low-step cargo frame is the core of the ODK utility platform. We worked hard to retain 100% conformity to bicycle standards and the mechanical parts can be serviced at any bicycle shop. The electrical components are modular and very easy to service.
Highlights of the new ODK version 3
The best brakes available
Highly requested was a rear disc brake to match the front. We went far beyond this and spec the Tektro HD-710E hydraulic disc brakes. These are the best stoppers available for e-bikes. The braking performance is absolutely incredible even at max loads or in wet weather. The brake pads can self-adjust as needed, reducing time needed for frequent servicing. (read more)
New controller and throttle programming
The controller is upgraded from 9 to 12 transistors providing powerful and reliable performance. The throttle is re-mapped to give smoother acceleration and delay-free response. New half-twist throttle provides a more linear feel and higher quality tactile experience. The highly popular cruise control function is standard as always. (read more)
New motor winding
The sensorless 500-Watt BPM motor has a new winding pattern. Higher average speeds can be achieved while it is now easier to pedal with the motor to extend the battery range. An improved fork with 6 mm dropouts contain the motor’s torque. A new rim and spoke pattern improve the wheel’s durability.
New wiring harness
Small details significantly improve the product. Improved quick-connectors with stainless-steel lock-ring are fitted to all of the connections from the throttle down to the motor connector. Enjoy improved reliability and modern styling. (read more)
The rack supports have been significantly beefed-up for a more stable loading of child seats and rear rack add-ons. New for 2014 are frame-welded accessory mounts for attaching a front basket or rack directly to the frame. The pannier rail design have been improved to allow for better compatibility with standard bicycle bags. We even added water bottle cage mounts to the down tube. (read more)
A pack even e-bike nerds will love
Included is a 48 Volt 22 Ah Panasonic 18650 vertically stacked, 1mm separated, 2,200 mAh cells in an all-aluminum water-resistant housing. Advanced BMS with redundant dual-fuse system. Aircraft-style 4-pin locking discharge connector with illuminated power switch. Fully backwards compatible with ODK version 2 bikes. 3-Amp HP Charger with a cooling fan.
We sold out of our first production run of U500 Version 3 bikes scheduled for early 2014 arrival. We are now accepting deposits for additional units scheduled to be available in late March to early April as we ramp up production into the spring of 2014.
This is not a Kickstarter campaign and our product is indeed real. We have already spent resources for tooling, put in the orders with our suppliers and now ramping up the manufacturing process as fast as we safely can. Check the news updates for the latest developments.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the product.
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Technical Specifications (download spec sheet)