There are so many new electric bicycles coming out it’s hard to keep up, but this one is different with the addition of twin front tires on a bike that is designed to lean in the turns, but I guess the Rungu guys didn’t get the memo about leaning multi wheelers because the front wheels here don’t lean independently. When you lean in the turns, you simply lift the outer wheel.
Evidently you get used to it, after riding for a bit the wheel lifting in the turns is just the way the bike works and you no longer notice it. I thought it was interesting because when reverse trikes started to appear on The Kneeslider, a common critique was that the outer wheel would lift in turns, as in the photo above, though actual experience from riders on leaning multi wheers shows that doesn’t happen, but in this case it certainly does because it has to.
The bike itself was designed to get out on to the beach into the soft sand or through snow or wherever a normal mountain bike would bog down. You pedal to start moving, but there’s a throttle to assist up hills or in the soft stuff where you might walk a regular bike. There’s no kickstand because of the third wheel and the electric motor can get to 35 mph on the flat. It can go about 15 miles on electric power alone or about 30 miles when used to assist. Of course you can pedal alone all you want.
There’s probably a point where the weight penalty of the extra hardware necessary for a leaning mechanism isn’t justified in a trike like this, you would be using electric power all the time and the range would be radically reduced, after all you already have an extra fork and wheel, but instead of a wider stance and non leaning turns, this one narrows the wheel separation and lifts one while it leans. Logical choice. Interesting concept.
The Rungu Juggernaut comes in around $6800 as shown here and it would be fun to try it out, in fact it would probably be a lot of fun, period.