Harley-Davidson has made an electric mountain bike without front or rear suspension

Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 brand unveiled its latest e-bike model on Tuesday, and it’s a bit of a headache. The company describes the Bash/Mtn as a mountain bike, but unless you have the technical skills, you probably won’t want to use its new e-bike on anything other than the most forgiving single track.

That’s because the Bash/Mtn features a fully rigid aluminum frame and fork, without front or rear suspension. It also doesn’t come with a dropper, and as far as I know there’s no fancy way to add one on your own. The only shock absorption that comes with this bike is its SR Suntour NCX seatpost, which offers up to 50mm of travel.

Harley-Davidson claims these missing features are actually the reason to buy the Bash/Mtn. “No hard-to-adjust suspension, no fiddly drivetrain to adjust – just two wheels, one speed and one purpose, to provide the most direct connection between you and the track,” the company said.

Once you get past the unorthodox design, the Bash/Mtn looks like a decent e-bike. It has a removable 529Wh battery that the company says will provide between 30 and 95 miles of range, depending on the terrain and riding mode you’re using. It takes just under five hours to fully charge the battery, although you can get it up to 75 per cent after around two and a half hours. As a Class 1 e-bike, the Bash/Mtn will stop providing assistance once you reach a speed of 20 miles per hour. TRP hydraulic disc brakes and 27.5-inch tubeless-ready tires from Michelin complete the package.

At $3,999, the Bash/Mtn is on the more affordable side of what you might expect to pay for an electric mountain bike from companies like Canyon, Giant, and Trek, but those models are entirely different bikes then. Harley-Davidson plans to produce just 1,050 units of the Bash/Mtn, with 525 units planned for sale in the United States.

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