California’s Super73 now offers more rugged models of its Super73 Z, S, and R Series e-bikes and a new K1D electric balance bike for kids—and parents excited at the thought of putting their four- to eight-year-old on a vehicle that can go faster than 16 mph.
The so-called Adventure series of e-bikes brings a refreshed design, suspension, gear box, seats, tires and lights to Super73’s existing Z (entry level commuter), S (multi-purpose cruiser) and R (flagship power) e-bikes. All electric bikes in the range have front suspension, while some have fully adjustable front and rear suspension. S and R models also had their battery moved to the down tube, which should improve handling thanks to a lower center of gravity.
Meanwhile, the Super73 K1D (get it, sk8er?) is an electric balance bike with regenerative braking and accelerator geared towards four to eight year olds. It offers 60 minutes of driving time (after a 45 minute charge) with its small and replaceable 92.8 Wh Lithium Iron Phosphate battery (LFP or LiFePO4).
LFP batteries are safer and last longer than the traditional lithium-ion batteries used by most e-bike manufacturers, including Super73. The K1D is the first Super73 e-bike to use LFP, and the company is exploring its wider adoption. “Our engineering team is looking into integrating LFP in the future,” said Super73 spokesman Mike Whitmark, “but it’s not something we’re committing to yet.”
The K1D can be set in three different speed modes. Mode one goes up to seven mph, mode two up to 21 mph, and mode three “up to 16+ mph,” according to data from Super73. The bottom two modes are easily changed by the child, but the “Track Mode” is locked and intended to be unlocked by parents for use on a closed course. Parents can do this by holding down the right buttons for the right amount of time, which means kids will eventually figure it out too.
You can pre-order the Super73 K1D now for $1,295 for delivery in early June.
The Super73 Z Adventure starts at $2,695 in the US and €3,599 in Europe including tax, the S Adventure starts at $3,595 / €4,399 and the R Adventure starts at $3,995 / €5,399. You can pre-order now with expected delivery in six to ten weeks, depending on the colorway chosen.
The company also announced new colors for its non-Adventure Series e-bikes, including this sick “aluminum” Super73 ZX.