Power assist at your fingertips
We'd like to introduce you to an exciting new product from Freedom Ryder. By combining our state of the art FRH-1 handcycle with the latest sophisticated electric powered system from BionX, we can now offer the FRH-1X series.
Just as we were the first to introduce "the world’s first high performance handcycle" which ushered in the sport we've all come to know as "handcycling", we also wanted to offer the first "production electric powered handcycle". In the words of a Veteran that recently rode the FRH-1X, (after an enthusiastic whoop and a laugh) “FreedomRyder has done it again!” This new system works so well we feel the FRH-1X will set a new standard for handcycles, and all who have ridden one say it represents the future of handcycling.
With the addition of electric power a great handcycle suddenly becomes something special. You no longer need to worry about long rides or being too tired to extend your ride because you have to save something for the return trip. You no longer need to worry about those steep hills on your route or keeping up with other riders. No more shoulder pain from grinding up too many hills. In fact you'll never be intimidated by another hill again!
350 watt motor
We've been looking at electric power for a long time, but only recently has the latest Lithium Ion battery technology improved to the point where we can produce a product that we feel brings real world performance that will meet the demands of our customers. For those of you not familiar with the BionX system, it includes a motor inside the front wheel hub of the Freedom Ryder along with a battery that mounts on the back of the rear frame behind the seat.
We chose BionX because they are the leader in the electric powered cycling market and their systems offer advantages and performance the others can't. Their system works differently than you might imagine. It's not just a motor that drives your handcycle by pressing a button. Their design goal was to make electric power an 'integral part' of the cycling experience, not an 'on off' system. This system allows you to still get a great physical workout at the level you choose, but offers added benefits. Their unique system uses a torque sensing motor that automatically senses your input from the cranks and delivers the pre-selected amount of power assist you choose. Assist choices are from 35%, 75% 150% and 300%.
48 volt 11.8 amp battery
There is also a throttle button that delivers full power instantly when needed without pedaling. You just begin pedaling and the motor senses your input and delivers the power setting you've chosen. Their torque sensing system works so seamlessly you'll feel like you just received a magic push from an invisible force or a strong tailwind. When you come to a hill or just need a bit of help getting back home from a long ride you can either just push the throttle button and power up the hill or keep pedaling and it will feel like your pedaling on level ground.
You'll reach the top of the steepest hill with a big smile on your face and never fear any hill again! When it comes time to coast down the hill it even has 'regenerative braking' that kicks in when you apply the brake lever slightly which works as its own braking force when coasting down hills. (A further movement of the brake lever will operate the bike’s brakes.) This 'regenerative system' generates power that helps recharge your battery that will extend your ride distance.
We have found that it’s very hard to put into words what riding the FRH-1X is really like. We do know one thing though; everyone who tests one gets a big smile on their face and says "I want one!"