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RUST magazine: RUST#31

RUST#31 * KTM FREERIDE E-XC – electric is the future? * SIX DAYS TO GLORY – RUST’s Tom Sagar made the podium at the ISDE, here’s how * RALLY RAID PRODUCTS – bigger than you might imagine! * ENDUROGP – RUST goes to the races KTM helped save the planet in October, by putting on a launch with no riding. So no petrol consumed. Only the bike was electric… ahh, maybe we’re missing the point? Meanwhile Tom Sagar was consuming mucho fuel and tyres at the ISDE, but given he stood on the second step of the podium it was worth the cost. Rally Raid Products used to race, but now they put their expertise into helping adventure riders create stronger bikes. And EnduroGP came to the UK for an all-new format of enduro. Pretty impressive it looked too. All this and a little bit more in Issue 31. Happy riding and reading. Jon Bentman (Editor, RUST)

2018 ktm freeride e-xc

2018 ktm freeride e-xc lamp unit and the handlebars are a touch broader than before. all up the Freeride e-XC weighs in at 111kg (which tells you how heavy batteries are, still). All charged up? are we? Not exactly. kTM confirmed they’ve sold just 3000 Freeride e’s since the launch in 2014, which isn’t exactly mammoth sales and probably doesn’t get near to repaying the €10m so far invested in the e-programme. But then electric is likely to be a long path and you have to start somewhere. will the Freeride e-XC change our view on e-bikes? Given the incremental improvements over the e, it would seem unlikely. and here at RUST we’re still confused as to what happens to all these lithium ion batteries at their end of life. They’re fairly toxic, just throwing them into another hole in the ground isn’t going to cut it. It would be nice to see a detailed end of life strategy for these things, otherwise we’re still wondering just how green these e-mobility vehicles really are…

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