Wild-looking Rungu front dual-wheel e-bikes get big upgrades
Rungu’s dual front wheel e-bikes are unlike anything else on the road or the trails. And now the company is releasing new updates to make them better than ever.
I have tested a LOT of e-bikes over the years. Like, hundreds of them. So when I say something is the strangest I have ever tried, that means something.
But just because it’s weird doesn’t mean it’s not fun too! Rungu’s weird e-bikes can take a few minutes to get used to. But then they get so addicting that you won’t want to go without them.
This is exactly what I experienced when Rungu was kind enough to invite me to their Southern California facility for a few test drives in 2019. And now things are looking even rosier for the brand. .
First of all, I know that the Rungu is going to be very confrontational. The dual front wheel setup might sound odd, and naysayers will certainly say no. But they are completely wrong.
The purpose of the setup is to help the fat tire e-bike go where other fat tire e-bikes can’t.
When I rode it I was sculpting hard in loose sand that would have blown any other two-wheeled fat-tire e-bike.
And I was flying at breakneck speed over soccer-sized boulders that would have made me check my life insurance policy if I had been on another electric bike.
Rungu has some great videos comparing their e-bikes to the typical big-tire e-bikes with a single front wheel (so old fashioned I know). They are quite revealing. Check out the comparisons on mud, sand and snow. The two freaking wheels just plow everything. In mud and sand, dual front wheels prevent slipping and keep you more stable. On rocky, rough terrain, one front wheel may be in the air, but the other is usually on solid ground, giving you an eerily smooth ride as it swaps for traction.
There are five models in the full line of Rungu electric bikes, and the latest updates include several upgrades to make the ride even better.
The entry-level Rungu Dualie Standard as well as the Rungu Steep model now both include a new frame design to integrate the battery. The new frame makes battery replacement easier thanks to the new integrated 780 Wh battery. The updated frame also increases the height of the Bafang BBSHD 52V mid-drive motor, providing better ground clearance to help clear more obstacles and navigate shallow water like streams and streams better.
Subsequent models, known as the Rungu Dualie Rugged and XR models, both receive new, larger capacity lithium-ion batteries that provide 30% more runtime compared to previous models. Actual ranges are notoriously difficult to determine on e-bikes due to the many factors that affect them such as rider weight, level of assistance, terrain, tires, and other factors. On something as wild as the Rungu, the extent of the range is probably even wider. But whichever way you slice it up, the new 936 Wh batteries have a lot more capacity to help riders go further. They are also backward compatible with previous Rungu models, meaning owners can upgrade to newer, higher capacity batteries.
Since Rungu e-bikes are built to handle the toughest and most challenging terrains, more battery is always a good thing. Riding through brush, snow, sand, and other loose terrain quickly eats away at an electric bike’s battery, making those big bags a necessity.
As the company explained:
The 2022 models continue to deliver “Go Anywhere” MTB-like performance that outperforms any comparable e-bike on the market today. Since 2018, Rungu’s patented dual front wheel design continues to demonstrate its off-road good faith by conquering famous rock climbing trails like the Rubicon Trail, Poison Spider, Hells Revenge as well as mud and sand terrains. backcountry like the Alpine Loop in Colorado and the Mojave Trail in Southern California. On iconic off-road terrain like this, the Rungu Dualie dual-wheel design virtually eliminates the over-the-bar washes and erasures common to more expensive fat-tire e-bikes of similar horsepower.
Rungu electric bikes were sent to customers all over the world, and the models became more and more popular with archery hunters.
Rungu e-bikes are made locally in Southern California. While the price certainly reflects their American manufacture, they’re not as high as you might have feared, at least not for entry-level models.
Bikes start at around $ 4,900 and Rungu also offers finance options for around $ 160 per month.
If you want to see my own tests of the previous version of these e-bikes, check out my test video below where a young, star-eyed Micah has his socks blown away by these things.
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