Neematic is proud to announce a partnership with top international enduro racer Chris Birch. Chris will focus on supporting the Neematic brand’s initiatives and offroad products. He brings a broad range of experience from the biggest challenges in motorbike riding: the ISDE, the Dakar Rally and Hard Enduro.
Chris will help establish the emerging concept of high-performance electric bikes, provide feedback for the Neematic R&D team, and open a distribution network for New Zealand and Australia.
Neematic and Chris first met and tested the bikes at Intermot 2016, while proper trial riding was done in the Italian Alps this summer.
“I am excited to join Neematic as the team has shown true dedication to build a top performance electric model for the off-road biking. The middrive frame design enables world-class suspension which is critical for trails. It is light and agile – and brings loads of fun! The bike is clean and silent, and still manages to surprise you with the amount of power it’s got. And it does allow you to go exploring where riding a motorbike would not be allowed or it would be inappropriate. Everything will eventually go electric, even dirtbikes – and I want to be in the forefront of it.”
Chris Birch, Enduro Racer and Brand Ambassador
Neematic has recently launched their first model, FR/1 – an extreme performance all-terrain electric bike. It is equipped with a 15 kW peak power, mid-drive motor, a 2.2 kWh removable Li-ion battery and Fox suspension. The first limited series will be delivered in mid 2018 worldwide, and reservations are already open at Neematic.com.
About Chris Birch
In his long career, Chris Birch has become an industry icon. He is eight times New Zealand Enduro overall champion, three times Roof of Africa winner, he has been on the podium seven times at Red Bull Romaniacs including winning it in 2010. He has been in partnership with Red Bull and KTM since 2007, and when he’s not riding in elite competition, Chris coaches offroad riding (http://www.chrisbirch.co.nz)
“ We could not think of a better spokesman for the brand as Chris Birch – a true enduro icon. We value his insights into our first model and clearly Chris will be most helpful to get Neematic recognized among offroad motorbike community”.
Domas Zinkevicius, Co-founder and Chief Engineer
Neematic was launched in 2015 in Lithuania with the backing of venture capital fund Practica Capital. The engineers behind the bike, Domas and Linas, leverage 12 years of experience in electric bicycle development and race suspension engineering.
Having made its first appearance at Intermot 2016, Neematic FR/1 is now available for reservations. The first series of FR/1 model, limited to 50 bikes, will be shipped worldwide mid 2018. With a 15 kW peak power, mid-drive motor, and a total weight of 52 kg (115 lbs) the FR/1 hits that sweet spot where extreme dirt biking meets bicycle convenience
Source: press release www.neematic.com
Pictures: Lucie Byrne