Luna X2 launched as a 2500W full suspension electric bike with ‘Ludicrous’ power
Southern California e-bike maker Luna Cycle has just released its latest high-power, high-performance electric bike. But don’t expect to throw a leg on a Luna X2 anytime soon; the popular electric bike sold out almost immediately after its unveiling.
The Luna X2 follows two years after the release of the revolutionary Luna X1 enduro electric bike and adds several key improvements.
The X2 carbon fiber houses a 20% larger battery, improved rear suspension linkage, a new frame design and Luna’s Ludicrous V2 controller option for extreme power.
The upgraded battery is now available at 48V and 17.5Ah, resulting in a capacity of approximately 820Wh. The battery is removable but mounted inside the down tube for a sleek, hidden look. At a glance, it is not obvious that the bike has electric assistance.
Despite the stealthy appearance, the X2 packs in some serious assistance. This pedal-driven mid-drive motor is a Bafang M600, which is one of the most powerful and torquey electric bicycle mid-drive motors on the market.
Luna tweaked the motor again, going for her own custom controller options known as the Ludicrous Controller (hmm, that sounds familiar). These higher horsepower options release a total of 2,500 watts of power from the unassuming motor.
The torque sensing motor can be actuated by pedal assist, where it is tuned for a responsive ride. Luna claims a range of around 30 to 40 miles (50 to 65 km) when used with moderate pedaling.
Speeds of up to 28 mph (45 km / h) are compatible with pedal assist, making it a Class 3 electric bike in the United States (when used with statutory power limits programmed at a maximum of 750 W).
Or owners can choose to engage the throttle, enjoying the performance of a motorcycle without the need to pedal. Don’t expect the same range when you lean heavily on the accelerator.
The X2 weighs in at around 58 lbs (26 kg) which would be heavy for a pedal enduro bike but is actually quite light for an e-bike with so much motor power and battery capacity. These high performance electric drive components are not lightweight, nor is the top shelf suspension.
A 160mm RockShox Debonair Yari front fork and RockShox Deluxe Select + shock with 210mm of rear travel allow the bike to tackle almost any type of trail or all-terrain excursion you could throw at it. .
Other top-of-the-line components include a SRAM Eagle 12-speed groupset, SRAM GUIDE 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, dropper post with internal cable routing, MAXXIS tires and of course that carbon fiber frame.
Yes, there are some high end components out there, which reviewers will point out I’m sure, but it’s a great setup.
Priced at $ 4,200 before the Ludicrous controller update to $ 400, the Luna X2 sold out almost immediately after its debut this weekend.
And with pieces like these, it’s no wonder why. The X2 competes in a category populated with bikes like the Specialized Turbo Levo, which costs around 50% more.
Luna has long been known for pushing back industry trends, delivering more horsepower than its competition, and fetching prices that most other e-bike manufacturers have failed to match. The X2 is now the latest in a long line of high-performance company launches.
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