The coolest e-bike at the Sea Otter Classic

Specialized creative director Robert Egger's scrambler

E-bike Sea Otter Classic

2016 Sea Otter Classic

However you may feel about electric bikes on your local trail network, you cannot deny how cool this bike looks!

However you feel about e-bikes on your local trail network, there is no denying this bike’s cool factor (click to enlarge)

The topic of e-bikes was unavoidable at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Nearly all the major manufacturers have (or will soon have) some sort of pedal assist bike. There was even an eMTB race won by former world champ Christoph Sauser (see Friday “Mountain Bike” results here). But the best “cheater” bike we saw wont be coming to a shop or race near you anytime soon.

For those of you who aren’t motorcycle enthusiasts, a scrambler is typically a vintage bike that has been customized to allow some degree of off-road use. For some, that means knobbies, but others have taken the concept to greater lengths.

In honor of that tradition, Specialized creative director (and long time moto nut) Robert Egger built this fully custom electric assist pedal bike. We’re pretty sure it was the coolest bike at Sea Otter this year, but let us know what you think after scrolling through the gallery below.

Updated: Monday, April 18th, 2016

In case some you aren’t familiar with Robert’s previous art bikes, we’ve updated our gallery to include a few of his previous works – many of which were also inspired by motorsports.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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  • mac says:

    Coolest E bike. Thats like being the smartest kid on the short bus.

  • Brad says:

    Looks like a motorcycle, not a mountain bike, and even worse it has motor. E-bikes belong on commuters and not mountain bikes. Stupid, stupid, stupid, these will cause more problems and shut down land access even faster. Thank you Specialized for giving me a reason to stop purchasing any of your products now. Any company that makes E-mountain bikes should be boycotted. These are motor-bicycles, not mountain bikes. Shame on Christoph Sauser for “racing” on one. How lame.

  • JDUB says:

    Fat bike + E-Bike….. Embarrassing

  • Aman says:

    I deny this bike’s cool factor. Gross.

  • Scott says:

    Very cool. Nice work. Really captures the early 70s moto vibe. Maybe make the rear wheel smaller than the front to really capture the old moto look. Brad: “It looks like a motorcycle” duh……it was inspired by them, kind of like the early Schwinn Krate bikes.

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