Marrs Cycles is manufacturer of electric bicycles, based in Southern California. The company is founded by Kacy Marrs, whose influences come from a long history of riding bikes from bmx and motocross to Harleys. Along with his business partner, Brad Fanshaw (formerly ran a company that built one-of-a-kind hot rods), Marrs proud announce that their M-1 ebike has so much in common about specs to a typical Harley Davidson.
Like Fanshaw’s cars, the Marrs M-1s are constructed in a built to order format, which means that specs can differ from bike to bike, depending on what the client wants. The smallest battery pack available on the M-1 can carry a 175-pound (79kg) rider up to 20 miles (32 km) on a single charge – without the need to pedal. The bike’s top motorized speed is 20 mph (32 km/h). By the law, if it went any faster it couldn’t legally be sold as an electric bicycle in the U.S., but if you need more top end, Marrs says he has built “personal test bikes” capable of more performance. Those “outlaw” bikes can travel approximately 30 mph (48km/h).
The bike’s frame is made of 4130 chromoly steel and other components are a mixture of motorcycle, bicycle, and custom-made parts. Marrs M-1s weighs in at around 140 pounds (63.5kg) and are available in a number of frame colors and wood veneer types. It will cost you $7.000!
“This price is due to the high quality authentic motorcycle components we use and the labor involved in building our components,” said Marrs. “There is no other company that builds anything as close to a motorcycle while still allowing the product to fall under the electric bicycle category.”
Some rock stars agree with him, such as James Hetfield, the frontman of Metallica, and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Chickenfoot, who already ordered one (a cherry wood version is in production for Hetfield).