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Marrs Cycles

Marrs Cycles are designed and built in the United States, even while many other electric bikes are made overseas. The frames are hand-crafted, as are the handlebars and front ends. The Marrs company goal is building a line of electric bicycles that will be considered the elite of their class, and in giving riders the chance to own a bike inspired by motorcycle design.


Marrs Cycle Electric Bike

Electric bikes are experiencing a time of interesting new designs, since Marrs' concern is now somewhat less about the overall weight of each bike. Some almost seem like electric motorcycles. The Marrs M-1 was inspired by Harley Davidson motorcycles, and it may become the fastest electric bike available. Of course, US regulations cap the speed at 20 mph or it won't be an "electric bicycle".

M-1 Marrs Cycles are custom made with specifications that vary from one bike to the next, since they are built to order. The partner of the Marrs Cycles, Brad Fanshaw, used to run a company that designed hot rods, and he had a voice in the M-1 design. He partners with the founder Kacy Marrs on the M-1 project.

Ebikes use battery packs of rechargeable lithium, powering rear hub, three phase motors. An average size man could travel as far as 20 miles without pedaling, before needing a recharge. Even though the top speed is listed at 20 mph, Marrs confirms that they have 30 mph prototypes.

Sweeeeet Ride!

There are other electric bikes with a cool look, and some innovative, sleek designs. But Marrs' M-1 is different. It has the heart of a hot rod and doesn't pretend to be compact or proper. Some people who have seen the bike think it looks more like a Harley than an ebike. You may have to pedal harder due to the weight, but fans say you'll look sweeeeeet doing it.

Almost all other electric bikes have lighter frames than the M-1. No one has determined what an ebike has to look like, and Marrs and Fanshaw approached the M-1 as one might approach a hot rod or a custom bike. Each M-1 is strictly unique and built to the customers' specifications, and Marrs is not afraid to deliver.

The M-1 has a chromoly steel frame that weighs a hefty 140 pounds. The other components include bicycle, high-end motorbike and custom-designed parts. You may well feel like going faster than 20 mph on an M-1, but if it did, that would make it a small motorcycle by the regulations, with new rules the builders would have to follow.

eBikes for the Stars ...

It's not surprising that these hot bikes are garnering a lot of attention, as well as famous buyers. One well-known fan is Metallica's James Hetfield. The prices for the M-1 start at about $7,000. The high price tag is not just because stars want them - it's due to the fact that they are custom-built.

There is a great deal of labor in each M-1, and the motorcycle components are not cheap, either. No other company builds an ebike that is almost in the class of a motorcycle, while still keeping their product in the category of electric bicycles.

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