It might look like a motorcycle, but it’s not

The electric bike realm didn’t use to have an SUV niche like the car world does. But we guess that was bound to happen sooner or later. And it did; that’s why we can present you the Moto Parilla Carbon Limited Edition electric bicycle. Sure, it does remind us of a beefed up enduro motorbike thanks to the chunky tires and a frame that looks like it’s been manufactured out of Robocop’s spare parts but overall, this is a cool product to look at. Plus, we’re guessing riding one is just as fun, especially on rough terrain. So let’s find out more about Moto Parilla’s Carbon bike.

Tell me everything about the Moto Parilla Carbon e-Bike

For now, we’ll go for what the manufacturer says about the bike. Which goes like this:

“The Carbon SUV e-bike is perhaps the most advanced and exclusive concept of e-bike available today. The Carbon SUV e-bike is a combination of stability, lightness, and strength, perfect for everyday hill climbing, off-road trips, snowy ground, and regular fun bike riding.”

Right, so let us get this straight. To use one you either have to live in the desert or near one, near the arctic circle or in countries with rough winters, or near a mountain. Don’t get us wrong, but we’re not too fond of having to hone that e-bike around the city because of its sheer size and weight. But here’s the catch: the manufacturer doesn’t offer any sort of size-related info like length or height, although it does mention that the e-bike tips the scales at 38.3 kilos; that’s roughly 85 pounds. The bike’s weight might sound like much and it kind of is, but giving the sheer size of it, we reckon it could have been worse without Moto Parilla’s weight-saving measures.

Keeping the weight as low as possible was done in several ways. The frame is made of “carbon” and aluminum - we’re guessing there’s some carbon fiber present in some areas - and it comes in three sizes: S (small), M (medium), and L (large). The e-bike’s frame is joined by other aluminum-crafted bits and bobs: the front fork is aluminum, the rear swing arm is also aluminum, and the wheels are also aluminum. Oh, and the pedals are VP alloys, so they too join and support the weight reduction cause.

Moto Parilla Carbon e-Bike - Performance

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The Moto Parilla Carbon electric bike is fitted with a 48-volt, Li-ion battery pack (13.6 Ah) . That goes for every version of the e-bike.

However, customers can choose one of the three electric motors, with power outputs that range from 250 watts to 500 watts and 750 watts.

Those located in Europe will have to keep in mind that the current EU legislation only allows public road use for pedal-assisted e-bikes with 250 watts worth of power and a top speed of 25 km/h.

As you would expect, each electric motor comes with its own performance flavor. The 250-watt one is rated at 90 Nm of torque (pound-feet) and can take the e-bike to a top speed of 25 km/h (that’s roughly 15.5 mph). Opt for the 500-watt electric motor and you’re looking at 100 Nm (pound-feet) of torques and a top speed of 32 km/h (20 mph). Then there’s the range-topping 750-watt electric motor, which generates 140 Nm (pound-feet) of twist - that’s on par with your mom’s hatchback, by the way - and allows for a top speed of 32 km/h (20 mph).

Unfortunately, there’s not a single word about maximum range, although we believe that’s a crucial aspect when discussing such contraption. Even more, they’re made for heavy off-roading as far as we’re concerned, which makes the range topic even more significant; you wouldn’t want the battery to die in the middle of the woods or down a mountain valley, now would you?

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On the braking front, Moto Parilla fitted the e-bike with a Formula Cura-E custom setup that marries a ginormous 380-mm disc for the front wheel with a slightly smaller 210-mm disc for the rear wheel.

In all honesty, this is something you actually want on such an e-bike, because even if the lower-end torque is enough to push the weight of the bike and rider combined, when it comes to stopping or slowing down, 100 kilos (220 pounds) or so can put a lot of stress on a regular brake setup.

So in this case, the bigger the better is definitely the way to go.

Coming to complement what we’ve been describing so far is a pair of Maxxis Minion FBF 26 x 4.8 off-road focused fat tires. The connection between the ground, tires, and the bike’s frame is then handled by gas-charged shock absorbers on both ends.

Moto Parilla Carbon e-Bike - Price

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Here’s the moment that asks the buyer to face the music. The different power outputs provided by the Bafang electric motor also dictate the e-bike’s price. Which means that the least expensive version is the one packing 250 watts. Moto Parilla will see you one for €9,930 (price for Europe) or $7,288 (price for the U.S.). Again, that’s the average starting sticker of your mom’s supermini in Europe . The 500-watt version will asks for €8,089 or $7,435, while the fully-blown 750-watt Carbon e-bike will leave you without €8,272 or $7,603.

Final Thoughts

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Moto Parilla’s bikes have one of the coolest design’s we’ve seen in a long time that’s complemented by hefty performance. Nevertheless, let’s not hide behind the bushes here: they cost an arm and a leg, regardless of what version we’re talking about. Sure, we could see their prowess and fun factor on rough ground, but we believe they’re aimed at a very thin nice; one that includes very wealthy people that area also passionate about off-roading in general and want to try out something else besides they’re G-Classes, fancy dune buggies and restomodded Defenders. Yes, we’re thinking the Dan Bilzerian.

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MOTO PARILLA CARBON LIMITED EDITION E-BIKE - SPECS
Variants Mistero, Passione, Istinto
Battery 48 V, 13.6 Ah Li-ion
Electric motor Bafang MM G340
Power outputs 250 W, 500 W, 750 W
Torque 90 Nm, 100 Nm, 140 Nm
Top speeds 25 km/h (15 mph), 32 km/h (20 mph), 32 km/h (20 mph)
Weight 38,3 kg (85 lb)
Brakes 380 mm front discs, 210 mm rear discs
Crankset Motor Parilla 120 mm
Wheel size 26 in
Tires Maxxis Minion FBF 26 x 4.8
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