February 29 2020
UBCO FRX1 TRAIL BIKE is now listed for pre orders. Price is listed at $8999.00 plus tax and shipping and they have opted to remove the pedals as were shown on the original Neematic bike. For me it seems a shame, but for others it will be viewed as a blessing. UBCO has also opted to replace the original bicycle seat with a traditional dirt bike configuration.
I have a few concerns with the design of the bike:
- The engine is used as a stressed member of the frame since both the swing arm and primary trellis frame are bolted to the engine. Much like the British MG Midget in the 1970s. Can the engine take the sheer and torsional stress in off road environments? Hum…perhaps, but maybe not. The foot pegs also appear to be directly attached to the underside of the engine, meaning the rider’s weight is borne by the engine. It just appears that there will be quite a bit of stress on the engine as a component of the frame.
- The second concern is the rear shock appears to be a direct mount without progressive linkage. So throughout the stroke of the arm the spring rate is the same rather than progressive.
- And finally the battery appears to be susceptible to impact, at least without being able to see if there is a skid plate from the profile angle. And again the battery appears to be supported by the upper tressis frame, with the lower battery mount supported by the engine. The only attachment points to the engine appear to be the lower shock mount and the engine’s center point.
I was very attracted to the Neematic prior to discovering the Sur Ron. But at that time it was yet to be released and listed for 9k Euros, a bit much for a bike I could never touch or find reviews about back then. The trellis frame is sexy, but I’m wondering about using the engine as a stressed member of the bike. But I’m not a mechanical engineer, so who knows. And as of this recent February 29 2020 post I cannot locate when the bike will be produced…..for me it’s still vaporware, but at least now supported by a company who has experience selling completed bikes.
Is this bike worth 250% more than the current Luna Sur Ron X bike price? That’s up to each individual, but not for me.
September 6 2019
Prior to purchasing the Sur Ron I became incredibly interested in the Neematic bike. You can read about that in my About Mark section. In any event a current company named UBCO who produces a very slick utility bike is now set to sell the Neematic. The article where I read about this states “The UBCO FRX1 Freeride Trail Bike is set to be debuted at the AIMExpo on Sept 26 in Columbus, Ohio.”
THIS would be the only bike I’d consider to replace my Sur Ron. That would depend on several factors, but I’m excited that this bike may ACTUALLY BE PRODUCED. Competition breeds improvement in any class of manufacturing.