Rhyolite

First Edition

AN E-MTB EXCLUSIVELY BUILT FOR YOU 

RELEASED AT

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9 - 13 November 2022

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Rhyolite

First Edition - Frame set

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ASSEMBLED IN HOUSE

All first editions will be built by the people that developed them to ensure the highest level of attention to detail

A very limited run of strictly 100 e-mtbs. Each bike is numbered with a special first edition plaque with the production number

ONE OF ONE HUNDRED

ONGOING SUPPORT 

Complementary servicing at one, three and six month intervals on all full builds to ensure your bike is running smooth

ASSEMBLED IN HOUSE

All first editions will be built by the people that developed them to ensure the highest level of attention to detail

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One Bike

 Unlimited Possibilities

Our mission is to put the power of choice back into the hands of the rider. To create an E-bike that fits your individual wants, needs and riding style. A bike that you will be far happier with than a bike off the shelf.

Starting with a base product that is created by the people who have dedicated their lives to a knowledge base around bikes and preserving the skills of your local bike shop; wheel builder, and suspension specialist - you end up with a custom E-bike tailored for you.

We don’t strive to be the biggest brand...

we strive to put the biggest grin on your face! 

 
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Dare To Be Different

Designed As Bold As You

Let your bike be your canvas. From custom frame wraps to blinged out stems and everything in between, we strive to find a way to make your bike as unique as you are

Stuck on how to make your bike pop? Talk to us about all the things you love in your life and we'll work towards something that will scream "this is my bike"

or leave it low key. The choice is ultimately yours

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Built On A Solid Foundation

A Feature Rich Design

Crafted in carbon which boasts both strength and lightness, this bike has all you could want from a builders bike. Its dual geometry design allows it to run either both 29 inch wheels or swap the rear wheel for a 27.5 to run slacker angles. Pair this with being able to run a 160-180mm fork which again slackens the head angle and you have a choice of 6 geometry numbers before choosing your parts

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We are the choices we make

Frameset, Ready To Ride or Full Custom Build

Buy a frameset and build your bike from the ground up! Talk to us about your dream build and allow us to source you all the parts needed then build it in store. Choosing a budget friendly, ready to ride option is also possible.

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Tailor your ride

Made To Measure

Building a bike to be a scalpel or a sledgehammer, we can use boutique, handmade components or doner parts you're migrating from the old rig - this build is entirely yours!

We are here to provide advice along the way to help you get the most out of your ride.

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Standard setup / Tyres: 29 x 2.5" / Fork travel 150mm

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FEATURES

Carbon Frame

Seamless sleek looks which deliver exceptional strength and a lightweight frame, thanks to hand laid carbon fibre.  

New Shimano EP801 Drive and Battery System

A new level of smooth and customisation while still delivering class leading power. The new Shimano EP8 (EP801) is a more intelligent drive unit that offers controllable high-performance power with a max torque of 85Nm across a wider cadence range than ever before. The result is smooth power and enhanced control to provide that natural ride feeling on the trails. Together with Shimano's biggest 630Wh battery, nothing is holding you back. 

Internally Routed Cables

Internally routed cables tidy your cockpit and allow you to focus on the stuff that matters 

Trail Focused Geometry 

Our dual geometry design allows you to run either both 29 inch wheels or swap the rear wheel for a 27.5 to run slacker angles, or even two 27.5 wheels. Pair this with being able to run a 150-170mm fork which again slackens the head angle and you have a choice of 6 geometry numbers before choosing your parts

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The Rhyolite Story

Born out of want for something different - we set out to produce a bike that people feel connected to throughout the build process.

We learnt about the importance of this by operating a bike shop and continuously offering unique and unusual solutions to take a standard E-bike and adjust different areas of the bike to make it work for the rider. We found that more and more people were spending all this money on a base bike with kit they didn't really love and then had to spend a bucketload more to get it to the point where they were happy. It just makes no sense.

The urge of offering a unique bike specifically built for the rider became stronger and stronger. Until we decided to take destiny into our own hands.
Frankie and Joe, the founders of Rhyolite and owners of a local E-bike shop, started by visiting around 50 different factories. They would then send samples to Thijs back in New Zealand, who worked as the head mechanic in the store and is also trained as an industrial engineer. He would examine every small part of the sample with a fine-tooth comb to inspect the quality, and look for areas of improvement.

After finding the best production house, we started focusing on redeveloping the geometry to fit all the possible builds that could be made with our E-bike frames. In addition to the geometry, the other focal point was to create a future proof bike that would facilitate the right size battery compartment and motor systems for future advancements in ebike technology. 

 

We now have working prototypes and have finalised all parts to bring our Rhyolite E-bikes to life, launching at Crankworx Rotorua in 2022!

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