Stealth makes some of the baddest electric-powered two-wheeled transport around. We can attest to this after having an absolute blast on the Australian company’s high-powered flagship, the B-52, but what happens when you take an extreme e-bike and replace the pedals with dirtbike-style pegs? We climbed aboard Stealth’s H-52 model to find out.
The brainchild of former motorcycle design engineer John Karambalis, Stealth bikes sit somewhere between a mountain bike and a dirt bike.The B-52 is an electric bike on steroids and the H-52 is essentially the same bike at its core.
The two models have the same 5,200 kW in-hub brushless DC motor, the same tough aircraft-grade chromoly and carbon fiber construction, the same battery and battery management system and the same German-made Magura hydraulic disc brakes.
The difference is that the H-52 has pegs instead of pedals, and a motocross style seat. No pedals means that the chain, 9-speed sequential gearbox and the gear shifter are also gone.The Stealth H-52 is a hard one to define neatly.
It’s not directly comparable to conventional ICE motorcycles or heavier electric road bikes like those in the Zero range, and while it will definitely appeal to moto riders who are sick of changing air and oil filters and pouring dollars into their fuel tanks, it doesn’t have exactly the same kind of punch that a 125 cc dirt bike does.