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Tuesday 4 January 2022

Roland Sands Design (RSD)

RSD-Designed SUPER73-RX 'Malibu' e-Bike

In 2020, SUPER73 - "the American lifestyle adventure brand specializing in electric motorbikes" - launched a collaboration with Roland Sands Design (RSD) and the result was its flagship RX model.
A year later RSD "embraced the fully adjustable suspension, powerful disc brakes and the most powerful motor in the SUPER73 range" to develop an off-road style racing concept. "The result was instantly popular," according to SUPER73, so a limited edition production version has been created - unveiled at the Moto Beach Classic in October 2021.

All the key elements of the RX series have been incorporated into the 'Malibu' production model, which included relocating the powerful 960 watt-hours battery to the downtube to improve the handling with a lower center of gravity. 

The suspension retains the stock adjustable RX inverted front air fork and adds a Fox Racing Float 3 Evol rear shock unit to improve ride quality and handling. A Magura four-piston front brake caliper is fitted, along with short brake levers to increase precision as the stock 203 mm rotor is clamped.
Upgrades include a SUPER73 mid-bar handlebar and bar pad. It also has 130 mm ODI Ruffian ATV grips, which were added to the bar ends using gold lock rings engraved with "SUPER73." Crank Brothers "Stamp 2" pedals received gold pins, a KMC Z410 gold chain and upgraded off-road capable tires.