Orbit Velocity electric assist Steps EP8
Stock on order due spring 2022 - test ride model availableThe Velocity Steps EP8 is our flagship electric assist model in the Orbit range.
Built using a lightweight aluminium frame, the tandem uses the Shimano Steps E8000 250W motor and a 630 Wh battery.
Battery weighs 3.5kg, and takes 5 hours for a full charge, however, it is 80% charged after the initial 2 1/2 hours.
Range of course depends upon rider weight, wind, tyre selection & altitude gain, but it can be as much as 80 miles per charge.
The 250W motor is the highest output system that is road legal in the UK, giving up to 85Nm of torque. The EP8 is the top end system Shimano produce and has the greatest amount of torque of all of their systems which makes it very suitable for tandem use.
This type of electric assist is called a mid-drive system, the engine runs through the gears, and correct use of the gears when climbing make the system really efficient, and allows a light weight motor to be used whilst still giving out a great amount of torque, which is needed for pedalling up the hills.
Built in North Yorkshire, and finished with top quality components from Shimano the Steps EP8 is designed for couples who want a high performance electric assist tandem.
Shimano gearing and G6000 wheels give this tandem a really superb feel.
Disc brake front fork with corresponding disc brake & 203mm rotor now included as standard on this model
Wheels size 700c.
Weight, as pictured, 28.1kg
|Options||19/15" Satin black
21/17" Satin black
19/15" Gloss maroon red
21/17" Gloss maroon red
|Frame||Orbit lightweight aluminium|
|Forks||Orbit full chromoly steel disc|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore 11 speed|
|Shifters||Shimano Deore 11 speed right hand shift lever|
|Chainset (Pilot)||Shimano 170mm crank length with Steps EP8 motor|
|Chainset (Stoker)||Shimano Alivio 170mm crank length 38 tooth|
|Bottom Bracket (Pilot)||Alloy eccentric & external cups|
|Bottom Bracket (Stoker)||External cups|
|Chain (Crossover)||KMC E1 nickel plated 160 link|
|Chain (Rear)||KMC X11E speed|
|Cassette||11 speed 11/46|
|Pedals (Pilot)||Alloy touring with strapless toe cups|
|Pedals (Stoker)||Alloy touring with strapless toe cups|
|Front Brake||TRP Spyke cable pull disc brake, with 203mm rotor|
|Rear Brake||TRP Spyke cable pull disc brake, with 203mm rotor|
|3rd Brake||Shimano V brake, controlled from the front handlebars with Shimano friction lever|
|Front Hub||Orbit tandem large flange, cartridge bearing, 6 bolt disc 48 hole|
|Rear Hub||Orbit tandem large flange, cartridge bearing, 6 bolt disc, 145mm OLD 48 hole|
|Rims||Alex G6000 deep section aero|
|Spokes||Sapim Strong butted stainless|
|Tyres||Schwalbe Marathon E plus 700 x 38c|
|Headset||Tange Thunda 1 1/8" semi intergated, reinforced bottom cup|
|Stem (Pilot)||Satori 31.8mm ahead|
|Stem (Stoker)||Orbit adjustable, 160mm to 200mm|
|Handlebars (Pilot)||Zoom black riser, 31.8 clamp size|
|Handlebars (Stoker)||Black alloy stoker bars, 25.4 clamp size, 49cm external width & 4.5cm stoker riser|
|Saddle (Pilot)||Velo plush comfort touring|
|Saddle (Stoker)||Velo plush comfort touring|
|Seatpost (Pilot)||Black alloy, 400mm x 27.2|
|Seatpost (Stoker)||Zoom suspension seat post 40mm travel|
|Grips (Pilot)||Wave ergo lock-on with integrated bar ends|
|Grips (Stoker)||Velo black cork bar tape with under bar gel|
|Pannier Rack (Front)||-|
|Pannier Rack (Rear)||Black alloy 3 leg|
|Bottle Cages||2 alloy|
|Mudguards||Black or silver with stainless steel fittings|
|Extras||Every Orbit Tandem is built to order, so should you wish to change any part of the specification please get in touch.
Planning a trip? Additional batteries are available to hire please ask for further details.
As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.