McLaren (yes, the supercar brand) release an e-MTB which it claims to be the world’s most powerful street-legal electric mountain bike

McLaren e-MTB mounted to the top of a McLaren sports car
(Image credit: McLaren)

McLaren has launched its first electric mountain bike range which it claims "embodies the defining qualities of McLaren’s iconic supercars to deliver McLaren design DNA and performance".

Although McLaren is best known for its supercars, the brand has a subsidiary Lavoi who makes electric scooters and recently bought bankrupt Dutch e-bike maker VanMoof.

McLaren's range of "hyperbikes" was designed by the same team responsible for the Artura hybrid supercar and consists of four e-MTBs. The Extreme 600 and Extreme 250 both feature RockShox suspension with a 160mm Lyrik up front and 145mm of rear suspension controlled by a Deluxe Select+ shock. The full-sus bikes come with a mullet setup (29in front wheel and 27.5in rear wheel), while the Sport 600 and Sport 250 are 29in wheeled hardtail e-MTBs. All the bikes come in three sizes – small, medium and large.

McLaren e-MTB climbing up a forest track

The Extreme 600 has 145mm of rear suspension and a motor that delivers 852W of peak power and 161Nm of torque  (Image credit: McLaren)

McLaren says its best e-MTBs, the Extreme 600 and Sport 600, "vie for the title of the world’s most powerful street-legal electric mountain bike". The bikes feature an unbranded motor that can deliver up to a huge 852W of peak power and 161Nm of torque, with a top speed of 20mph/ 32kph. In comparison, the Bosch Performance Line CX, one of the most popular e-MTB motors, delivers 600w and 85Nm of torque.

Whether the McLaren Extreme 600 can match the ludicrous specs of the Optibike Riot remains to be seen. It could be close though as the Riot has 750 watts of continuous power, 190Nm of torque, and boasts a range of up to a claimed 290km from its massive 1,630Wh battery.

McLaren e-MTB display detail

McLaren says that the dashboard-like display ensures maximum rider engagement (Image credit: McLaren)

The wild-looking handlebars feature an integrated digital screen that displays riding stats, inspired by the dashboard of a car. The full-color integrated LCD panel displays speed, battery life, and range. Under the handlebar is an integrated front light.

Specs details of the bikes are currently pretty limited, with McLaren saying that the Extreme bikes feature a wireless SRAM XX Eagle AXS drivetrain, while the Sport models have a SRAM mechanical GX Eagle version. Both Extreme and Sports bikes come with Pirelli tires.

The Mclaren Extreme 600 emtb being ridden on the trail

With its 600w motor, the top-of-the-range Extreme 600 (and the Sport 600) unfortunately exceed permitted e-bike power limits in the EU and UK  (Image credit: Mclaren)

Compared to electric mountain bikes from other top motor brands, pricing is hefty but not quite at supercar level. $12,000 will get you the full-sus Extreme 600, while the Extreme 250 comes in at $10,950 / £9,600. You can pick the Sport 600 hardtail for $8,950 and the Sport 250 for $7,950 / £7,200.

Availability of McLaren e-bikes is limited and the most powerful 600w versions are only available in the US. If you want one to mount on the roof of your P1 supercar, head over to Mclarenbikes.com.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road, based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

Rides: Cotic SolarisMax, Stooge MK4, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg