Captain Shred to the rescue!

Panasonic powered, race-bred full susser incoming

Announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CEX) in las Vegas, Van Dessel’s Captain Shred is the first EMTB to utilise the all-new Panasonic GX0 motor. US availability is slated for April. Details are thin on the ground but we do know that the GX0 kicks out 90Nm of torque and weighs a slimline 2.95kg, and according to Panasonic, “delivers an industry leading leading weight-to-power advantage”.

No specs are available, but the model pictured shows Fox Factory 36 forks, a Fox Float DPX2 rear shock and a combination of SRAM EX1 and XO1 for the drive train, as well as a DT Swiss H1700 wheel set and Maxxis Minion rubber. The image gets somewhat grainy when zooming in on the brakes, but we’re pretty sure that’s a set of Magura MT7 Pros right there.

Based on the top-end components and aggressive stance, it looks like Captain Shred could be the real deal. We’ll have to wait to see if that holds true. No announcement on European availability yet unfortunately. We can but hope.

Panasonic reports that Van Dessel’s Mountain eBike with the new GX0 motor will compete in the UCI sanctioned first-ever eMountain bike world championship series
Two other Panasonic GX0 powered bikes were announced at CEX; The Van Dessel Passepartout gravel eBike and the Univega USA touring e-bike (right)
  1. Looks sweet.It is getting to the point that at a first glance a emtb could easily be mistaken for a conventional bike
  2. Love the look of it!

    New motor means new mode shifter, new display and new app connectivity – so wondering what they are all like …

  3. No mention of battery size . .

    As you say but don’t be surprised if the cells aren’t the Panasonic 2170’s, same as they are making at the GigaFactory for Tesla. By the size of the dt I would say 700wh at least.

    Edit: The Flyer Uproc7 has the GXO motor and a 640wh battery so the above might be a bit generous.

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    The word is that the bikes will be at least assembled here in the US: Kent International Inc.

    Kent is more well known for their Walmart class bikes but their Van Dessel and Univega brands look to be stepping up their game.