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.