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Slow Down, Junior: Verge’s TS Ultra Tucks In 1200Nm

885ft-lb of Torque, 201hp and up to 375km of Range Will Cost You…

Verge's new beauty, the TS Ultra. Media sourced by Verge.
Verge's new beauty, the TS Ultra. Media sourced by Verge.

Among all of the machines debuted at CES 2023, one in particular has been making bigger headlines than even we anticipated – and if her figures don’t do it for you, how about the fact that the wheel is her motor

Hubless wheels have been around for a hot minute (since 1989, actually), they’re nothing new – but Verge’s decision to go hubless with her new TS/TS Pro/TS Ultra isn’t the only reason why we’re drooling. 

Verge's new beauty, the TS Ultra. Media sourced by Verge.
Verge’s new beauty, the TS Ultra. Media sourced by Verge.

The new Finnish bike is officially the world’s first hubless electric rim motor, and she sports 885ft-lb of torque, 201hp and up to 375km of range – all mad specs to match her apt 540lb weight, which apparently renders her quite nimble in handling. 

Add to this her fast-charge specs (25 minutes) and the brand’s clever last-minute integration of down-force winglets, and all that’s left to gawk at is the price tag: A whopping $44,900 USD. 

Verge's new beauty, the TS Ultra. Media sourced by Verge.
Verge’s new beauty, the TS Ultra. Media sourced by Verge.

Close your mouth, we’re not a codfish; if you wanted something under $30,000 USD, Verge’s option for slightly less-powerful variants could allow you to fork over as little as $26,900-$29,900 USD, plus taxes; with a $1,050 deposit – in fact, AutoWeek tells us that your first Verge could be scheduled or delivery by as early as the end of this year.  

What do you think? Have the Finns nailed it?

Verge's new beauty, the TS Ultra. Media sourced by Verge.
Verge’s new beauty, the TS Ultra. Media sourced by Verge.

Be sure to comment down below while our main man, Cameron Martel, hand-delivers the best of the latest to your respective inboxes (the next drop is Friday!). 

Let us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Verge*

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  1. Other than the price (as if I could afford it if it were *merely* $30,000 USD), I don’t like that it seems that with the rear wheel motor location that there would be a LOT of unsprung weight back there that would affect the handling and suspension. Secondarily, that rear wheel assembly looks simply impossible to clean.

    1. “Secondarily, that rear wheel assembly looks simply impossible to clean”.
      Silly boy! You don’t clean it, you just chuck it over a cliff and buy another one. Maybe in a different color?

  2. I agree with TBP.
    Bikes and car companies spend fortunes to reduce the unsprung weight. And this bike shows us an engine in the wheel!
    I understand that design may lead to sometime strange things. But when this leads to throw away the basics of physics, I wonder if this model will have a real life farther than show bikes and a few exemplars to show in a living room and avoir at all cost to ride it…

  3. Also special bearing assembly going all the way around. I don’t see how this bike is anything but a novelty for that motor. I can’t think of any benefits but there are clear drawbacks.

    And the rest of the bike doesn’t look especially cool to my eyes – rather homebrewed.

    Cynically I wonder if they’ll take investor money and run.

  4. I actually quite like the look of that big green beast. Regardless of what it may do to the handling, the hubless rear wheel looks cool but considering the price tag, it won’t be a problem for most of us.