Our Story

20
YEARS AGO

Kranked - Live to Ride was released.
This film started Kranked on a freeride film bender that spawned 8 films.
The riding was rowdy, the spirit free and the stoke massive.
Kranked captured all of this and broadcast it via movie premieres and VHS tapes all over the world (thx Fox Racing)!!!
A new adrenaline side to the sport of mountain biking had been released. One which everyday riders could relate to and adopt. The culture of Mountain Biking became cooler.
This was the start of Kranked.

2011

2011

2011 - Flash forward to the start of Kranked Bikes

A couple of years since the last film, Bjørn Enga, the man behind Kranked, was searching for inspiration amongst the basement dwellers of Interbike when he came across these dudes.
Australian shred brothers, Mario and Dani had a booth set up with their high powered electric Ego Kits.
A 100 foot long braaap down the exhibition hallway on an Ego Kit equipped mountain bike was all it took. Bjørn bought a kit on the spot, to be delivered in 3 months.
The universe had provided a very powerful jolt of adrenaline fuelled inspiration. One that would become Kranked’s new destiny.
The story unfolds as you will read - a story full of adrenaline, engineering, manufacturing, selling, entrepreneurship and best of all for Bjørn, chock full of passion, adventure and a seemingness endless “Ride of my Lifes.”
Kranked and Bjørn salute Mario and Dani for pioneering the Ego Kits and bring the stoke to North America in 2011! True shred heroes.

2012 Ride Hard, Ride Free

2012

First Ego Kit arrives from Austria.
Kranked Viper becomes the EViper in January.
40 rides are logged in the first 60 days. Mind Blown. Bjørn becomes the Canadian Distributor for Ego Kits.
JF, from Spin Cycles, the gnar gnar courier from the opening of Kranked 2 installs first drive system on Kranked EViper.
Our first little film piece starring JF and Linden Feniak.
https://vimeo.com/45689430

2012

Sea Otter 2012 - Kranked approaches Santa Cruz Bicycles to build a demo fleet. Four Nomads are customized and branded Erides.

Here’s a gem of a little video starring some random riders and the one and only Glen.

https://vimeo.com/51798817 This develops into a direct to consumer builds with custom Ego / Santa Cruz by Kranked Bikes.

2012
2012

Kranked partners with Chris Rothe of Rothe Machine Works, to develop a custom interface for the drive units.

Thus the journey innocently starts designing and machining parts to improve the system.

The new interface improved performance by reducing lateral flex and looked way better.

The Santa Cruz 10.5 Carbon is released. Combining the V10.5 with a custom Ego Kit creates the “highest performance mountain bike on the planet.”

Pure electrifi’d shred. Rothe and Enga shred Moab, Vegas, Santa Cruz, Whistler, Sunshine Coast and North Vancouver on custom V10.5 Ego’s.

The ERIDES Van went on tour spreading the gospel and having “Rides of my Life!” A couple times a day.

It was the golden days of discovery.

So much stoke and endless ride adrenaline. The ride was pure high performance.

2012
2012

Interbike 2012 - totally nutbar. Looking back on it, it was fucking disruptive, the industry must of been hating hard on us, but we didn’t really notice.

https://vimeo.com/51763420

It was kinda a snowboard into the ski world sort of thing. Except instead of partying we were braaaping all around the place. Massive grins and good times.

Shreds in: North Vancouver Whistler Sunshine CoastSunshine Coast Moab Vegas Santa Cruz

The power and speed of these drives demanded the best spec’d mountain bikes. Stiff frames and pivots, tuned suspension, 4 caliber brakes, it all really made a huge difference to the performance.

The V10.5 Carbon hit all the marks and delivered a confidence inspiring ride, every time. Kranked was riding hard and free!

Fontana Indie Edit.
https://vimeo.com/51785873

2012

Kranked was selling custom built Santa Cruz V10’s and Nomads with Ego Kits along with just stand alone Ego Kits.

2013 - Ride Further Faster

2013

Full throttle - Erides Van with solar trailer went on tour hitting up Google, Santa Monica and then Sea Otter where Kranked rocked it in style with the VIP Cuda lounge as a booth!

Then we hit up Moab (OMG) and then set up in Whistler Village with a pop up store, running tours and selling bikes. Love Whistler!

Year started wide open, and never slowed down. The V10’s were dialled. Kranked was on fire and and was spreading the stoke and wide.

Pushed all the technology to it’s breaking points, over and over. Learned, fixed, improved. Rides in British Columbia were showing us where improvements needed to happen.

Custom bike builds of Nomads and V10’s were financing our electric riding addiction.

2013
2013
2013
2013

By the end of the summer, after a huge year of stoke our excited bubble of reality was pierced a bit.

It became apparent that there was a huge hate on by the bike industry influencers who started writing hate literature about ebikes and fanned the flames of electric bike hate.

Kranked’s exuberance and outward facing personae got focussed into product development and improving the performance.

2013

Bjørn’s father, Dr. Eric Enga joined the team and started engineering and prototyping a new drive system.

Kranked made it’s third interface for the V10! Trying to match the quality of the bike in both style and performance.

Performance, Modularity, Style became the design criteria and Kranked set it’s sights on producing a truly high performance electric drive system that gives you non stop superhero riding capabilities.

Make First Video promotion https://vimeo.com/74635793

2013

2014 Birth of the E2 Superdrive

2014

At this point there was no turning back, Kranked became 100% committed to creating it’s own drive system.

This changed the business model and the daunting journey as an eco shred tech startup began.

First reveal of the E2Superdrive at the Vancouver Bike show in March - On the new all carbon Nomad 3.

With a new engineering focus, motor efficiency dominated Kranked’s R&D efforts along with the achieving a natural mountain bike pedal cadence with the assist.

We knew what we wanted and the prototype E2 drive system was blowing our minds with the natural pedal cadence ride feel along with no overheating or runaway burn ups.

It changed the primary ride characteristic from lightweight moto to distinctly mountain bike with Moto like option at any time!

Motto: Superdrive

2014
2014

Todd Romano and Doug Dalton enter and finish the King of the Motos on Kranked V10’s.

Exhibition at the GPAC Art Gallery.

Still a lot of resistance in the mtb market.

A whole new level got unlocked with the creation of the E2 Superdrive. The E2 is reflective of the collaboration between father and son, who together created it.

The super power between design and engineering working together.

2014
2014

The new 27.5 V10.6 is released and is a perfect, mucho amazing high performance bike for the E2Superdrives.

V10 Demo fleet for 2014. Our definition of the highest performance mountain bike on the planet!

2014
2014
2014
2014

Make first video! with Vovo Productions.

https://vimeo.com/74635793

2015 Peak Exploration

2015

Shredded V10’s everywhere - off the hook! A year of, tuning, iterating, and adjusting to this next level of output.

10X power on a mountain bike meant a whole lot to figure out!!

New level of performance pushed Kranked to explore the high alpine and reaching peaks, way out there!

2015
2015

The journey of pushing the limits, pushing the technology and pushing the level of riding continued.

Motto - “Peak Exploration”

Upgrade the Kranked shop,

2015

Crankworx 2015 - 300 peeps went for their first demo run through the parking lot. It was a bit nut ball as almost everyone hit the throttle too hard and went wheelie rocket for a time. Needless to say they got e lectr f i ‘d.
https://vimeo.com/136900449
https://vimeo.com/136938807

Peak Exploration is the theme in 2015. Really put the prototypes through rigorous testing all winter and summer.

Expedition style rides, going way back to see stuff you only dream about. here up the Rainy River drainage of the Sunshine Coast.

2015

Moto “You can’t hold a good shred down” keeps us peeled on getting more performance from the bikes.

Shredded a ton and learned as much as we could to make the next units better.

Broke, wore out and understood a bit more about what it takes to make lightweight, powerful drives that push the mountain bike to dh speeds everywhere, not just down.

2015
2015

2016 High Performance

2016

By this time we had done a whole bunch of small run, fast iterations on our prototype units. Now we were at Version 4.

Internal air cooling, improved electrical efficiencies, custom heatsinks, modular drive carriers, new freewheeling Krankedsets achieve a new level.

Equally groundbreaking for us is that the E2Superdrive gets styled! Kranked set about to make the system look amazing.

Made in small craft batches at the Kranked HQ on the Sunshine Coast of BC we wanted our products to look as good as they performed.

2016
2016

Product development and custom manufacturing was the theme of 2016.

Kranked shop gets it’s first rebuild to accommodate the custom assembly and testing.

Got totally distracted by the opportunity to take 25 ebikes into the Chilcotins for a heli tour! A totally crazy undertaking. More on this one day.

2016

The performance of the V10’Superdrives is crazy. It’s a whole new performance paradigm and Kranked is virtually alone as the bike industry does not want to get it.

2016

The performance gains and new levels have us laser focussed on higher performance and this demands a whole bunch of product testing.

2016

2017 Next Level

2017

E2Hyperdrive V4.2 goes ballistic and the Superdrive gets a big brother - the E2 Hyperdrive.

20% more speed, torque and efficiencies. 120amp draw with 55amp continuous and a 68.8 volt battery.

The ride just keeps getting better as Kranked devotion to product testing finds another level of performance.

2017

Our engineering and intense product focus is paying off as the performance of the E2 Superdrive and now the Hyperdrive are at new uncharted levels.

The Moment film is released and the story of Kranked is reawakened 20 years on!

https://vimeo.com/221938560

Kranked against all odds is in the game, investing and testing in making eco shred tech and trying to better the world with lots of back country smiles.

Kranked V10 Hyperdrive wins the best of Show at the 2nd annual Lost Seirras Electric bike festival.

2017

Kranked founder Bjørn and Elladee Brown make an attempt at the “Breakonthru ‘ from Sunshine Coast to Squamish on V10 E2 Superdrives.

2017

Manabu Saito view Salmon Inlet after boating to Mcnab Valley on the Howe Sound Side and then riding over to Salmon Inlet.

2017
2017
2017

Kranked V10 Hyperdrive wins the best of Show at the 2nd annual Lost Seirras Electric bike festival.

You can’t hold a good shred down is starting to come
true. Electric mountain bikes are slowly being accepted…

2018 Straight Up Kranked

2018

New KI’s (Kranked Interface) go to production. Custom molded platinum silicone inserts protect the carbon frames.

Meet some amazing people including Kelly Smith. Push the performance boundaries some more, spend a bunch of time doing ‘company build’ and get first round of investment!

Performance, Modularity and Style. Straight up Kranked

2018
2018

First E2Hyperdrive makes it to Europe and shreds the alps. Yeah Ben Walker!

Dual Sport madness. The best of mtb , skiing and electric drives! Added a ski to the Kranked bikes and ! Holy Shit.

Broke 4 skis over the course of the winter. Loved every minute of it!!

https://vimeo.com/257233662

2018
2018

More rides up Pakosha Pass in Squamish, Trying to ‘Break on Thru…” to the Sunshine Coast.

So many more adventures, and stuff. But now its all about the highest performance electric mountain bike on the planet

The new V10 Hyperdrive

2018