Gadgets

Is This The Future Of Cycling?

Jetpacks are still a way off. We're as sorry as you are. 

However, our dreams of a more exciting morning commute needn't dry up with the lack of jet fuel. Trefecta DRT is an electric bike of sci-fi proportions that's a pre-orderable reality.

An electric pedal dirt bike, the DRT supplements your leg power with a 4kW electric motor and 60-volt battery. This translates to a top speed of 43mph and a non-pedalling range of 60 miles. 

Battery power is recaptured during breaking and downhill cursing, with a quick-swap battery system allowing you to swap in a fresh battery while putting the other back on mains charge. As well as taking the strain off your legs, the electricity supplies an on-board computer, supplying the rider with a map, throttle controls, gear information and a bunch of other data.

Other neat features include a foldable lightweight frame, carbon wheels and 14-speed electric gearbox. 

The future won't come cheap, with prices set to start at €22,500 (£16,365) - a concerning sum, considering that Trefecta is encouraging you to throw this down the side of a mountain at break-neck speeds. 

Well-heeled daredevils can put in an order at the Trefecta site. Just remember to buy a suitably sturdy helmet to match.