Begode Blitz, 2,400Wh Battery/3,500W Motor (8.5KW Peak)

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Sale price$3,199.00


  • Release Date & Price: first shipment expected around the 2nd half of August. Pricing of $3,199, with a $500 deposit & $2699 balance payment prior to shipping
  • Weight: Begode's principle objective with the Blitz was to produce a 'ground-up' new design with a total emphasis on weight reduction. Comparing the previous generation Master V4 (94.8lb), the Blitz (79.1lb) shedding 15.7lb, while packing in several new important technological developments 
  • Motor: 3,200W (8KW peak) high-torque motor. With the first ‘no-load’ spin rate of 93.2MPH. Our production has the upgraded SKF 6012 bearings preinstalled.
  • Battery Pack: high-power Samsung 50S 2,400Wh/134V battery pack, with SmartBMS, capable of rapid-charging to 20A/2,680W
  • Electronics: latest generation controller (now with data-logging!), charge-board, all new display, integrated GPS logging 
  • Suspension: building on the success of the in-house designed DS200 shock, the latest DS200-65A is an air variant, with limitless customizability for each Rider's requirements.
  • Tire: Choice of either the LC320 tubeless (street) tire & CST C-186 (knobby)
Tire: Street Tubeless [LC320]

Tire

CRUISING SPEED

~55+MPH

WEIGHT

79.1lb

CHARGE TIME

2HR TO 80%

MAX LOAD

300lb

BATTERY CAPACITY

2,400Wh

RANGE

60 MILES

Achievement of Weight Reduction

The chief highlight of the Blitz is its 15.7lb weight reduction over the early generation Master V4, while packing in a number of notable upgrades: SmartBMS, upgraded charge-board, all new display, customizable surround LEDs, best-of-class suspension, tubeless tire, SKF bearings, more power & speed.

This was achieved through the extensive use of magnesium alloy for the motor, battery boxes & other structural materials. Every component has been thoroughly examined to determine the optimal trade-off between strength & producing the lightest machine of this class ever released.

All New Display

Illuminated 6-point Dash

The new 5th generation display now has 6 unique data-points, all the essential information available at a glance of the eye. Until now, Begode displays had an imprecise 4 block bar-indicator for the battery level, which was not ideal for estimating, with some degree of precision, how much capacity was remaining in the pack. With the voltmeter, this takes a lot of the guesswork out of the equation. The illuminated display is visible in most lighting conditions, including direct sunlight.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Blitz be in stock and ready to ship?Begode is currently ramping up production of the Blitz, and if all goes according to plan, we're aiming for our first shipment to arrive in mid-late August. Preorder deposit-holders will receive production and shipping updates via email as we receive them from Begode.

What are the advantages of the Blitz over the Master V4?The primary design goal with the Blitz was to keep the total weight down as much as possible, and it seems like Begode has achieved that goal, with the Blitz coming in at almost 20lbs less than the Master V4, similar to the early gen Masters with plastic battery boxes, while keeping the all-metal design of the ET Max. Begode has also put significant effort into tuning the firmware on the Blitz, which in our testing provides a much smoother and more predictable ride compared to the Master.

Could the Blitz have been a 168V Wheel?Due to the extra battery cells needed to get up to a 168V system voltage, which would add height and bring the weight above 88lbs, Begode opted for a 134V system on the Blitz. Those looking for a "168V Blitz" will be interested in the ET Max, as that's essentially what that Wheel is, with a focus on performance and stability rather than keeping weight down.

What charger is included with the Blitz? Is it rapid-charging capable?The Biltz will ship with a 5A charger in the box, which is already a step up from the usual 3A. Following in the footsteps of the ET Max, the Blitz also supports 20A charging with a compatible fast charger. 11A is the maximum charge rate possible through a regular household outlet, as any higher would trip the circuit breaker, meaning you'll need a higher-amperage 120V circuit or a 240V circuit to achieve the full 20A charge rate.

What is a realistic maximum cruising speed for the Blitz?The Blitz will have similar max speed figures to the Master V4, with riders able to maintain 50-55mph on a full charge for at least 10-20 miles. Faster speeds are possible through the use of race mode and field weakening, but it takes significant effort to ride on the edge of the wheel's speed capabilities for a prolonged period of time. The Blitz is theoretically a bit faster than the Master, as its free spin speeds exceed that of the Master V4 by ~10kmh.

Which tire options will be available?
The Blitz will be offered with either a tube-type knobby tire (the CST C-186 that Begode has been using for years), or a tubeless 90/90-14 tire (the Daoluchi LC320, a lighter tire compared to the one offered on the ET Max). The rim design has been updated to allow for a more predictable turning response on the knobby tire, and this specific street tire was chosen to help keep the wheel's weight down, which also helps with braking and acceleration responsiveness as there's less rotating mass for the motor to deal with.

Can the LED light scheme be customized to different schemes?The front accent light strips are reportedly not customizable, but the top RGB accent lighting strips will be configurable via the Begode app. The "halo" running light on the headlight module cannot be disabled, similar to the blue accent lighting found on the MTen4 and A2's headlight.

Have any other notable hardware improvements been made to the Blitz?A first for Begode, the Blitz will be capable of data logging similar to what Leaperkim offers thanks to additional hardware on the controller, which should allow for easier diagnosis of intermittent or oddball issues. In the unlikely event of a loss of balance while riding, these logs will provide insight as to what caused the event, such as excessive riding speed or a hardware fault.

The Blitz will reportedly offer GPS tracking, is that true?In an industry-leading move, Begode will be including GPS tracking hardware in every Blitz! With wheels looking increasingly appealing, and unscrupulous thievery on the rise, this is a very welcome addition that will assist riders should their wheel ever get stolen, or even simply misplaced. The user will need to provide their own SIM card to allow the GPS module to communicate via cellular data, however, so the recurring cost of maintaining service on your SIM of choice will vary.

What is the maximum rider weight that the Blitz can support?The maximum rider weight the Blitz can support is the same as the Master V4, Begode quotes this figure as 265lbs, however the system should be robust enough to support riders up to 290lbs.

What accessories are available for the Blitz? Will it come with power pads?While the Blitz does not ship with power pads from the factory, we will be including a set of the Universal Beidou power pads with every Blitz purchase. The Blitz uses a new pedal and pedal hanger design, meaning all previous Begode and Begode-compatible pedals won't fit on the Blitz. However, Beidou is already working on a solution for aftermarket pedals, as well as an aftermarket seat kit and aftermarket headlight.

How weather-resistant is the Blitz?Begode claims an impressive IP67 rating on the Blitz, backed up by two different independent testing facilities, indicating full protection against dust and particulate as well as, in theory, excellent protection against water ingress. Despite this, and considering the fact that there is no official governing body who approves IP ratings, we still recommend the usual caution when it comes to rain/water, i.e. light rain and small puddles are ok, but heavy rain and large bodies of water are to be avoided wherever possible.

NEW: Upgraded Samsung High-Power 50S Battery Pack

The most valuable component of any Wheel is its battery pack, the beating pulse of the machine. Over the years it has been found, from painful experience, that pairing a high-powered machine with a battery cell that is not designed for high peak-power applications can result in latent/delayed catastrophic thermal runaway events. To try to minimize this risk, we at eWheels, have insisted the use of high-powered battery cells, particularly on smaller 4 parallel packs, such as the MTen4, A2, T4, S18, Hero, S22, & Master—as the number of parallels increase, the load on each cells decreases accordingly. Until recently, there was the trade-off between power & capacity; now, with the advent of the new Samsung 50S cell, one can have both!

  • Energy Density: 50S has a 20% increase in energy density over the 40T, providing a corresponding increase in range without any weight/bulk penalty.
  • Higher Operating Temperatures: the specifications of the 50S has a vast operating range, from -20 to 80°C/-4 to 176°F vs -20-60°C/-4-140°F with the commonly used 50E/GB cell & as high as 100°C/212°F in Samsung’s test data! This massive margin not only allows the 50S to output up to 3x more power than the 50E, but perhaps more importantly, will greatly improve battery pack safety, there is no conceivable scenario in which these limits will ever be reached, or exceeded.  
  • Power Output: the maximum sustained power output on the 50s is 45A vs 15A on the 50E. From a Rider’s perspective, the main benefit of having this power on-tap is once the pack(s) have been partially depleted, reducing the risk of cut-outs when power is required.  
  • Rapid-charging: another benefit of the 50s over the 50E is charging rates, 2.25x higher, 6A vs 2.5A. The Blitz is rated for a max charge rate of 20A, but most will only be able to achieve 11A on a common household circuit before blowing the breaker, a 240V circuit will allow for the full 20A charge rate.
  • Superior Cycle-life: perhaps the most common misconception of high-power cells is that of reduced cycle-life, but this is fundamentally a misunderstanding of the published datasheet for battery cells. In these publications, Samsung’s data is based on exceedingly high sustained loads of 25A/45A. Other Samsung materials demonstrates that in 10A continuous load scenario, the 50S commands a slight lead over the the 50E for longevity, with >82% capacity retention over 600 cycles.
    It should also be noted that these synthetic tests in no way represent the power demand pattern that is experienced when using your machine, where the average load, on flat terrain, will be closer to 2-3A/cell vs the 10A in the test data—there may be periods where this demand is considerably more than the 10A, which is where the high-power cells really come into their element. In addition, the [50S] 600 cycles were charged at the maximum 6A vs a typical 1.5A (per parallel) with the stock charger, which also has an impact on the pack’s longevity.   

In summary, the 50S battery cell is objectively superior in every measurable metric, with only a marginal increase in upfront cost. It is expected that machines fitted with these packs will retain their value better than other battery cells. 

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