Delfast is the Guinness world record holder for the longest distance traveled for an e-bike off a single charge. So, whatever they produce is sure to drum up some attention and the TOP 3.0 is a model capturing the attention of many people from all walks of life.
Of course, we want to know how this Delfast e-bike fares in the world of hunting. We're sure you're interested in finding out as well.
This is why we're going to take a look at everything this electric hunting bike brings to the table. We'll highlight all of the key features and talk about how they complement life as a hunter.
Let’s get right to it. The Delfast TOP 3.0 isn’t designed specifically with hunters in mind. Instead, it’s a well-rounded model loaded with features that make it capable of handling seemingly any environment.
Even so, you can customize the bike to better tailor it to your demands. So, let’s jump right in and talk about the characteristics you’ll find helpful as you traverse to and from your deer blind.
Being a hunter requires high levels of patience. Even so, that doesn’t mean all parts of your life need to be slow. The TOP 3.0 is powered by a 5,000w motor that can reach top speeds of 50 mph or 80 km. While you might not frequently travel speeds that high, it’s good to know you can get down the trail in a hurry when you need to.
The Delfast TOP 3.0 isn’t only fast. It’s in it for the long haul. A single charge can provide a range of about 200 miles. That’s about five times further than most e-bikes can travel. This kind of range is more than enough for most hunters. However, knowing that you don’t have to worry about making it back out of the woods as the sun goes down offers an unmatched sense of security.
The Delfast is not lightweight. This model has a max rider capacity of 298 lbs. Now, you might walk around at an average 200 lbs., but loading up with hunting gear can push you north of 230 lbs. Having a model that can carry that and more means you won’t need to worry about loading it down and potentially harming the systems. Furthermore, the hydraulic brake system with dual front rotors will ensure your ability to bring that pack out to a halt, no matter what.
The standard bicycle seat may be good enough for many hunters. Even so, there’s no denying that there’s a lot to be desired when riding off-road. The optional moto seat is just like what you’d find on a motorcycle. However, it’s much wider and relies on thicker padding, and is far more supportive and comfortable when you travel over rough terrain.
Not all of your gear will fit in your pack. That’s why e-bikes used for hunting must be equipped with some form of cargo compatibility. Thankfully, the TOP 3.0 can be outfitted with Deflast’s premium side boxes. These large cargo storage units are perfect for holding your binoculars, sidearms, extra clothes, or even your lunch.
The TOP 3.0 comes with standard moto tires that are good for pavement and off-road environments. It’s still nice to know that you do have the option to outfit the bike with Dirtcross tires that are better suited to trails and strict off-road riding. This factor alone places it right in line with many of the other models designed specifically for hunters.
We’ll talk more about the TOP 3.0’s versatility, but for now, you should know you can select a range of accessories to come with this bike. Those accessories include a phone mount, lighting, and even a spare set of tires. All of which can greatly complement your need to navigate safely to your deer blind or stand.
As we said, the TOP 3.0 is an extremely versatile model. Both the speed and range of this model are to thank for making it so well-equipped for any setting. For all intents and purposes, you can use this bike for both daily commuting and recreational activities.
Fifty mph is more than enough to keep up with traffic or get anywhere you need to in a hurry. It has three different speed settings, meaning you can dial the performance to match your environment. Being able to go 200 miles simply offers peace of mind for those particularly long treks.
Speaking of the environment, the single-gear carbon drive hub motor keeps the elements out. That means you don’t need to worry about dirt, mud, sand, or even moisture harming the system.
Considering you’re likely to encounter all of these intruders on the trail and otherwise, it’s good to know you don’t need to be concerned about whether the bike will hold up.
The last thing to know is that the right e-bike accessoriescombination can make a huge difference. In fact, you can set the TOP 3.0 to resemble an electric motorcycle rather than a standard e-bike.
While you might not intend to stay out in the woods until after dark or travel down roadways, things still happen. Proper auxiliary lighting, turn signals, and a phone mount for navigation are all features to help provide you a safe journey home—even if things go south.
You must understand the state laws and regulations for e-bikes along with those of the states you intend to hunt in before you invest in the TOP 3.0 for this purpose. There are some issues you may run into with this model.
If you're savvy with hunting e-bikes, you likely already know the motor is far too large for use in certain states. Many state and local laws prohibit the use of e-bikes with motors larger than 750w and those that exceed top speeds of 20 mph to 28 mph without pedal assist.
What you might not know is that there are also weight limitations in place for many states. Some laws don’t allow for the use of bikes that weigh over 100 pounds on the trail.
Seeing as the TOP 3.0 is nearly 150 lbs., that is a concern for many hunters. Not only because state laws may prohibit the use, but because it can be difficult to load or unload this bike into the bed of your truck.
Overall, the Delfast TOP 3.0 is a solid option for many hunters. It's fast, customizable, offers a superior range, and can handle nearly 300 lbs.
We say it's worth the investment if you're legally able to run this bike in the areas you intend to hunt. Sure, it is overkill in many ways. However, we think the timeless saying "it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it" applies to all things used for hunting.
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