Part of Gas Gas’s new mini bike range, the MC-E 5 features a quiet electric motor, making it perfect for use in built-up areas.
Essentially a rebadged version of KTM’s SX-E 5, the MC-E 5 is Gas Gas’s fully electric junior model, taking MX in a cleaner, greener direction.
Using most of the same frame, suspension, brake and wheel components as the brand’s two-stroke mini bikes, the MC-E 5 is no toy and has been built to take on the dirt.
Power comes from a compact and almost silent air-cooled electric motor that’s water and dust resistant, as well as being wear- and maintenance-free.
With max power of 5kW and max torque of 13.8Nm, the 48V BLOC electric motor is fuelled by a lithium-ion battery that holds 21Ah/907Wh – good enough for up to two hours’ riding between charges, although more intense use of the throttle drops that to around 25 minutes.
An integrated battery management system ensures the safety and longevity of the battery pack, but for youngsters champing at the bit to ride, the best feature of this electric package is a recharge time of just one hour.
To keep young riders safe, a roll-over sensor automatically cuts power if the bike falls, with a wrist lanyard from the rider to the bike performing a similar function if the rider becomes dismounted.
To suit kids of different riding abilities, there are six different riding modes that can be used to adjust the power output as skill and confidence grows.
A byproduct of the compact electric motor and battery pack is the ability to adjust the MC-E 5’s seat height from 665mm down to just 616mm. Altering the suspension mounting points can also reduce seat height, with an optional suspension lowering kit able to lower it even further.
Other features are broadly the same as the MC 50 two-stroke, including WP XACT suspension with 205mm front and 185mm rear travel, 160mm disc brakes front and rear, 12-inch front/10-inch rear wheels and a light 40.5kg weight.
RRP pricing for the 2021 Gas Gas MC-E 5 is $8,290.