The first thing I did when I went to the KBO site to watch the Stealth Urban Electric Bike (the hurricane) is laughing. In the photos of the bikes and riders on the site – they did exactly what I did when I got the Stealth Hurricane – I left the fenders in place. The Stealth looks so cool without the fenders – sleek and slim.

KBO Hurricane Stealth Urban Electric Bike

Urban electric bike Stealth KBO

The KBO Hurricane e-bike has really thin tires, so it looks a lot different on the ride than my “fat tire” bike – and it’s not very heavy either. The bike weighs only about 36 pounds. I can lift it up the stairs in my condo and I don’t have to take the elevator. I have noticed that I grip this bike faster than any of the others because it is light.

You can hardly tell this is an electric bike, the frame is so stylish, but the bike is sturdy. Single speed belt drive provides a smooth and quiet ride. The bike has a belt drive as opposed to a chain drive, which means there is no grip of your pant leg in the chain and no slick of oil against your leg.

Mechanical disc brakes

The bike is fitted with mechanical disc brakes which are said to have the most powerful and reliable stopping power available. I’m not too worried about that – but the bike better stop quickly when I apply the brakes – and this bike stops quickly.

The seat saddle

The seat is comfortable – even on bumps – but I like a bit more padding on the seats and I usually change the seat. The seat is pleasant enough so that it is not an emergency to change.


The tires are called threaded road bike tires (700x32c). The aluminum alloy rims and the narrow design make it a very fast ride.

KBO Hurricane bike
Hurricane Urban Bike KBO

Backlit LCD display

Everyone in the office who took the bike out for a ride noticed the backlit LCD screen – and I hadn’t noticed it. But if you must have a screen on your bike, it’s there. It measures speed, distance and driving time. If you are an advanced cyclist this will suit you especially.

I like that the bike comes with the tools to assemble. It was easy editing.

I carried the KBO Urban Hurricane up the stairs in the office over my shoulder to look cool (and strong) and a woman in the office said, “Oh yeah, easy for a man!” I challenged her to give it a try and she was able to carry the bike without blowing or blowing – a big plus.

Overall a very stylish bike.

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Brad Anderson

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