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An electric-powered mountain bike has been issued to the US marines. A NiCad battery pack inside the front wheel gives the bike a 15-mile range per charge and a second battery is available for extended range up to 30 miles. If the rider assists with light pedalling, the range can be increased even further.

The bike has 26-inch tyres, pneumatic front shocks and standard gear system with a turbo-switch on the handlebars.

The bike’s power comes from a 750- to 1,000W motor system in the rear hub and top speed is 25-30mph.

The marines paid about $25,000 for four bikes with trailers that can each haul 250kg.

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