A bike that implements some of the best features of mountain bikes in an electric build.
Following on the footsteps of the Kalk and Kalk& bikes from Swedish company CAKE, the new Kalk INK provides excellent off-road performance and versatility in a clean and silent electric motorcycle build. Like the manufacturer’s previous bikes, this motorcycle has a distinctive look that blends industrial and minimalist design cues. And in a similar way to other CAKE motorcycles, the bike’s name references the Kalksten limestone bedrock on the Gotland island, Sweden, the place where the company performs bike testing. Finally, “INK” refers to the dark palette of the build, including the black bodywork, suspension, and fenders. Kalk INK draws inspiration from enduro and downhill mountain bikes but optimizes their features. It offers a silent and easy solution for backcountry freeriding.
The build reproduces the ride feel and handling of mountain bikes to make freeriding just as fun but less polluting. The bike uses the same technology of the Kalk OR design, including the lightweight 6061 aluminum frame/swingarm, drivetrain, and battery. However, this bike has several new features that set it apart from CAKE’s lineup. They include a simplified non-linkage rear suspension and a lightweight motocross front suspension as well as a durable 19-inch wheelset that requires less maintenance. Both the bodywork and fenders are made from injection-molded polycarbonate and ABS in black.
Kalk INK has a top speed of 50mph+ and runs for up to 3 hours on one charge. Available now to pre-order at a price of $9500, the bike will make its debut on the company’s website and at select dealers from June 1, 2020. With this launch, CAKE will also introduce an installment payment option to allow customers to pay over time without interest. Photographs© CAKE.