Talaria Sting R vs E Ride Pro SS: Is There a New Best E-Moto?

E Ride Pro is a company that you need to pay close attention to. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are one of the newest electric dirt bike companies to enter the world of e-motos. But they have something that is a first: a 72v electric system with crazy top speeds right out of the box. If you have heard of E Ride Pro, you’ll know what I’m talking about!

The bigger model, the E Ride Pro SS, is being compared to the Talaria Sting R all over the internet, so let’s look at why. And the burning question… which is better? Both the E Ride Pro SS and the Talaria Sting R are built for those looking for big performance out of a factory e-moto without much need for upgrades. They are awesome for just about everything – from wheelies on the way to the office, to serious offroading. We’ll look at the data and get first-hand experience from the GritShift guys and girls who have buckets of time on all sorts of e-motos, all to unpack whether this new contender really has what it takes to dethrone the established champion at their own game.

Talaria Sting R: Facts, Figures, and Feel

The Talaria Sting R was a highly anticipated release, with its powerful 45Ah battery, 127lb weight, and many upgraded features from the original model, the Talaria Sting MX3. It has a gearbox – which means no belt to replace – along with stock 220mm brake rotors and many other features that make this e-moto highly sought after before any modifications have taken place.

The Sting R has a top speed of 25mph in stock form, but if you remove the limiter (which many dealers don’t recommend) the Talaria Sting R is capable of speeds well above 40mph. The Talaria Sting R forms a fantastic base to mod, with many of the standard Sting MX3 and MX4 aftermarket parts also fitting the Sting R.

As it already has a more powerful powertrain compared with the original Sting, many of the first Sting R riders are choosing to leave this area stock and upgrade other parts, such as the ergos with footpegs and seats, and suspension to better cope with their preferred terrain. 

A Talaria Sting R on the dirt track infront of the ocean.
The Talaria Sting R. Credit: Scott Meredith 

E Ride Pro SS: Enough to Compete?

With a whopping 12kW peak power and weighing only 139 lbs, the E Ride Pro SS is a seriously powerful stock e-moto. It is also the first of its kind with a stock 72v powertrain in this category of smaller e-moto dirt bikes. And with a top speed of 60mph right out of the box, it’s clearly aimed not at the pseudo-street-legal end of the e-moto spectrum, but at off-road riders looking for uncompromised performance. But has it succeeded?

When our CEO, Bullet, got a bunch of strangers to test-ride his E Ride Pro SS, the majority of riders came back with rave reviews. Many riders commented on how good the rear suspension was, and they were happy with the front forks as well. That last bit is a massive feat in the world of e-motos – with most brands, many riders try to upgrade the forks as soon as humanly possible, a sign that the E Ride Pro SS is off to a solid start.

For those who prefer reading, this is a rundown of the comments from strangers in that video: 

  • Awesome! Brakes are strong. 
  • Would like a stiffer front end (rider had MX forks on their current e-moto)
  • It’s got some power! 
  • The suspension is nice and stiff.
  • Could do with a bigger sprocket, but being nit-picky. 
  • It’s hard to buy a Light Bee anymore!

That last rider was talking, of course, about the venerated Surron LBX “Light Bee,” the most established model in the entire e-moto space.

There are already plenty of ergonomic upgrades that can be made to the E Ride Pro SS. Read this article here for the full list, but for the most part, mods that can be done on the Surron LBX or Talaria Sting MX3 can also be done on the E Ride Pro SS. There’s also heaps of talk about new E Ride Pro-specific parts in the development stage, including something for the powertrain. Shoot, we’ve already said too much! Watch this space…

A rider riding the E Ride Pro SS on a dirt track
Testing the new E Ride Pro SS. Check out the upgrades we’ve made already!

E Ride Pro SS vs Talaria Sting R: The Comparison

Everyone knows the Surron LBX (aka Light Bee) is the top dog in the small e-moto space, but the wide gap between the pocket-sized LBX and full-size electric dirt bikes like the KTM Freeride is quickly being filled. Bikes are coming out from newcomers and old names alike; Surron themselves have released the Ultra Bee, and Talaria’s come up with the Sting R. So the question remains: is the new brand better? Can E Ride Pro really take on the establishment and win?

Let’s start with a baseline of facts. As you can see in the table below, there are numbers between the two e-motos that are similar and some that are very different.

Specs: Talaria Sting R vs E Ride Pro SS

But, the biggest difference comes down to power. The battery on the Talaria Sting is 60v. The E Ride Pro SS has a 72V battery. Amp hours are larger on the Talaria, but let’s work out watts to gain a fair comparison. Read this article here to learn more about comparing different batteries.

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Power: The simple equation V x Ah = Wh can help with the data. For the Talaria Sting R, 60 x 45 = 2700Wh. The E Ride Pro SS has 72 x 40 = 2880Wh, which means the E Ride Pro SS has a larger potential range. With the lower Ah, it will also have better efficiency. Remember lower amps means less heat, so more efficiency across the board. Paired with the 12kW peak power on the E Ride Pro SS and the larger capacity battery, no wonder it can reach a higher top speed.

Build: The size and weight are similar on both e-motos.

Price: At the time of writing, the E Ride Pro SS is priced at $4997, while the Talaria Sting R is priced at $4500.

Mods available right now 

Talaria Sting R has many aftermarket parts available from many different well-known companies. As it’s been around a little while now, it’s no wonder companies have made parts to suit. Due to the newness of the E Ride Pro, not as many aftermarket parts are available. But that is all about to change. We’ve had exclusive access to GritShift R&D to find out what parts are currently in the testing stage. Read this article here on parts that are soon to hit the shelves. 

We’ve also heard claims from multiple different sources about big-name companies creating upgrades for the powertrain – the battery, motor, and controller. What many of us are waiting to see is how the 72V system will change the upgrade process. It should, theoretically, make it much cheaper as you may not need to change everything at once like you would upgrading a 60V to 72V system. People spend big money getting their Talarias to 72V, and if that’s the goal, why not get it right out of the box with the SS?

Should you buy either e-moto used?

Buying a second-hand e-moto has its advantages and disadvantages. Yes, you could end up with a cheaper e-moto which potentially has a few mods done already. But it could also take more time to search, weed through the spam or dodgy-looking ads, and inspect it yourself – which might be risky in itself. Read this article here if you’d like to look into buying secondhand.

https://media.gritshift.com/inspecting-secondhand-emoto

On the usual secondhand marketplaces, such as Facebook Marketplace, you’ll find a few examples of the Talaria Sting R. But not nearly as many of the E Ride Pro SS – due to how new this e-moto is at the time of writing. Even considering that though, anecdotally, we saw more used Talarias and Surrons in the early days of those models than we’re seeing of the E Ride Pro. If you do find one, they are usually not much cheaper than buying brand new, at least not yet.

What’s Better: Talaria Sting R or E Ride Pro SS? 

If you’re looking purely at price, the Talaria Sting R is cheaper at first glance. What if you choose to upgrade the powertrain to a 72V system? E-moto batteries aren’t cheap and don’t forget you’ll have to upgrade both the controller and motor at the same time. 

If you’re looking for the best value for money, it isn’t hard to see that the E Ride Pro SS offers more power, a faster top speed, and the potential to make upgrades to the 72V system much more economical. Yes, GritShift is a company all about modding e-motos, but there’s something special about the E Ride Pro right out of the box. No other company in this category has made an e-moto with this much power and on a sturdy frame. 

For those who have been Talaria die-hard fans, I would suggest to quietly check out the E Ride Pro and be the first of your mates with the faster bike. With what we’ve seen coming with mods, it’s not going to take long for E Ride Pro to catch up on the aftermarket scene.

A picture of an E Ride Pro SS over a jump
Getting airborne on the E Ride Pro SS

When you want to add your personalized touch with color, grips, footpegs, etc GritShift is here for all your needs. 

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