Optibike owner Phil M. took a vacation from his Forest Lake, MN home to ride his Optibike 800Li up Mt. Evans, the Highest Paved Road in the US topping out at 14,264 ft (4,348 m).
“There were many firsts here. This was the first time I had ridden in Colorado, my first time to ride up a mountain, or on a mountain for that matter, the first time above 12,000′, the first time using the video camera, and the first ride with the new bicycle [Optibike]. Doubt about the performance of the bicycle never crossed my mind. It was only in hindsight that I realized all the firsts of this ride. The bicycle was absolutely magnificent, very clean in its operation, very smooth in its shifting and motor power, and absolutely impeccable handling, no shimmies or wobbles. Just clean tracking despite the heavy duty cracks in the pavement. Ascent time: 1 hour 59 minutes and 29 miles exactly. Descent, 1 hour and 4 minutes. Back home I only have two rides in so far, the longest 36 miles due to rain interference. It works perfectly. Thank you very kindly to the whole Optibike team!”