Search and Res­cue in B.C. De­buts Gi­ant e-Bikes

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The Cen­tral Okana­gan Search and Res­cue (COSAR) in Bri­tish Columbia has be­come the first or­ga­ni­za­tion of its kind with a full e-bike team. Cy­clepath Kelowna has pro­vided COSAR with seven Gi­ant Full-E+ SX Pro bikes to be used for ur­ban searches and back­coun­try ini­tial-re­sponse calls. “COSAR has pre­vi­ously used mem­bers’ per­sonal mountain bikes in search op­er­a­tions, pri­mar­ily for ur­ban searches,” said COSAR e-bike team coor­di­na­tor Brian Stainsby. “A year ago, we be­gan ex­plor­ing equip­ping our team with e-bikes – mountain bikes with an elec­tric-motor as­sist. We can get to an in­jured sub­ject faster and ren­der aid quicker. For ini­tial search ac­tiv­i­ties, we can search a far larger area with e-bikes than on foot and more ef­fec­tively than with our ATVs.” The SX Pro e-bikes have a 500W pedal-as­sist motor that aids in climb­ing, and the full-sus­pen­sion mountain bikes will be able to han­dle most hik­ing and bik­ing trails in the Okana­gan.

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