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QuietKat unveils Apex HD and XD

QuietKat Electric Bikes, a Vista Outdoor Inc. brand, has launched what it says is its most advanced and versatile e-bikes: the Apex HD and XD. Delivery of the e-bikes will begin in June.

Internally Geared Automatic Transmission

The Apex series eliminates the common derailleur issues, offering seamless shifting without the risk of jamming or breakage.

QuietKat Apex models
The Apex models feature a battery that offers up to 90 miles of range on a single charge and are equipped with cellular and GPS capabilities. Photo courtesy of QuietKat

“Over the past decade, a majority of issues with all offroad eBikes have centered around two factors: Number one, broken or bent derailleurs and number two, snapped chains,” says Logan Holtz, director of Community at QuietKat. “The vulnerable position of derailleurs just isn’t conducive to offroad or backcountry use. Those who push their gear to the limit will have encountered challenges with these components. Until recently, this fragile system was considered necessary for utilizing multiple gears. However, our new automatic transmission removes both of those failure points. By shifting internally, we no longer need a derailleur, this also allowed us to utilize a moto-style chain which is virtually impossible to break. This groundbreaking drivetrain marks a significant advancement, but it’s just the beginning of the innovations you’ll experience on the new Apex HD and Apex XD… the Apex truly is a whole new animal!”

Motorcycle Chain

Utilizing a motorcycle chain ensures no more broken chains, with reinforced strength that channels more power directly to the rear wheel, ensuring smooth and reliable propulsion.

30 Ah Battery

The Apex models feature a battery that offers up to 90 miles of range on a single charge, securely enclosed within the down tube and boasting the highest level of UL certification.

Patent Pending Ground-up Frame Design

The Apex series features Kick Through and Step Over options, integrating QuietKat’s patented modular rear rack with its high load capacity, a new front rack option and 118 additional mounting points.

Newly Developed VPO 2.0

Introducing Climb and Stealth modes alongside the existing Eco, Trail and Boost, the enhanced VPO compliance technology ensures legality on any trail while catering to a variety of riding preferences.

Dropper Post with Built-in Suspension

Elevating comfort on rough terrains, a dropper post with built-in suspension ensures a smoother ride, allowing adventurers to focus on the journey ahead.

IOT Capabilities

The inclusion of an IOT module facilitates remote tracking, locking and alarm settings, offering peace of mind and enhanced security for the rider and their e-bike.

Twist Throttle

A twist throttle offers riders more control and a superior riding experience, enabling precision and ease in navigating diverse landscapes.

New Modular Frame Design

The Apex series for 2024 debuts with a modular frame design, completely overhauled for enhanced accessibility and adaptability. This approach allows riders to customize their bikes with a growing selection of accessories tailored to any adventure, including MOLLE panels, cargo racks, baskets, weapon mounts, trailers and more.

Smart Features

The Apex HD and XD models are equipped with cellular and GPS capabilities, offering real-time battery statistics, ride tracking, remote locking, anti-theft alarms and scheduled maintenance reminders, all accessible through a redesigned color LED display. The introduction of new firmware brings Stealth and Climb modes to the table, enhancing versatility for silent stalking, heavy towing or tackling steep ascents, without sacrificing the ability to switch between Class 1, 2, 3, and unlimited modes using the new VPO 2.0 firmware.


Durability and Power

The Apex series features a robust frame paired with a durable moto-style chain. Powered by a 1000w VPO 2.0 Automatic Shifting hub-drive and mid-drive motor options, these bikes deliver up to 200nm of torque. An industry-leading automatic shifting motor ensures a powerful yet intuitive riding experience by eliminating common failure points found in most e-bikes.

Battery and suspension

A 30Ah internal battery option extends the adventure with up to 90 miles of range. The addition of Kenda Juggernaut 26″ x 4.8″ fat tires enhances all-terrain capability, offering superior traction across diverse landscapes. Moto-inspired inverted KKE Air-Suspension Fork with 120mm of travel ensures a smooth ride on the toughest trails


The QuietKat Apex HD and XD redefine capability and can be ordered beginning May 15 with an estimated shipping date in early June.

2024 Bike Lineup: Apex HD an Apex XD

Apex HD: Hub Drive MSRP $3,299

  • 2 internal gears on automatic transmission
  • Colors: Veil Relic Camo, Moss, Gull Grey

Apex XD: Mid Drive MSRP $4,999

  • 5 internal gears on automatic transmission 

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