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Ergon SM Comp Saddle

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The R.X750 is ROTWILD’s answer to the growing competition in the eMTB segment. Wit...

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10 - 25/06/2019 14:34:31

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In the “The Lab” we present the latest products and put them through their paces for you. Some undergo long-term tests, while we check others out only briefly. This time we reveal how the Trickstuff MAXIMA brake fared. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-0'); }); What should brakes do? The clue’s in the name. They should brake! Ideally, they should be powerful and offer consistent performance while providing great modulation. And if they look great, even better! But Trickstuff’s DIRETTISSIMA brakes already ticked all these boxes! So, in which way are the new MAXIMA better? Following the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, the people at Trickstuff only gave the DIRETTISIMA a few updates. The most important upgrade is in the new lever, which is now longer and designed to allow for a more progressive fluid displacement inside the hose. Talking of hoses, the brake line of the DIRETTISSIMA has been replaced with a Goodridge braided stainless-steel hose, which comes as standard on all MAXIMA brakes — and also looks incredibly good! For all those who refuse to read the instructions: The bleeding port sits on the side, right at the end of the reservoir! Finally a tool-free reach adjustment. And it’s smooth as silk. Dreams are made of aluminium. The Trickstuff MAXIMA is machined from one solid block of aircraft grade 7075 aluminium. Well supported. The small support on the lever allows for optimal power transmission. On the first pulls, we were quite disappointed with the performance of the Trickstuff MAXIMA. Aren’t these meant to be the most powerful brakes on the market? But wait… oh… now, boom! Oh shit! That’s exactly what happened. Compared to other brakes from the competition, the Trickstuff MAXIMA need a lot more time to bed in – only after a long, steep descent did they unleash their full power. However, once the Trickstuff MAXIMA are bedded in properly, they provide an insane amount of power. No matter how fast you’re blazing down the trail, if you jam on the lever, the front wheel locks up without hesitation. As the famous Pirelli advert once said: “power is nothing without control” – and the Trickstuff MAXIMA strike a superb balance in this respect. The Goodridge braided stainless-steel hose looks incredibly good. Speiseteller: Dinner plate. You could use the new aluminium pistons to serve up soup for an entire family. Not just for the MAXIMA. Trickstuff’s Power pads are awesome with other brakes too! With every touch of the lever, you can feel the calliper reacting: you can sense the point when the pad touches the disc, then the menacing scraping sound of the brake biting the disc lets you know the raw force of their mind-boggling braking-power is coming. But is this power consistent? In one word, yes! Where other brakes start burning-up, the MAXIMA just start biting harder. And after four months of constant use we didn’t notice any contact-point fluctuations. Only in wet conditions does the Trickstuff MAXIMA tend to squeak a little, but the noise disappears after a few hard brakes. Are you looking for the perfect brake? Your search is over, here it is! The Trickstuff MAXIMA offers everything you’re looking for in a brake and sets a new, undisputed benchmark in power. Unfortunately, this much performance comes at a price. At € 1,000, they’re no bargain. But then, who doesn’t dream of a brake beautifully machined, with braided stainless-steel hoses that deliver a frightening braking performance? We say, shut up and take my money! TopsWorkmanshipBrake-performanceConsistencyModulationFlopsThe portholes on some frames might be too small for the chunky braided stainless-steel hosesFor most of us, they are just too expensive Tester Valentin Duration 4 Months Price 1.150 € (with rotors and pads) Weight 1.050 g (Set incl. rotors) More Info trickstuff.de This article is from E-MOUNTAINBIKE issue #017E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine is published in a digital app format in both English and German. Download the app for iOS or Android to read all articles on your tablet or smartphone. 100% free! Der Beitrag The Lab: Trickstuff MAXIMA in review erschien zuerst auf E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine.

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9 - 25/06/2019 01:34:31

Zero Motorcycles, the brand that defined the category of electric motorcycles, introduced their most innovative and powerful motorcycle yet with the launch of SR/F earlier this year. Now, Zero’s internal engineering team, in collaboration with multiple partners, has transformed its new streetfighter into a full-blown racer, which AMA-professional racer Cory West will put to the test at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30. “The racing effort for Pikes Pike at Zero is entirely run with internal engineering staff, who mostly commit their lunches, nights, and weekends to the cause,” said Brian Wismann, VP of Product Development at Zero Motorcycles. “No dedicated team members or factory-level budgets here. The bike was built with the support of key suppliers to the Zero production line, plus some clever designs from an engineering team let loose to experiment.” With 110 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, Zero’s production SR/F already boasts impressive performance stats that challenge competitors representing the biggest names in the industry. Through the company’s “Blue Sky” program, which encourages Zero engineers to explore their creativity and reach for new heights, the SR/F has become an even more formidable contender, thanks in large part to the help of existing brand partners including Gates Carbon Drive, Showa, Pirelli Tires, SME Group, Dymag and Hotbodies Racing. In lieu of the chain kit typically used for race bikes, Zero engineers opted to stick with the same Gates Carbon Drive belt found on the production model. Their hope is that the smooth delivery of torque from the concentric pivot and constant tension belt will give the SR/F an advantage when pitted against gas bikes, which need to shift and respond to power pulses and surges from internal combustion engines. In order to upgrade the suspension on the SR/F, Zero tapped Showa for their rare Balance Free Front Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion lite (BFRC-lite) rear shock. The Showa components also serve the dual purpose of adding a contrasting visual accent against the matte black of the bike. Adding utlity and further visual character to the racer, Dymag forged aluminum wheels provide crucial weight savings, plus aesthetic appeal befitting the Pirelli Superbike Slicks fitted to them. Additional adaptations to the SR/F from Zero’s engineering team include two handlebar-mounted brake levers, which allow for better rear brake modulation while banking deeply into right hand turns – only possible through the clutch-less design of Zero’s direct drive electric motor. Custom rearsets were also designed to accommodate the bike’s unique swingarm pivot, which is concentric with the motor output shaft. Bringing together the overall concept is designer Tom Zipprian’s custom bodywork, which was 3D printed in-house specifically for Pikes Peak and reinforced with carbon fiber. Large number plates are required per race regulations, and this serves to stylishly accommodate those as well as provide useful data on testing the potential aerodynamic benefits of similar elements that generate downforce. The post Zero Motorcycles SR/F Set To Tackle Pike’s Peak appeared first on Electric Bike Action.

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5 - 24/06/2019 17:17:29

Ergon SM Comp Saddle The SM (saddle mountain) saddle from Ergon is designed to increase comfort, so you can ride longer. This saddle features orthopedic foam and a microfiber cover. It’s offered in two sizes: S/M (270 grams) and M/L (280 grams). Find this saddle at www.ergon-bike.com for $90. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post New Product: Ergon SM Comp Saddle appeared first on Electric Bike Action.

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17 - 24/06/2019 16:17:26

The COMMENCAL META POWER 29 has always been a great choice for those who want to use their eMTB to tackle steep climbs and demanding descents. So when we heard about their new bike, we asked ourselves: “Can COMMENCAL build on a winning formula with their new META POWER 29?” We flew to Andorra to find out… Since its introduction in 2018, the COMMENCAL META POWER 29 has been highly praised for its climbing prowess and monster-trucking descending ability alike, and its smaller wheeled sibling, the META POWER 27, won the “Best Value” prize in our affordable eMTB group test earlier this year. It’s safe to say we had high expectations for this new bike. COMMENCAL META POWER 29 | Shimano E8000/504 Wh | 160/150 mm (f/r) | 29” | Price € 5,799 googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-0'); }); What’s new with the META POWER 29? In short, there is not much that isn’t new with the COMMENCAL META POWER 29. While the most visually obvious change is the sleek integration of the new, streamlined 504 Wh Shimano BT-E8035 battery, the new META POWER 29 also features an entirely new frame and re-designed geometry. The shape of Shimano’s new battery has allowed COMMENCAL to locate it low in the downtube, which should improve the META POWER 29’s balance, handling and dynamic ride feel. The battery is easily removable with just a quarter turn of a 4 mm Allen key, and COMMENCAL have chosen to forego a battery lock for the sake of simplicity and ease of use. The battery is neatly integrated and easily removable – there is a lot to like here The new Shimano on/off button is easy to operate, even with thick gloves and cold fingers The new COMMENCAL META POWER 29 is driven by Shimano’s reliable E8000 motor While the downtube of the new COMMENCAL META POWER 29 frame has been redesigned around the integrated Shimano battery, the changes don’t end there. COMMENCAL told us that the entire alloy chassis has been reworked to increase stiffness and durability. A new rear triangle was created to boost stiffness and strength, and the beefed-up linkage now runs on Enduro Bearings, which should increase service intervals. The new frame also enjoys a bump up in travel to 150 mm – a 10 mm increase over previous models – which is paired with a 160 mm travel fork up front. The whole rear triangle has been redesigned with the aim of increasing stiffness The new linkage is beefed-up and runs on high-quality Enduro Bearings for increased durability The motor bash plate is made of tough nylon which proved its strength when taking bad lines over rocky ledges Other improvements include the relocation of the charging port onto the left side of the seat tube and the on/off button onto the left side of the downtube for better access. COMMENCAL have specifically designed rubber seals for the charging port and power switch to prevent water ingress. The frame’s cable routing has also been re-worked, as has the speed sensor, which is now integrated into the dropout and paired with a brake-rotor mounted magnet. Frame protection has also been taken into consideration, with a large yet effective chainstay protector and a moto-trials inspired bash plate to protect the motor. The COMMENCAL R&D department enjoy riding trials motorbikes and took inspiration from their petrol powered toys whilst designing the bash plate for the new META POWER 29 It is clear to see that a lot of thought went into improving the new META POWER 29 frame The build kit of the new META POWER 29 One big benefit of buying from a direct-to-consumer brand like COMMENCAL is the value for money they can offer. The new META POWER 29 makes the most of this with a well thought out build kit and some drool-worthy parts. The suspension is taken care of by RockShox and their Super Deluxe Ultimate shock and Lyrik Ultimate fork. Brakes and transmission are covered by SRAM, in the form of their powerful CODE RSC brakes with 200 mm rotors front and back and an X01 Eagle derailleur matched with a GX Eagle shifter and ebike friendly NX Eagle 12-speed cassette. The new META POWER 29 rolls on grippy Schwalbe Magic Mary tires in their Addix Soft compound and Super Gravity casing which are fitted to DT Swiss H 1700 SPLINE wheels – an excellent combination, especially at this price point. The small Shimano E7000 remote and underbar mounted dropper lever keeps the cockpit nice and tidy Fork RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 160 mm Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 150 mm Motor/battery Shimano E8000 504 Wh Drivetrain SRAM XO1/GX/NX Eagle 12-speed Brakes SRAM CODE RSC 200/200 mm Seatpost KS LEV INTEGRA Stem RIDE ALPHA 50 mm Handlebars RIDE ALPHA 780 mm Wheels DT Swiss H 1700 SPLINE Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.35” Price € 5,799 Grippy tires and big rotors… …the spec of the new META POWER 29 leaves little to be desired The META POWER 29 will be available from the end of August in the “Race” build we tested. However, you can expect two more model options (a flagship build and a more affordable version) to drop later in the year. The geometry of the new META POWER 29 COMMENCAL have completely reworked the META POWER 29’s geometry for 2020. The bike has been given the “longer, lower and slacker” treatment, to good effect as we found out whilst riding. The head angle is now a degree slacker than previously, sitting at 65°. The seat tube angle has been steepened by two degrees to an upright 77°, and the reach has been stretched out to 475 mm in size Large. The wheelbase has grown and the BB has dropped slightly to -20 mm. Size S M L XL Seat tube 415 mm 440 mm 465 mm 495 mm Top tube 573 mm 595 mm 622 mm 648 mm Head tube 120 mm 125 mm 130 mm 135 mm Head angle 65° 65° 65° 65° Seat angle 77° 77° 77° 77° Chainstay 453 mm 453 mm 453 mm 453 mm BB Drop 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm Wheelbase 1,223 mm 1,245 mm 1,273 mm 1,300 mm Reach 430 mm 450 mm 475 mm 500 mm First Ride Review of the new COMMENCAL META POWER 29 After just the first few meters of trail, we felt right at home on the new COMMENCAL META POWER 29. The geometry puts you in a very comfortable and balanced position right from the get-go, and the bike stays confident and controllable no matter how demanding the trails become. On the way up, the steep 77° seat angle keeps the rider central and upright on the bike and makes climbing a very comfortable affair. Neither long fire road slogs nor steep and technical sections can defeat the new META POWER 29 – it just keeps rolling. Its relatively long chainstays keep the front end under control on the steeps and its 29” wheels and grippy tires mean you can fly up the hills and focus on what the COMMENCAL enjoys the most: descending. The META POWER 29 is a comfortable climber and easily takes steep ascents in its stride However, where the new COMMENCAL really comes alive is on demanding descents Point the META POWER 29 downhill, and it really comes into its own. Its generous reach measurement and relaxed 65° head angle paired with a balanced ride feel mean you stay in control no matter how steep the trail becomes, and the redesigned rear end gives loads of traction. The bike feels stiff and direct and holds its line well, however, it is still agile and lively enough to pop off roots and rocks and it flicks around corners despite its lengthy chainstays. We never felt like we got to the limits of the bike – no matter how hard we pushed, the META POWER 29 still had reserves to give. One thing that is especially noticeable out on the trail is the lack of noise. The only sounds we heard were the noise of the suspension doing its job and the tires hooking up with the ground. Occasionally there was some cable rattling from the cockpit, but that can easily be taken care of with some zip ties or heat-shrink. The battery stayed very quiet in its casing, and the frame was free of rattling during the two big days of riding. Of course, this may change over time but first impressions were very good. We never felt like we got to the limits of the bike – no matter how hard we pushed, the META POWER 29 still had reserves to give Even in rough terrain the META POWER 29 stays composed and confident Steeper than it looks – we tested the new COMMENCAL on some of the steepest trails around googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-1'); }); Helmet Bell Sixer MIPS Fasthouse | Jersey Fasthouse Fastline Slash SS | Shorts Fasthouse Crossline | Kneepads Fox Enduro Pro | Gloves Fasthouse Speed Style | Socks Stance OG The build kit fitted to the new COMMENCAL META POWER 29 performs convincingly. The excellent RockShox suspension works well and eats up any bumps it comes across, while the powerful SRAM Code RSC brakes provide plenty stopping power and modulation on the steeps. Our only gripe is the shift cable routing on the drive side of the bike, where the cable passes over the lower link. Here the cable sits directly on the paint job, and we would recommend using some heat-shrink or rubber mastic tape to cover this small (15 mm) contact point in order to avoid any damage through rubbing. On the non-drive side, however, COMMENCAL employ a neat cable guide to overcome this issue. Our only gripe after two days of riding was this small section of cable routing. We would recommend using some rubber tape or heat-shrink to protect the paintwork here. Conclusion With the new META POWER 29, COMMENCAL prove that it is possible to improve a winning formula. The new frame, geometry and integrated battery are the ingredients needed to create a worthy successor to the original model. The spec is on point, and the majority of the frame details are very well thought out too. In short, the new COMMENCAL META POWER 29 is a great choice for anyone looking for a hard-charging eMTB that will not hold them back. We can’t wait to test it against its toughest competitors soon! For more information head to commencal-store.co.uk TopsNeatly integrated and removable battery Confidence inspiring geometry and ride character Great spec and well-designed bash guard FlopsThe gear cable routing could be improved at the lower link Der Beitrag First Ride Review: COMMENCAL META POWER 29 – Improving a winning formula erschien zuerst auf E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine.

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12 - 24/06/2019 09:34:29

The R.X750 is ROTWILD’s answer to the growing competition in the eMTB segment. With a massive 750 Wh battery and superb handling qualities, it’s designed to tackle the remotest backcountry and conquer the highest peaks – and we’ve already tested one for you on our Alpine home trails. With 150 mm of travel front and rear, the new ROTWILD R.X750 will be available in three versions from September 2019. Prices range from € 6,499 to € 9,999. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-0'); }); The concept behind the ROTWILD R.X750 If you want to truly understand the ROTWILD R.X750, you’ll have to meet its creator first. Lutz Scheffer isn’t just a bike designer, he’s also an enthusiastic eMTBer. During a radical self-experiment he exposed himself in his adopted home of Garmisch-Partenkirchen three years ago, Scheffer piled up over a quarter of a million vertical meters (in just one year!), riding an electric mountain bike almost exclusively on Alpine terrain. Together with his team, he developed the ROTWILD R.X750 especially for this kind of very demanding terrain. High on the list of priorities were a large rechargeable battery, a suitable motor, a harmonious geometry and, above all, an adequate suspension system. But the engineering team also put a lot of thought into small details and the overall design of the bike. The ROTWILD R.X750 was developed specifically for Alpine terrain. Integration as a priority At the heart of the ROTWILD R.X750 is a full carbon frame, which was designed with an eye toward integration. As a result, the frame can accommodate both a fully-integrated, yet removable 750 Wh battery, and an Eightpins dropper post. The latter utilizes the actual seat tube as the lower-post, a clever solution that allows for neat integration and a huge adjustment range of up to 228 mm (size xl). A true highlight: the Eightpins dropper-post offers up to 228 mm of travel (size XL). The futuristic-looking stem comes with an integrated smartphone-holder ex-works. When you’re not using this, however, you can cover it with a small rubber plug. The cover of the charging socket can be attached to the motor-housing with a magnet. In addition, ROTWILD developed its own stem, which perfectly matches the boisterous look of the frame. Small details such as the magnet used to hold the cover of the charging socket in place during charging, reveal loving attention to detail. To round off the harmonious picture, ROTWILD runs the display cable through the handlebars and attaches the spoke magnet directly on the brake rotor. Thanks to the MonkeyLink-mount you can attach a light quickly and easily. And of course, all cables are internally routed. The display cable runs inside the handlebars. With such a high level of integration, however, we’d expect a more modern display-solution than the outdated BLOKS model. The ROTWILD R.X750 – designed to perform A flashback to 2014. At the Bike-Festival in Riva del Garda, ROTWILD introduces the first eMTB prototype with a Brose motor. To this day ROTWILD sticks with the German motor-manufacturer and equips its new R.X750 with Brose’s latest drive, the Drive S Mag. This delivers tons of power, is incredibly easy to modulate and also provides the most natural ride-feeling. A 750-Wh- battery equipped with the latest type 21700 cells provides the power. The powerful 750 Wh battery hides inside the slim downtube and can be removed downwards. The battery of the ROTWILD comes with quick release-system a standard, which can be replaced with a conventional aftermarket lock if needed. The battery relies on the newest 21700- cell type-technology which allows for compact battery dimensions. But power is useless without traction, especially when riding on demanding terrain and steep climbs. And that’s why ROTWILD deliberately changed the rear-end kinematics of the R.X750 to reduce pedal kickback, which is usually engineered into the suspension of non-motorized bikes to improve pedalling efficiency and prevent the rear-end from bobbing. Whilst the constant supply of power from the motor helps reduce bobbing in the rear-end, spinning and specifically slipping wheels are a major concern in terms of energy management – says Lutz Scheffer. The hidden pivot of the ROTWILD R.X750 is concealed into the frame. Visible in this drawing: The teeth of the pivot-axle mesh together and create a very stiff connection. With the purpose of increasing traction, ROTWILD uses a 27.5″ wheel at the back and combines it with a 2.6″ tire. To make room for the tire and keep the rear-end as short as possible, the engineers developed a clever pivot-axle which doesn’t require any additional bracing. By meshing from both sides, the teeth in the axle allow for a self-centering, torsion-free pivot. At the front, a 29″ wheel is meant to provide better roll-over characteristics and a more precise handling. The ROTWILD R.X750 combines the good rollover characteristics of 29″ wheels (front) with the superb traction of a 27.5″ wheels (rear). The geometry of the ROTWILD R.X750 The ROTWILD R.X750 is available in four frame sizes, S to XL. One striking feature common to all bikes is the huge adjustment range of the dropper post, which provides great freedom of movement. At first glance, the reach, head angle and chainstay-length harmonise well together – something you would expect with a bike in this class. Suspension travel is 150 mm front and rear. Below, all relevant data at a glance. Size S M L XL Seat tube 413 mm 444 mm 473 mm 509 mm Top tube 588 mm 617 mm 654 mm 688 mm Head tube 110 mm 110 mm 130 mm 140 mm Head angle 66° 66° 66° 66° Seat angle 74° 74° 74° 74° Chainstays 445 mm 445 mm 445 mm 445 mm BB Hight 350 mm 350 mm 350 mm 350 mm Wheelbase 1,172 mm 1,198 mm 1,236 mm 1,270 mm Reach 405 mm 437 mm 468 mm 500 mm Stack 610 mm 617 mm 637 mm 648 mm Specs and availability The ROTWILD R.X750 will be available in three versions from September 2019. With prices starting at € 6,499, all models share the same carbon frame, Brose Drive S Mag motor and 750 Wh battery. Only with the cheaper Core model, ROTWILD replaces the fancy Eightpins dropper with a more humble Crankbrothers Highline model. Whilst all bikes rely on a FOX suspension system, only the high-end spec features Fox’s Factory top-of-the-range model. All versions boast a Shimano groupset… …and four-pot Shimano brakes, from Deore (Core) all the way up to XTR (Ultra). All spec-options include an E13 crankset with 34 t direct mount chainring. Depending on frame size, the crank length is either 160 mm (S), 165 mm (M/L) or 170 mm (XL). The different models in overview R.X750 Ultra Fork FOX 36 FIT4 LSC Factory E-Bike+150 mm Shock FOX FLOAT DPX EVOL Factory150 mm Motor/Battery Brose Drive S MAG 750 Wh Drivetrain Shimano XTR Brakes Shimano XTR Sattelstütze 8Pins Pin Lock 228 mm Vorbau S35 Al6061 Handlebar B35 AL7075 780 mm Wheels DT Swiss HXC 1200 Spline Carbon Tires Continental Baron Projekt Protection 2.4″ / 2.60″ Price € 9,999 R.X750 Pro Fork FOX 36 GRIP Performance E-Bike+150 mm Shock FOX FLOAT DPX EVOL Performance 150 mm Motor/Battery Brose Drive S MAG 750 Wh Drivetrain Shimano XT Brakes Shimano XT Sattelstütze 8Pins 228 mm Vorbau S35 Al6061 Handlebar B35 AL7075 780 mm Wheels DT Swiss HX 1501 Spline One Tires Continental Baron Projekt Protection 2.4″ / 2.60″ Price € 7,999 R.X750 Core Fork FOX 36 GRIP Performance Rhythm E-Bike150 mm Shock FOX FLOAT DPX EVOL Performance 150 mm Motor/Battery Brose Drive S MAG 750 Wh Drivetrain Shimano XT Brakes Shimano 520 Sattelstütze Crankbrothers Highline 150 mm Vorbau S35 Al6061 Handlebar B35 AL7075 780 mm Wheels DT Swiss HX 1900 Spline Tires Continental Baron Projekt Protection 2.4″ / 2.60″ Price € 6,499 The ROTWILD R.X750 on the trail We had the opportunity to test the ROTWILD R.X750 on our Alpine home-trails around the Kampenwand in Aschau but, unfortunately, just for a few runs. With a body height of 1.80 and a medium-sized bike, the riding position is rather compact but still very comfortable. Despite the long dropper extension, you never feel like you’re sitting far back over the rear wheel, not even on steep climbs. This narrow singletrail climb is a lot steeper in reality than in this picture – and yet, with the ROTWILD R.X750 it was a piece of cake! googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-1'); }); One striking feature of the R.X750 is the fully active rear-suspension which, on technical climbs especially, filters out even smaller bumps sensitively, without digging too deep into the travel and always generating tons of traction. If you ride seated, you won’t have to deal with annoying bobbing and only when sprinting out of the saddle will you notice the rear-end bouncing a little. That being said, no one really sprints out of the saddle on an eMTB. The Brose Drive S Mag inspires with its natural ride-feeling and pushes powerfully when riding in the highest support level – we recommend keeping your finger on the brakes though! At the same time, in the highest mode, the motor delivers lots of power even at low cadence – which is extremely practical on techy climbs. And yet, we would have preferred a more progressive, Bosh-like eMTB mode. The active suspension system provides tons of traction on climbs – one of the greatest strengths of the ROTWILD R.X750. Once you drop the seat, you’ll feel nicely centred and firmly integrated between the wheels. Despite the deep front-end, the R.X750 doesn’t feel as front-heavy heavy as previous ROTWILD models. Instead, the riding position is pleasantly balanced and, in combination with the low slung top tube, the ROTWILD provides plenty of freedom of movement and inspires tons of confidence. On narrow, technical trails the bike is enjoyably nimble and implements each direction change directly and willingly. Despite its lively character, the R.X750 always feels composed, even on fast-paced trial sections – a very positive first impression! Once you turn its nose downhill, the R.X750 feels nicely centred and rolls over obstacles effortlessly. UOur first impressions about the new ROTWILD R.X750 Unfortunately, it’s too soon for us to give a final verdict on the new ROTWILD R.X750 as we didn’t have enough time to test it properly. And yet, we can tell you that ROTWILD did a very good job. Good integration, top frame quality and well thought-out details. The suspension system is impressive both up- and downhill and the huge battery capacity should guarantee for long days of trail fun. Although the bike was mainly designed for Alpine terrain, its agile handling makes it a fun option for even more conservative trails. If you’re looking for a high-end eMTB bike, the ROTWILD R.X750 might be what you’re looking for. For more info head to: rotwild.de Even though this was just a brief test, the new ROTWILD R.X750 passed with distinction. Der Beitrag First Test Rotwild R.X750 – brand-new mountain goat from Germany erschien zuerst auf E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine.

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Places To Ride Places To Ride is our selection of the best photos sent to us by riders from all over the world. Every month we enjoy sifting through the photos of riders out on the trail doing what they do best—enjoying this awesome sport. Happy trails. ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA Ramon Cruz and Ralf San Jose (alias “Halfie”) hike-a-biking Bell Ridge above Robinson Ranch in SoCal. This is really more a hiking trail than a biking trail. The chopped-up brush shown was apparently from the fire department’s attempt to make a fire break during the Holy Fire several months back. Sections of the trail are rideable, but much is not. The views, however, are spectacular! Local trail wizard Richard Satterlee on an exceptional dirt day enjoying the Flash Flood trail, Ladera Ranch, Orange County, California. There is a maze of fun trails there amidst the urban sprawl, kinda like a small Disneyland for mountain bikers. Thought I would provide a few more mountain bike pics for your “Trail Mix” consideration. Karl Dimler Rancho Mission Viejo, California DENVER BOMB CREW Please see the attached picture of the Denver Believers On Mountain Bikes (Denver BOMB) crew. We are a Christian cycling group, but all are welcome to ride with us. Our schedule is published at www.denverbomb.com. We would be happy to be published in your magazine! Jim Mason Centennial, Colorado CHEQUAMEGON, WISCONSIN The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) is excited to announce that phase two of the CAMBA-Hayward Area Memorial Hospital Gateway Trail project has been completed. This year’s work added another two miles to the trail, bringing the total distance to 3.5 miles. The new trail continues the meandering, flowing character of the initial segment of trail and explores several extremely scenic areas. The reception to the new trail has been universally enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive. Chris Young of New Moon bike shop shared his observations about the new trail: “On any given day you may see a 3-yearold out there on a balance bike, a pair of 70-somethings cruising along and just about anyone in between. The CAMBA-Hospital trail has begun the transformation of the Hayward/Cable CAMBA trails into a broad-spectrum trail resource accessible to all abilities that anyone can enjoy.” The third and final phase of the project will get underway in the spring of 2019, with the goal of another two to two and a half miles of trail. The total cost for phase three is expected to be approximately $27,000. “We hope local businesses, organizations or individuals can get behind this project and help CAMBA bring it to a successful completion,” says CAMBA Executive Director Ron Bergin. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help support this exciting project may do so at www.cambatrails.org by clicking the “Support” button. This popular new trail system has been extremely well-received and appreciated by the local communities and has met the need for a trail system that is easily accessible and fun for all ages and skill levels. Tom Cogger Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association Hayward, Wisconsin THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Places To Ride appeared first on Electric Bike Action.

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By Alex Boyce Today Bosch launches their new E-bike motor, the Performance CX. Available in 5 different versions, according to the type of bike usage. We were present at the official launch in Stuttgart Germany and have all the details. The performance CX has 75 Nm of motor torque and the new Powertube battery which jumps to headline grabbing 625 Wh. Bosch has now been present in the bike motor market for 10 years, with almost one million e-bikes sold in Germany last year and all other countries showing large growth this motor will be a fundamental development for pedal assist transport. Bosch has total sales of 78.5 billon Euros and supports a work force of over 410.000 people. The 2020 Bosch Performance Line CX motor is 50% smaller and a svelte 2.9 kg Bosch has taken a while to come to market with the latest product, with a huge range of products from bike companies expected, which will use the new motor, 2019/2020 is going to be a busy year for testing. The new motor is around 1 kilo lighter at 2.9 kilos, it has a housing made of magnesium and is fifty percent smaller than the previous generation. These changes allow for a greater range of bike construction styles and design flexibility which will affect bicycle performance. Bosch has focused a lot of energy on improving riding sensation creating a more natural feel and a normal size 104mm chain ring. With 340 percent support the BOSCH Performance CX also includes some software upgrades that improve the ride experience. The most notable technical change is the almost total decouple of the motor from rider when passing 25km/h or riding with the motor switched off. Specifications of Performance CX and Power Tube Battery – 2.9 kilos – magnesium casing – 75 nm torque – size reduction of 50 percent. – 360 percent of support – Dynamic power adjust. – Electronic Suspension control and dynamic adjust with Fox Live Valve systems. – Kiox display. – New Smart hub Cobi control system option. – Electronic locking of motor via display – New power tube 600 battery with 625w/h of power weighing 3.5 kilos. – Improved charging times 50 percent in 1. 5 hours. – New variants, CX Speed, CX cargo and CX Speed Cargo. The new 2020 Bosch 625Wh Powertube battery, and the new, smaller, 400Wh Powertube battery. Variants of the CX Bosch has also diversified their range of motors this year with a motor for every type of pedal assist bicycle use. CX – Speed A 45km/h version of the Performance CX designed for speed pedalled ebikes that require lights and number plates. Cx – Cargo A Performance CX motor that provides up to 400% of support and designed for transporting loads that total up to 250 kilos including bike and rider in a cargo bike. CX – Cargo Speed A performance CX Speed motor that is designed for cargo bikes that can reach speeds of 45 kmh and have a system weight of up to 250 kilos. New Performance Line Motors for lower end bikes, 300 percent support and a smooth riding experience aimed at easy going ebike usage. Testing The CX The press launch was an apple style launch with the world’s bike press invited to a special event with a dynamic presentation. Some bikes were available for testing, but in a reduced form, in the immediate area. We managed a short time on the Performance CX for MTB, Plus some time on a Speed pedelec Performance CX. Our main impressions come from the Performance CX MTB test we did. Motor System Opinions and Tests We only really got to ride the MTB around a park and up and down some steps for 30 minutes, so we can’t give an exhaustive test, but what we did find was a new motor that feels a big step up from the previous generation. Firstly it is a lot smoother and the sensation is more natural, with a power support that is strong but does not give a mechanical boost sensation in use. The motor reaches 20 km/h very quickly in Turbo mode, but doesn’t hit you with the power in one big lump. We noticed the acceleration tapers off after 20 km/h and as you pass 25km/h on our short test we noticed it was imperceptible we had ridden through the limit. The old Bosch motor was like running into a wall at 25 km/h, which displeased many riders and was a consequence of the multiplication gearbox. The motor now uses a standard chainring and chain layout, with a one to one ratio on pedaling, all this will please bike designers a lot as it will give a better ride feel and also more flexibility for chainstay design. The 2020 Bosch Performance Line CX motor is 50% smaller and a svelte 2.9 kg We didn’t spend enough time on the motor to judge it’s torque performance and “emtb” mode which is dynamic according to rider input pressure on the pedals. For what we could understand it’s feeling has been improved compared to the old version. However, Turbo mode has been improved, which eMTB mode was originally designed to supplant, as it mitigated the old power “thump” that Turbo mode had. Now Turbo mode is as sweet and powerful as eMTB mode was. At the end it’s another option, which is good and probably will improve over time as Bosch launches software updates. The torque feeling of the new motor is different to the old. There is plenty of power but, we didn’t have enough time to find the sweet spot when cadence and power meet perfectly, the most notable sensation was an improvement in smoothness on smooth surfaces, we will be interested to see how that translates to trail. Bosch now also uses metal gears inside the case, this gives a stronger gearbox, but does cause some mechanical whine. We would say it is similar to a Shimano sound but different in tone and slightly quieter, but not silent like a Brose, which uses a belt drive. FORM FACTOR This was a problem on the old motor when compared to the competition, now no longer. The new motor is 50 percent smaller and a lot lighter. This gives bike makers the ability to better integrate the motor into the frames they design. The Bosch “visual look,” has been retained which is an important part of their marketing and sales influence. The motor is less of an obvious monster and more of a hidden power source. Previous Bosch equipped bikes were defined by the motor more than new Bosch bikes will be, which is important and hands back to bike makers the power of making bikes that sell. CONTROLS Bosch had on display for our preview launch a Kiox based display and controller and a Cobi display and controller. Both aim to connect the rider to internet better and give more data channels than before. The Kiox display we have used before, it also acts as a digital lock, take it off and the bike is rendered unusable. This is similar to what Greyp introduced earlier in the year, and is a good idea. You can lock out the motor by removing the Knox display. But… we really don’t like the display sat in the middle of the bar sticking out. It is vulnerable to damage and not everyone likes the display. Making it optional would have been a better option. The Bosch product manager commented that he understood our concern about this. We actually wondered why they have done this, the only idea we can come up with is maybe it is down to development cycles. The motor has been a huge undertaking and is actually a year late, it was rumoured to be launched last year, but wasn’t. So we can assume they have focused all energy on the motor and will introduce a display update on the next product cycle. Other high end bike makers make displays an option or discrete, which is better in our opinion. We have no details on whether the Purion controller will work, Bosch were light on exact specifications at the launch, we will discover more in time. The Cobi.Bike app was added to the motor control system and acts as a smartphone hub. It’s designed to hold your smartphone and then give you all kinds of controls including navigation, incoming call and music control, plus many other digital possibilities, this is obviously a feature for use in a more urban setting than on the trails. We did not get to try this system, and will hopefully do a feature on it in the future to see how digital connectivity affects mobility. SUSPENSION INTEGRATION This was on the horizon and Bosch are the first company to release a motor and suspension integration. Technically it means any Fox live valve shocks or forks that are connected to the motor will work together to switch damping modes based on not just the terrain but also the motor inputs from the rider. Pedal hard and the suspension locks out or slows down, clever stuff, we look forward to trying a bike with this feature. Probably an expensive option though. BATTERY Bosch have repackaged the powertube design into a slightly longer form factor and increased it’s power to 625 w/h weighing only 3.1kg. That’s an extra 125 w/h which with a more efficient motor is going to mean more range. It is always hard to measure this as there are many factors that affect range. Charge times have been improved with batteries now recharging 50 percent in 1.5 hours. To increase charge times significantly high voltages would have to be used. Bosch have chosen to stay with the standard 36V but do now have a 6 amp charger, whereas before most charges were 3-4 amps. Better battery control circuitry and improved cells are the main developments here. Other Motor Versions We Tested CX Speed This motor is designed for Urban use, with bikes having to be registered and insured. In reality the motor seems to be the same but it has a different software tune. On the road the motor is fast and powerful and gets you to 45 km/h very quickly. We rode around Stuttgart a bit and found ourselves moving through the traffic at a quick pace. This type of system is going to be appreciated in cities. The motor’s ability to react quickly and smoothly was improved compared to the older system. Our rider weight is around 85 kilos, even lighter riders are going to be really happy with this performance on Urban bikes. CONCLUSION Bosch have made a solid statement with the new Performance CX for their 10 year anniversary. There are many details we can’t cover here because we don’t have enough time or space or any finalised bikes to test the new motors and batteries on. We suspect the first bike launches will be coming soon which we will have a chance to try. Until then we can state clearly that Bosch have set a high quality standard of features for the market to design bikes around, better integration, greater connectivity and better ride feeling seem to be the main takeaways from these product launches. We look forward to getting out on the trail and examining them in detail. The post BOSCH ANNOUNCES MY 2020 MOTORS AND BATTERIES appeared first on Electric Bike Action.

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