Open from 20/08/2019 – 20/09/2019 Whistler in British Columbia, Canada, may be better known as a ski resort, but it’s also a go-to destination for mountain bikers in-the-know. Come in Autumn and riding is particularly good – there’s more room to roam and the dirt is extra tacky! Now, you have the chance to explore the trails and ancient rainforest for yourself with this incredible competition to win a trip to this exhilarating bikers’ playground. This amazing prize includes everything two people need to experience all that Whistler has to offer, including: Return flights to Vancouver, Canada Coach transfers to Whistler with YVR Skylynx Six nights’ accommodation at the Sundial Boutique Hotel Two-day passes to Whistler Mountain Bike Park Two-day downhill mountain bike rental A half-day guided Whistler Singletrack Tour and cross-country mountain bike rental with Arbutus Routes The Sasquatch Zipline Experience with Ziptrek Ecotours A Scandinavian bath experience at Scandinave Spa Whistler A rib dinner for two at Earls Whistler Village $75 dining gift certificate for Hunter Gather eatery and tap house How to enter For your chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime prize worth £4,800, simply enter your details below: Competition Terms & Conditions Promoter: Immediate Media Company London Limited. This competition is open from 20/08/2019 to 11:59pm on 20/09/2019. Full Terms & Conditions apply, see here. Grand prize is valid from 24 August – 12 October 2020, for two (2) adults, one of which must be 25 years of age or older. Prize includes flights from a major UK city airport to Vancouver, BC, ground transportation via coach or shuttle to Whistler, six (6) nights in a dual occupancy room at the Sundial Boutique Hotel; two (2) 2-day bike park tickets for Whistler Mountain Bike Park; two (2) 2-day downhill mountain bike rentals; one (1) half-day guided Whistler Singletrack tour for two (2) adults courtesy of Arbutus Routes; one (1) The Sasquatch Zipline Tour for two (2) adults courtesy of Ziptrek Ecotours; two (2) Scandinavian bath passes courtesy of Scandinave Spa; one (1) rib dinner for two (2) adults courtesy of Earls Whistler Village; one (1) $75 dining gift certificate for Hunter Gather. Prize is all subject to availability dependent on dates selected and activities may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather. Scandinave Spa bath passes are only valid Sunday to Friday. Prize is valued at seven thousand eight hundred and fifty three dollars Canadian ($7,853 CAD).
The results are in for the final Fantasy Crankworx event in Whistler. See who won the overall.( Photos: 6, Comments: 2 )
“Raw rivalry is the name of the game in Dual Slalom. This old-school race format pits two competitors against one another in a side-by-side battle against the clock’s cruel hand, battling to avoid elimination. Dual Slalom is unique in that it brings together racers from all backgrounds. Enduro experts, downhill champions, freeride legends, and masters of style – they all line up at the Slalom start gate to see who can bring together the most explosive run through tight turns, jumps and rhythm sections. Riders take one run down each side of the course, with the fastest combined time taking the win. Whistler’s race has now expanded into a Crankworx World Championship discipline, with races staged at each stop on the Crankworx World Tour.”
How are you supposed to find a new bike trail? What about planning a ride somewhere new? Or finding the best way to navigate on your bike? There’s one incredibly simple answer to all of these questions: komoot. It’s a navigation app that goes above and beyond simply showing you the way. Here’s our guide. Starting to get bored of your local trails? You’ve got two options: build new ones, or see what’s cooking on komoot. No matter how great your own trails are, they are bound to get boring at some point in time. So instead of the same weekly loop, you’ve got two options: build something brand new, or have a scope around to see what’s in your area. When editor Christoph registered for komoot, he certainly wasn’t expecting what he found. Komoot isn’t just there to create routes; it inspires and creates a community too. Find inspiration or just DIY it At its core, komoot suggests great cycling and hiking routes (to name just two disciplines of the many on the app) using optimized OpenStreetMap technology and user-generated routes from its more than 8 million members. The suggested routes are determined by where the community rides and a number of clever algorithms that pinpoint which routes are actually worth riding. On the desktop version of komoot, you can scroll through the site’s Collections, which are essentially a curated selection of routes based on region or topic. If they pique your interest, you can easily alter the start and finish points to render them more suited to your specific ride. All it takes is a simple push of a button on the map to set a new starting position, or include a specific trail in the route. If you’re hankering for a more complicated route, you can create it on a turn-by-turn basis, just by clicking points on the map and letting komoot pick the way between them. It’s best to zoom in on the map and select precisely where you want to go, or use search bar to find a specific trail or mountain hut. Any mid-ride stops can be inserted onto the route and komoot can link them up. You can do the exact same route planning on your smartphone too, using the komoot app. Plan a route on the big screen … Or use the app on your smartphone. Great for spontaneous planning and mid-ride alterations. Komoot’s mapping technology relies on OpenStreetMap as a foundation, which means that you’re exposed to routes that are actually used or ones that tourist regions have uploaded to it. Don’t expect to find any of the most locally made trails– the truly tucked-away one that you know are probably illegal. When you’re planning a tour, you’ll also come across user-submitted highlights and tips – these can be anything from the best view point, to where to eat up on a mountain, or the history behind a certain pile of ruins. More and more tourist destinations are actively highlighting their trails on komoot to entice prospective riders to their area. Looking for inspiration for your next holiday, or just a quick fix for an immediate ride? Look no further than the Collections or komoot’s own highlights. While route planning you can pick between a host of disciplines – hiking, running, gravel riding or mountain biking. komoot tailors the route to your preferred mode. Over the hedge – komoot knows the way! Each ride we rode using komoot threw up surprises, including a mass of genuine trail highlights that we’d never come across before, as well as indicated turnings that, after the initial bout of disbelief, then won us over. Trail-blocking bracken and fern and river crossings over bridges that had long since ceased to exist. But once the obstacle was behind us, the route came good, spurting us out onto unspoiled trails. In a built-up country like Germany, this lends itself to a sense of intrepid adventure, albeit swathed in a calming security blanket that komoot knows where it’s taking you and how to return to your home or your car. Since komoot first launched it has become more and more reliable, especially because users can go directly to OpenStreetMap and signify usable or, in some cases, unusable trails. Once a tour is created you’ll see exactly what lies ahead of you – the climbing, the terrain, the gradients, and the descents. Leave your smartphone and map in your bag Is there anything more frustrating that having to stop to check your phone or, much worse, the giant foldable map at every junction? Fortunate then that komoot has options to counter this – either with its in-app audio navigation or by transferring the route to your bike computer. Navigation isn’t limited to Garmin or Wahoo either, you can also get it on your Apple watch and more and more eMTB computers are coming with a komoot platform too. Hands belong on the bars! Forget having to dig out your phone or map at every junction. Navigate with ease – be guided by the komoot navigation audio or transfer the route directly to your bike computer. Take your friends along for the adventure The Community side of komoot is a way to discover other people’s adventures as well as sharing your own. Save the most appealing Collections for a later day, peruse the recommended Highlights and see what other users think of the tours you’ve ridden. It also collates your stats relating to how much you’ve been out riding. Plus, for those non-komoot-using friends, you can still share a GPS route that you’ve made on komoot simply by emailing, whatsapping or facebooking it to them. Simple and intuitive route creation on the phone or your computer So, what’s the cost and is there any sort of package deal? It doesn’t cost anything to get komoot and have a look around, use the route planner, scroll through Collections, or browse the map. However, as soon as you want to save a Tour – a route that you’ve made or one you’ve found in a Collection – you’ll have to sign up. To save a route for offline usage, you have to have downloaded the map for the relevant, broader region – region maps start at €3.99. For €8.99, you can pick a bundle of regions or go for the whole world at €29.99 – a very fair price if you ask us! Our thoughts on using komoot Let’s cut to the chase: komoot totally won us over. It isn’t just blissfully stress-free to plan a route; we’ve also gathered a ton of inspiration for upcoming bike trips. Thanks to komoot we’ve re-fallen in love with our home spots, and uncovered some real gems and sick trails that we hadn’t known about. What we’d love to see next would be the option to insert new trails onto the map directly through the app – right now, the hidden ones can’t appear on a route if they don’t appear on the map. Keen to try komoot? Visit the komoot website and use the following gift code to get your hands on a free regional package of maps worth € 8.99: ENDUROMAGXKOMOOT Article supported by komoot
It’s Friday, and at BikeRadar that means fresh product for your work-weary eyes. This week we’ve got DT Swiss’s newest premium 180 hubs, the what’s-old-is-new Bivi Bunker mountain-gravel thing, Unior’s delightful new hanger tool, and Pulseroll’s big red vibrating roller. If talk of big red vibrating things isn’t enough to tickle your pickle, this week we also got the lowdown on Giant’s newest, beefiest e-MTB, we’ve scintillated directly into your ears in the latest BikeRadar podcast, and we’ve marvelled at Altor’s comically steroidal bike lock. Focus showed off its 2020 bike highlights, we updated our advice on the best GPS bike computers, and our Seb gave us his first ride impressions of Canyon’s bargainous Spectral Al 5.0 trail bike. Onto this week’s swag… DT Swiss 180 Straightpull hubs DT’s new flagship hubs are stealthy, light and beautifully engineered. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media DT Swiss is a benchmark for quality when it comes to wheel components, and its hubs, in particular, have long been a go-to for wheelbuilders. The 180 Straightpull is DT’s new flagship hub and it’s available in mountain bike, road rim brake and road disc brake configurations. All major axle types and freehubs (including Shimano Micro Spline) are supported and the hubs are available in hole counts from 20 to 28 depending on version. As the name suggests, they’re straight-pull only, an interesting move from a brand that has hitherto always offered J-bend versions of its hubs. According to DT’s UK rep, there are no plans for a classic flange version at the moment because straight-pull is inherently better from a strength-to-weight perspective. Basic maintenance on the 180s is tool-free, they simply pull apart. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media This is hard to argue with, although it’s worth noting that aero-section spokes will be all but mandatory with these as a result, because round spokes plus straight-pull is a recipe for headaches down the line if nipples start to seize. The new 180s feature DT’s latest Ratchet EXP freehub design (we first saw it on the very fancy clinchers that nine-grand Canyon was wearing), the newest iteration of the highly dependable ‘star ratchet’, wherein two ratchet rings are pushed against one another by a spring. Ratchet EXP claims to increase hub stiffness by 15 percent by pushing the driveside axle bearing further to the right so that it sits inside the inner ratchet ring, rather than next to it. The total parts count is lower, and just one spring is used rather than two as in the old design. The Ratchet EXP system is beguilingly simple, with fewer moving parts than previous designs. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The 180s’ bearings are ceramic for low rolling resistance, and this pair of 24-hole road disc hubs (with an XDR driver) weighs in at 92g for the front and 178g for the rear on our scales. Front hub: from £229.99 / $379.80 / €261.90 Rear hub: from £419.99 / $706 / €486.90 Find out more at DTSwiss.com BiVi Bunker Malvern bike The BiVi Bunker is an appealingly simple bike. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media At BikeRadar we never seem to tire of debating what actually defines different categories of bikes. Are gravel bikes just gussied up ‘crossers? Or mediocre mountain bikes? Does it matter? The steel BiVi Bunker only throws further confusion into the mix. With flat bars and decidedly old-school geometry, it’s either an achingly trendy gravel bike or a rigid MTB throwback. Or both. The raw finish is delightful. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The Bunker frame is a striking thing in this raw finish with delightfully blued welds. Slender tubes, external cables and a threaded bottom bracket make for an appealingly simple package. Currently available in just one medium-ish size, the BiVi’s reach would be on the long side for a bike with drop bars at 395mm, but it’s properly short compared to current trail bikes, necessitating a stem length that’s more road than mountain bike these days. Clearance on the BiVi isn’t exactly generous even with a 2.1in rear tyre. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Retro is kind of the point here though — this build is called the Malvern and it’s BiVi founder Fraser Barsby’s way of revisiting the bikes of his youth. The Bunker weighs 11.8kg with SRAM GX 1×11, Mavic Crossmax wheels and Clarke brakes. £399 frame £139 fork £1,399 complete bike Buy now at BiViBikes Unior Hanger Genie alignment tool The Unior Hanger Genie is a delightful device for the workshop. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Good tools make working on your bike a pleasure rather than a chore, and as a result, we think they’re never a bad investment. The Hanger Genie from Unior is a premium derailleur hanger alignment tool that appears to be delightfully well made. Compatible with wheels sized from 20in to 29in+, the Hanger Genie is a reassuringly hefty object without the slightest bit of slop or play in any of its moving parts. The hardened steel section that threads into the hanger has a good-sized handle with a rubbery covering for grip, and it sits in what appears to be a chunky brass bushing. Everything about this tool feels robust and accurate. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media At the other end, the indicator shaft is prevented from sliding too freely by a sprung ball-bearing, while a beefy knurled knob secures it fully when taking a ‘reading’. The inner shaft extends outwards to suit different rim diameters and the really useful part is how the whole thing rotates, meaning that you can move it to clear the frame as you check alignment at different angles, without losing your measurement. The rotating action is heavy and smooth, exactly what you want to ensure consistent results. Oh, and there’s an additional offset indicator shaft for the smallest rims. $129.99 / €119.99 / AU$199.99 Find out more at uniortools.com Pulseroll Vibrating Foam Roller Pro The Pulseroll Pro is a foam roller with a saucy USP. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media A foam roller is an invaluable tool for beating the living daylights out of tense muscles post-ride. If you suffer from assorted muscular aches and pains, it’s the next best thing to having your own soigneur on call with a bucket of sensual massage oil. Imagine though, if you can, that a regular old cylinder of foam just isn’t… exciting enough. Enter the Pulseroll, a foam roller that vibrates with such intensity that it will, given the chance, skitter across the floor and startle passing BikeRadar staff. View this post on Instagram What do we think has @jacquelucque so shook? Coming soon to BikeRadar.com. A post shared by BikeRadar (@bikeradar) on Aug 12, 2019 at 6:22am PDT Comedy value aside, the Pulseroll claims to work better than traditional foam rollers, offering “high penetration muscle relief” thanks to its adjustable vibrating action. The roller is heavily textured for maximum effect. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The roller houses a vibrating unit and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and is controlled by a small remote. Once switched on, clicking the remote cycles between three vibration levels (2,000rpm, 2,700rpm, and 4,000rpm) and a fourth mode which switches continuously between the three speeds. The Pulseroll is controlled by this dinky little remote. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Claimed battery life is up to four hours, which you’d hope would be enough to satisfy even the most tantric of self-massagers. £119.99 Buy now at Pulseroll.com (Get 10 percent off with code PULSE10)
The Kalkhoff Concept 2020 is the brand’s idea of the e-bike of the near future. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The shapes and forms of the Concept will inform future Kalkhoff designs. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The rear end of the Concept features an auto-sag adjusting suspension unit. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The Concept is designed to have three power units, one in the BB, and one in each hub. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The Concept 2020 isn’t Kalkhoff’s first concept bike, it also has this Colani concept from 1976. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The bike features a one-piece bar and stem, ‘just’ like you’ll find on the latest aero designs. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The bike features aerodynamic rim brakes… from the 20th century. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The Bee Gees were topping the charts and Sach’s were the cutting-edge gears of choice in 1976. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media Sach’s shifters are a thing of sculpted beauty. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media Aerodynamic cranks and direct mount chainrings are all very now, but this just proves no idea is actually new in cycling. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media Kalkhoff’s current Endeavour 7 was the starting point for the Concept 2020, and you can see some of the surfacing styling similarities between the two. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The Endeavour 7 gets intergation too with guards and a rack integral to the chassis. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The Endeavour’s dedicated stem is designed to smoothly integrate into the frame and house an integrated light. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The form on the Endeavur 7 bears similarities to the Concept 2020 (if you quietly ignore the welds that is). Warren Rossiter/Immediate media Kalkhoff is one of the leading brands in urban electric bikes and, as part of its design development and graduate programme, Rik Maes, an industrial designer from Ghent University, worked with the Kalkhoff team to interpret the brand’s existing design language and take it to the next level, imagining the bike we may be riding in just a few years time. This guy is drawing the bikes of the future and we like what we see The Tour tech of tomorrow | 3 predictions for the road bikes of the future The concept bike features a triple drive system that combines a traditional bottom bracket motor system with additional hybrid motors in both front and rear hubs. The bike also uses regenerative braking, with energy stored in a dual battery system, which stashes batteries in the top and down tubes. The rear end features a rear damper with automatically adjusting sag, and the bike is envisioned to feature additional sensors to monitor traction at both wheels. Integration also plays a big part in the design of the bike with an integrated smart lock and integrated lights, which are all connected and controlled via your smartphone. The other key element of the bike — and something that Kalkhoff seems very interested in pursuing generally — is wireless charging. A bike with no ports or junctions exposed to the elements will be a bonus to any electric commuter bike. The Concept is designed to have three power units, one in the BB, and one in each hub. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media The smart tech within the bike, which Kalkhoff calls the ‘Freedom’ concept, is also designed to communicate with urban traffic lights (turning them green when you approach if it’s safe to do so) and communicate with other smart vehicles on the road. We can undoubtedly see this becoming part of the future of urban traffic. It may all be wishful thinking at this point, but you can already see some of the surface shaping and design in Kalkhoff’s current range, and when the tech catches up with Maes’s imagination, maybe we will be commuting on bikes like this in the next decade. Tomorrow’s World, Kalkhoff edition The Concept 2020 isn’t Kalkhoff’s first concept bike, it also has this Colani concept from 1976. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media Sitting alongside this modern-day slice of future thinking was another Kalkhoff concept bike from 1976. This Colani concept bike was from the mind of Luigi Colani, with the idea of making an elegant, lightweight bike that at its heart was faster than anything available at the time. We’ve no idea how quick the bike was, but the Colani concept is now a much sought-after rarity among collectors. Be sure to click through the gallery above for all of the details on both bikes.
Saddle Skedaddle Launches NEW Electric Mountain Bike Trip Series Saddle Skedaddle, a cycling tour operator with nearly 25 years of experience, is launching a NEW range of electric mountain bike itineraries to give experienced cyclists a cheeky boost to strenuous inclines, technical trails, and challenging terrain. Electric mountain bikes, or “e-MTBs,” are revolutionizing the mountain bike landscape by opening up trails that would sap the legs of even the most experienced riders on a pedal bike, reducing the strain from long passes and steep climbs. E-MTBs have been widely debated in the mountain biking world (the biggest question: is using an e-MTB cheating?) but Saddle Skedaddle believes e-MTBs benefit experienced mountain bikers who want to push themselves to the next level, so they can conquer mountains one day and hop back on the saddle the next. From zooming along one of the world’s longest mountain trails in Italy with the wind in your hair to reaching the summit of Spain’s third highest peak in triumph with energy to spare, here are Saddle Skedaddle’s NEW e-MTB trips, guaranteed to put some extra pep in your pedal: Scale the Dolomites of Brenta On this 7-day Italian getaway, riders will climb high into the Brenta Dolomites with the help of their e-MTB, allowing you to hit more strenuous paths with more steam. Speed along dirt roads, forest tracks, singletracks, and open trails through the nearly 25-mile-long mountain region, passing alpine lakes, exploring ancient orchards and vineyards, and taking in the spectacular mountain vistas, including one from famed Rifugio Peller in Adamello-Brenta National Park. Along the way, enjoy village feasts of stew and polenta and lakeside gelato treats and stretch your (not-so-tired!) legs on a mountain hike. Departs Aug. 17; priced from $2,160 per person. Breeze through the Sensational Sierra Nevada Explore remote paths through Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains on this 7-day singletrack adventure on a route known as the mountain biker’s “Shangri-La.” Designed for experienced mountain bikers, this journey uses pedal assisted e-MTBs so travelers can do more, see more, and give more while climbing to the summit of Spain’s third highest peak. With miles of switchbacks and technical trails to explore, riders also explore olive and almond groves, sample the country’s tastiest Jamon in the village of Trevelez, and spend a celebratory night at the Refugio Poquiera after tackling a vertical climb of nearly 2,300 feet. Departs Sept. 29; priced from $1,755 per person. For more information on Saddle Skedaddle and to view current offerings, visit www.skedaddle.com/us. About Saddle Skedaddle Saddle Skedaddle is the UK’s leading independent cycling vacation specialist that is all about doing something wonderful on two wheels. Our team of experts have searched far and wide for nearly 25 years to bring you some of the world’s most incredible locations and enchanting cultures to enjoy at the speed of the bike. It’s time to really meet a place, and its people, you’ll never want to forget. 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 Saddle Skedaddle Launches New Electric Mountain Bike Trip Series appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
HAIBIKE XDURO ALLMTN 6.0 Sending it over the desert. Don’t worry, the suspension can easily handle this level of abuse!Photo courtesy: Haibike Back in 2010 the German Haibike brand was one of the first to enter the market with a complete line of electric mountain bikes, and they continue to innovate. Although they have an expansive line in Europe, their American division only brings over the bikes that they think will work best for the domestic market. Originally, their Sduro line was based on all the bikes with a Yamaha PW-series motor, while the Xduro bikes all had Bosch CX motors. However, recently Haibike moved away from that motor-dedicated nomenclature, as the Sduro line includes either motor, but rather defines bikes with a tighter, steeper, more responsive geometry that’s ideal for tighter turns and less technical terrain. Conversely, the Xduro line also has either Bosch or Yamaha motors, but features more slack geometry to be more forgiving on steeper downhill and technical terrain. THE BIKE The aluminum Xduro AllMtn 6.0 is part of Haibike’s Advanced Off-Road line, which also includes downhill and enduro models. Where the previous iteration of this bike had a Yamaha motor, the new version comes with a Bosch Performance Line CX powerplant. THE PARTS Fox Float suspension is used throughout the bike, including a DPX2 Performance Elite air shock in the back that offers 150mm of travel. Setting sag and rebound is easy with this setup. The front suspension travel was increased from 150mm to 160mm, via a Fox 36 Float Performance Elite fork. “This bike made it so much fun to get wet and muddy!” There are a number of Haibike-branded parts, like the very soft and grippy grips and equally grippy Haibike Freeride flat pedals that offer a really solid platform. The 780mm-wide bars are part of the “wider is better” trend these days, and they help provide excellent control and stability. Though some brake levers can be adjusted for reach, most require tools to do so. The TRP Spec S levers have adjuster knobs that you can adjust with your fingers. The bike is outfitted with quad-piston brakes, front and rear. Cables are routed mostly internally. DT Swiss wheels, with 35mm rims and Boost-width thru-axle hubs would prove to be sturdy and stay true through a beating and offered a nice, wide contact patch when fitted with the Maxxis Minion 27.5-plus-inch tires. A remote-controlled Kind Shock LEV-DX dropper seatpost kept the saddle out of our way when we wanted it and brought it up quickly for climbs. THE MOTOR Power assist is provided by a Bosch Performance Line CX 250W mid-drive motor. This is one of the most reliable motors on the market. There are four levels of assist; Eco, Tour, e-MTB and Turbo. Eco offers 50 percent of power, Tour gives you 120 percent, and Turbo gives you 300 percent of your leg input. E-MTB mode measures your own torque input (measured 1000 times per second) and gives you from 120 to 300 percent, steplessly, depending on how hard you’re pedaling. It’s very intuitive. Meaty Maxxis Minion DH tires provided plenty of grip in the muddy SoCal trails. They’re 27.5×2.8, and that extra volume was forgiving with all the new rocks on the trail. Interestingly, since we received the very first production model of this bike, it had Sport mode, which was locked at 190 percent. This could be fixed at a Bosch bike dealer, but if you read below, we didn’t really need it. The Purion display is a display and controller in one, with the buttons to control power-assist level right by your left thumb. There’s an easy-to-use Walk mode for when you have to hike with the bike. It’s good on flat ground or a slight incline, but it isn’t much use on a steeper incline, it just doesn’t offer the power to move the bike well. A slack front end and a Fox Float 36 Elite fork kept us out of trouble on the ruts and rocks on the trail. The battery is a Bosch PowerTube. Their 500-watt battery fits into the downtube of a bike. It makes for a fat downtube, but certainly looks better than the battery mounted on top of a frame-tube look of old. The bike ships with a 4A fast charger that can fully charge the battery from 0 to 100 percent in under 4 hours. WHO IT’S MADE FOR The AllMtn 6.0 is the highest-spec Xduro eMTB that Haibike sells in North America. It’s an extremely capable bike for experienced all-mountain riders who like challenging, technical rides. With 160mm of travel in the front and 150mm in the rear, it’s ready for anything you can throw at it. THE RIDE We loved the gear range of the SRAM Eagle drivetrain. With a 16-tooth front sprocket and a 50-tooth large rear cog, we were astonished at how steep an incline this bike could handle. On one occasion we had to climb out of a steep canyon on a trail that was rutted in places from the rain, but the suspension made light work of that. It was very steep and lots of loose rock, so we were spinning the back tire slightly. Surprisingly, even when the bike hooked up, the front end didn’t come off the ground. There was no inkling of ever looping out, something that’s always confidence-inspiring on a bike. We got back up to the trail, and took all but one of the steepest climbs, just because we could. The SRAM Eagle cassette provided such a great gearing range that we did most of the ride in Tour mode and sometimes Eco, rarely touching the higher modes. That’s something we don’t often do, because why not use the power when you have it? Shifting was perfect. The Eagle setup only does one shift per lever throw, and the CX constantly monitors torque, so it cuts for an almost indiscernible split second to reduce strain on the drivetrain during a shift. The SRAM GX Eagle group gave us all the range we needed for even the steepest hill. That 50T cog came in really handy! Dropping into the trail, it was more technical than usual and downright scary, since there had been a lot of rock slides. Some of those rocks really tested the suspension, but it got us through unscathed. We stopped to move some of the bigger stuff off the trail as we went. Further down the trail, where a series of singletrack trails weave through a larger fire road, there were massive ruts and deep water. Some of the ruts were 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep. We were able to fully test the suspension, the grip of the tires, the brakes, and even the IP54 rating of the motor and battery. This bike made it so much fun to get wet and muddy! The condition of the trails were bad, but we didn’t have to worry as the bike never flinched. Big gaps? No worries. This bike is as capable as the person at the controls. Photo courtesy: Haibike THE VERDICT Our normal trails would have tested this bike. The conditions we rode in were far beyond what we normally do to test bikes, and we can honestly say that the AllMtn 6.0 passed it all with flying colors. It’s very sturdily built, plenty of suspension and grip, and though it’s not cheap, with the higher-end components, it is a lot of bike for the money. SPECS Haibike AllMtn 6.0 Price: $6700 Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W Battery: Bosch Power Tube 500 Wh Charge time: 3.5 hours Top speed: 20 mph (with assist) Range: 30–50 miles (tested) Drive: SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50T Brakes: TRP Spec S, 203mm f/180mm r Controls: Bosch Purion Fork: Fox 36 Float Performance Elite Lockout, air, Travel: 160mm, aluminum steerer tube 1 1/8”–1 1/2” tapered, thru-axle Boost Frame: Aluminum 6061, thru-axle M12 (1.75) x 148mm, disc brake post-mount Travel: 150mm Rear shock: Fox Float DPX2 Performance Elite, air Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF, 27.5” x 2.80”/Maxxis Minion DHR II, 27.5” x 2.80” Weight: 56.4 lb. Color choice: Black/Titan Sizes: 41S/44M/47L/50XL www.haibikeusa.com 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 Bike Review: Haibike Xduro AllMtn 6.0 appeared first on Electric Bike Action.