Plainly there's a significant difference between a wispy 22-pound XC hardtail as well as the 51-pound Haibike XDURO AllMtn 8.0 eMTB that served as examination mule for our review of the Magura Boltron suspension fork. Though they both share the very same general mountain bike name, reasonably the last deserves its own classification and also parts. I would not attempt bill into the gnar on this bike were it except its big alloy frame, powerful 4-piston brakes, and also the Boltron, with its 40mm stanchions, 20mm thru axle, as well as 150mm of well-lubricated suspension.
Geometry feels like a spot-on mountain bicycle with a 150mm dropper, long leading tube, high seat angle at 74 degrees, as well as relatively relaxed head angle at 66 levels. There are 3 help settings eco, path, increase. Eco is a really pleasurable riding experience, as one needs to pedal and exert initiative constantly however the weight of the bike is negated, making it feel like you are having the very best climbing up day of your life.
Tires in the Bontrager line are not prepared for this bike yet, with the only offered plus tire being the fast-rolling Chupacabra. Instead Trip sourced the Schwalbe Nobby Nic for the task, and also it does a great job in the back. Nevertheless, we could not await the arrival of the Bontrager XR4 or something equivalent in plus sizing. This will certainly enable the Powerfly to reach its complete capacity with excellent cornering side knobs.
The magic takes place in the reduced cost points of this bike where this is not an issue. We locate that the mid-priced designs are constantly the best since there is hardly any benefit to paying top buck as well as saving a couple of extra pounds on a 50-pound bike.
For model year 2018, Specialized has upped the stake by creating a brand-new carbon version that's both lighter and stiffer. While these changes would have been enough to maintain the Levo's market setting, the Big S went additionally. Along with the brand-new carbon framework, they have actually presented a new motor, boosted warm management, as well as updated specification.
On the other hand, the brand-new Bontrager Powerline wheelset includes sturdy edges that go beyond the strength tests used for the wheels on Trek's DH bikes. And the brakes are perfectly fit to the job, with 200mm rotors on SRAM's excellent four-piston Guide RE brakes.
The outcome is an excellent, albeit hefty as well as pricey, bump tamer that readies at its intended function. During several weeks of screening in the Crested Butte, Colorado, backcountry where several tracks are multi-use and also hence moto-legal, the Boltron dutifully managed numerous long, chunky descents. Its upside-down design indicates buttery smooth off the leading sensitivity, while the extra-large stanchions assisted maintain stiffness as well as guiding precision. This tightness is amplified many thanks to top and also reduced drifting bushings that overlap under compression to increase torsional and also braking-force rigidity.
With a growing trend toward much longer travel e-mountain bikes, Haibike has delivered with its brand-new 200mm DWNHLL version. They have actually additionally improved the efficiency and also extended the variety of the XDURO as well as SDURO. Press play to get more details from Haibike UNITED STATE's Ken Miner.