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• Drive system: Bosch Performance CX

• Riding style: Varies

E-bike specialist Haibike produce a range of e-mountain bikes under the XDURO and SDURO umbrellas. The SDURO series tends to be shorter travel and more focused on the leisure end of the market, whereas XDURO models focus on the big end of town, ranging from 150mm up to 200mm.


Australian models use a Bosch Performance CX motor, with all designs other than the entry level Sduro Hardnine using an integrated downtube battery. Indeed, Haibike make about the only dedicated e-downhill bike that MBA is aware of, the Dwnhll 10.0. It’s a pretty mean machine too, coming equipped with a Fox 40 Float Factory fork and X2 Factory shock. The Nduro 8.0 comes in pretty close behind at 180mm, while the ALLMtn 7.0 is aimed more at the all-round rider with 150mm.


Pricing is towards the upper end of the market, with the Nduro coming in at $9,999 and the Allmtn at $8,999. The Dwnhll, however, will really make a dent in the bank balance, coming in at $14,999. Mind you, it might be worth that given that it’s basically a BYO shuttle rig. SDURO hardtails start at $5,299, with the entry point for dual suspension at $8,499.

 

2019 models:

• Xduro Dwnhll 10.0: $14,999
• Xduro Nduro 8.0: $9,999
• Xduro Allmtn 7.0: $8,999
• Sduro Fullseven 7.0: $8,499
• Sduro Hardseven 7.0: $6,499
• Sduro Hardnine 4.0: $5,299

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Headline features include a frame that is 130g lighter than the previous model, a 16% reduction. The new frame is 703g, and the new fork is 329g, bringing the frame to just over the 1kg mark.

The URS LT (Long Travel) offers adjustable front suspension, via a dial on the top of the stem, that controls the bike’s integrated coil-sprung fork.

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