Haibike 2020 - What's New? 0
We’ve just returned from the Haibike UK 2020 product launch. Where the top Haibike dealers in the UK were invited to attend presentations on the new models and see them in the flesh.
So what new Haibike updates are there for 2020?
It’s the year of the motor, with 4 brand new drive systems being introduced to the Haibike range!
There's also new frame designs, batteries and more.
New for 2020 is the Gen4 Bosch Performance Line Cx motor. This is smaller and lighter then the previous Cx, with a 48% reduction in size!
This motor comes with an updated gearbox concept, which will significantly reduce pedalling resistance when riding over 25km/h or when riding without assistance. This creates a more natural riding sensation.
The new Bosch Cx motor will give you up to 340% support and kick in even quicker from stationary then before. It will also feature Bosch’s intuitive automatic Emtb mode seen on the previous generation, which many of our customers love.
Expect to see this motor on mid to high-end mountain and trekking bikes.
Also new for MY20 from Bosch is the 625Wh Powertube. This combined with Haibikes new frame design below means you can also fit a 500wh external battery, creating a total capacity of 1,125Wh! Great for longer distance off-road riding or touring.
Haibike have a completely new frame design for their full suspension bikes fitted with the new Bosch Cx motor and 625Wh PowerTube. They have designed the frame so that the battery is as low as possible in the down-tube, having the weight this low keeps the centre of gravity low and improves handling and stability. They’ve also designed it so there is enough room between the down-tube and the rear shock to allow an external battery to be fitted close to the motor, again keeping the centre of gravity low.
2020 sees the launch of the Yamaha PW-X2, the next generation of the very popular PW-X motor. This is smaller, lighter and quieter than its predecessor! Not only that but thanks to its quad sensor system and new mechanical design it has an even quicker and more direct power response than before.
Yamaha have also improved the power delivery at higher cadences, at 100rpm power delivery is up to 50% higher than before.
Another new feature is Yamahas Automatic support mode, this will change automatically between Eco, Standard and High based on your input. Great for trail riding so you can keep your eyes on the track in front of you and not on the screen.
Expect to see this on mid to high-end mountain bikes in the Haibike range.
Yamaha have also launched the PW-ST, this is also lighter and quieter than previous models, coming in at 100g less then its predecessor.
New features on this include the quad sensor system, improved power at higher cadence and the Automatic support mode mentioned above.
This motor has less torque then the PW-X2 and is designed for less extreme more relaxed riding.
Expect to see this on low to mid-end mountain and trekking bikes.
There are also now Yamaha 400 and 500wh in-tube batteries in the Haibike product range. This means you can now get in-tube technology at a more entry-level price point, likely to start at around £2000.
The highly anticipated Haibike Flyon range is likely to be landing in store very soon. The Flyon bikes will use a TQ Motor, which is made in Germany. This is currently the most powerful crank drive motor on the market with 120Nm of torque. Haibike have had access to customise and tune the TQ system to their requirements. This has created smooth and intuitive power delivery and control.
They will also use a 630 Wh, 48v integrated battery. Which can be charged either on the bike or off of it. With this Haibike will be launching an optional quick charger that can charge this battery from empty to 80% in just 60 minutes.
All of the Flyon bikes have carbon frames, integrated cable routing and Haibikes Modular Rail System (MRS)! Not only this but the speed sensor is integrated into the frame dropout and the newly developed speed sensor disk sends 18 signals per rotation! This means it is measuring the speed 18 times more accurately than the standard magnet on the spoke seen on other systems.
Also, all of the Flyon bikes can come with integrated lights that run off the battery. The rear lights integrate onto the rear triangle of the frame!
There will be a number of different Flyon models. From Nduro to Adventure/Trekking bikes.
- Jake Rowe
The Haibike Electric Bike Range Explained 2
Sduro or Xduro?
Within the Haibike range, bikes will either be part of the Sduro category or Xduro category, so what’s the difference? This part of the model name refers to the geometry of the bike.
Sduro means Sporty – These bikes will be more suited to Cross Country, longer distance and relaxed riding. They have a slightly more comfortable Geometry and Design.
Xduro means Extreme – These bikes will be more suited to extreme riding. They have a much more aggressive geometry so are great for attacking steeper and more technical descents.
HardNine or FullSeven?
The easiest way to decipher this bit of the model name is to split it into two words. So for example: Hard and Nine.
The first word refers to the suspension, so bikes with Hard in the title will be Hardtails and therefore only have suspension at the front. Bikes with Full in the title with be Full-Suspension and therefore will have suspension on the front and rear.
The second word refers to wheel size. Nine means it has 29” wheels and Seven means it has 27.5” wheels.
Cross or Trekking?
The Cross and the Trekking models are very similar bikes and are suited to very similar riding. The key difference between them is the Trekking comes with a rack, lights and mudguards as standard, the Cross models don’t.
AllMtn, Nduro or Dwnhll?
To decide between these it comes down to where you will be riding, what style of riding you enjoy and how much suspension travel you need because of this. The AllMtn range will have either 150mm or 160mm travel, whereas the Nduro bikes will have 180mm and the Dwnhll 200mm.
What about the number afterwards?
This number refers to the spec level of the bike and ranges from 1.0 to 10.0. The higher the number, the better the spec. What do we mean by spec? This refers to the parts fitted onto the bike, so as this number gets higher you tend to get better quality brakes, gears, suspension etc.
- Jake Rowe
Which Hire Bikes Did We Choose and Why? 0
The Raleigh Motus is one of our most popular bikes and is great for commuting and leisure cycling. The swept back handlebars give you a comfortable, upright riding position and the leading Bosch Active Line Motor gives you a fantastic range of assistance options. With our shop being located on a National Cycle route this bike would be a great choice to take you along the undercliff, to the seafront and also exploring through town!
We have put the Winora Radius on our hire fleet as one of its main design's is for Urban riding, being located in Brighton its great for people looking to hire an Electric Bike to explore the city! The 20" balloon tyres act as a slight suspension and the 3 speed internal hub gearing is great for people who are not too familiar with bike gears. The bike overall is smaller than the other Electric Bikes on the hire fleet and with the Yamaha PW motor it allows the Radius to be as nippy as you want it to be!
The Haibike Sduro HardSeven 4.0 is the most affordable of the Haibike Bosch based Electric Mountain Bikes. It comes with 27.5 wheels and a 120mm fork which will make riding on different types of terrain much more comfortable! Featuring the Bosch Performance Line CX motor it gives you a huge 75nm torque, which is bound to make any hill enjoyable! A great bike for exploring some of the Off Road/Cross Country routes that you can reach just a couple of minutes away from our shop!
The Haibike Sduro Hardnine 2.5 Street is a new type of bike Haibike have brought to the UK market this year. The 29 x 2" tyres makes both road and light off road riding an option on this model! Technically designed as a Mountain bike but including both lights and mudguards this makes for a great all-rounder. Featuring the Yamaha PW-SE motor this bike will be great for the South Downs Way (if it’s not too muddy) or a coast along the seafront!
The Haibike AllMtn range all come set up with a 160mm fork, 150mm rear shock, plus size tyres and an aggressive geometry. Making them perfectly suited to hitting trails, exploring the mountains or riding a local bike park. We decided on two AllMtns for our Hire fleet. The AllMtn 2.0, the entry-level AllMtn bike with Yamaha’s top of the range PW-X motor and the AllMtn 3.0, a slightly higher spec AllMtn bike with the Bosch Performance Line CX motor and Intube battery system.
To book a hire on any of the above bikes click the link here or give us a call on 01273-625060!
- Graham Rowe
Why even a Strava hunting road cyclist could benefit from eBikes 0
Brad, our Technician and road bike enthusiast explains how an eBike helps him.
No its not to cheat and get 1st on all the Strava segments (Strava is a fitness app where cyclists can race each other on designated sections and try beat the leader board with the best times) but as a hobbyist road cyclists who enjoys to go out Sunday club runs and compete with other fellow roadies, I also commute to work.
My commute to work is around a 22 mile round trip with several hundred feet of climbing and the famous Brightonian wind that seems to always be blowing against me rather than helping me, this gets old very quick! Especially doing it for 5 days a week. For me to then go out riding on a Sunday isn’t very appealing with tired legs. This is where the eBike comes in… yes I could just get over it and cycle 6 days a week, but in my experience overtraining does more harm than good, I end up losing power and not being able to cycle to the best of my ability.
I am fortunate to ride an eBike about 3 out of the 5 days I commute and what a difference it makes! At first I was sceptical, even though my commute would become much easier on those days I was afraid my fitness level would deplete. This has not been the case at all, if anything it has improved and I’m now actually getting better Strava times on my road bike than before.
Using an e-bike has changed how I usually approach cycling on those days, it’s less about being competitive and viewing fitness stats and more about just leisurely cycling to work. Enjoying the ride for what it is whilst taking in the glorious views of the South Downs, without being a sweaty out of breath mess! Yes you still need to put in some effort to cycle an e-bike, you chose the level of assistance, so if you are feeling extra energetic one day just use a lower level of assistance and get more of a work out.
The one thing I have noticed commuting some days on an e-bike is the mixed reception I get from other cyclists. Riding the same commute day in day out you soon start seeing the regulars on the bike paths and usually you either do the acknowledgment nod or a ‘good morning’, riding a road bike the roadies nearly always give me a positive reception. It’s funny when riding the e-bike how it changes and I don’t so much as get a nod, if only they knew how beneficial an e-bike could be rather viewing them as a way of ‘cheating’.
Brad rides the Haibike Sduro HardNine 2.5 Street, check it out here
- Jake Rowe