Given that the pioneering E-MTB company Haibike are easily our readers’ favourite brand, we were even more stoked to see what the Schweinfurt-based team would reveal at their product launch yesterday. The standout highlights of their 2017 collection surely comes in the form of the new SDURO models featuring the latest generation of the Yamaha motor. We took an in-depth look at the new bikes and here’s the lowdown:
The significantly overhauled top-of-the-range SDURO 7.0 and 8.0 models are clearly the highlight of Haibike’s 2017 range. The SDURO FullNine, FullSeven, AllMtn and NDURO have all got their hands on a new frame as well as the Yamaha PW-X motor. The 8.0 models now boast the Haibike eConnect, a resourceful high-tech platform with a ton of capabilities – and more to come. And as technology alone is complex enough, Haibike have also tidied up their model names, scrapping cryptic acronyms like RX and SL for more palatable numbers for clarity.
Causing the biggest excitement from the new SDURO line-up are the AllMtn 7.0 and 8.0, whose rear end design is now similar to the XDURO with the rear shock not sitting in front of the seattube anymore but rather in a gap that partially closes it in. The plus-size tires can’t be ignored either; the AllMtn will exclusively be available with 2.8” tires.
The SDURO AllMtn’s new frame has very little in common with its predecessor, featuring brand new geometry, a significantly longer frame, with the reach adding a full 38 mm to render it 424 mm (size 44). While the head angle has been slackened by 2° to 66°, the seat angle is now 1.9° steeper to stand at 74.9°. This has all led the wheelbase to be extended by 51 mm. And despite the addition of plus-size tires, the 455 mm chainstays have been shortened by 17 mm. At 352 mm, the bottom bracket has been dropped slightly. The SDURO AllMtn 8.0 comes with Magura’s newest Boltron upside-down forks, Shimano XT shifting and Magura MT5 brakes. The SDURO AllMtn 7.0 relies on Fox 34 forks, a mix of Shimano components and a combination of Magura MT5 brakes at the front and MT4 at the rear.
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