WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ENTRY-LEVEL E-BIKE AND THE TOP-LEVEL BIKES?
Okay, so let’s use the Merida E-One Sixty 300 as the benchmark for entry-level and the Santa Cruz Heckler top build as examples. The Merida comes in at $5,999, and for that, you’ll get, Suntour Suspension, Shimano Deore Groupset, and entry-level four-piston brakes. All of that is bolted to a 160mm alloy frame, while an E7000 motor from Shimano assists the bike. The Geo is modern(ish) with a 65.5 head angle, 439.5 mm chainstays and has a reach of 460mm on a large. On the other end of the spectrum, many, many, many miles away is the Santa Cruz Bullit. It is a premium 170mm carbon fiber frame powered by the new EP8 motor and is littered with Kashima coated Fox Factory goodness. The bike comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame along with a lifetime supply of pivot bearings. A Sram X01 drivetrain takes care of transferring power, super-powerful Code RSC brakes take care of stopping this monster and Reserve carbon rims make sure you won’t be stuck with broken wheels in the middle of nowhere. There are more modern geo numbers like a 475mm reach (LG), 64-degree head angle, and 449mm chainstays. So in summary, literally just about everything is different!
CAN’T I UPGRADE THE PARTS ON MY E-MTB AS I GO?
Here is the thing, new parts are rad, and upgrading the bike to your personal preference is amazingly fun. However, it is rarely the most cost-effective route, let alone dealing with the multiple standards. Let’s look at upgrading some parts on the E-One-Sixty. Carbon wheels would be the logical place to start, and a decent set of those will set you back at least $3,000. Next would be suspension at around $1,700 for some 38 Factory forks and $1,000 for a factory rear shock. The Code RSC brakes are about $700 with discs, and the rest of the groupset is upwards of $1200. So, the total cost is around $7,600 for parts and depending on what shop you would be looking at about $500 labor for the parts swap. This would bring the total cost of the bike to $14,100. While that may seem like a whole lot cheaper, it doesn’t necessarily mean the bikes will ride the same. Firstly the geometry is a whole lot different, and while there are ways to change this, none of them always translate as they should. The carbon is going to be a much lighter bike while retaining the desired stiffness. A better frame with better Geo (for you) will always be the better bike, not to mention the motor upgrade on the Bullit. That takes the Bullit to a whole different world of riding.
WHAT UPGRADES AM I GOING TO NOTICE THE MOST PERFORMANCE GAIN AND BENEFITS FROM DOING TO MY BIKE?
Firstly E-Bikes are heavier and often carry a lot more speed, so brakes are the main point of call for a cost-effective upgrade. Usually, Shimano Saints, SRAM Code RSC’s or Formula Cura 4s are my go-to.
On any value-orientated bike, wheels are often akin to boat anchors laced to cheese. A good set of wheels can drastically change a bike’s ride. DT Swiss is always an excellent place to start; they even offer oBike specific wheels like the HX1501 wheelset.
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Tour TAS IN '21
An updated to touring Tassie’s best riding spots
YTIZZO Carbon Pro Race
YTIZZO Carbon Pro Race
ZIPP 3ZERO MOTO Wheels
WITH ALL THE COMPONENTS ON THE MARKET THESE DAYS THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS WHICH HAVE DIVIDED OPINION, ONE OBVIOUS ONE, IS A CARBON WHEEL BETTER THAN AN ALLOY WHEEL? WELL TO TELL THE TRUTH WE CAN’T REALLY GIVE YOU A DEFINITIVE ANSWER ON THAT. IT IS FAST BECOMING AN AGE-OLD QUESTION LIKE THE QUESTION, IS A 29-INCH WHEEL BETTER THAN A 27.5-INCH WHEEL? A LOT OF THE ANSWERS COME DOWN TO PERSONAL PREFERENCE AND RIDING STYLE. CARBON WHEELS HAVE HAD A HIT AND MISS REPUTATION WITH THE MTB CROWD WITH MIXED OPINIONS IN CONFIDENCE IN RELATION TO THEIR DURABILITY, PERFORMANCE, AND FEEL. WHAT WE MEAN BY THE TERM ‘FEEL’ RELATES TO THE HARSHER OR MORE SENSITIVE SENSATION IN TRAIL FEEDBACK THROUGH THE BARS YOU GET FROM CARBON HOOPS. SOME PEOPLE REALLY LIKE HOW THEY FEEL DUE TO THE PREDICTABLE FEEL OF CARBON HOOPS BUT IN SHORT, SOME RIDERS AREN’T A FAN, I GUESS IT IS FAIR TO SAY OPINIONS ON THOSE SUBTLE DIFFERENCES STILL VARY.
WHAT A YEAR!
2020 WHAT A YEAR, EH! THERE ARE SO MANY WILD STORIES OUT THERE THAT IT IS HARD TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE AND RECOGNIZE THE POSITIVES TO COME OUT OF THE YEAR. I HAVE FOUND MYSELF PUTTING SOME PROPER EFFORT TO FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES RATHER THAN THE NEGATIVES AND TO BE HONEST; THERE ARE SOME MASSIVE POSITIVES FOR ME IN 2020.
LIV INTRIGUE Advanced Pro 29
FROM THE BRAND THAT CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY IN WOMEN’S MOUNTAIN BIKING WE WERE EXCITED TO GET OUR HANDS ON THEIR LATEST MODEL FOR AN EXCLUSIVE IN-DEPTH REVIEW AND IT CERTAINLY HASN’T DISAPPOINTED! THE ALL-NEW INTRIGUE ADVANCED PRO 29 HAS BEEN DESIGNED AS A FAST ROLLING TRAIL BIKE WHICH CAN EAT UP LONG CLIMBS AND STILL DOMINATE ROUGH DESCENTS. IT’S A BIKE WHICH DEBUTS SEVERAL NEW TECH FEATURES FOR LIV, SUCH AS ADJUSTABLE FRAME GEOMETRY VIA A FLIP CHIP AND THE BIKE IS GOING TO BE OFFERED IN A SIZE LARGE FRAME OPTION (IN THE PAST LIV’S FRAME SIZING HAS STOPPED AT MEDIUM). THE INTRIGUE ADVANCED PRO 29 ALSO BOASTS A LOVELY FULL CARBON FRAME AND PACKS 140MM OF FRONT TRAVEL WITH 125MM IN THE REAR. HERE IN AUSTRALIA LIV ARE OFFERING THE NEW INTRIGUE ADVANCED PRO 29 IN A CHOICE OF THREE COMPLETE SPEC LEVELS WITH A STARTING PRICE OF $6599. FOR THIS REVIEW LIV WERE KIND ENOUGH TO SEND US OVER THE ULTRA-TOP-SHELF ‘0’ MODEL WHICH COMES WITH FOX ‘LIVE’ SUSPENSION AND A SLIGHTLY EYE WATERING $11499 PRICE TAG.
Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Expert
Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Expert
10 Most Asked Q's
Having spent the year listening to questions from e-mtb riders from right across the country there’s a handful of questions that keep popping up time and time again. And so in this article we’ll set out to give the answers to the 10 most commonly asked things about e-bikes in year crazy year that was 2020.
Behind The Scenes Developing The Trance X E+
A conversation with Joost Bakker, Giant’s global category manager for e-bikes, about how he and the team brought the Trance X E+ to life.
Get Ready To Shredy!
Is it fair to say that being the only high-performance e-mtb trail bike designed specifically for female riders, that then makes the all-new intrigue x e+ pro from liv the best female specific E-MTB? Perhaps so. However, even if this bike wasn’t literally in a league of its own (imagine for a moment that there were some other brands as dedicated to female cycling as liv and as a result there’d be several different bikes competing in this category) we would still be confident that the all-round package and ride performance of the intrigue x e+ would make it hard to beat. Let’s take a closer look at why we think this bike is one of the hottest new e-mtb releases of the current season.