Full suspension electric Haibikes are a standout of the 2016 range. This entry-level SL model on the Yamaha (80Nm of torque) motor absolutely glides along on cross country trails and those 29” Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres nearly take off on smooth tarmac. The wheels are quick-release for puncture-repair, and the grip and roll you get at speed are instantly noticeable on this bike.
100mm of travel on the front Suntour fork (with a handlebar lockout) and the quick-switch on/off under the down tube for the rear 100mm Suntour UNair shock mean you can switch between any front/rear/full suspension set-up while in full flow.
Going back to the Yamaha sDuro motor, 280% assistance is what you can get from the top ‘High’ setting, and three other lower assistance levels complete the options. Couple those four assistance levels with the Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain and you’re looking at far more pacing options than a 28-speed non-electric mountain bike.
Popular Tektro hydraulic disc brakes front and rear with larger rotors (180mm) for fast braking.
In 2016, the 400Wh battery (four hours full recharge time) is the accepted norm, and on Yamaha’s 2016 Eco+ assistance mode, it should be possible to get up to 90 miles. Handy if you’ve got lots of flat miles to cover on a touring-style day.