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Haibike xduro FS SL 2014 eBike

Haibike xDuro FS SL 2014 Electric Bike Overview

By Martin Brown on November 20, 2013

The Haibike xDuro FS SL 26″ 2014 eBike is in stock now with us @ e-bikeshop. We are the UK’s largest Haibike dealer so normally have all the models in stock in various sizes. The FS SL electric bike is a versatile XC / MTB / trail centre eBike. Built with mid travel for lightweight all-round performance.

Haibike xduro FS SL 2014 HeadsetThe xDuro Haibike FS SL 26 2014 eBike is a full suspension mountain bike built for all round use. Its built on a 120mm chassis with a 26″ wheel. This is the perfect mid level bike for mountain biking at local trail centres and all round use. The FOX Float CTD rear shock uses all of its 120mm travel to take the strain out of your ride. It has a rebound adjuster and 3 levels of lock-out. The FOX shock uses its own style of lockout adjust-ability called CTD (Climb, Trail & Descent).Haibike xduro FS SL 2014 Rear Shock You can set it to fully locked (‘Climb’ mode) out for the climbing or use on the road. The other extreme is fully unlocked (‘Descent’ mode) for when your putting the bike through its paces. The best setting for me personally is the ‘Trail’ position where it remains locked when pedalling but open under impact. 

This means you can be thrashing the bike about with minimum energy loss but in the event of riding over some bumps it will still give in and take the strain. Both the front and rear suspension are oil dampened which gives a smooth feel when riding. They are both air adjustable too so the rider can easily set the shocks up to their riding style and rider weight.

Haibike xduro FS SL 2014 Forks

The Rock Shox Recon Silver forks offer 120mm of travel up front. As with the rear shock the front suspension can be locked out too. Meaning minimal energy loss when climbing, this is done remotely front he handle bars so you can lock and un-lock on the fly. If you are riding more harsh terrain and descents I would suggest taking a look at the FS AMT which is the bigger brother to the SL with more travel and a bigger battery pack. 

This is what one of my customers said after purchasing one –

“Haibike have produced an excellent mountain bike that would stand it’s ground easily on the trail amongst many “normal” mountain bikes costing significantly more. It rides like a normal bike (a very good one), weight distribution is very good and at no time did the bike feel unsettled. Coming from an 11kg bike to a 21kg bike I had hang ups about how it would ride in the rough. I needn’t have bothered as once moving there is little perceivable difference. The suspension is great, the Rockshox Recon performed much better than anticipated and was nice and
stiff (I’m a long time Fox fork fan), the Fox CTD rear shock was as you’d expect from Fox and flawless.  As for the Bosch system all I can say really is wow. It performed way beyond my expectations and I simply just raise my hat to the Bosch engineers”

To read the full review please click here

Haibike xduro FS SL 2014 BrakeThe xDuro FS SL 2014 features Tektro HDC300 hydraulic disc brakes on larger 180mm rotors so it has ample stopping power. Full Shimano gear system which are Deore grade components for smooth shifting even under load. The rear derailier incorporates the clutch design mechanism for good chain tension and snappy gear changes, more on that can be read on my previous blog post here.

The wheels consist of quality Rodi CC double wall alloy rims, built on XLC Pro disc hubs and finished off with DT Swiss premium spokes. Both front and back wheels are through axles which give much stiffer response and less flex than a quick release. The through axles are a lot thicker/stronger and can both be easily removed if you need to take the wheel out. To grip these to the terrain Haibike have opted for 26″ Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres.

Haibike xduro FS SL 2014 MotorThe Haibike FS SL eBike incorporates the Bosch crank drive eBike system. More of which can be read about here. Haibike is the only manufacturer to invert the motor 180 degrees up out the way so it is built in within the frame work, this means its tucked up out the way. I have written a  whole new post about this here. The FS SL features the 300Wh power pack from Bosch which gives up to a 90 mile range on Eco mode.

To read the bikes full specification/ see more pictures/ read customer reviews of the Haibike xDuro FS SL 26 please click here.

These bikes are in stock and ready to be collected in-store or despatched nationwide. All our eBikes benefit from a full set-up prior to delivery / collection. If you collect your electric bike in-store we also offer a free suspension set-up.

For a quick glance over the bike you may watch our video here –

To purchase this eBike please visit our Electric Bike Shop website.

About Martin Brown

Martin has been in the electric bike industry for over 10 years & has helped it grow from the start. Promoting eBikes across the UK at events & offering the very best advice, tech articles, blogs & videos. In particular Martin is a major player for progressing the use of eMTB's, today owner of e-bikeshop.co.uk - The UK's largest eBike supplier specialising in Bosch & Yamaha, good quality European eBikes.



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