Review submitted on previous model: I was uncertain and it took a leap of faith to commit to a bike with an engine as I’ve considered myself somewhat of a caveman when it comes to working out. But I’m glad I did.
At fifty pounds it's a somewhat of a beast but manageable enough even without the motor turned on. On rocky and rooted single track it handles extremely well both up and down. The 3" tires looked to slow you but it's not so; they grip across fire roads and glide over sand and light mud with ease, and corner over gravel like a Gecko. I got accustomed to the geometry quickly, and in no time, it handled as easily as my 24 Lb Yeti hardtail- and every bit as fun. The sensations, however, are very different.
There are 4 modes- Eco, Tour, Sport, and Turbo. Eco does just a bit more than even things out; like taking 35 pounds off the fifty. The first day out I experimented and tore it up a bit, but as I rode later with mates I kept it mostly on eco so as not to leave them behind. This bike makes everyone who rides it smile; you’ll still get the blistering workouts if you want, but travel two-three times further, seeing more, smiling more, enjoying more.
The SDURO models are somewhat cheaper with Yamaha motors and different breaking systems, gearing, etc., but those who ride them seem to value them every bit as much as I like my XDURO.