The bike took a lot longer to arrive than anticipated, but the wait was definitely worth it. I collected the bike on Friday 6th May, and can still remember the excitement of seeing this beautiful bike in the flesh for the first time.
Due to family commitments, I was unable to ride the bike for a couple of days, which was quite hard. Finally, I was able to take it to my favourite mountain bike trails in the Surrey Hills and put it through its paces.
The first thing I noticed was how smooth and forgiving the rear and front suspension units were..... Rockshox Vivid Air on the rear and Fox float 36 on the front. ''I spent a bit of time setting these up
for sag and rebound'' I was completely blown away by the way the bike handled over a variety of terrain and particularly how it cornered, which I had some concerns about due to the slack head angle of the forks. I needn't have worried.
The next think to check was how the new Bosch CX motor compared to the Bosch performance line fitted to my old bike. I took the bike up a very steep hill which the performance line motor didn't quite have the grunt to make it to the top. The CX motor fitted to my Nduro Xduro and with the Shimano 11 speed cassett fitted at the rear, the bike flew up the hill......Very impressive.
I've always been a Shimano man when it comes to brakes, and was a little nervous of the Magura 5 fitted to the bike. I needn't have worried, as these brakes are very powerful and modulate really well.
The new 500 watt battery really extends the range of the bike which is a great asset.
I've been so impressed with this bike, and truly believe that this is the start of an e-bike revolution. I've had some hard core mountain bikers ride my bike and everyone of them loved it!!
The service I have received from the guys at the E-bike shop has always been fantastic. thank you guys!!