Haibike XDURO Trekking S RX Video Review – Now Trekking 4.0 Electric Bike

https://electricbikereview.com/ The Haibike XDURO Trekking S RX has been upgraded to Trekking 4.0 for 2017 and includes the Bosch Powerpack 500, an air fork with thru-axle, and Shimano Deore XT drivetrain with SLX shifters. The frame style has been improved slightly with tighter motor integration and battery interface that Haibike calls “step-in”. The Trekking S RX shown here is a sporty, 28 mph, commuter-ready, electric bicycle made in six frame sizes across two styles, a stiffer high-step and easy approach step-thru. Reinforced fenders stay quiet, oversized rack with spring latch and Racktime connector, integrated LED lights with aimable 60 LUX headlight. Hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power, 10-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain with larger 20T chainring for high-speed cadence. Excellent weight distribution, removable display and battery pack with forward-compatible interface, gel saddle and suspension fork provide comfort.

Comments

James Mason says:

Bosch is taking over the world seems like every bike has a Bosch motor

Chauncey Smith says:

Take my money this bike is my love.it looks so cool even in black .

Martian Megafauna says:

On tire width: “…for the electric bike world…” I like that this Haibike IS more of a bicycle than an e-motorcycle.
I am glad that there is a wide range of ebikes produced, from a standard bike with a hub motor all the way up to 60+ lb. battle-bikes that would be suitable for Mad Max. I get it that e-power permits you to push the extra mass and friction of huge tires and overbuilt frames, and that at higher speeds some ebike riders will be grateful for the e-moto nature of their ride.
However, regular bikes can go fast and take a beating too–think Paris-Roubaix.
We shouldn’t think that because an ebike leans one way or the other that it is not up to ‘standards’.

Back to the tires: those Haibike tires are wide and tough enough for all but hellish road conditions. MTB tires were of similar width not long ago, and these Schwalbe tires are more durable than they were. On the same roads that ebikers will ride these Haibikes there will be numerous old school bicycle riders on narrow 700×25 tires, and those poor folks will be doing just fine. And some will ride just as fast as the Haibikers. You don’t necessarily need armored oversized tires, battle-ready frames, or full suspension on an ebike, but it is nice that there is a choice for those that want or need it.

Steve Donovan says:

It is a nice bike but I don’t think I’d rely on its rear stays to absorb much if anything. As you point out another good candidate for a Thudbuster. I wonder about manufacturers why they don’t deal with a good seat post company for wholesale pricing and include it as part of their package. It may be a hundred more for the buyer but definitely worth it.

Lynn Recker says:

Two things….. doesn’t the 2017 model have fatter tires on 27.5 inch rims, and second, does Chris ever wear the same helmet twice in your vids?

Bruce Ballad says:

the frame looks so nice that the motor is looking kind of ugly and fat on it. other than this I like the bike.

readyplayer2 says:

I’ve had the 2016 SDURO Trekking RC for about 4 months. It uses a Yamaha motor vs. Bosch, and is Class 1 (20mph limit on motor assistance) vs Class 3 (28mph). Otherwise, the 2016 XDURO and SDURO models are near identical. I primarily use it for commuting (17-18 miles round trip with several steep and long hill climbs). I’m extremely happy with the build quality and the bike in general. I don’t think you could go wrong with a Haibike.

Of course, there’s always room for improvement. One minor annoyance is the rack. The oversized rack tubing, while sturdy, means those wishing to use Ortlieb panniers will need to purchase 20mm replacements for the top hooks / clips — https://ortliebusa.com/product/ql2-1-20mm-top-hooks-e193/. And accessories for the CarryMore rack are all but unavailable in the USA, making the fancy spring loaded clip system useless.

Despite snugging the screw tightly during assembly, the front light fell off on one of the first rides and was dangling next to the fender. The EBR forums indicate this is a frequent occurrence. I’d love a setting where the lights come on automatically, and it would be great to be able to set the rear light to flash. The steady red light is not attention-getting enough for urban use on streets at dusk, so I’ve added a Planetbike Superflash to the seat post.

Those are literally my only complaints or suggestions for improvement. This is an awesome bike. The add-ons I’ve made have been the flashing rear light, Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus panniers, Ergon GP-1 ergonomic handgrips, and a BodyFloat suspension seat post.

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