REVIEW: HaiBike Sduro Trekking RC 2016

The Haibike Sduro Trekking is made for hills.  No not mountains.  Hills.  Yes, it’s a touring bike really, for distance cycling, maybe long commuting, it’ll eat up road and canal paths very easily and comfortably.  As you can see from the specification below its a well-equipped bike with high-quality components.  However, as a touring bike does it’s battery have the capacity to do long distance rides?  Well yes.  It holds a Yamaha Lithium Ionen 36 Volt, 400 Wh battery, with BMS Management.  Which should if you use it frugally allow you up to 100 miles, which should be enough or anyone.  If you throw it into full pedal assistance mode and keep it on then you’ll only get about 40 miles out of it.

It is an expensive piece of kit though, retailing in the UK around £2,674.  Gulp!  But actually, when you look at it the equivalent touring bike without electric motor assistance would probably cost you just under £2,000 so it’s not too bad really.  If you were to build a bike of this quality with all the components yourself you’d easily be spending £2000+ so the price tag is fair.  But because of its price tag and the high specification the Haibike Sduro Trekking is a very niche product, only someone who does touring or long commutes is going to consider it.  It’s certainly no all-rounder as it would struggle on a mountain trail, and it’s a big heavy at 22.7kg to be a bike you take on the train and run up the stairs with to your third floor flat.

The Haibike Sduro Trekking is available in two forms, one with a standard cross-bar and a unisex version with the crossbar dropped 2 inches.  Both are currently available on e-bikeshop.co.uk

Bike Specifications

Frame   Alu 6061, Hydro Formed, Yamaha Gravity Casting Interface
Forks   Suntour NCX-EB, Lockout, 63mm Tapered
Brakes   Shimano XT 160 / 180mm
Shifters   Shimano XT Trigger 20 Speed
Rear Mech   Shimano XT Shadow 10 Speed
Cassette   Shimano HG50, 11-36 Teeth, 10-Speed
Chain   KMC X10e 10 Speed
Wheelset   XLC EVO Quick Release Hubs on Rodi FW Disc Rims
Tyres   Schwalbe Energizer Tour 700x40c
Handlebars   sDuro ePerformance Lowriser Alloy
Stem   sDuro Alu, A-Head 1 1/8″ 31.8
Headset   FSA no. 57, A-Head, semi-integrated
Seatpost   sDuro Alloy 31.6mm
Saddle   Selle Royal Shadow Comfort
Weight   22.7 kg

Electric Bike Specifications

Battery   Yamaha Lithium Ionen 36 Volt, 400 Wh, with BMS Management
Display   Yamaha multifunctional display with walk assistance
Motor   Yamaha Crank Drive 36V 250 Watt. 50 – 280% Assist, 80Nm
Range   40-100 miles of power assisted range, depending on terrain

Haibike Sduro Trekking RC 2016

£2674
7.8

Value

8.0/10

Build Quality

9.0/10

Battery

9.0/10

Weight

6.0/10

Ownership

7.0/10

Pros

  • High spec components
  • Yamaha 36V Battery
  • Good looks
  • Varied use

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Niche
  • Price

4 Comments:

  1. I have had the sduro trekking for 5 months. In that time I have experimented with it to find out how far I can go on one charge. I have to say that I do not use
    the motor all of the time and only use it for long steep climbs. I have only ever used full power setting once as I find normal or economy settings more than
    adequate, in riding it this way I have recorded a distance of 147 mls and still had 1 bar showing on the battery.

  2. Why would you rate this as a limited use bicycle? It can be used for commuting, touring, trekking, light trail use. Pull off the fenders and rack and now you have a hard tail mtb with front shocks. Probably not heavy mtb use but cross bike type trails at least. I think this is a wonderful model. In fact I have one on the way as of today. hahaa =)

    David, I am glad to see you are getting excellent range out of yours. How do you like the motor? I’ve ready it has a bit more torque and “fun” factor than the bosch system…time will tell.

    • Tom, thanks for your thoughts on this. Please let us know your thoughts about the bike once you’ve had a chance to use it a bit.

    • Hi Thomas, the motor has more torque than the bosch power is more immediate and so far the only quibble I have is the take up of the drive.

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