The “Xduro” designation on Haibike
bikes means it’s powered by a Bosch
motor. In this case, it’s fitted with a
Bosch Performance Line CX motor, the
same powerful, torquey motor found
on their upper-end mountain bikes.
The motor has been rotated slightly up
towards the battery/downtube, and the
chainstays are angled to keep the chain
line straight instead of using an extra
pulley to route the chain around the
small 18t front sprocket.
The Xduro Cross is also available
with a low, step-through frame version.
It’s not super low, but the top tube
slopes appreciably lower down to the
seat tube for easier step-through.
The 740mm-wide handlebars provide
a stable platform for steering, and all
the controls are mounted within fingers’
reach. A Bosch Intuvia display shows
all pertinent information at a glance. We
like that it’s removable for when you
want to lock up your bike, and offers a
micro USB port to let you power your
phone for navigation.
The look of the bike is really clean,
with internal cable routing through the
hydroformed aluminum frame. Tektro
hydraulic brakes provide stopping
power via 180mm (front) and 160mm
(rear) rotors. The Xduro rolls on 28-inch
wheels with narrow Alex rims and
Schwalbe Smart Sam 700C tires.
There are rack eyelets for optional
racks, and there’s a set of mudguards
available as an option as well. Bosch’s
new compact 2A charger is included.
It’s 30 percent smaller, lighter and more
compact than the standard Bosch
charger, though it does take a little
longer to charge. The smaller size can
come in handy, however, because it’s
easier to carry with you.
One of our test riders took it back
and forth between the office and home,
about 10 miles each way, with some
steep hills and some unpaved parts (on
purpose). He tried it in Turbo and made
it to work without any sweat at all, but
that meant he kept it under 20 mph the
whole time. He felt he had
to, which was a little
limiting. When he rides
a road bike, he arrives
quicker but sweatier
because he’s going faster.
With this bike being aimed at
commuters and tourers, we’re a little
surprised they didn’t use the speed-
pedelec version of this motor to provide
assist to 28 mph instead of only 20. It
would be faster and safer getting to the
office, though possibly not as safe off-
road. That said, it did climb to 20 miles
an hour almost effortlessly for everyone
who rode it. The power and torque of
the CX motor are enough to offer up to
three times the output of the rider.
The Intuvia display is the de-facto
standard of Bosch systems, and it
shows speed, battery level, power
output from the motor, mode and range.
We liked that switching modes offers
up expected range in that mode. It’s
based on the amount of charge left in
the battery and how you’ve ridden the
bike for the last 1.5 miles. The power
indicator shows how much input the
battery is using at the rider’s given input
in real time. This is the sort of thing you
nerd out on at first, but after a while it
disappears into the background and you
just enjoy the ride.
The Xduro’s range was excellent.
Our test rider figured he could cover the
20-mile round trip to and from home
for a week
on one full
That round trip isn’t
completely flat; there
are some big hills, but
the rider is also in
pretty good shape
and a strong rider.
We liked the
new SRAM NX