e-bikes we’ve tested lately. The drivetrain is made up entirely of Shimano
Deore XT components, as are the Ice
Tech hydraulic disc brakes. They use
180mm front and rear rotors, which is
a surprise considering many similarly spec’d bikes on the market use a
200mm front rotor.
The wheels have thru-axles with
quick releases—a 15mm in the front
and 12mm in the rear. Pulling a wheel
off to repair a flat was easy, and the
hollow axles were plenty stiff and sturdy
enough for all the abuse we put them
Spec’d out with solid components,
this bike has one immediately omitted
nicety—a dropper post. As it is set up
well for more challenging, all-mountain
riding, a dropper would be the first thing
added to this bike by most riders.
(Above) Shifting was sure-footed with the
11-speed Shimano setup. It never faltered, even
on steep climbs when we needed it most.