At nearly 17 grand, we can’t imagine
that Haibike is expecting to sell many of
these bikes. In fact, they’re only bringing
15 into the U.S. But, the goal is to try
and create a halo-effect product, one
to bring in customers and show them
the ultimate possibility of the company’s
products. This works as that in price,
performance and lightness.
The Carbon Ultimate is a full-suspension electric mountain bike that
sheds several very noticeable pounds.
Swapping the tires improved the ride,
but added weight worth about $2000 in
pound-shedding. But we’re not sure if
the owners of these bikes are going to
go out and pound on them like we did,
but we sure had fun doing it! It’s a rock-solid performer that’s a total blast to ride
and one heck of a conversation piece. ■
Frame: UD-Carbon monocoque
Fork: Fox 34 with remote lockout
Rear shock: Fox Float DPS EVOL
Wheels: Bike Ahead Biturbo Carbon,
Tires: Schwalbe Thunder Burt
Motor: Bosch Performance CX Mid-drive, 350W
Battery: Li-Ion 36V, 400 Wh
Charge time: 3. 5 hours
Top speed: 20 mph
Range: 25 miles, depending on riding
style, load and terrain
Drive: Shimano XTR Di2 M 9050
Brakes: Magura MT8, 203mm front
and 180mm rear
Weight: 42. 5 lb.
Available frame size: 40, 45, 55cm
A Bosch Intuvia display is standard with the
Bosch CX line. It’s tiltable and removable. The Di2
display shows what gear you are in for a couple of
seconds. Notice the intentional lack of cap on the
stem. Everything about this bike is for lightness.
Magura MT8 brake levers
with carbon blades allow
precise control and
modulation of the brakes.
Riders are at first intimidated by the
completely unpadded Tune carbon
fiber saddle. It gives just the right
way to be the first thing you forget
to notice on the ride.
The Carbon Ultimate looks
serious just sitting still.
Magura dual-piston brakes on a 180mm
disc in the rear are plenty of stopping
power for this light bike.
This Fox 34 trail fork is specifically tuned
for an electric bike. The front Magura
brake utilizes a big 203mm disc that you
do not want to grab a handful of.