on steep and technical terrain. The bike
also comes in slightly lighter than the
Plus version, and thanks to the reduction
of rotating weight, feels lighter overall on
Both Spitzing bikes we tested deliv-
ered some of the best off-road perfor-
mance we’ve ever seen from any electric
mountain bike. They’re dialed with a
suspension system that works well in
nearly any condition and are built with
German quality you can see and feel.
These bikes are quiet and smooth, and
have plenty of battery power to last for
very long rides, even at full power. They
are certainly on the high end of the price
spectrum, but deliver performance that’s
worth the price of admission.
Carbon construction: Both Spitzings sport
an impressively sculpted carbon frame.
in: The underside
of the frame,
the battery, is
protected with a
skid plate. This
will keep the
motor from being
all the roost from
the front wheel.
Most of our test riders ultimately
preferred the Enduro version of the
bike rather than the Plus version.
The smaller tire size felt lighter, and
the suspension felt more effective.
That said, both bikes take advantage of that huge mid-drive motor to
propel you to the top of any climb
and then enjoy the rip down the
The controls: Both bikes feature a five-mode power setting that allows you to balance power input and battery savings. At
full power, these things can climb a steep
fire road at over 30 mph.
Big ring: Spitzing uses a large chainring for
their mid-drive bikes, a move they can get
away with thanks to the powerful motor
that can push the higher gears.
Carbon throughout: Carbon
rockers hold the linkage
together to save weight and
keep the stiffness high.
High-end hardware: This bike has
aluminum bolts throughout, a
sign that these guys have an eye
for the details.
Four-bar goodness: The suspension design
on both bikes is a four-bar linkage, which
is one of the most supple and efficient
designs in the mountain bike world.