we put the most essential feature of an e-Bike into our main design foCus: the drive system
Whilst Husqvarna Bicycles was not at Eurobike 2018, we still got some news on the weekend prior to the show; which shall now be referred to as Eur-E-Bike…
For 2019, Husqvarna look to refine their design and really focus on working around the drive system. Sourcing it from Shimano again, Husqarvana equip some Gran Tourer (GT), Mountain Cross (MC) and new models; Hard Cross (HC), and Extreme Cross (EXC) with the E8000 motor and SIMPLO 630Wh integrated battery. It is expected that the lower builds and variants will feature the E6000 and the recently released E7000 system.
The eMTBs appearance and frame geometry are subtly updated, however feature a completely different suspension set up. Husqvarna have equipped all their full suspension eBikes with a Horst-link set up and moved away from the Twin-link system.
Two new models have been added to their eMTB range; the HC and EXC. There has been a rise in downhill eBikes and Husqvarna look keen to jump on the train. Designed for extreme action, the EXC 10 features a whopping 200mm of travel thanks to some beefy FOX Performance Elite 40 FLOAT forks and FOX FLOAT DH X2 rear shock. The EXC 10 will be offered with the Shimano XTR 11 speed drivetrain and 650b wheels wrapped in Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres. For something this extreme, I would’ve expected more aggressive tyres like Magic Mary or Minion DHF/R but I guess that’s something riders can easily change.
UPDATE: From the Husqvarna’s Instagram post, Magic Mary’s are fitted.
Whilst the EXC is on the very end of the extreme eMTB scale, the also newcomer HC looks to be an extension of the popular MC bikes and bridge the gap. With more travel, bumping bumping up to 180mm from the 140mm, the HC 8 finds itself equipped with Shimano XT Di2 groupset and FOX 36 forks and FOX FLOAT X2 rear shock.
Although Husqvarna weren’t at Eur-E-Bike show, they still gave us the goods at such a perfect time. There has been a ridiculous amount of eBike news which we’ll try and cover over the coming days.