Ben has been putting HaiBike’s ‘entry-level enduro e-bike, the XDuro Allmtn 3.0 through its paces to see what it can and can’t do.
HaiBike are all about the e-bikes, and Ben has had their XDuro Allmtn 3.0 through the winter to see if entry-level and e-bike are words that can go together well. See what Ben made of the £4000, 160mm travel, 27.5″ wheel number below.
Photos by Dave Price.
- Bosch motor
- 150mm rear
- 160mm front travel
- Maxxis Minion 27.5” x 2.8 tyres
- Rock Shox Yari fork
- Alloy frame
- High pivot and idler
- £3,999.99 RRP
As e-Bikes go, £4k is about entry level and the XDuro AllMtn 3.0 from German E-Bike specialists Haibike aims to give you great up and down hill performance and great value. The question is, can you squeeze enough quality components to deliver a good ride into a £4k bike when you are also paying for the Bosch motor?
Frame and Build Kit
The Haibike has a distinctive and burly look to it, with the top tube giving the impression of the hunched shoulders of a bouncer outside a shady back street club. It is fairly industrial looking and is no featherweight, with the complete bike coming in at 25.5kg on our scales.
Geometry wise it is a little reserved for a 150/160mm trail bike with a 66 degree head angle, 457mm reach on the size large and 74 degree seat angle, but they are all reasonable numbers that add up to a decent all round package. The standout frame feature is the high pivot location that doubles as an idler for the chain, isolating pedalling forces and improving climbing performance, especially over tech terrain where the XDuro excels.
Bosch provide the 250W motor, powered by a 500Wh Powertube battery and controlled by a large screen with twin buttons that are hard to use whilst riding off road. Battery access is via a large plastic panel on the downtube and you can charge the battery on or off the bike depending on where you have mains power available.
The battery cover is a bit cheap feeling and sits proud of the frame, collecting water, mud and debris on winter rides. On several occasions I found myself having to give the battery a bit of a clean after muddy rides as a preventative measure due to the poor sealing of the access panel.
The Allmtn 3.0 is running on Rock Shox suspension with a 160mm Yari fork providing great performance for the money. If anything I think this fork performs better with the increased weight of an E-MTB when compared to a normal trail/enduro bike, as it felt supple and composed throughout. The basic Deluxe RT Air rear shock did feel a little out of its depth sometimes and I found the lack of adjustability meant I had to use air pressure to choose between mid stroke support or suppleness despite the high pivot location.
Shifting is taken care of by a SRAM NX 11-speed groupset which was crisp and reliable throughout the test. Whilst the actual groupset was quiet and smooth, the idler jockey wheel was pretty noisy throughout the test, sometimes squeaking, and sometimes a bit rattly.
Stopping should have been in the hands of the burly looking TRP G-Spec Trail S brakes, unfortunately they didn’t actually stop you very well at all, so stopping would happen when you hit a bush, tree or other obstacle on the way through a turn. Despite being 4-pots and a 203mm front rotor, the TRP’s never got properly bedded in. They never had any real bite or power and were tiring to use over long descents, sometimes requiring two fingers to stop the considerable weight of bike and rider.
Finishing kit was mostly Haibike’s in house brand and was basic but functional. The bar, stem, and saddle were all nicely made and decent quality and the only real let down was the grips which were very hard and almost plastic, adding to the hand fatigue from the brakes. Haibike’s own dropper post was basic, with a slightly heavy lever feel but worked perfectly throughout the whole test without any squish or play.
Finally it was running on Rodi Tryp 35mm internal width rims laced to Haibike hubs and shod with 2.8 inch wide Maxxis Minion DHF/R tyres in EXO casing and a basic compound. The wheels held up very well and took a lot of abuse without any trouble. Once set up tubeless the large footprint of the Maxxis tyres offered decent amounts of grip until there was any moisture in the the soil, at which point they became very sketchy, the hard compound sliding around under braking and understeering through the turns.
The thin, EXO tyre walls offer little support for such a heavy bike, forcing you to inflate them pretty hard, loosing more grip. If you buy this bike I would budget £100 for some tougher tyres and potentially go down to a 2.6 for proper fast and tech riding as the supplied tyres are very limiting in all but the driest and most chilled out trails.
As I mentioned earlier, the Haibike is an eager climber. The Bosch motor puts down plenty of useable power and the large tyre footprint from the 2.8 Minions helps to find traction over all but the slimiest of climbs. The 465mm chainstays help to sit you in front of the rear axle and the high pivot idler lets you stomp on the pedals without any thought or finesse and still get to the top in a composed manner. The slightly short reach meant that on steeper climbs the front can wander a bit, but if you lean in and muscle the bike it will go up pretty much anything.
It is fair to say that the first downhill run on this bike was not the best. Half way down the trail the non-drive side crank fell off, sending me careering into a bush. Luckily unscathed, I re-fitted it and then properly torqued it up when I got home. Whilst it was quite funny, it did make me triple check every bolt on the pre-assembled Haibike where I found plenty of loose ones after just one ride, making me doubt Haibike’s assembly standards.
Once I forgave the XDuro we actually go on fairly well when the trails were dry. It is very heavy, planted and solid feeling and pretty capable in all but the most twisty of trails. In tight, tech trails the long wheelbase, heavy weight and slightly numb suspension feel meant that you really had to dominate the bike to make it work for you. It was pretty physical to ride it fast, but it would go fast if you made it.
When things got flat out and you had it up to speed it did have a more lively feel to the ride and you could use the bike’s weight and momentum to pop and double some features up. The only problem with going this fast was trying to stop the thing as the brakes were so bad.
In the wet, root-infested forestry blocks of South Wales the cheap tyres meant that the Haibike was lacking in traction. It gave little confidence to just lean it in as the front would usually push wide. Luckily the low centre of mass and the inherent stability of an E-Bike meant that the slides were predictable and could be easily saved. It just meant you couldn’t go as fast.
Apart from the crank falling off the only other issue was the small mudguard that shields the rear shock. It came unscrewed and fell off, leaving the shock in line for loads of mud and debris.
What do we think?
At £4000 the Haibike XDuro Allmtn 3.0 is entry level for a full-sus E-Bike, but it is still a lot of money to pay for a fairly compromised bike. To really get the best out of the capable frame and suspension design you would need to budget a few hundred pounds for new brakes and tyres, pushing your investment closer to the £4.5k mark. For that money or less there is a lot of competition from direct brands with better components, so it is hard to recommend the Haibike.
- Solid climbing ability
- Dropper is simple, yet effective
- HaiBaike’s cockpit is no-frills performance
Could do better:
- Battery cover needs refinement
- Brakes lack in stopping power
- Better tyres are a must
- Rear shock lacks adjustment