For uncommon tastes: Haibike’s 2015 bikes


Haibike can easily pass as one of the more less than common sights at Eurobike, at least in what regards the high-end models. Even if the rest of the 2015 range falls in place with more regular shapes and sizes, there are a few bikes that play in the major ligue of mountainbiking, and, without any problems, can turn out to be serious competitors for premium brands.


Such an exemple is the Sleek full-suspension, a full-carbon machinery. And when we say full-carbon, we mean it, even the BikeAhead wheels, with their 6 spokes for each, being manufactured out of this material. Other mouth-watering features include a SRAM XX1 drivetrain, which was predictable since the bike will serve the pro team that Haibike sponsors. If the riders will receive this model in exchange for their services, the case is not the same for mere mortals, which will have to subtract 3.000 euros from their account for the frame, and 8.999 euros for the complete bike.

Those not very keen on pedalling, but still in love with bikes can embrace the models of the Sduro e-bike range, powered by Yamaha motors, that can ensure reaching a speed of 25km/h with ease. When they put their whole effort into it, the little powerboxes can send you flying across terrain with 45km/h. Uphill terrain, to be more precise. Of course, all magic comes with a price, but it seems that Haibike struck gold with this segment, as it considerably grew in size for 2015, having all-mountain bikes with various specifications in order to comply with several budgets.


Now, coming back to more reachable models, Haibike also launched Freed, a brand new hardtail models, aimed at cross-country racing, that features a high-quality carbon frame. Inner cable routing is a must these days, therefore it’s present here, and we have to point out that Haibike really managed to obtain a neat look by placing the seat stay and top tube on the same axis. Specifications will vary widely, starting with a top version that bears Shimano’s XTR Di2 and costs 6.999 euros, while the lowest version will set you back 2.799 euros, but at least you’ll have the same frame in all cases.


In terms of enduro mountain bikes, Q.En 7.20 sits at the top of Haibike’s range, which, to be honest, isn’t that extensive. Contributing to the 14,3 kilogram weight will be the Rock Shox Pike suspension fork, Shimano XT drivetrain, and DT Swiss wheelset. As for other options, you’ll have to make do only with another model, the Q.En 7.10, 300 grams heavier, featuring some lower specifications, but the same 27.5 inch wheels.


Not very different than Q.En will be the Heet, having quite an interesting design which leads to the usage of another suspension format. Both the rear shock and the fork will offer 150mm of travel, even if the bike relies on the 29” wheel size, and other news include the lower weight of 12.8 kilograms, and the clearance that allows using 2.35” wide tires.


Last but not least, carbon 29ers have as their main exponent the Greed. With fairly decent components, and slight facelifts, the 11-kilogram 9.10 version will feature a Fox 32 Float fork, and a drivetrain composed out of Shimano XT and SLX parts.