The famous bicycle brand, Haibike is known for its mountain bikes but it also has a fair share of urban bikes in the market. Its trekking urban bike range starts from Trekking 1.0. The manufacturer, itself claims it to be a regular everyday bike.
If you want to know more about the dynamics, ergonomics, and presentation of the Trekking e-bike model line, keep moving forward:
Haibike Sduro Trekking at a glance
The Sduro Trekking 1.0 electric bike is the cheapest bike from the brand’s range of urban electric bikes. For a price of just 2199 euros, it offers 28-inch wheels with a sturdy and strong aluminum frame. This model incorporates a well-integrated mid-drive Bosch Active Line motor that gives a maximum torque of 50 Nm. The e-bike is powered by a PowerPack 400 battery that is well-attached to the frame.
As Haibike Sduro Trekking is created and equipped for city roads, it has a crutch, front and rear lighting, a luggage rack, and mudguards. All the equipment makes it a good city bike for commuting and city trips.
However, its “trekking side” can be called a little discrete. Let’s dig a bit deeper into the specifics of this model to find out why.
Comfort and ergonomics of Sduro Trekking models
Out of all famous brands and leaders in the cycle industry, one can quite easily identify Haibike’s electric bicycles due to their horizontal tube attached to both ends. The shrouds, welded well on the seat’s tube, complement the whole frame of the bike.
However, Haibike e-bikes are not as extravagant as, for example, Mustache Samedi models. When it comes to e-bike’s design, Haibike models are wisely and well-built for the city roads.
As for the finishes, many welds are visible between the tubes. But overall, Trekking models look great with matte black coating and fairly neat cable integration.
The electric power of the bike is also thought through quite nicely. You can’t put any doubts on the imposing and powerful Bosch Active line engine. This line was redesigned and had its 2nd generation of CX performance engines at the time of writing.
The battery is semi-integrated into the lower tube. In comparison, the battery of Sduro Trekking 2.5 and 4.0 (3.0 is an exception) are fully integrated, unlike the one of Sduro Trekking 1.0.
As the bike has a PowerPack design, it is not built for complete integration into the frame. But we can compromise on and appreciate the efforts made on the Sduro Trekking 1.0 model. As the battery is housed in a base, which makes the entire e-bike look more harmonious.
The battery can also be removed by a simple turn of the key.
Despite the bike’s curved handlebars and its “trekking” position, Haibike Sduro enables its rider to ride in a straight-forward position. Even though the cyclist does not have his/her back fully upright, unlike on most other urban bikes, the riding position is quite universal and comfortable.
Simply put, the cyclist’s body is neither too raised nor too leaned forward. In addition to that, curved handlebars provide better hand support and grip while riding the e-bike on hindering city roads.
With its rigid aluminum frame and fairly narrow Schwalbe Road Cruiser tires (42-622), Haibike Sduro Trekking rolls forward quite easily, but irregularities of the roads can be felt by the cyclist. This could be considered as one of the downsides of the e-bike.
The 63 mm Suntour NEX E25-LO fork absorbs the largest bumps on paved and damaged roads but does not work miracles for vibrations.
The same explanation goes for the saddle. It is fairly rigid, sporty but not neatly designed to provide comfort to the glutes. A suspended seat post would have been better to ride on cobblestones or paved roads.
We have already discussed how well-equipped the bike appears to be. The Luggage rack can support up to 25 kgs of load. Moreover, the lacquered black mudguards provide full protection from dirt, mud, and puddles.
The front mudguards could have gone a little more down to provide full protection against mud and dirt and to protect the rider’s shoes. But again, we are talking about a “trekking” design, not a pure urban electric bike. A trekking hybrid electric bike does not normally fully protect your clean, newly waxed office shoes.
Its appealing “trekking” design also explains the absence of chain protection. In spite of that, the designer has put a simple yet complementing aluminum disc to prevent the bottom of the pants from rubbing against the chain.
It is a robust solution but a little light and inadequate in terms of protection for the rider’s pants and shoes.
The kickstand attached to the bike is quite sturdy, well-placed, and robust. You can fold it easily while restarting or turning off the engine.
In terms of lighting, the Sduro Trekking adopts a fairly large Axa Blueline taillight that does its job very well on dark roads. The Trelock Bike-I Veo LS 230 headlight, on the other hand, is a bit of a pain when it comes to lighting outside the built-up area. It has a lighting intensity of just 20 lumens which is not enough on dark roads at night.
Haibike Sduro Trekking on the road
The Sduro Trekking is assisted by its Bosch Active Line Plus engine and runs with ease on bitumen, providing its rider with torque that can vary from 35 to 50 Nm. But mostly this support depends on the electric assistance mode selected by the cyclist.
The “Eco” mode, as the name suggests, preserves autonomy by providing a good push to compensate for the overweight of the bike. The 2nd “Tour” mode pushes the e-bike a little more to boost up the speed. This mode helps propel e-bike on the climbs up to 25 km/h, beyond which the assistance is cut.
Fortunately, there are also “Sport” and “Turbo” modes that help climb even the steepest slopes without losing too much speed. As long as the rider keeps good pedaling frequency (cadence) and selects the appropriate speed, even those modes won’t drain the battery fast.
The electric assistance is quite natural and proportional to the force exerted on the pedals, thanks to a sensor integrated into the pedals. Moreover, this assistance does not interfere at all with the pedaling frequency.
Changing electric assistance mode is done quite conveniently via a control switch located just next to the left handle. This control unit allows browsing multiple display modes. It also includes a button, activating the “Walk” mode. This mode helps walk the e-bike up to 6 km/h so that you do not have to use only your own force to push it when walking home, for example.
All battery and ride-related information is displayed on a Bosch Intuvia on-board computer with a large backlit monochrome screen. This screen is attached to the stem and is removable, to prevent theft.
The Shimano Acera transmission is not a lightning bolt, but can easily be controlled with the joystick located next to the right handle.
The 8 speeds system offers sufficient variety and power to ride at a good speed, although it is necessary to jump-start the bike to exceed 40 km/h downhill.
The e-bike is quite well rolling, helped by its large wheels and rigidity. One can count on Tektro T275 hydraulic brakes with a 180 mm disc at the front and a 160 mm disc at the rear. Tightened by double piston calipers, these brakes provide fairly reassuring progressive braking.
In an emergency braking situation, an e-bike rolling at a speed of 25 km/h has a breaking distance of around 3 meters.
Sduro Trekking autonomy
Although 500-Watt batteries tend to be more and more a standard, the Bosch PowerPack 400 (36 V, 11.6 Ah, 400 Wh) is perfect for Sduro Trekking, from the point of view of the economy. This is exactly what a typical base-level Trekking e-bike requires.
You can expect to cover around 40-50 km of the road using the “Turbo” assistance mode, which is the greediest and most power-eating mode.
Count around 30 additional kilometers by switching to the “Tour” mode. It is not enough to venture on long day trips without the assurance of having a power outlet to recharge in the evening but more than sufficient for daily trips and a few strolls on weekends.
You will have to upgrade to higher models (from Sduro Trekking 2.0) to take advantage of a 500-watts battery (or even 630 Watts on the expensive Xduro Adventure 5.0 and 6.0).
But these higher capacity batteries do not necessarily ensure a much higher autonomy, as engines on the models are not exactly identical (Sduro Trekking 2.0, for example, uses Yamaha PW-ST engine).
Battery recharge on Sduro Trekking 1.0 takes a while, as it uses a modest Bosch “Compact Charger” providing only 2 A. A full charge requires almost 5 h 45 min. It would make sense to buy a “Standard” (4 A) charger or even a “Fast” (6 A) charger to make the recharging process much faster.
Haibike Sduro Trekking datasheet
|Engine||Bosch Active Line|
|Number of speeds||8|
|Battery||Bosch PowerPack 400 watts|
|Luggage rack/anti-theft/tool kit||Yes//no/no|
|Bike weight||23.4 kg|
Pros of Haibike Sduro Trekking
- Great electrical assistance
- Pleasant to ride
Cons of Haibike Sduro Trekking
- Low absorption of road vibrations
- Not a 100% urban electric bike
- Long charging time
Final remarks about Haibike Sduro Trekking
Not being a fully trekking e-bike, the Haibike Sduro Trekking is still versatile enough to be used for regular commuting. Riding comfort on city roads is, indeed, not too strong, but if roads are well maintained, this e-bike will do a reasonably good job of getting its rider from point A to point B.
Read also: Check out reviews of popular models of electric bikes in this overview article.
As often, it would make sense to find a sales promotion for, for example, the Sduro Trekking 1.0 model. Its retail price of € 2199 places it at € 200 above Moustache Sunday, which has quite similar features and equipment. So, makes sense to take a good look prior to buying one of them.