Is Haibike a Good E-bike Brand to Buy? Brand & Models Review


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Although Haibike is part of the Netherland-based bike company, Accel Group N.V., it’s German to the core, having been founded in Schweinfurt in 1995. Before that, much like plenty of subsidiaries, its models used to be offered under the Winora brand. However, over time, the parent company decided that it’s better to have a dedicated mountain biking brand.

It prides itself with its utilization of German engineering in its sporty e-bike models. Its name is closely linked to what Haibike terms as “ePerformance. Essentially, Haibike stands for power and innovation. One concrete proof of this is the fact that it’s one of the few brands that can rightfully stake the claim that it began the eMTB revolution, having been one of the first companies to venture into motor-driven mountain bikes. 

E-Bike Model LineE-bike Type
AllMtnMountain
XDUROMountain
SDUROMountain, Road, Hybrid
FullMountain, Road, Fat
DwnhllMountain
HardMountain, Kids
Trekking/Trekking CrossMountain, Road, Hybrid, Cruiser, Commuter
SEETMountain, Kids (non-electric)

To view the full e-bike catalog of the brand, you need to either go to European versions of its main sites, with the UK and Germany being the best options. The choices are still limited in the US market, after all. 

Naturally, expect most of Haibike’s models to be largely eMTBs, road, and hybrid models. It offers one model for children via its Hard line or the HardFour if we’re going to pinpoint a specific model. Aptly, you don’t need to look further than its eMTB offerings to know what allows the brand to carve its own niche in the e-bike industry. 

Haibike AllMtn eMTB Model Line

The AllMtn line freely overlaps with other eMTB lines like the XDURO. If we’re going to opt for the best representative model, the latest AllMtn 7 makes for a great candidate. Labeled by some critics as “the sportiest Haibike yet”, the model does well to showcase what this Haibike eMTB line is all about. 

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It integrates mostly Yamaha’s primary components, namely its motor that can give a commanding 80 Nm torque output. This allows the e-bike to perform at its best when negotiating hilly climbs. The battery from the same brand offers as much as 600Wh. It has an excellent travel suspension and comfortable handling that makes it amenable to beginners and experts alike. 

We like how Haibike chose to hide the charger port inside the actual battery cover, so you won’t have to worry about it getting wet or being mucked up. All in all, it’s an e-bike that knows what to expect in the roughest terrain and any kind of hardcore trail riding. As for secondary components, it uses the formidable Shimano XT brakes and MAXXIS Minion DHF/DHR tires, which are perfect fits in eMTBs, to say the least. 

Read also: How to select your first electric mountain bike? – in this article. And, How much does a good eMTB e-bike cost? – in this article

Overall, we like how this e-bike line brings out Haibike’s expertise in the mountain biking field. The AllMtn 7 is one clear proof of this. It’s versatile and superior without going overboard with specs and additional components to the point that it only ends up ballooning the price.

We invite you to take a closer look at the Haibike AllMtn eMTB model line here.

Haibike XDURO eMTB Model Line

With such top-of-the-line offerings like the Adventr 5, Nduro 10, and AllMtn 10, the XDURO line demonstrates what eMTBs can achieve with their power pushed to the limit. These models offer a whopping 120 Nm of torque, which pretty much ensures steady, impressive assist and acceleration as should be expected from high-end eMTBs. 

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These models also share the same 630Wh battery. We like how it manages to provide a generous riding range because of how well it works with other features like the Eco-Plus mode integrated into the Nduro 10, for example. The same excellent range can be expected from the AllMtn 10.

Flyon allows the XDURO line to achieve these outstanding features. Another notable strength of the models in this line is their generally comfortable stability. The bright headlights are also worth commending, especially if you prefer night riding. Also, if you want a model that’s quieter, go for the AllMtn 10 instead of the Nduro 10.

Read also: Can e-bikes help go up steep hills? – in this article. Or how to switch electric assistance levels on an e-bike? – in this article.

Both are close to the same in performance, with premium parts that are well worth the money like the smart LCD display of the AllMtn 10. Also, who doesn’t mind getting a 5-year warranty on the frame and a 2-year one on the battery? 

We invite you to take a closer look at the Haibike XDURO eMTB model line here.

Haibike SDURO Electric Bike Model Line

Most of the trekking e-bikes in the SDURO line are lighter options compared to their XDURO counterparts. While it labels itself as an eMTB, to us, it feels more like a hybrid e-bike. Sure it also has vaguely similar power assist options like Eco, Eco Plus, and High found in most Haibike eMTBs, but its Yamaha PW-system motor is apparently less specced compared to the other premium eMTBs in the brand’s catalog.

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Even so, that doesn’t eliminate the fact that it still delivers adequate power. You certainly won’t feel like you’re missing out on power once you set the assist on high, especially if you want to conquer steeper than normal hills. 

Overall, the SDURO models are still versatile in that they can still handle moderate off-roading, but can perform just as superbly when commuting and light trail riding. It’s highly recommended as a commuter e-bike for anyone who lives in hilly cities or wants a more budget-friendly, all-around casual eMTB that’s still decently specced. 

We invite you to take a closer look at the Haibike SDURO electric bike model line here.

Haibike Full eMTB Model Line

The Full line represents what Haibike has to offer in the full suspension category. There’s not much difference between the FullNine and FullSeven series other than the fact that the former sports a larger overall build. The FullSeven makes a good choice for smaller riders or women in general.

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Both the FullSeven 9 and FullNine 9 use a notable Bosch Performance CX Gen4 motor that can give as much as 85 Nm torque. Thanks to the power, it accelerates faster and can achieve the 15.5mph (25 km/h) top speed easier than its other counterparts, unlike the equally heavy SDURO Trekking 9. 

Shimano derailleurs are always reliable and the SLX M7100 used in these models are no exception. The Range Extender is noteworthy since it leaves room for anyone to easily extend the riding range. Though not hydraulic, the Magura MT5 4-piston disc brakes still impart excellent control on most kinds of rough terrain. The Schwalbe super trail tires only seal this further. 

Incidentally, this is the only line that offers a fat version through the FullFatSix, which uses Schwalbe jumbo 4” tires. Specs-wise, it’s slightly below the others in the line with the same price tag. It’s similar in more ways than one but entirely different as well. All in all, you can’t beat the combination of versatility, stability, and comfort it provides through its mixture of a full-suspension frame and fat tires.

Read also: Why fat tires are good news for electric bikes? – in this article. And, How to select the best hybrid e-bike? – in this article.

We like the overall stability and comfort imparted by the full-suspension designs. Definitely a recommended line for those who want more safety, comfort, and affordability, while still having close to high-end eMTB specs Haibike models are known for.

We invite you to take a closer look at the Haibike Full eMTB model line here.

Haibike Dwnhll eMTB Model Line

The sole Dwnhll model is special in that it’s the only e-bike in Haibike’s entire catalog to claim that it’s a pure “downhill bike”. Adequately powered and accessorized as other Haibike mid-range models, it’s remarkable in that it addresses a key issue in the brand’s eMBT models. If you aren’t already aware of it, while most of its models make easy work of tricky ascents, they typically struggle in their downhill performances.

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Whether Haibike intended the Dwnhll model to remedy this or not, the jury remains out. Nonetheless, it’s on par with the superb specs of the FullFatSix. Both incorporate the same 80-Nm Yamaha motor. That’s great since you can expect the same assist potential when climbing harder inclines, too. And it’s a couple of bucks cheaper than the said fat model. 

The Maxxis Assegai tires incorporated are known for their grippy, powerful traction, making them a perfect addition. Full suspension is an obvious plus, while the mid-range 4-piston Magura brakes are another notable safety-oriented component. 

Read also: How to find a reliable e-bike? – in this article. And, Should I buy a new or used electric bicycle? – in this article.

With all things considered, it’s an eMTB that departs from the usual norm that downhill e-bikes are supposed to be highly specialized models that are only meant to follow a downward direction. Nonetheless, it’s categorized as downhill for a reason, and it’s definitely well-designed for that purpose. 

We invite you to take a closer look at the Haibike Dwnhll eMTB model line here.

Haibike Hard eMTB Model Line

Any model with the Hard label only really means the opposite of full suspension: hardtails. Much like its Full counterpart, most of its models are either Seven or Nine, which only pertains to the wheel sizes of 27.5” and 29” found in each e-bike. The HardNine works more like a road e-bike, while the latter is more about tackling the usual tricky trails associated with mountain biking. 

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Naturally, many of the models in this line are far more inexpensive. Their specs are slightly lower, with the HardNine 8 packing a 70-Nm Yamaha motor instead. The ever-convenient Yamaha InTube or frame-integrated battery is a bit of a steal, though, since it has the same 630Wh capacity as other high-end models, guaranteeing more range for thousands of dollars less. 

Indeed, the price-to-specs ratio is what makes most Hard models a crowd-pleaser. That is, of course, if you prefer hardtails over the brand’s excellent full-suspension options. 

Read also: Are electric bikes dangerous? What are e-bike risks? – in this article. And, How safe are electric bikes? – in this article.

The option for kids, the HardFour, pulls no punches with its specs as it’s only a slightly downgraded version of the HardNine 8, so any kid that gets this as an introductory model to e-biking (for it’s arguably still designed with that in mind) should consider himself or herself extremely fortunate. 

We invite you to take a closer look at the Haibike Hard eMTB model line here.

Haibike Trekking/Trekking Cross Electric Bike Model Line

Almost any bike that falls under the Trekking category showcases versatility in riding through urban cityscapes and light to moderate off-roading. Although the latest Trekking 10 model has been criticized by riders as appearing un-Haibike (due to its unique frame design), it’s actually quite an imposing e-bike, more so because of the purpose, it’s designed for.

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It’s being marketed as a commuter model yet it uses the same 85-Nm Bosch Gen4 Performance motor as the other eMTBs. It throws in the range extender as well, which means you can enjoy longer rides thanks to the maximum 1,125 Wh capacity. It’s definitely for the speed-hungry rider, and the fact that it can handle most road and cross-country rides well only adds to its appeal. 

Read also: How to select the best commuter e-bike? – in this article. And, how much does a commuter e-bike cost? – in this article.

Trekking models normally come complete with bright headlights, a rear rack, a front luggage rack, and fenders. The only thing missing are fenders, but for the mid-range price and outstanding specs, these certainly stand out. 

We invite you to take a closer look at the Haibike Trekking/Trekking Cross electric bike model line here.

Haibike SEET Bike Model Line (non electric)

The SEET series is what completes the circle, so to speak, for Haibike’s entire catalog since its models represent the entry-level modes that the brand has to offer. Don’t expect its models to have the same dazzling specs as the other lines featured. 

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Consider these models as nothing more than beginner-oriented options. Most are hardtail and can truly give you a feel of what e-biking feels like without having to grapple with a torque-y, high-powered motor yet. Their main value is rooted primarily in that facet, plus the fact that they don’t require you to shell out a lot of money just to try out e-biking. 

We invite you to take a closer look at the Haibike SEET electric bike model line here.

What Do Most Riders Think of Haibike?

Given its remarkable history, Haibike belongs among the top household names in the e-bike industry. Incidentally, it didn’t gain traction in the US until around 2014, and even now, it’s a brand that’s still arguably more widely recognized in Europe than in the former. Up to this point, though, its solid reputation is already unquestionable. 

We have the brand’s experience and knowledge of mountain bikes to thank for the terrific designs. Many people love the variety in its eMTB options alone. Each model line stands out with its own nuances. There’s almost always an option that will suit a trail rider’s taste, whether he goes all the way with aggressive riding, is more of a mellow or casual off-road rider, or a balance of both. 

The way Haibike understands these different needs and trail riding through the high-end to mid-range components it integrates and its almost uniform, tried-and-tested frame designs are what make them beloved. 

What Countries Does Haibike Ship To?

Haibike has a lot of satellite branches in many countries already, especially Europe. Besides the US, Haibike delivers to the UK, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and Austria. Most of these countries tend to cater only to their citizens and don’t offer international shipping. 

Take a look at this video review of Haibike SDURO Trekking electric bike:

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