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Xcited about the XDuro Trekking RX!

by Jack R. on August 2, 2014

Today I took one of our new Haibikes, the XDuro Trekking RX, out for a 30 minute spin!

The XDuro has such a sharp look and with the centerdrive it barely looks like anything more than a high end mountain bike. So much detail has been put into the frame design and the welds are so low key, the “cut” had me drooling.

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Haibike-Xduro-RXThe RX weighs 52 lbs, 10 lbs lighter than the Stromer, and the weight is extremely well balanced on the frame due to the motor and battery being in the center. I could easily carry this bike up a 3 story walk up daily.

In my time riding bicycles around NYC one of my favorite pastimes is to race the lights on 1st avenue and I took the Trekking RX over there as the avenue is near the shop. If you can catch all the lights you can ride straight up from Houston st all the way to 125th without missing a beat! Of course this has always proven nearly impossible as it requires you to go 20 mph non-stop for 5 miles (including uphill), quite the workout. Unless you have an electric bike.

Haibike-Xduro-RXCruising at a steady 25mph on the XDuro RX made staying in time with the lights no sweat, seriously not a drop of sweat on an 80 degree July day.

I was able to outpace cars and accelerate faster than them. At one point cruising along at 25 a cab did try to dangerously cut me off by darting in front of my right of way, and I was only able to decelerate fast enough to avoid catastrophe due to the hydraulic disk brakes, this electric bike has serious stopping power.

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I also took the XDuro Trekking over to 2nd avenue to try out the full suspension and tires. Riding down 2nd avenue has been a nightmare for cyclists for the past several years due to the construction of the new subway line. Jagged streets, endless potholes, missing lane
lines, no crosswalks, construction, cranes, dump trucks, and asphalt gaps parallel to the bike’s direction pose a serious safety risk. The tires and the suspension had me feeling very secure. The fat 29ner tires were much wider than all the worst cracks in the asphalt and there was none of the typical being “rattled to pieces” by the potholes and such. On this bike you just glide effortlessly around the city, the electric motor is super quiet.

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With a 30 mile range one could easily take this bike out in the morning, run errands all over NYC end to end all day and come back in the evening with much battery to spare and without losing your breath once. It’s overkill for riding around a city, even one with roads as rough as these.

I’d love to take it out on some dirt trails and see what the XDuro Trekking RX can really do.

Josh

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