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Innata Chamois test: Having a frame welded up for you is a great way to start a bike test. Knowing that every customer can have this done for them is something even more special. Innata is a custom E-Bike brand from Brescia, Italy. They have created a simple frame design that can be modified to the clients request, or just bought off the shelf. Each bike is made to order and welded up in Italy – no mass production here.
Innata Chamois – In Brief
Custom geometry? Yes, please!
Having the chance to try one-off bikes was a new experience, especially when you know you can make the bike into anything you want. Our test was on a prototype mid-range version that was bike number two in a series of seven bikes before main order production starts. Although Innata are ready to receive customer orders, they are still finalising finishing details. Our tests on board the Innata Chamois on their base geometry demonstrated a bike that was ideal for Lake Garda style Enduro descents.
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Innata Chamois – Product Profile
- Frame: Aluminium Custom Geometry
- Fork: Rockshox Yari / 150 mm
- Shock: Monarch Plus RC3 / 150 mm
- Shifter: Shimano XT
- Derailleur: Shimano XT
- Cassette: Shimano HG-701
- Cranks: FSA
- Brakes: Shimano XT, 203 / 180 mm discs
- Wheels: RWR DH
- Tires: Maxxis Highroller DH casing, 27,5″ x 2,5″
- Hubs: RWR Boost / front 15 x 110 mm – rear 12 x 148 mm
- Seat: PRO Tharsis 9.8
- Seatpost: PRO
- Bar: FSA Grid HB 800 35 mm
- Stem: FSA Grid ST 35 mm
- Motor: Brose
- Display: Bloks
- Battery: 558 Wh
- Power: 250 W
- Weight: 23.85 kg
- Price: 6,969 € (RRP)
Motor & Battery
Details of the Innata Chamois
We rarely encounter frame mounted Brose batteries.
The basis of the Innata Chamois is the Brose pedal assist system. Specified with a frame mounted 558 Wh battery there is plenty of power available, with our test system having the latest software installed. Interestingly, this is the first time that we have tried a frame mounted Brose battery. The system used is chosen for flexibility as it allows the bike designers to make modifications to the frame as they desire. No integration here as it would not be possible for those, who have specific geometry requests.
- Motor: Brose
- Battery: 558 Wh
- Power: max. 250 W
- Display: Bloks
Remote on the right, something new to try …
Remote on the right is actually not a bad idea, most systems put the display or remote on the left. On the right it works pretty well and is the first time we tried this setup. With the Brose system on test we did not change the setting that often, so it didn’t really matter where it was mounted.
Innata Chamois – Hands On
A good component specification that is robust and performance orientated.
It has to be clear that we were testing a pre-production prototype, what that means from Innata’s point of view is that the geometry for their off-the-shelf version is finalised, however frame finishing details are yet to be confirmed. Cable routing will be down the underside of the downtube, not in the current location and there will be a few other details, for example chain-stay lug shapes will change.
Up-close our test version was a simple design. The idea from the designers was to keep their design as flexible as possible. Everything can be customised, from paint colour to component choices to geometry, although Innata have a few base versions with their recommended build specifications, the end customer can make the final choice on what they want. Turn around should be about two months, as each frame is custom welded, one at a time. The only proviso is that tube shapes are fixed. The frames are hand welded and oven heat-treated to ensure structural integrity. Each tube is custom cut for the individuals specified geometry.
Our test version was welded up at “high speed”, as they only had ten days to prepare the bike before our agreed test date, so we were lucky we got the bike on time for the test. The geometry they had established on the medium size bike we tested was very close to mainstream Enduro E-Bikes from big brands. However, their final build included a wider bar, shorter stem and longer cockpit position than what is normally on the market, which we liked a lot – it gave the rider a strong feeling of being in control of the bike.
Suspension travel sits at 150 mm front and rear and is taken care of by a reliable four bar linkage driven by a RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 shock, always keeping things under control. Upfront a RockShox Yari is specified that worked reliably during our test. Interestingly the top end “Racing” version of the Innata Chamois comes with a 160 mm Formula Selva – one of the most renowned forks performance-wise, on the market.
Wheel choice is robust and based around RWR downhill wheels, which are a well priced handmade Italian brand that is incredibly robust in construction. On the Garda rocks after a few harsh runs they were still perfect (we have destroyed a set of good Enduro wheels here on only one run in the past). Innata made an excellent choice specifying Maxxis Highroller II with a DH casing. To our knowledge they are one of the only companies to do this. We have made so many holes and cuts in so many tyres over the last few seasons, to finally have a company that puts a DH casing on an E-Bike wheel as standard is quite frankly sensible and everyone should be doing it.
Innata Chamois On The Trail
Copes well with rocky step-ups.
The Innata Chamois has a good balance between rear end reactivity/performance and grip on climbs. Garda has a lot of rocks and tight corners, the Chamois goes uphill well in these conditions and with the Brose motor there is no danger of spinning out on difficult climbs. Motor support is actually ideal in these situations where it can get slippery if wet. The cockpit with the short stem and wide bar means that responsiveness is ideal for tight cornering or technical step-ups. We never found ourselves struggling to understand what the bike was going to do. The four bar linkage on the suspension created a stable platform that maintained responsiveness and grip.
Really great performance on rough rocky trails and fast in switchbacks.
The Innata Chamois surprised us greatly with its lightweight snappy feel, despite being like all other E-Bikes weight wise. It popped off drops and motored through very, very rough, rocky trails without any problems. The choice of wheels and tyres gave a distinctive Enduro feel to the rider. The suspension was supple and reactive, ramping up at the end of the stroke in a fairly progressive way. The front end of the bike was well poised giving a feeling of security to the rider and a feeling of sitting “in the bike” rather than on it.
We generally like stretched out geometry and long bikes, however when taking on some of the technical switchbacks and tight rocky corners in Garda the Innata Chamois’ numbers made total sense. We could snap around corners and just about take on any type of descent here. The proving grounds for the test riders were obviously here.
As it was a one-off bike, we were afraid of braking something and making the bike company groan with annoyance, as our test rider is quite heavy (95 kg with kit) and does have a tendency to break things. However, after bottoming out on the rims, due to us maybe having the tyre pressures a bit too low, jumping off a few drops, finding a lot of rock holes which needed careful negotiation, plus vibrating the bike a lot on repetitive, rough trail chatter, we felt confident that we were riding a tough bike.
We would rather ride Enduro trails with it.
There are many things said about Lake Garda as a place to ride – “trail” riding gently is not generally one that Garda is famous for. We specifically asked Stefano, our guide, to take us on some more easy going trail routes. What we found was a bike that will cruise along quite comfortably without fuss and not leave the rider with any unnecessary uncomfortable feelings as the trail winds up and down along a ridge line. The Innata Chamois is able to pick its way through rocky outcrops and responded well with the super smooth Brose motor on short snappy climbs. However, with this style of bike it’s hard to deny the want to blast down some rocky chutes. It’s build says Enduro and the marketing of the bike is Enduro based, so we prefer to ride Enduro trails on it.
If you have a specific geometry request, you pick up the phone to Dario and discuss it. The designer will make the number changes you require to the frame build and hey presto – you have your own custom geometry. Let’s be clear, though: You need to know what you are doing! Tuning is personal, so know what you need before you suggest changes and know where you will be riding. If you want bright pink paint then go for it, that’s not going to change the performance much.
Conclusion – Innata Chamois
Getting geometry right on E-Bikes is not so easy, there are many interpretations out there at the moment. The Innata Chamois is close to the middle ground currently and has been specified with a well-thought-out Enduro based parts list. It’s not a beautiful design, but is offset by flexibility in geometry choice at a competitive price considering it’s custom. On the trails we rode, the bike is interesting and fun and the combination of the Brose system plus a custom geometry is unusual and gives options we had not considered before.
- fully customisable
- good base geometry for rocky Enduro trails
- Motor is smooth
- no integrated battery
- Brose battery is quite big
About The Test
- LOCATION: We tested the Innata Chamois on the fairly secret Enduro trails of Toscolano Maderno, by the shores of Lake Garda. We shuttled a bit to get to a few trails quickly and climbed about 1200 metres on gravel and normal roads. We were guided by Stefano Bianchini, who offers various guiding services and trail experiences in the area, according to the skill level of the rider. The trails we test rode are really good for those who like proper Italian “Garda” Enduro, with rock that is resistant to erosion and long flowing descents on loamy substrate.
Tester-profile Alex Boyce
- Name: Alex Boyce
- Height: 183 cm
- Weight (with riding-gear): 95 kg
- Inside leg: 88 cm
- Arm’s length: 69 cm
- Torso: 67 cm
- Riding style: soft, jumps preferred, every terrain, Uphill in turbo-mode
- What do I ride mainly: E-Bike, Enduro, Gravel.
- Preferred suspension: Responsive and direct steering, Plus-Tires
- Preferred geometry: Wide bars (800 mm), long frame, chainstays mid-length
Is there a market for customisable frame geometry? Would you like more companies to offer this service?
More Information On The Innata Chamois
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Pictures: Alex Boyce, Stefano Bianchi
- 0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
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