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Hier ist das Innata Chamois zu Hause
Hier ist das Innata Chamois zu Hause - auf steinigen, verwinkelten Enduro-Trails.
Das Design des Innata Chamois ist sehr simpel.
Das Design des Innata Chamois ist sehr simpel.
Geometrie Innata Chamois in Medium
Geometrie Innata Chamois in Medium
Die Geometrie unseres Testbikes war ziemlich durchschnittlich.
Die Geometrie unseres Testbikes war ziemlich durchschnittlich.
Viergelenk-Hinterbau mit einem CNC gefrästen oberen Link
Viergelenk-Hinterbau mit einem CNC gefrästen oberen Link
Der RockShox Monarch RC3-Dämpfer wurde umgekehrt eingebaut.
Der RockShox Monarch RC3-Dämpfer wurde umgekehrt eingebaut.
Vorne verrichtet eine RockShox Yari-Federgabel mit 150 mm Federweg ihre Dienste.
Vorne verrichtet eine RockShox Yari-Federgabel mit 150 mm Federweg ihre Dienste.
Der Lenker ist ganze 800 mm breit
Der Lenker ist ganze 800 mm breit - ein Stück abschneiden kann man jedoch immer noch.
Das Innata Chamois kommt ab Werk mit Maxxis DH-Reifen in 2,4" Breite.
Das Innata Chamois kommt ab Werk mit Maxxis DH-Reifen in 2,4" Breite.
Die Löcher auf der Unterseite des Unterrohrs sind zur Montage der Carbon-Kabelführung gedacht.
Die Löcher auf der Unterseite des Unterrohrs sind zur Montage der Carbon-Kabelführung gedacht.
breite 28 mm Downhill-Felgen
breite 28 mm Downhill-Felgen
Die offen liegende Brose-Batterie ist ziemlich groß und klobig
Die offen liegende Brose-Batterie ist ziemlich groß und klobig - sie bietet 560 Wh Kapazität.
Der Brose-Motor ist im Gegensatz zum Rest unauffällig integriert
Der Brose-Motor ist im Gegensatz zum Rest unauffällig integriert - auf den FSA-Kurbeln ist ein 36 Zähne Kettenblatt montiert.
Die Lenkerfernbedienung befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.
Die Lenkerfernbedienung befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.
IMG 4009
IMG 4009
Das Innata Chamois hat keine Schwierigkeiten, technische, steinige Uphills zu meistern.
Das Innata Chamois hat keine Schwierigkeiten, technische, steinige Uphills zu meistern.
Hier überraschte uns das eMTB am meisten!
Hier überraschte uns das eMTB am meisten!
Die Trails am Gardasee sind teilweise sehr anspruchsvoll
Die Trails am Gardasee sind teilweise sehr anspruchsvoll - dadurch kann man nicht immer die grandiose Aussicht genießen.
Auf steinigen Trails konnte uns das schluckfreudige Fahrwerk überzeugen.
Auf steinigen Trails konnte uns das schluckfreudige Fahrwerk überzeugen.

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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.

The Innata Chamois was designed to be an Enduro bike
# The Innata Chamois was designed to be an Enduro bike - it has no problem managing some seriously rocky trails.

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.
The price is 6,969 € (RRP Italy) | Bikemarkt: Innata Chamois kaufen

The design of the Innata Chamois is fairly simpel.
# The design of the Innata Chamois is fairly simpel.

Innata Chamois – Product Profile

Geometry

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Geometry Innata Chamois Medium
# Geometry Innata Chamois Medium

Components

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  • 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)

Four bar linkage with a CNC'ed top link.
# Four bar linkage with a CNC'ed top link.
Shimano XT …
# Shimano XT …
… wherever you look.
# … wherever you look.
The RockShox Monarch RC3 shock has been mounted inversely.
# The RockShox Monarch RC3 shock has been mounted inversely.
Up front you'll find a RockShox Yari fork with 150 mm travel.
# Up front you'll find a RockShox Yari fork with 150 mm travel.
The bar is 800 mm wide
# The bar is 800 mm wide - trim to size we assume.
Wide 28 mm DH rims.
# Wide 28 mm DH rims.
Maxxis DH casing tyres as standard – we rolled with the 2.4" version.
# Maxxis DH casing tyres as standard – we rolled with the 2.4" version.

Motor & Battery

Details of the Innata Chamois

The Brose frame mount battery is quite large
# The Brose frame mount battery is quite large - it packs 560 Wh of power.
Brose motor integration is standard
# Brose motor integration is standard - FSA crank arms and a 36 T front ring.

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.

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  • Motor: Brose
  • Battery: 558 Wh
  • Power: max. 250 W
  • Display: Bloks

Power switch is on the right.
# Power switch is on the right.

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

IMG 4009
# IMG 4009

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.

The holes on the underside of the downtube will be where the carbon fibre cable mounting cover will go.
# The holes on the underside of the downtube will be where the carbon fibre cable mounting cover will go.

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.

The geometry and static pose of the bike is pretty average.
# The geometry and static pose of the bike is pretty average.

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

Uphill

Uphill Enduro trails or transfers are tough – the Chamois floats over it well.
# Uphill Enduro trails or transfers are tough – the Chamois floats over it well.

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.

Downhill

It was surprising how well the bike popped off and dealt with rough trails.
# It was surprising how well the bike popped off and dealt with rough trails.

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.

IMG 4216
# IMG 4216

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.

Trail

Full concentration is needed at Lake Garda
# Full concentration is needed at Lake Garda - no time to enjoy the view.

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.

IMG 4257
# IMG 4257

Tuning

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.

Pros

  • fully customisable
  • good base geometry for rocky Enduro trails
  • Motor is smooth

Cons

  • no integrated battery
  • Brose battery is quite big
Rocky trails are handled well by the reactive suspension.
# Rocky trails are handled well by the reactive suspension.

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

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  • 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

Website: www.innata-ebike.it
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Pictures: Alex Boyce, Stefano Bianchi

Chamois

range of use
XC: 4/10 – Trail: 7/10 – All-Mountain: 8/10 – Enduro: 8/10 – Downhill: 6/10
Motor + Battery
Brose
Battery Capacity
560 Wh
Uphill
8/10
bad
excellent
Downhill
9/10
bad
excellent
Motor
8/10
weak
extreme
Value for Money
9/10
too expensive
perfect
Sitting Position
8/10
upright
stretched
character
8/10
playful
stable
Explanation of “Range of Use”
XC:
0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
Trail:
100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
All-Mountain:
120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Enduro:
150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Downhill:
more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Erklärung zum Systemgewicht
Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
Test von: Innata Chamois

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Datum: 11. August 2017
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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.

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    The Innata Chamois is a fully customisable E-Enduro out of Italy. Innata 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 – no mass production here.


    → Read the full article “[url=http://www.emtb-news.de/news/test-innata-chamois/]Innata Chamois Test: Custom E-Enduro out of Italy[/url]”


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