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Auf sanften, flowigen Trails wie diesem ist das Maxx Fab4 EL voll in seinem Element.
Auf sanften, flowigen Trails wie diesem ist das Maxx Fab4 EL voll in seinem Element.
Unser Maxx Fab4 EL-Testbike
Unser Maxx Fab4 EL-Testbike
Der Antrieb besteht aus Shimano SLX und XT-Komponenten.
Der Antrieb besteht aus Shimano SLX und XT-Komponenten.
Am Trailbike ist eine RockShox Pike-Federgabel immer eine gute Wahl.
Am Trailbike ist eine RockShox Pike-Federgabel immer eine gute Wahl.
Die integrierte Batterie verleiht dem Bike ein elegantes Aussehen …
Die integrierte Batterie verleiht dem Bike ein elegantes Aussehen …
… wozu auch das hochwertige und glatte Finish beiträgt.
… wozu auch das hochwertige und glatte Finish beiträgt.
Ob der Hinterbau genug Reifenfreiheit für 29" Räder bietet?
Ob der Hinterbau genug Reifenfreiheit für 29" Räder bietet?
Das Maxx Fab4 EL setzt auf einen Brose Drive S-Motor und einen klassischen Viergelenker-Hinterbau.
Das Maxx Fab4 EL setzt auf einen Brose Drive S-Motor und einen klassischen Viergelenker-Hinterbau.
Auf der Batterie befindet sich eine Anzeige für den Ladestand.
Auf der Batterie befindet sich eine Anzeige für den Ladestand.
Das Bloks-Display funktioniert, ist allerdings etwas weit vom Lenker weg.
Das Bloks-Display funktioniert, ist allerdings etwas weit vom Lenker weg.
Unser Maxx Fab4 EL-Testbike
Unser Maxx Fab4 EL-Testbike
Die Uphill-Performance des Maxx konnte uns positiv überraschen.
Die Uphill-Performance des Maxx konnte uns positiv überraschen.
Sachte Downhill-Trails sind kein Problem
Sachte Downhill-Trails sind kein Problem - in hartem Gelände sollte man es nicht zu aggressiv angehen.
Der Kronplatz bot ideale Trails, um das Maxx Fab4 EL zu testen.
Der Kronplatz bot ideale Trails, um das Maxx Fab4 EL zu testen.
Man kann das Maxx bergab durchaus ans Limit bringen
Man kann das Maxx bergab durchaus ans Limit bringen - es fährt sich jedoch überaus spaßig und aktiv.

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Maxx Fab4 EL tested: Maxx is a custom bike company from Rosenheim in Bavaria. Their approach is all about customisation and giving riders exactly what they want. With a huge range of bikes available, including bikes based around the Pinion gear box, we were very interested to see how their E-Bikes are. Their latest model, the FAB4 El, is an All Mountain focused eMTB, based on the all new Brose Drive S motor. All in all with excellent trail conditions during the Eurobike Media Days in Kronplatz, Italy, we couldn’t refuse a ride and spent a day thundering around the trails to see, what Maxx had come up with.

At the Kronplatz we found ideal trails to test the Maxx Fab4 EL.
# At the Kronplatz we found ideal trails to test the Maxx Fab4 EL.

Maxx Fab4 EL – In Brief

Make it any colour you like, then ride it a long way.

The Maxx Fab4 EL is an interesting bike from an established German custom bike builder. The model we focused on in our test was for agressive All Mountain riding, which considering our test location was an excellent choice. We were able to see well, how the bike worked in those conditions. The build of the model we tested suited our needs well. However, making changes to the parts specified is no trouble. There are may options available, with different width, length, quality and so on. You can change the colour or even have your name or logo printed on the top tube.

Price starts at 4,999 € (RRP) | Bikemarkt: Maxx Fab4 EL kaufen

The Maxx Fab4 EL version we tested
# The Maxx Fab4 EL version we tested

Maxx Fab4 EL – Technical Data

Geometry

Standover: 847 mm (frame size L)

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Maxx Fab4 EL Geometry
# Maxx Fab4 EL Geometry

FramesizeNumberSMLXLXXL
Seattube1420 mm450 mm480 mm520 mm570 mm
Top Tube2611 mm622 mm632 mm650 mm669 mm
Head Angle368°68°68°68°68°
Seat Angle (effective)474°74°74°74°74°
Seat Tube5130 mm130 mm130 mm150 mm170 mm
Chain Stay6465 mm465 mm465 mm465 mm465 mm
Wheel Base71202 mm1213 mm1201 mm1243 mm1243 mm
BB Height/ Drop (standard tires)9360/6 mm360/6 mm360/6 mm360/6 mm360/6 mm
Travel (rear)10150 mm150 mm150 mm150 mm150 mm
Travel (fork)11150 mm150 mm150–160 mm150–160 mm150–160 mm
StackS627 mm627 mm627 mm646 mm664 mm
ReachR431 mm442 mm452 mm465 mm479 mm

Components

Our test bike had a few little extras, that we would recommend to anyone. This included the RockShox Pike RCT3 fork and Kindshock Lev DX seat post.

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FrameRahmen6061-T6 Alu MAXX Custom tubing
ForkGabelRockshox Pike RCT3 150 mm (Option)
ShockDämpferRockshox Deluxe RT3
ShifterSchalthebelShimano SLX
DerailleurSchaltwerkShimano Deore XT Shadow Plus
CassetteKassetteDeore SLX, 11–46 T, 1 x 11
CranksKurbelFSA Boost 34 T
BrakesBremseMagura MT5 4 piston, 203/180 mm
WheelsLaufräderSun Ringle Duroc 40, 32H, SV,black. DT 370, through axle.
TiresReifenSchwalbe Nobby Nic Performance folding
SeatSattelLookin 3D Athletic
SeatpostSattelstützeKindshock LEV DX (option)
BarLenkerMAXX Rizer
StemVorbauMAXX 8°
MotorMotorBrose Drive-S
DisplayDisplayBloks
BatteryAkkuBMZ V7, 36V / 13,8 Ah / 496,8 Wh – removable
PowerLeistung250 W
WeightGewicht23 kg
Price (RRP)Preis (UVP)4999 €

The rear drive train with Shimano SLX and XT components
# The rear drive train with Shimano SLX and XT components
A reliable fork choice for a trail bike
# A reliable fork choice for a trail bike
An integrated battery gives the bike a slimline look.
# An integrated battery gives the bike a slimline look.
The frame finishing is smooth
# The frame finishing is smooth
Enough clearance for 29er tyres?
# Enough clearance for 29er tyres?

Motor & Battery

The Maxx Fab4 EL is based on a classic four bar linkage and a Brose Drive S motor.
# The Maxx Fab4 EL is based on a classic four bar linkage and a Brose Drive S motor.
Battery life indicator on the battery
# Battery life indicator on the battery
The display works, but we would like Bloks to make it closer to the bar.
# The display works, but we would like Bloks to make it closer to the bar.

The Brose motor makes for a silent ride.

This was our first time testing the Brose Drive S motor system. We were able to also ride some other variants of the Brose motor on other bikes and from this we were able to understand that the Drive S motor has a much improved tune compared to the previous version. Power delivery is more supportive – essentially we felt it got us to the top of the hill a bit quicker, although battery life is comparable to before. The torque curve is more similar to other motors on the market now. However, ride operation is still very silent with the Brose Drive S motor. The belt drive gives a more silent feel and incredibly smooth transition when passing the 25 km/h limit.

We would prefer a different, more slimline display that is closer to the bar. The Bloks display is pretty common with Brose systems and it’s not super clear to read in bright light, although it’s very easy to use and change power settings.

Click to expand motor details

  • Motor: Brose Drive S
  • Battery: 500 Wh
  • Power: max. 250 Watt
  • Display: Bloks

Maxx Fab4 EL – Hands On

You can customise this bike a lot.

The mounting kit on the Maxx Fab4 EL is aimed at the more conservative rider who wants to explore some rough trails now and then. This is confirmed with a conservative geometry that supports a bike that will be manoeuvrable on tight twisting trails and responsive to pedal inputs. The rider has a reasonable reach, but again, the aim here is a more conservative body position for riding trails, more than extreme descents.

The wheel package is a comfort package that gives good grip in corners, but with tyres that are not designed for hard riding. Suspension duties are well considered with RockShox units front and rear, which are easy to set up. The rear shock drives a classic four-bar linkage that keeps the rear wheel in constant floating contact with the ground. This is ideal for pedalling and almost the standard on trail bikes. Very few companies wander off this design nowadays.

The Maxx Fab4 EL version we tested
# The Maxx Fab4 EL version we tested

Frame build quality is good and the ability to custom paint your ride and have it decaled up anyway you like is cool. The battery integration is pretty smooth and rattle free. The battery can be removed for charging and also swapping out. Interestingly, Maxx gives an option of ordering a second battery for 529 € when you buy the bike. Few bike companies so far explicitly offer this, leaving the user to ask or discover how to do it – Maxx make it easy.

Maxx Fab4 EL On The Trail

Uphill

The uphill performance of the Maxx was a surprise
# The uphill performance of the Maxx was a surprise

The Fab4 EL is made for climbing uphill without fuss.

During our test at the Kronplatz in Italy we often used lift assisted trails, to get as much trail time as possible. This meant our overall uphill time was a bit limited, but still enough to get a good first impression of the Maxx Fab4 EL. When we did get the chance to experience the ride characteristics uphill, we found ourselves pleasantly surprised. The Fab4 EL has ideal uphill geometry for a trail bike, meaning the rider is always in a good position for keeping the power down. The rear suspension was active and direct in operation keeping us moving forward constantly. The fairly upright seat tube angle also adds to this superior climbing ability.

Downhill

Smooth downhills are good
# Smooth downhills are good - take it easy on rough stuff

Not an extreme descender, but can cope if needed.

We spent a significant amount of time descending and blasting around, including back-to-back jumps. The Maxx Fab4 EL is not a park bike or a descending machine – it is stable and responsive, but needs to be ridden with that in mind. The rider needs to spend time finding the ideal balance point for their body weight and maintain it as much as possible on steep descents. The geometry is such that the rider needs to be precise with his movements in order to get the best out of the bike. Also, the rear shock has a tendency to feel a bit harsh and uncomfortable on really rough terrain – maybe a result of the compromises that were made, to ensure the bikes pedals well.

The plus size wheel combination has been chosen to give a supportive feel to the rider and does insulate against some of these compromises. On rough ground we felt the ability to float happily over the terrain without worry because of the plus tyres, but not at extreme speed. We liked the Magura brakes and Shimano gearing – even in wet conditions. All components gave us a reliable response when called upon.

Trail

The trails at the Kronplatz, Italy, were just perfect for testing the Maxx Fab4 EL.
# The trails at the Kronplatz, Italy, were just perfect for testing the Maxx Fab4 EL.

The Maxx Fab4 EL is a very solid trail bike.

The Maxx Fab4 EL is in our opinion a solid trail machine. When the trail goes up and down and the rider wants to whip along, the geometry and component package is exactly what this bike is meant for. Up and down trail changes and various ground surface type changes are all dealt with and give the rider a smooth feeling and progressive edge to the ride. If you want to get somewhere quickly, then the Fab4 EL will help you do that. The bike stands up well and pops around corners without fuss. The steering in this respect is direct and ideal for this type of riding and indicative of the 68° head angle.

Tuning Possibilities

Maxx has a full option list on their website when ordering – including every colour you can imagine. Our test bike came with the upgraded fork option and the KS Lev seat post, which we would consider a minimum to do, if you wish to ride aggressively off-road.

Conclusion – Maxx Fab4 EL

The Maxx Fab4 EL has many advantages over its competition in a crowded market. It is fully customisable, silent in operation and is ideal in ride feel for those, who want to ride endless up and down flowing trails. With its rather conservative geometry it won’t win any prices for its radical downhill performance, but it’s a very efficient and capable all-rounder.

Pro

  • Silent ride
  • Battery removal is easy
  • Ideal for long distance trails

Cons

  • Downhill performance
  • Display hard to read
We found the edge of control a few times
# We found the edge of control a few times - it was fun

Testing Procedure

  • Kronplatz, Italy: Here we tested on very long descending lift accessed trails that are full of flow and banked corners. It was an ideal location for All Mountain riding, with some technical sections.

Tester profile Alex Boyce

Tester profile click to expand

  • 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

What would you customise when ordering the Maxx Fab4 EL? 


Further Information On The Maxx Fab4 EL

Website: www.maxx.de
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Photos:  Jens Staudt

Maxx Fab4 EL

range of use
XC: 8/10 – Trail: 9/10 – All-Mountain: 9/10 – Enduro: 6/10 – Downhill: 3/10
Motor + Battery
Brose
Battery Capacity
500 Wh
Uphill
9/10
bad
excellent
Downhill
6/10
bad
excellent
Motor
9/10
weak
extreme
Value for Money
7/10
too expensive
perfect
Sitting Position
6/10
upright
stretched
character
7/10
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: Maxx Fab4 EL
Hersteller:
Alex Boyce

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Wertung:
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Datum: 17. November 2017
Aktualisiert: 17. November 2017

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The Maxx Fab4 EL has many advantages over its competition in a crowded market. It is fully customisable, silent in operation and is ideal in ride feel for those, who want to ride endless up and down flowing trails. With its rather conservative geometry it won't win any prices for its radical downhill performance, but it's a very efficient and capable all-rounder.

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