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Rotwild R.C+ Ultra
Rotwild R.C+ Ultra - überzeugt mit seiner soliden Ausstattung, einem traumhaftem Fahrwerk und dem enorm großen 648 Wh Akku, der Reichweite ohne Ende garantiert. Preis ab 7.499 €
Rotwild R.C+ Ultra
Rotwild R.C+ Ultra - Geometriedaten
Das Rotwild R.C+ Ultra ist sehr hochwertig ausgestattet
Das Rotwild R.C+ Ultra ist sehr hochwertig ausgestattet
Die Kombination Fox 34 Float Gabel und ...
Die Kombination Fox 34 Float Gabel und ...
... Fox Float-Dämpfer sorgt für ein sensibles Fahrwerk
... Fox Float-Dämpfer sorgt für ein sensibles Fahrwerk
DT Swiss Hybrid-Laufräder
DT Swiss Hybrid-Laufräder - was sonst?
Gebremst wird mit der Magura MT Trail in Kombination mit ...
Gebremst wird mit der Magura MT Trail in Kombination mit ...
... 180er Scheiben an Front und Heck
... 180er Scheiben an Front und Heck - für unseren Geschmack zu klein!
Geschaltet wird mit der SRAM EX1
Geschaltet wird mit der SRAM EX1 - die für knackige präzise Gangwechsel bekannt ist
Im Rotwild R.C+ Ultra arbeitet der Brose Drive S - tuned by Rotwild
Im Rotwild R.C+ Ultra arbeitet der Brose Drive S - tuned by Rotwild
Der leistungsstarke Akku ist leicht zu entnehmen
Der leistungsstarke Akku ist leicht zu entnehmen
Ein Blick ins Innere der Carbon-Einheit
Ein Blick ins Innere der Carbon-Einheit
Akku-Ausbau auf die leichte Art
Akku-Ausbau auf die leichte Art - Schraubenbolzen mit einem Inbusschlüssel rausdrehen und den Akku nach unten entnehmen
Kleiner Tipp
Kleiner Tipp - wenn der Akku nur schwer aus dem Unterrohr geht, hilft es mit dem Finger durch die Öffnung der Ladebuchse gegen den Akku zu drücken
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2933
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2933
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2935
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2935
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2936
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2936
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2937
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2937
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2938
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2938
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2939
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2939
Reichweite Rotwild R.C+ Ultra
Reichweite Rotwild R.C+ Ultra - über 40 km und gute 1.000 hm – ein absoluter Rekord
Das Rotwild R.C+ Ultra ist ein wahrer Kletterkünstler
Das Rotwild R.C+ Ultra ist ein wahrer Kletterkünstler
Obwohl das Fahrwerk nur 120 mm Federweg generiert
Obwohl das Fahrwerk nur 120 mm Federweg generiert - kommt man relativ zügig steilste Abfahrten hinunter
In Kurven möchte das lange eMTB mit etwas Kraft gedrückt werden
In Kurven möchte das lange eMTB mit etwas Kraft gedrückt werden
Gegenanstiege machen mit dem Brose Drive S richtig Spaß
Gegenanstiege machen mit dem Brose Drive S richtig Spaß
Auf rutschigen Trails setzen uns einzig die überforderten Reifen die Grenzen
Auf rutschigen Trails setzen uns einzig die überforderten Reifen die Grenzen
Wenn's rollt, dann lass es rocken!
Wenn's rollt, dann lass es rocken!
Crankbrothers Highline
Crankbrothers Highline - die Stütze arbeitet relativ langsam und die Art und Weise der Handhabung ist sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig
Continental X-King
Continental X-King - an sich ein sehr geiler Reifen, aber bitte nicht in der Racesport-Variante am E-Bike
Rotwild R.C+ Ultra
Rotwild R.C+ Ultra - ein cooles E-Trailbike mit einem traumhaften Fahrwerk
Der Ergon Sattel sitzt sich gut
Der Ergon Sattel sitzt sich gut
Falls der Akku mal klemmt
Falls der Akku mal klemmt - hilft ein Hakenschlüssel, um an der Öse zu ziehen
Das Logo von Rotwild prangt gut sichtbar am Oberrohr
Das Logo von Rotwild prangt gut sichtbar am Oberrohr

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We’ve spent some time aboard the Rotwild R.C+ Ultra. Let us present a thoroughbred E-Trailbike infused with race DNA. One of the largest batteries we’ve seen means it should have excellent range, but how will the Rotwild R.C+ Ultra perform in terms of its spec, geometry, handling and suspension when we take it out riding? We gave it a thorough thrashing to find out.

Rotwild R.C+ Ultra – Summary

The finish is understated, held back, maybe even a little too refined

Matte paint jobs are the thing of the moment. They look premium (and don’t blind you like some high-gloss finishes we’ve seen). This holds true for the Rotwild R.C+ Ultra as well. Whilst the light gray and black is a little understated for our tastes, it doesn’t detract from the overall build. Instead the components stand at the fore in all their resplendence. Most noticeable are the lustrous Kashima coated Fox fork and shock, as well as the subtle splashes of colour on the DT Swiss wheels. Look more closely and the spec on this bike is really quite special. Along with the Fox 34 Float fork and the Fox Float shock – both Kashima coated – it’s pretty much the best of the best: Magura MT Trail brakes, SRAM EX-1 gears, Crankbrothers cockpit and dropper, Ergon saddle, Ergon grips, e*thirteen carbon cranks, Brose Drive-S motor (tuned by Rotwild) and a battery with a huge 648 Wh capacity.

This machine costs € 7499 | Bikemarkt: Rotwild R.C+ Ultra kaufen

Rowild R.C+ Ultra
# Rowild R.C+ Ultra - won us over with a solid spec, dreamy suspension and a huge 648 Wh capacity battery giving excellent range. Price from € 7499
Diashow: On test - Rotwild R.C+ Ultra: Timid trail cruiser or an E-bike with stupendous suspension – We find out.
Crankbrothers Highline
Akku-Ausbau auf die leichte Art
Das Logo von Rotwild prangt gut sichtbar am Oberrohr
Continental X-King
Kleiner Tipp
Diashow starten »

Geometry

Frame Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Measured Standover:
740 mm (Size L)
Weight: 22,4 kg (Size L)

You can find the geometry data below

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Rotwild R.C+ Ultra
# Rotwild R.C+ Ultra - Geometriedaten

Components

The Rotwild R.C+ Ultra is fitted with premium components
# The Rotwild R.C+ Ultra is fitted with premium components
The combination of Fox 34 Float fork and...
# The combination of Fox 34 Float fork and...
... Fox Float shock provides sensitive and responsive suspension
# ... Fox Float shock provides sensitive and responsive suspension
DT Swiss Hybrid wheels
# DT Swiss Hybrid wheels - what else?
Braking is taken care of by the Magura MT Trail brakes in combination with...
# Braking is taken care of by the Magura MT Trail brakes in combination with...
... 180mm rotors front and rear
# ... 180mm rotors front and rear - a little bit too small for our tastes!
Shifting by SRAM EX1
# Shifting by SRAM EX1 - quick, accurate shifting
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ForkGabelFox 34 FLOAT 120 3-POS FIT4 LSC
Factory Kashima
ShockDämpferFox FLOAT 3-POS DPS LSC
Factory Kashima / 184 x 44,5
ShifterSchalthebelSRAM EX1
DerailleurSchaltwerkSRAM EX1
CassetteKassetteSRAM EX1 11-48
CranksKurbelE13 TRS+ Carbon / 165 mm (S) / 170 mm (M, L, XL) / E13 Spyder ISIS II - BOOST
BrakesBremseMagura MT Trail / 180 mm
WheelsLaufräderDT Swiss 27.5 HX1501 Spline ONE (25) / 110-15QR / 148-12
TiresReifenContinental Cross-King Racesport SL 27.5 x 2.30
SeatSattelErgon SMA30
SeatpostSattelstützeCrankbrothers Highline / Ø31.6 x 100 mm (S) / 125 mm (M) / 160 mm (L, XL)
BarLenkerCrankbrothers Cobalt / 720 mm (S, M) / 740 mm (L, XL)
StemVorbauCrankbrothers Iodine / 65 mm (S) / 80 mm (M, L) / 90 mm (XL)
MotorMotorBrose Drive S ( Rotwild tuned)
DisplayDisplayMarquardt Remote 4311
BatteryAkkuIPU.660.R
PowerLeistung250 Watt
WeightGewicht22,4
Price (RRP)Preis (UVP)ab 7.499

Motor & Battery

The Rotwild R.C+ Ultra is propelled by the Brose Drive S, tuned by Rotwild
# The Rotwild R.C+ Ultra is propelled by the Brose Drive S, tuned by Rotwild

The Brose Drive S will slingshot you out of the corners!

The Brose Drive S is an update of their original model. This seductively quiet motor produces noticeably more torque than the older version. This is especially useful for firing out of tight or slow corners. The Drive S surges forward, though manages to avoid feeling like an electric motorbike. Emphasis has been put on retaining a natural feeling ride.

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  • Motor: Brose (custom Rotwild tune)
  • Battery: 648 Wh
  • Power: max. 250 Watt
  • Display: Marquardt Remote 4311

648 Wh – It’s not often that we see this much capacity on an E-Mountainbike. Working on the design with Lutz Scheffer, Rotwild have opened up the underside of the carbon downtube, giving more space to extend the battery. That extra capacity adds a huge amount of value and puts the Rotwild R.C+ Ultra right at the top in terms of user-friendliness. It’s also easy to remove the battery, making it quick to swap, store, charge or whatever else you might want to do. Great!

The high capacity battery is easy to remove
# The high capacity battery is easy to remove
A look inside the carbon downtube
# A look inside the carbon downtube
Easily removable battery
# Easily removable battery - an allen key is all that's needed to take it out
Small tip
# Small tip - if the battery is hard to remove, you can give it a little encouragement through the charging port opening

It seems Rotwild heard our criticisms regarding the tiny and nigh-on illegible Bloks display last year (read our review here) and have now fitted a Marquardt Remote 4311 instead. This clear and intuitive display shows all the information you need and is simple to decipher whilst riding too. The control buttons are easily actuated and USB and Bluetooth connectivity mean it can also communicate with an app on your smartphone.

Below you can see the various information readouts that can be displayed:

Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2933
# Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2933
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2935
# Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2935
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2936
# Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2936
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2937
# Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2937
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2938
# Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2938
Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2939
# Rotwild RC+ Ultra EHF 2939

Real-world Range

Rotwild R.C+ Ultra range
# Rotwild R.C+ Ultra range - more than 40 km and 1000 m vertical ascent - class leading!

40,24 km / 1.001 metres vertical ascent
1 h 39 min

Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side so we like to test bikes for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the bike will go. For this test we managed 40.24km and 1001 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing. Instead they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly too.

We have the exact details of our test ride here.

On the Trail

Uphill

The Rotwild R.C+ Ultra climbs like a mountain goat
# The Rotwild R.C+ Ultra climbs like a mountain goat

Brose Drive-S delivers the goods

The combination of responsive suspension, motor power, long wheelbase and stretched out position means this E-Bike ascends like a champion. The slope can be steep as you like – the Rowild R.C+ Ultra will make it, as long as your piloting skills can keep up. Both wheels stay firmly planted on the ground and the Brose Drive S amiably propels you up the hill with its consistent power delivery. Top marks for uphill performance then!

The DT Swiss Spline One wheels are stiff, sturdy and durable. Lean your eMTB  into the corners and the wheels will hold their line and steer accurately however hard you’re railing the corner.

Downhill

Despite having only 120 mm travel
# Despite having only 120 mm travel - downhills can still be finished off with aplomb

“Paper-thin” tyres put a damper on things

120 mm travel and thin, puncture prone tyres aren’t what we would usually choose for rowdy downhills, but that hasn’t stopped us from subjecting the Rotwild R.C+ Ultra to some steeper descents to see how it handles itself. Our initial scepticism towards the tyres seems to be verified after just a few kilometres as we flat the rear tyre. “Ok, it happens sometimes” we tell ourselves, giving it the benefit of doubt this time round. So far though, the XCS suspension kinematics are fantastic! On the face of it, 120 mm travel isn’t very much, but on the trail it manages to feel like much more. The Fox suspension sits relatively high, but maintains good sensitivity whilst the Float shock gives a good amount of “pop” to the rear wheel. It also provides a decent amount of feedback allowing us to go fast whilst feeling safe. Just those tyres… but we’ll get to that in a second.

Trail

This eMTB wants to rail corners at full speed
# This eMTB wants to rail corners at full speed
Counter climbs can be sprinted up with ease
# Counter climbs can be sprinted up with ease
On slippery trails we found the limits of the tyres, but not of the bike itself
# On slippery trails we found the limits of the tyres, but not of the bike itself
Rolling and rocking!
# Rolling and rocking!

The suspension works flawlessly!

We weave through trees, gently rolling ups and downs, over loamy ground, or rocks, or roots, or slippery leafy trails – the Rotwild R.C+ Ultra feels comfortable on all of it. The capable suspension shines and the well-balanced geometry and consistent motor power really come to the fore. We cruise along the narrow trail and all of a sudden the front wheel starts to loose grip. We quickly realise that we’re losing air. Puncture number 2. “Godammit!”. Second repair of the day as we have to borrow a tube from a friend this time. Who carries two tubes on a standard afternoon ride out? We certainly don’t.

Back to the eMTB. The Rotwild R.C+ Ultra performs very well on the trail, behaving calmly, handling well and bringing enough motor power to bear, to sprint up the occasional incline. Unfortunately after several outings we started to hear a rattling emanating from the frame. On closer inspection we noticed the battery had about 5mm of play in the carbon downtube. After apologies from Rotwild, we were told that a dealer would quickly be able to fix this to eliminate the sound.

In case you ever crash, the MHS I AR headset provides stops to prevent the bars spinning and potentially gouging your top tube or ripping out cable runs.

We noticed

  • Continental X-King RaceSport – if you change anything on the Rotwild R.C+, then please, change the tyres! The fitted Continental X-King with the RaceSport casing beg to be replaced with more stable, more robust, less puncture prone tyres. The tread works very well on dry trails but is quickly overwhelmed when things get a bit muddier. The front wheel has a tendency to slide out and the motor struggles to get its power down on the ground. If you want to stay with Continental, then at least get the Trail King with Protection casing.
Continental X-King
# Continental X-King - we like this tyre, but the Racesport casing just isn't suited to an E-Bike
  • Crankbrothers Highline Dropper Post – a good dropper post with a silky smooth action, but, in our opinion not completely sutied to an E-Bike. Why? First of all the speed isn’t adjustable and we find it a little slow; secondly the stepless adjustment requires a little bit of a learning curve. If you don’t unload it after lowering the post, it will slowly continue to sink down until you take your weight off or it reaches the bottom of its travel. If you can get used to this then you will be rewarded with a high-value and durable dropper. If you’re used to other manufacturers, the change might be a bit annoying though
Crankbrothers Highline
# Crankbrothers Highline - the dropper post extends relatively slowly, and the actuation takes a bit of getting used to
  • 180 mm Rotors – we would always recommend 200 mm rotors front and rear. Overall braking is significantly improved and stopping power is much better. We feel the minimal cost savings at the expense of safety just aren’t worth it.

eMTB-News Summary: Rotwild R.C+ Ultra

The Rowild R.C+ Ultra is absolutely convincing on the trail. The conservative and discreet appearance is more than made up for by its stunning performance and it takes just a few metres to feel like you've been riding this eMTB your whole life. The finish is high quality, but that's what we've come to expect with Rotwild.
We particularly like the Fox suspension that works very well together with the geometry and XCS suspension kinematics. On the surface 120 mm isn't a huge amount, but with this bike it feels like more than enough.
The large battery coupled with the frugal and powerful Brose Drive S motor achieve incredible range - that's what we like to see. If Rotwild fix the issue with the battery rattling, then there will be no more worries on the trail.

Pro
  • Dreamy Kashima coated Fox suspension
  • High quality finishing
  • Smooth power delivery from Brose Drive S (Rotwild custom tune)
  • SRAM EX1 drive train
  • Class leading range
Contra
  • Puncture prone tyres
  • Rattling battery
  • A bit of a learning curve with the dropper post
  • Boring paint job

What do you think of this sleek, high performing E-Trailbike?

Rotwild R.C+ Ultra
# Rotwild R.C+ Ultra - a stunning E-Trailbike with dreamy suspension
The Ergon saddle makes a decent perch
# The Ergon saddle makes a decent perch
If the battery ever gets stuck
# If the battery ever gets stuck - tugging on the small eyelet helps
The Rotwild logo stands out nicely on the top tube
# The Rotwild logo stands out nicely on the top tube

About the test

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On our test runs we usually stay in the highest assistance mode and drain the battery completely at least once. We then publish our results on our Strava-Account.

Our loop has everything we need to test what our E-bikes are capable of:

  • Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
  • Flat trails with small climbing sections
  • Fast and flowing downhills
  • Long gravel trails up- and downhill

E-bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.

We tested the Rotwild R.C+ Ultra here:

  • Bamberg and Bad Kreuznach in Germany. The riding provides narrow and tight trails with technical rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing downhills.

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Tester-Profil: Rico Haase
62 cm90 kg86 cm61 cm183 cm
E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, Hardtail, Downhiller, Rennrad – mir macht jedes Bike Spaß. Egal ob mit oder ohne Motor, außer ich muss damit unendlich bergauf fahren – da mag ich Motorunterstützung schon sehr. Flowige Trails, gern auch gebaut, liebe ich. Ach ja, eins noch, ich hasse Spitzkehren.
I ride everything: E-Enduro, E-Trailbikes, hardtails, downhill, road – I enjoy it all, whether it’s E-assisted or not. I’ll admit that I do quite like having a motor on the uphills though. There’s lots to love about flowing trails; natural or built. The only thing I hate – switchbacks.
Fahrstil / Riding style
Verspielt und flowig / Flowing and playful
Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, aber auch XCO, DH und Road / E-Enduro, E-Trailbike but also XCO, DH and road
Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
Straff und schnell – ich möchte wissen, was unter mir passiert / Firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
Langer Reach, kurzer Vorbau, breiter Lenker / Long reach, short stem, wide bars
Version:
2018
Preis:
7.499

Autor:
Wertung:
5
Datum: 25. February 2018
Aktualisiert: 26. February 2018

Fazit:

The Rowild R.C+ Ultra is absolutely convincing on the trail. The conservative and discreet appearance is more than made up for by its stunning performance and it takes just a few metres to feel like you've been riding this eMTB your whole life. The finish is high quality, but that's what we've come to expect with Rotwild.

We particularly like the Fox suspension that works very well together with the geometry and XCS suspension kinematics. On the surface 120 mm isn't a huge amount, but with this bike it feels like more than enough.

The large battery coupled with the frugal and powerful Brose Drive S motor achieve incredible range - that's what we like to see. If Rotwild fix the issue with the battery rattling, then there will be no more worries on the trail.


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More Information on the Rotwild R.C+ Ultra

Website: www.rotwild.com
Text & Edit: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de

Images: Rico Haase


Rotwild R.C+ Ultra

range of use
XC: 9/10 – Trail: 9/10 – All-Mountain: 9/10 – Enduro: 7/10 – Downhill: 4/10
Motor + Battery
Brose
Battery Capacity
648 Wh
Range km/mi
Distance
25.0 mi
Climbing
3,284 ft
Duration
1:39 h
Bike Weight
49.4 lb
System Weight
254 lb
Uphill
10/10
bad
excellent
Downhill
6/10
bad
excellent
Motor
7/10
weak
extreme
Value for Money
4/10
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.
Version:
2018
Preis:
7.499

Autor:
Wertung:
5
Datum: 25. February 2018
Aktualisiert: 26. February 2018

Fazit:

The Rowild R.C+ Ultra is absolutely convincing on the trail. The conservative and discreet appearance is more than made up for by its stunning performance and it takes just a few metres to feel like you've been riding this eMTB your whole life. The finish is high quality, but that's what we've come to expect with Rotwild.

We particularly like the Fox suspension that works very well together with the geometry and XCS suspension kinematics. On the surface 120 mm isn't a huge amount, but with this bike it feels like more than enough.

The large battery coupled with the frugal and powerful Brose Drive S motor achieve incredible range - that's what we like to see. If Rotwild fix the issue with the battery rattling, then there will be no more worries on the trail.


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