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We’ve been putting 5 carbon Shimano-motor based E-Trailbikes through their paces. The Shimano Steps E8000 system is increasingly popular on the market and the compact dimensions of the system make it possible to design agile E-Trailbikes. What’s the best you can get? We think a carbon frame and at least 140mm travel are the minimum requirements, but here’s our selection.

On Test: the Contenders

These are the contenders
# These are the contenders - Ghost SL AMR X, Pivot Shuttle, Mondraker E-Crusher, Simplon Steamer Carbon and BMC Trailfox AMP ONE

You get some sweet flowing lines when you make things from carbon!

E-Trailbikes need a consistent and powerful motor along with reliable suspension front and rear – at a minimum 140mm but much better with 150mm travel. All the E-Bikes on test here have suspension components from RockShox or Fox and the compact Shimano Steps E8000 motor. One of the test-bikes has a coil shock which has great feel in comparison to an air shock but does add a little bit more weight.

Two things connect all the E-Trailbikes on test here – a carbon frame and the Shimano Steps E8000 motor. Some have a fully integrated battery hidden away in the downtube, some have a semi-integrated battery sunk slightly into the frame. While a fully integrated system looks sleek and purpose built, we can’t deny the practicality of a semi-integrated battery pack. Easy to turn on and off, it’s also generally much easier to swap if you’re going further afield and carrying a spare in your rucksack.

These are the E-Bikes we were testing:

Model nameModellnameGhost HybRide SL AMR XPivot ShuttleMondraker E-Crusher RR+Simplon Steamer CarbonBMC Trailfox AMP ONE
Travel front/rearFederweg vorn/hinten160/140 mm150/140 mm160/150 mm150/150 mm150/150 mm
MotorMotorsystemShimano Steps E8000Shimano Steps E8000Shimano Steps E8000Shimano Steps E8000Shimano Steps E8000
Battery capacityAkkukapazität500 Wh500 Wh500 Wh500 Wh500 Wh
WeightGewicht21,0 kg20,8 kg22,0 kg21,7 kg22,6 kg
Price (RRP)Preis (UVP)6.499 €9.999 €8.899 €8.249 €8.999 €

Ghost HybRide SL AMR X

Ghost HybRide SL AMR X
# Ghost HybRide SL AMR X - Weight 21.0 kg | Price 6499 €

The next evolutionary step for Ghost!

The Ghost HybRide SL AMR X is the most fresh-faced of our test pack, only recently released by Ghost. The solid spec, futuristic looks and visionary design represents an evolution in E-Mountainbikes. Weighing in at 21 kg, it’s actually pretty light for such a capable E-Bike and it feels thought through, down to the last bolt. We imagine that Maxi Dickerhof, the brand manager for Ghost had to fight quite a few battles to bring this bike to life with the brilliant spec featured here. The coil shock, adjustable travel RockShox fork and mix of 29” and 27.5” + wheel sizes are indicative of where this bike wants to go – out riding! Doesn’t matter whether its smooth, flowing, uphill or downhill – the Ghost HybRide SL AMR X is happy everywhere.

Read our full review of the Ghost HybRide SL AMR X


Pivot Shuttle

Pivot Shuttle
# Pivot Shuttle - Weight: 20.8 kg | Price: € 9999

Unforgivingly, brutally, insanely fast – an E-Bike made for speed

The Pivot Shuttle landed with a bang. “We wanted to create a light E-Trailbike, with the highest level of technology” the designers told us. Riding trails the Shuttle immediately let us ride at the limit of our abilities with the sturdy Fox suspension taking everything in its stride and leaving us feeling rather proud of ourselves. It’s hardly believable that there’s only 140mm travel at the back. This bike rolls quickly and directly wherever you point it on the trail. We have to make one thing clear though – the Pivot Shuttle is an uncompromising ride that needs an active riding style. If you’re expecting a cushy, comfortable cruise then you’ll be disappointed.

You can see our full review of the Pivot Shuttle here.


Mondraker E-Crusher RR+

Mondraker e-Crusher
# Mondraker e-Crusher - Weight: 22 kg | Price: € 8899

Long bike and nicely finished

Long, longer, Mondraker E-Crusher RR+! From a distance you can already easily see just how long this premium E-Bike is. The massive 1252mm wheelbase (Size L) results in a hugely stable ride and makes high speed descents a carefree affair. The Forward Geometry concept makes you feel secure on even the steepest lines. Thanks to the long chainstays this mountain bike doesn’t shy away from climbs and maintains traction all the way up. There’s been no cost cutting on the spec and every component is top-shelf. Take for example the XTR Di2 drivetrain and legendary Shimano Saint brakes – it doesn’t really get better than this.

You can find our full test report of the Mondraker E-Crusher RR+ here.


Simplon Steamer Carbon

Simplon Steamer Carbon
# Simplon Steamer Carbon - Weight: 21.7 kg | Price: € 8249

Voluminous frame and loud paint-job

You’ll notice the huge downtube, matt black and neon yellow paint job and substantial travel first when you see the Simplon Steamer Carbon. The carbon frame is very nicely finished and specced with high-end components. Instead of plus tyres, the bike is fitted with 2.6” Schwalbe Nobby Nics – a great all-round choice. Initial performance of the Magura brakes wasn’t amazing, but after bedding them in properly things improved a bit. We’ll be interested how the short 439mm reach (Size L) will play out both on our local trails and the sandy ones in Spain.

We have the full review of the Simplon Steamer Carbon here.


BMC Trailfox AMP ONE

BMC Trailfox AMP ONE
# BMC Trailfox AMP ONE - Weight: 22.6 kg | Price: € 8999

Solid, reliable, durable and maybe a bit too plain?

The colour choice of the BMC Trailfox AMP ONE can only be described as ‘desert camo’ – we can’t see what else it’s supposed to be. Opinions were divided on this one – some of us really liked the colour, others found it uninspired and drab. Hidden underneath the paint is a modern, well-designed carbon frame. There’s no questioning the design pedigree of this Swiss machine. The components are similarly high-end with Shimano XT Di2 shifting, Fox suspension and DT Swiss wheels.

You can find the full review of the BMC Trailfox AMP ONE here.


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 our group of carbon E-Trailbikes here:

  • On the trails around Bamberg and Bad Kreuznach, Germany as well as Santa Coloma, Spain. The riding provides narrow and tight trails with technical rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing downhills. In Spain the trails are sandy, and sometimes feature big rock gardens.

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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

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Tester-Profil: Oliver Sonntag
62 cm82 kg85 cm73 cm182 cm
Am liebsten fahre ich Enduro, Downhill, Dirtjump, E-Enduro und Crosser – ich habe auf jedem Rad meine Gaudi. Primär geht´s mir um das schnelle Bergab fahren – ob im Bikepark oder auf selbst erklommenen Trails. Das E-Biken ist Neuland für mich aber macht mir ebenso mega Spaß. Unerreichten Spaßfaktor gibt´s für mich nur bei Rennen. Dabei findet man mich bei den meisten Enduro- und Downhill Massenstart Rennen. An jeder noch so kleinen Kante abziehen und das Rad in schräge Positionen zu manövrieren taugt mir ebenso ganz gut.
I like to ride Enduro, Downhill, Dirtjump, E-Enduro and Crosser – I have fun on every bike. My primary concern is to go fast on downhills – whether in the bike park or on self-climbed trails. E-biking is new for me, but it’s also super fun. Unmatched fun factor for me is only in races. You can find me at most enduro and downhill mass start races. Pulling off on every small edge and maneuvering the bike in oblique positions is just as good for me.
Fahrstil / Riding style
schnell und aggressiv, doch immer mit einem sicheren Abstand zum Chargen / fast and aggressive, but always with a safe distance to charging
Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
Enduro / Enduro
Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
hart und progressiv, langsamer Reebound / hard and progressive, slower reebound
Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
lang und flach, aufrechte Fahr- und Sitzposition / long and flat, upright riding and sitting position

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Tester-Profil: Thomas Paatz
60 cm99 kg84 cm61 cm180 cm
Bin gerne mit dem Trailbike auf meinen Hometrails in Bad Kreuznach und Stromberg unterwegs, gern auch elektrifiziert – alternativ auch gerne auf der Strasse mit dem Rennrad. Flowige Trails, gern auch gebaut, sind mein Ding, Pumptracks finde ich mega! Technisch sehr anspruchsvoll oder extrem steil sollte es dabei nicht sein. Dieses Jahr will ich springen lernen 🙂
I prefer to ride a trail (e-) bike on my hometrails in Bad Kreuznach and Stromberg – alternatively I hit the road with the racing bike. Also I like flowtrails and pumptracks. For me it doesn’t need to be extremely demanding or super steep terrain. This year I want to learn how to jump properly 🙂 
Fahrstil / Riding style
Überlegt und kontrolliert, gerne beide Reifen auf dem Boden / Rather controlled, both tires on the ground
Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
Trails im Mittelgebirge / Trails low mountain range
Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
Ein komfortables und sicheres Fahrwerk ist mir wichtiger als die Jagd nach dem KOM  / A comfortable and safe ride is more important to me than hunting for the next KOM
Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
Steiler Sitzwinkel, habe lieber das Gefühl im statt auf dem Bike zu sitzen. Niedrige Überstandshöhe ist ein Bonus / Steep seatangle, I rather prefer to have the feeling to sit in than on top of the bike. Low overstand height is a bonus

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