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Easy going sideways riding is possible.
Easy going sideways riding is possible.
Der Name ist Programm
Der Name ist Programm - Bei näherem Hinschauen fällt auf, dass Simplon es simpel gehalten hat
Geometry Simplon Steamer
Geometry Simplon Steamer
Der Hinterbau ist kompakt und hält das Bike in Kontakt mit dem Boden
Der Hinterbau ist kompakt und hält das Bike in Kontakt mit dem Boden
Rockshox Yari
Rockshox Yari
Im Hinblick auf den Stil des Motors ist die Integrierung sehr gut
Im Hinblick auf den Stil des Motors ist die Integrierung sehr gut
Nimm dir ausreichend Zeit, um den Dämpfer richtig einzustellen
Nimm dir ausreichend Zeit, um den Dämpfer richtig einzustellen
Exzellente Verarbeitung und sauber integrierte Züge
Exzellente Verarbeitung und sauber integrierte Züge
Der Shimano Motor erlaubt eine enge Umlenkung nahe des Tretlagers
Der Shimano Motor erlaubt eine enge Umlenkung nahe des Tretlagers
Breite Felgen geben ein stabiles Gefühl in Kurven
Breite Felgen geben ein stabiles Gefühl in Kurven
Nobby Nic Reifen funktionieren einwandrei auf schnellen Trails
Nobby Nic Reifen funktionieren einwandrei auf schnellen Trails
Shimano Steps E8000 Motor
Shimano Steps E8000 Motor
Die Batterie ist sauber integriert
Die Batterie ist sauber integriert
Simplon Test Route
Simplon Test Route
Die alternative Variante, den Hebel für die Sattelstütze zu montieren?
Die alternative Variante, den Hebel für die Sattelstütze zu montieren? - Es funktionierte, aber wir waren nicht überzeugt
IMG 0417
IMG 0417
Uphill war ein geschmeidiges Fahrerlebnis
Uphill war ein geschmeidiges Fahrerlebnis
Mit dem Steamer bleibt man gelassen
Mit dem Steamer bleibt man gelassen - Will man es härter rannehmen, dann sagt es "nein, du kannst nicht schneller fahren..."
Das ist was dem Steamer am besten gefällt
Das ist was dem Steamer am besten gefällt - geschmeidige Kurven
Die Landschaft zieht an uns vorbei während wir auf vielen Kilometern die Trails von Punta Ala entdecken
Die Landschaft zieht an uns vorbei während wir auf vielen Kilometern die Trails von Punta Ala entdecken

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Simplon Steamer Aluminium Tested: Simplon are an Austrian based brand hailing from Hard in the east of the country on the shores of lake Constance. Their range of bikes is fairly conservative, but they have tried to cover the various market niches including a carbon framed Steamer which we tested briefly at the Eurobike days. Our test though with the Aluminium version has been much more extensive and over a longer period of time over more varied conditions, so is an Aluminium E-bike just as exciting as the carbon?

Simplon Steamer – In Brief

A robust bike that will rack up the km’s with no fuss.

Having the Steamer for the last few months was an interesting experience as the bike varied somewhat from our other test bikes we have running in parallel. After 4000 km onboard we can say that Simplon have built a robust solid machine that fits pretty well their intended market of All Mountain riding.

Recommended Retail Pricing 5.299 € | Bikemarkt: Simplon Steamer kaufen

Up close Simplon have kept things simple...
# Up close Simplon have kept things simple... - .

Simplon Steamer – Product Profile

Geometry

Standover Height: 760 mm (Framesize L)

Please expand for geometry
Geometry Simplon Steamer
# Geometry Simplon Steamer
SizeSMLXL
A390440480520
B580600620640
C67676767
D74747474
E120120130140
F440440440440
G1154117411961217
H15151515
I561561561561
K51515151
L150150150150
M712745775785
N150150150150
S622622631640
R402422439456
STR1,551,471,441,40
 

Components

The rear end is compact and keeps the bike in contact well with the ground.
# The rear end is compact and keeps the bike in contact well with the ground.
Rockshox Yari
# Rockshox Yari
Integration is pretty good considering the style of motor used.
# Integration is pretty good considering the style of motor used.
Spend time tuning the shock for the best performance on flow trails.
# Spend time tuning the shock for the best performance on flow trails.
Excellent build quality and cable entry exit points.
# Excellent build quality and cable entry exit points.
The Shimano motor allows close pivot placement to the bottom bracket.
# The Shimano motor allows close pivot placement to the bottom bracket.
Wide rims give a stable tyre feel in corners.
# Wide rims give a stable tyre feel in corners.
Nobby Nic tyres are not our favourite but they work well on fast trails.
# Nobby Nic tyres are not our favourite but they work well on fast trails.
Please Expand For Components

FrameRahmenSteamer Alu
ForkGabelRock Shox YARI 275 B+ 150mm
ShockDämpferRock Shox Deluxe RT3 210x55mm
ShifterSchalthebelShimano Deore XT
DerailleurSchaltwerkShimano Deore XT
CassetteKassetteShimano Deore XT 11-42
CranksKurbelShimano E8050 Hollowtech 175mm 34 Zähne
BrakesBremseShimano Deore XT M8000, Ice Tech, Rotor RT-86 180/180
WheelsLaufräderSimplon AXM 1750-275 Boost 35mm
TiresReifenSchwalbe NOBBY NIC Evolution 27,5x2,6
SeatSattelSellte Italia SL X-CROSS FLOW schwarz
SeatpostSattelstützeSimplon LITE ROD ST, 31.6x350mm
BarLenkerSimplon RISER 700 HIGH
StemVorbauSimplon Zero 60mm x 7°
MotorMotorShimano Steps E8000
DisplayDisplayShimano E8000B
BatteryAkkuShimano 500Wh
PowerLeistung250W
WeightGewicht21.5 kg
Price (RRP)Preis (UVP)5299 €

Motor & Battery

Information On The Motor for The Simplon Steamer

The Shimano Steps E8000 Motor
# The Shimano Steps E8000 Motor
The battery has been well integrated considering its a frame mount battery.
# The battery has been well integrated considering its a frame mount battery.

It seems Shimano have created a very good motor that remains smooth after many km’s…

Mid-test we updated the software to the latest version of Shimano’s control software, this improved significantly the performance of the Steamer especially when hitting the 25 km/h limit. The Shimano Steps system is proving to be a reliable motor system that can take the punishment of many kilometers without rattling and showing excessive signs of wear. Admittedly we didn’t ride in the wet much but we did wear out one chain and the bottom half of an XT cassette. However considering this we are impressed with the performance despite the fairly large distance we have put on the bike.

Please Expand For Motor details

  • Motor: Shimano Steps 8000
  • Battery: 500 Wh
  • Power: max. 250 Watt
  • Display: Shimano Steps 8000

Distance Information

Simplon Test Route
# Simplon Test Route

37.8 km / 787 hm 2 h 23 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 37.8 km and 787 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.

Strava

Bike Changes Or Suggestions

An alternative way to mount a seatpost lever, it worked, but we weren't convinced.
# An alternative way to mount a seatpost lever, it worked, but we weren't convinced. - Es funktionierte, aber wir waren nicht überzeugt

Shimano’s battery performs well after many recharges.

The Shimano 4.1.0 update is essential to get the best performance out of the steps E8000 motor, it can be done via the E-tube app. The battery performance after our extended test distance is still close to the “new” state we received the bike in, holding charge as we would expect, we don’t have a cycle count on the battery. However it’s encouraging how well the battery performs, in theory though all companies use similar cell suppliers, so this should be the norm across the industry if the battery is handled/charged properly.

Simplon Steamer – Hands On

IMG 0417
# IMG 0417

Good for cruising around on flowing All Mountain trails.

Simplon have not tried to create a bike that is going to win prizes for a delicate look, instead they have created a bike that is made really well and has a well thought out frame and semi integrated look to it. The four-bar linkage and geometry lead to a bike that will track the ground well, but will not win prizes for out and out performance on Enduro trails. All Mountain is the target, and in our opinion the reach and rider position give the rider a comfortable position for long distance in the saddle riding.

The construction of the bike is top notch. The bearing and pivot hardware is all high quality with everything being towards the oversized end of the spectrum when it comes to bike design. The frame welds are smooth and the frame finish has a quality feel to it. We like the matt black look. After our extended test period from a technical point of view all frame components are still smooth and rattle free with no play.

The component hardware is well chosen reliable and performed as we expected during our test period. Brakes and suspension have performed well and reliably over the test period, XT brakes are solid stoppers that maintain a constant feel even on long descents. Only after we broke the chain, did we realise how many kilometers we had done on the drive train. We broke the chain when riding on a gravel transfer trail, shifting into an easier gear, there was nothing excessive about the pedal pressure or movement in that moment. The XT drive train is generally resistant, however we did not put it through thick mud and dirt that often. The bike has mainly been ridden on smooth single trail, gravel roads and some Enduro style trails in warm weather. Knowing this, we can say that the extra power that the motor puts through the system has increased the wear on the cassette, we had to replace the top five gears (11-10-9-8-7) when we changed the chain as otherwise the chain skipped. We are interested to know if Shimano are working on a cassette and chain that might handle power more smoothly. As the gears changes did become more noisy over time.

Simplon Steamer – On The Trail

Uphill

Uphill was a smooth riding experience.
# Uphill was a smooth riding experience.

Smooth riding uphill is a side effect of a solid frame.

The geometry on the Steamer gives the rider a more upright feel compared to an Enduro style bike and this means that uphill in corners you have a bike that corners very well and allows the rider to maintain grip and bike forward speed out of technical corners. The Shimano motor in our opinion is made for a smooth ride experience, and the use of a sturdy frame design combined with this means that the Steamer is able to charge pretty well through the rough stuff uphill without bouncing around. The rear wheel stays in contact very well with the ground and suited our desire of being able to keep the power constant no matter what was coming up ahead.

Downhill

The Steamer keeps you calm
# The Steamer keeps you calm - it can't be pushed really hard, it says to you, "No you can only go this fast..."

Smooth flowing trails is where the Steamer is at home.

Simplon specify clearly that this is more of an All Mountain/Trail bike and we would have to agree with them. The riders position in descents keeps the bike safe and stable. Even if you try to push harder and get more rowdy, the Steamer says to you “calm down, enjoy the ride…” If you want to get loose its not going to be the best bike for you. However on our smooth All Mountain forest trails around Punta Ala, Tuscany, we found ourselves cruising along and choosing the type of descent where flow is a priority, not rocky hard stuff.

The 150 mm of suspension and being setup well is key to getting the Steamer to ride in this suggested way. We think it is fundamental to spend some time making sure that the sag is as you like it. 5 psi difference on the RockShox shock and fork is going to make a difference to how the bike will behave for you. The rear end likes a smoother setup, the front end prefers a sag closer to thirty percent rather than the normal E-bike 20 percent we often use. This setup when combined with the solid stiff feeling frame means you have a very comfortable easy going bike. The tires at 2.6″ are just the right width to support the Steamer on descents with out being too bouncy. The Nobby Nic tires are a good compromise for this type of bike on easy going descents, giving enough support but rolling fast enough without excessive drag. You don’t need a gnarly tyre on this type of bike.

Trail

This is where the Steamer sits well, smooth riding on smooth corners.
# This is where the Steamer sits well, smooth riding on smooth corners. - geschmeidige Kurven

Long distance exploration is what we liked about this bike.

This is where we think the Steamer shines. When the trail goes up and down on varied terrain then the explore factor, which we love about E-biking, is when we will reach for the Steamer as we know after many hours in the saddle you are going to be comfortable and able to ride the next day another 70 km without feeling exhausted and sore. We see the E-bike market having a large core of bikes in this category, trail bikes that are solid and can take on a bit of extra gnar if need be, but wont be the ideal choice if you want to just ride down. The Steamer has the right choice of components and build quality to make trail riding fun and comfortable.

Tuning?

We think that Simplon have done a good job with component choices everything worked well, if you are going to ride a lot of long distance trails, we would think a SRAM EX1 cassette and gears might be better, Shimano gears under power are not as smooth shifting once they wear.

Conclusion – Simplon Steamer @eMTB-News.de

After 4000 km and counting, we think that Simplon have made a quality product in the Steamer that will keep many riders very happy on All Mountain and long distance trails. The choice of 150 mm of travel and Plus size tires gives riders the option of hitting more rocky trails if they wish, but we would say home for the Steamer is on trails that flow.

Pro

  • Solid well made and finished frame.
  • Well chosen frame hardware/suspension build that resists wear well.
  • Good for riders looking for a exploration machine.

Con

  • Crunchy Shimano chain and cassette once you get past 3000km of wear.

Testing Procedure

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

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 E-Bike capabilities:

  • Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks, Mediterranean rocky loose climbs
  • Flat trails with small climbing sections.
  • Fast and flowing downhill trails.
  • Long, loose trails downhill sometimes Enduro style.

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

We tested the Simplon Steamer here:

  • Location: On the trails around Punta Ala / Italy. Here there are many different types of trail, including hard Enduro trails. We spent most of our time on the smoother coastal trails. Punta Ala also gave us a chance to try some technical uphill trails as well.

How aggressive should trail bikes be?


Further Information On The Simplon Steamer

Website: Simplon Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de Photography: Alex Boyce, Ben Winder, Prisca Tozzi.

Steamer Alu

range of use
XC: 6/10 – Trail: 8/10 – All-Mountain: 8/10 – Enduro: 5/10 – Downhill: 3/10
Motor + Battery
Shimano
Battery Capacity
500 Wh
Range km/mi
Distance
23.0 mi
Climbing
2,582 ft
Duration
2:23 h
Bike Weight
47.4 lb
System Weight
273 lb
Uphill
8/10
bad
excellent
Downhill
7/10
bad
excellent
Motor
8/10
weak
extreme
Value for Money
7/10
too expensive
perfect
Sitting Position
6/10
upright
stretched
character
6/10
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.
Preis:
5299 EUR

Autor:
Wertung:
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Datum: 17. August 2017
Aktualisiert: 24. November 2017

Fazit:

After 4000 km and counting, we think that Simplon have made a quality product in the Steamer that will keep many riders very happy on All Mountain and long distance trails. The choice of 150 mm of travel and Plus size tires gives riders the option of hitting more rocky trails if they wish, but we would say home for the Steamer is on trails that flow.

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