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We’ve been riding the Steven E-Lavena. What at first glance looks like a normal trekking bike with a Bosch motor, could be the perfect E-commuter for many people. We’ve taken this one out on the road and done some thorough testing.
Steven E-Lavena – Summary
The devil’s in the detail: The Steven E-Lavena is equipped with the new Bosch Active+ motor.
Whilst it won’t win prizes for sleek looks with its non-integrated battery, the devil is in the detail. The Stevens is fitted with the new Bosch Active+ motor which has a very different feel. Busch & Müller provide the lighting system which is fully integrated and adjustable via the Bosch Intuvia display. Brake levers, gear shifter, Bosch display and remote fill the cockpit, yet it remains very tidy. The fitted Knog Oi bell fits neatly between the right grip and Bosch remote. The brake- and gear cable are tied together and don’t interfere with the front light. The mudguards are secure and the rack holds bags securely. The rack also has an integrated rear light – a nice touch. The package is finished off with ergonomic grips and a wide, inviting saddle.
Pricing is 2799€ | Bikemarkt: Stevens E-Lavena kaufen
Stevens E-Lavena – Product Profile
Measured standover height: 820 mm (Size 58)
|Rahmengröße (cm)||52||55||58 (getestete Größe)||61|
|Oberrohr horizontal (mm)||C||575||590||604||616|
|Distanz Vorderrad-Tretlager (mm)||Q||627||643||648||655|
|Fork||Gabel||SR Suntour NCX-D LO Air, QR9x100, 63 mm travel|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||Shimano Deore SL-M6000, 10-speed|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||Shimano Deore Trekking RD-T6000-SGS, Shadow, 10-speed|
|Cassette||Kassette||Shimano CS-HG500, 11-32t|
|Brakes||Bremse||Shimano BR-M315, 180/160 mm, Centerlock|
|Tires||Reifen||Schwalbe Marathon Performance, Endurance Compound, 40-622|
|Rims||Felgen||Oxygen PRO-D A19|
|Hubs||Naben||Shimano HB-TX505/ FH-TX505|
|Seat||Sattel||Selle Royal Freccia Gent|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||Oxygen E-Scorpo, 31,6 x 320 mm|
|Bar||Lenker||Oxygen E-Scorpo, 31,8 x 660 mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Oxygen E-Scorpo, 17°, 31,8 mm|
|Motor||Motor||Bosch Active Line Plus Cruise, 250 W|
|Battery||Akku||Bosch PowerPack 500 Wh|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||2799 €|
Motor & Battery
Bosch Active+ Details
The lower power of the motor is noticeable, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Riding the new Bosch Active+ motor is relatively surprising the first time you try it. First of all: the motor is unbelievably quiet. Quiet enough that you can’t tell it’s there whilst you’re riding. The motor assistance is similarly subtle. You do notice that it’s helping, but it doesn’t thrust you forward like Bosch motors have done in the past. What we like the most is that when the motor decouples at 25km/h it’s basically imperceptible. A few more pedal cranks and it’s no problem getting up to 30km/h.
If you’re been pampered by not having to worry too much about which gear to pick with other Bosch motors, you’ll need to pay a bit more attention here and make sure that you match your gears to the assistance provided to let the Bosch Active+ work optimally. The Intuvia display helps with an arrow indicator telling you whether to shift up or down. It’s on steeper gradients where the lower power compared with the Performance model is most noticeable. It still gets up fine – but you have to put a bit more work in than you might be used to on other E-Bikes. As a result, we would most recommend the Stevens E-Lavena, for flatter terrain without large climbs.
- Motor: Bosch Active+
- Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Display: Bosch Intuvia
Steven E-Lavena – Out in the Streets
The E-Lavena is the perfect vehicle for your commute to work.
The Bosch Active+ motor made our first few rides on the Stevens E-Lavena interesting. The quiet motor and the seamless decoupling and power delivery makes riding on the streets a pleasure. Setting off from traffic lights and crossing you can get away quickly but without the jerkiness sometimes present with a more powerful motor. It’s easy to keep up your speed and be part of the flow of traffic. Ideal for getting quickly and efficiently from A to B. The E-Lavena is the perfect transport for getting to work.
The integrated Busch & Müller LED lights can be operated via the Bosch display and worked flawlessly. The light beam covers a large area and offers enough brightness in total darkness to illuminate your way. It’s not quite as bright as the light found on the Specialized Turbo Vado though. The Knog Oi bell can be rung easily, but unfortunately is relatively quiet – if you want to be safer you may want to replace it with a different model. The ergonomic grips contribute to the comfortable and relaxed riding position and help take the load of your hands. This is particularly noticeable when wearing a heavy rucksack. If you like to add a shopping stop to your commute, then definitely make use of the rack.
The comfortable saddle also contributed to the overall relaxed ride – even on longer journeys there’s no pressure point or numbness. Indeed, it’s such a good perch that you could probably stay there all day. The suspension fork and brakes are reliable and improve your sense of security. The Schwalbe Marathon tyres keep their composure on a variety of terrain and handle consistently and reliably. The Stevens E-Lavena is a bike that is perfect for every day and every road.
Stevens E-Lavena – Summary
The Stevens E-Lavena, with its Bosch Active+ motor, feels as close to a non-powered bike as we have experienced: exactly the right amount of assistance, an extremely quiet motor and effective decoupling of the motor. Combined with the right components, we can hardly think of anything that we would change – just the non-integrated battery could look a little more streamlined. If you’re looking for an E-Bike that feels natural, but that can still get you rapidly from A to B, you’ll be well served with the E-Lavena.
- Bosch Active+ Motor
- Well specced components
- Struggles a little on steeper slopes
Have you already ridden the Bosch Active Line+? What do you think of the Stevens E-Lavena?
You can find all the other articles from our Urban Special here:
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Further information on the Stevens E-lavena
Text & Edit: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Pictures: Moritz Zimmermann, Thomas Paatz
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