The German bicycle manufacturer Haibike has presented a new electric mountain bike dubbed Lyke. A rather high-end model that bets on the trend of light electrification. The objective is to provide pedaling assistance, without reaching a weight that distorts the practice of off-roading.
To achieve this goal, Haibike worked with Fazua, a motor specialist for e-bikes recently acquired by Porsche. The Lyke exploits the 60 Nm of torque of the Ride 60 system, whose motor takes place at the level of the pedals. It’s paired with a 430 Wh battery housed discreetly in the downtube of the bike’s carbon frame. This is one of the other advantages of this VTTAE, the use of carbon allowing, among other things, to maintain a particularly contained weight. Depending on the version, the Lyke weighs between 19.6 and 18.5 kg. A featherweight for such a well-equipped model. This is still higher than the 17 kg of an Orbea Rise, equipped for its part with a flanged Shimano EP8 motor.
The integration of the battery into the frame is discreet and Haibike has chosen to allow the possibility of extracting it without too much difficulty. A good thing in the event of a breakdown, for example. The Lyke can also accommodate a 230 Wh battery extension which takes place at the level of the bottle cage. Enough to promise a good autonomy to this eMTB model, even if the brand does not communicate a figure. It must be said that for mountain biking, the variables are particularly numerous. The geometry of the Haibike Lyke is balanced, which gives it a certain versatility in the disciplines it may face.
This full-suspension mountain bike is available in three versions whose components vary on several levels. The Lyke 10 is the entry level. It benefits in particular from a Lyric Select fork and a Deluxe Select Plus shock absorber from RockShox, offering between them 140 mm of travel. Braking is provided by a hydraulic Shimano M6120 assembly and 180 mm front and 203 mm rear discs. The Japanese manufacturer is also at the helm for the drivetrain with a Deore SLX 12-speed derailleur and an M6100 11-51 cassette. The Lyke 10 is also fitted with 29-inch Schwalbe Wicked Will Evo Super Trail tires.
The Lyke 11 follows in range order. This model proposes to go to Fox, with its Float Performance range, for the fork and the shock. Shimano’s Deore XT family is preferred at this level of the range, both for brakes and drivetrain. The front disc is 203 mm and the rubbers, from Maxxis stalls (Dissector MaxxTerra EXO+) are mounted on Mavic rims. Finally, the Lyke CF SE heads the series. This time he opts for Fox Float Factory suspensions, transmission and brakes from the Shimano Deore XTR range and carbon rims.
Logically enough for an electric mountain bike with a carbon frame, the prices are high. It is necessary to count from 6499 € to 9999 € according to the assemblies. Despite everything, for VTTAE of less than 20 kg, one cannot say that the Lyke are disproportionately expensive.