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XDS E-SPRESSO S2I8 - MATTE BLACK
Are you searching for a new (affordable) electric bike? And is much of your riding is going to be done on bike paths and rail trails?
Then, the XDS E-Spresso should be on your shortlist.
Here are some of the key reasons:
IT’S A MID-DRIVE
First, it’s a mid-drive e-bike. This means the heaviest part of the bike is in the middle (and at the lowest point). This lowers the E-Spresso’s centre of gravity and, therefore, improves handling - similar to a normal bike.
So for riders who are a little unsure or haven’t ridden a bike in a while, this is going to be a significant consideration.
Second, mid-drive units deliver higher torque than hub drive units. This makes it much easier to climb hills and delivers quicker acceleration - perfect for constant stop/start situations (like commuting).
Is integrated in the down tube. And it can be charged on the bike in your garage, or taken inside.
The battery is composed of cells from Panasonic. It’s tested to the highest international standards. And it has inbuilt protection to protect the battery against power spikes - improving longevity.
And at 396Wh, it’s perfect for family bike rides, general fitness and commuting to work.
The clear LED display shows key metrics such as Power Assist Level (5 levels), Battery Level, Distance, Total Distance and Speed.
There’s a control on the handlebar that allows you to adjust the assistance level (power) at 5 levels.
XDS’ S2i uses Shimano’s clean and very easy to use internal gears.
The reason why Shimano’s internal gears are so easy to use is because you don’t need to pedal forward to shift gears. Using the gear shifter, you select the gear you want and Shimano’s mechanism will instantly select that gear - no pedalling required.
There are a total of 8 gears and no front gears; making maintenance very easy.
Further, the chain used with internal hub systems tend to more durable. That’s because the chain is moving in a straight line; it’s not shifting up or down (that’s all done inside the back hub).
And remember that there’s more torque and power transmitted through the drivetrain on e-bikes, so any improvement in durability is going to be extremely beneficial.
There is a downside though:
The system is a little heavier than Shimano’s conventional gears. But since you’re on an e-bike with more power, this extra weight becomes negligible.
LOW AND MANEUVERABLE
The frame itself is quite unique.
Made from aluminium, XDS has shed weight as much as possible from the bike.
The very, very low step-through frame makes mounting and dismounting much easier. Not only is it a great option for the ladies, we often have men buying the E-Spresso too.
The rack will easily accommodate a rack top bag, and full-length mudguards make riding in wet conditions much more bearable.
|Suntour NEX, 63mm travel
|XDS, alloy, low rise, 31.8mm, 620mm wide
|XDS, alloy // 80mm extension
|XDS, alloy, 31.6mm
|Shimano Nexus, 8 speed
|Tektro HDM285 hydraulic disc // Fr: 160mm, Rr: 160mm
|Tektro HDM285 hydraulic
|Bafang, 38T (max.)
|XDS alloy, disc
|Fr: KT alloy // Rr: Shimano Nexus
|Stainless steel, 13g
|Bafang G330.250c // Max Torque 80Nm
|SR SD02.01 Sensor, 1 Pulse, 5V, 500mm
|Bafang LCD // DP C 07.Uart
|396Wh // 36V/11Ah, 2200mAh cell