Haibike Xduro Nduro 10
Words & Photos By Chili Dog
Action photos by Samson Hatae
As one of the first e-bike brands to strike it big as a household name, Haibike has been dedicated to this whole electric bike thing for a while. Their first e-bike, the Haibike eQ XDURO, launched at Eurobike in 2010. It’s taken the rest of the mountain bike world the better part of eight years to embrace the growing niche. While countless brands are evolving and developing new e-bikes, has Haibike remained at the forefront of e-bike technology, or have they been passed up by the many newcomers? Let’s dig in and find out where the Xduro Nduro 10 stacks up.
With 180mm of front and rear travel, the Xduro Nduro is a force to be reckoned with on the trail. The 6061 aluminum is an unapologetic and unstoppable brute.
Haibike utilizes the Bosch Performance CX 350w motor, a Powertube integrated 500wH battery and Purion controller. The motor puts out 75nm of torque. Bosch’s controller also packs “EMTB mode” and we’ve come to love it on shorter, fast paced rides. The smart, EMTB mode uses several factors to intuitively deliver power that automatically adjusts depending on terrain, power and cadence.
Another great feature for veteran riders and newbies alike is the shift detection feature. The motor protects your chain by cutting off the torque during shifts for smooth gear changes and longevity. The SRAM EX1, 8-speed drivetrain on this bike is also limited to a single shift per push. This ensures the chain will not be forced to make major movements over the cassette under load. While the lack of gears was a bit of a bummer, we understand there are reasons behind the design, like chain thickness and drivetrain durability but would have been happy with a few more options.
Haibike uses a high pivot, elevated chainstay design on the Xduro, which lets the rear axle move upward and out of the way of impacts. Because of the high pivot design, Haibike employs a pulley wheel to reduce suspension influence on the drivetrain. The pulley also has an integrated chain guide. The pulley adds to the overall noise of the bike while pedaling, somewhat masking the noise the of the motor.
Haibike has a rail system on the downtube that accepts a bottle cage, accessory bags or whatever else you need depending on your preferred riding demands. The magnetic FidLock system tucks in neatly and works well for storage. Of course, all your accessories have to be FidLock friendly.
A Rock Shox Lyrik RC sits up front, and a Rock Shox Super Deluxe RC3 handles the hits out back. Both are solid, but lack some adjustability and performance compared to higher end suspension. For the $7,300 price tag on this rig, we’d expect something a bit higher end. Most notably, the fork flex was a cause of concern. The suspension felt incredibly plush, but part of that could also be due to the flex of the fork, which brings up the question of lifespan on these heavy bikes and current products. It’s still a relatively new world but we’re excited to see products evolve around the growing eMTB genre of riding.
One part of the spec we love and find really help the bike’s aggressive intentions are the Magura MT7 brakes. Impressive power and solid lever feel gave us reliable confidence, even on the steepest terrain. The Schwalbe Magic Mary tires and DT Swiss FR hubs and rims also stood out during our test period. While most e-bikes tend to skimp in this category, the Xduro Nduro is ready for a beating. On the not-so-hot list…The XLC lock-on grips are simply not acceptable and were instantly replaced.