First contact with ABS for mountain bikes from Bosch is very promising


On the event of the E-Bike Festival in Tignes-Val d’Isère, we bought to check out the newest Bosch ABS system on an e-MTB. The utilization did not essentially appear essentially the most related to us, however we had been very pleasantly stunned.

Bosch offered a number of improvements for electrical bikes on the Eurobike present. Among all of the options launched, the newest ABS system for VAE significantly intrigued us. The German gear producer had been engaged on an answer for a number of years to keep away from entrance wheel chocks. The first model of ABS for electrical bikes nonetheless required the combination of a giant, heavy and hulking field.

This time, the case that homes all of the electronics linked to the ABS is far more compact and glued to the fork of the bicycle. This house saving is logically accompanied by weight discount, the system weighs solely 200 grams. On a mountain bike fork, the system stays fairly discreet, even when it jumps out on the eyes of essentially the most skilled mountain bikers. Fixing is presently finished with Rilsan collars, however, in the long run, the forks will combine a place for screwing the ABS field.

For now, ABS is solely suitable with some Bosch gear, together with the Performance Line CX motor fitted to the Mondraker electrical mountain bike we examined, geared up with an e-MTB clever system and a Kiox 300 display screen. Timing: Magura makes use of hydraulic disc brakes. Bosch has confirmed to us that different companions will be capable to make the most of this ABS know-how.

ABS might be configured from the mountain bike display screen, with the consumer selecting Allroad mode, appropriate for roads and quiet trails, or Trail mode for steep and steep trails. single observe That requires extra dedication. ABS can merely be disabled. Given our dealing with on the slopes of Val d’Isère’s bike park, path mode was higher suited.

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According to its designers, Bosch ABS is aimed toward all forms of mountain bikers, from novices to specialists. It’s good, we had one tester at a average stage in mountain biking and the second is far more snug for mountain biking. Quickly, we discovered ourselves on a purple observe that had steep sections, tight turns, bumps and even a number of jumps. Suffice it to say that the much less skilled testers rapidly realized that nothing was going to be simple.

In this case, with the fatigue of the primary outing on the leg and a slight lack of confidence as a result of fall through the second touchdown, piloting turns into sophisticated. The novice bicycle owner will probably be much less exact in his braking and lose his means to foretell: the proper cocktail that results in errors, particularly when braking, creating the chance to chew the entrance disc a bit an excessive amount of and journey it over. Brakes on mountain bikes like ours are particularly highly effective. Despite these parts, we managed to descend with out making use of a single brake that will have put us at an obstacle. However, the display screen and its statistics confirmed us that the ABS was not disabled.

The most snug of our two buddies was capable of expertise the Bosch system in a distinct context. Having higher mastered his topic, he ventured into the extra demanding Black Shield. ABS does certainly make it potential to keep away from locking the wheels, nevertheless it in the end doesn’t make the most of all the ability offered by the brakes. On very steep slopes, you can not cease the bike with out utilizing the rear brake, though this is nonetheless potential with the ABS disabled. In follow, the bike maintains a low pace on descents with no wheel lockup, permitting the bike to register completely in turns.

During heavy braking, you may really feel the small jerk of the ABS which regulates the brake fluid strain. However, it stays fairly discreet and the system forgets very rapidly. For newbies the curiosity is simple and plenty of fears averted.

The first e-MTBs geared up with this method ought to hit the market between late 2022 and early 2023. We additionally look ahead to utilizing Bosch’s ABS on city and cargo bikes.

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