The brand new aluminum machine has 165mm of rear journey, a 170mm fork, and may be constructed up with 29”, 27.5” or with blended wheel sizes due to a flip chip on the swingarm and shock hyperlink. Regardless of all that journey, Propain invoice the Ekano as extra of an all-rounder somewhat than a solely gravity-oriented trip.
In accordance with Robert Krauss, Propain’s CEO, they listened to buyer and athlete suggestions through the bike’s improvement to assist them create a motorbike that is “much more versatile, balanced and uncompromising than earlier than.”
• Journey: 165mm (r) / 170mm (f)
• Aluminum body
• 27.5″, 29″, or blended wheel dimension choices
• Shimano EP8 motor
• 504Wh battery
• Value: 4,899 EUR (Begin mannequin)
There are three full fashions, with costs starting at 4899 Euro for the Begin model, which is spec’d with a RockShox Zeb R fork, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, Magura MT5 brakes, and Stan’s Baron S1 wheels. Propain additionally affords prospects the flexibility to decide on their most well-liked handlebar rise, stem size, and even decide the headtube badge shade.
The Ekano’s new Shimano EP8 motor is powered by a 504 Wh Shimano battery. Propain selected that dimension as a consequence of the truth that it is somewhat lighter, and spares can extra simply be carried in a backpack in comparison with the 630Wh battery. The battery’s place within the down tube permits for simple removing, and it is shielded from impacts by a thick protector.
Cartridge bearings from Acros are in place in any respect the pivots, full with customized covers to maintain water and grit from getting inside. There’s even room for to mount a side-loading bottle cage contained in the entrance triangle, a particulars that is typically lacking from e-bikes.
The bike’s geometry varies relying on which wheel dimension configuration is chosen, and dimension small frames are solely obtainable in 27.5″ or mixed-wheel variations. The pinnacle angle ranges from 64.3- to 65-degrees, and attain numbers for a dimension massive are between 452mm to 460mm. With a 29” rear wheel the chainstay size is 459mm, and it drops right down to 445mm when within the 27.5” setting.