Bicycling (South Africa)



DDo the prices of these e-bikes make your palms sweat? Then ask your­self: are you plan­ning to try and break down­hill speed records, or do you just want to ride some laid-back trails to the cof­fee shop on a Sun­day morn­ing?

This un­fussy hard­tail from Silverback of­fers ex­cep­tional value for money. It has a 130mm coil-sus­pen­sion fork (a bit ba­sic, but you could up­grade in time), a solid Shi­mano De­ore driv­e­train, and a Shi­mano Steps E-8000 mo­tor with a semi-in­te­grated bat­tery on the down tube.

The Trail’s se­cret weapon, how­ever, is its huge tyre clear­ance – up to 2.6” on 29er rims. The stan­dard Maxxis Rekons are ex­cel­lent, and if you run them at low pres­sure you won’t even no­tice you don’t have rear sus­pen­sion.

There’s a drop­per post too, which is a nice touch.

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