Bike of the week ek

The Observer Magazine - - Wheels -

Haibike Sduro Hard­nine 2.5 Street Price £1,949, £1,949 haibike.com Mo­tor Yamaha Y 250W Gears Shi­mano im De­ore M6000

For most of us, the word ‘hy­brid’ was one we learned in bi­ol­ogy classes. It re­ferred to the off­spring of two plants or an­i­mals of dif­fer­ent species, like a mule (horse/don­key) or a whol­phin (whale/dol­phin – my favourite). Now it also refers to elec­tro/petrol cars and a style of bi­cy­cle which blends char­ac­ter­is­tics from road, tour­ing and moun­tain bikes. The idea is you have a bike for ev­ery ride, but all too of­ten you end up with a com­pro­mise. This new elec­tric Haibike, how­ever, proves that all-pur­pose ver­sa­til­ity can be a goal in it­self. The Sduro Hard­nine is a us­able com­bi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing, both on and off road. It has moun­tain bike 29in wheels and a Yamaha mo­tor, which de­liv­ers just the right amount of power when you need it. There’s a neat LCD screen that shows all your info, from bat­tery life to power set­ting, and you con­trol the power out­put with a flick of a switch. You shou should get a range of up to 80 miles, de de­pend­ing on the ter­rain and how you ride it. It’s per­fect for some­one look­ing for a d do-it-all bike on which to com­mute to work and t then maybe go for a cana canal-path cy­cle at the week­end week­end. It’s the easy rider!

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