TOP 8 | 2022 eMTB’s

Wanting to breeze up the climbs, explore more trail and rally extra loops of your favorite singletrack? We’ve lined up 8 of the hottest eMTB’s you should check out.

COMMENCAL Meta Power TR Race

Robust do-it-all machine

commencal meta power TR race electric mountain bike review
+/- R145 000 | Visit Commencal

Shimano’s more torquey yet smooth EP8 system powers the 140mm travel, all-alloy, Meta TR Race, an all 29er from Commencal. At a claimed 24.8kg it’s no featherweight eMTB but the no-nonsense build kit will keep you trucking; DT Swiss wheels, a 150mm Lyrik Ultimate Fork, a buttery Super Deluxe coil shock, 625Wh battery and Schwalbe’s ‘Super Trail’ variety are but a few of the highlights here. We haven’t ridden this one – in fact nobody has as it’s only available later in the year but what we can tell you is Commencal always deliver when it comes to kinematics, ride characteristics and trend-setting geometry – so it should be a banger!

TREK Rail 5

Wallet-friendly fun

trek rail electric mountain bike review
R90 000 | Visit TREK

The Rail 5 may be the more wallet-friendly option from Trek, but it is loaded with almost all of the performance boosters seen on the higher-end models. This bike features the ‘ABP’ split pivot design that keeps the suspension supple when braking on choppy terrain, a steering limiter system to protect the frame and a flip-chip to adjust the geometry to suit the trails you ride. Another reason to consider the Rail is surely the award-winning Bosch drive unit – it delivers a broad range of power and is easy to use. Rail 5 has an integrated and removable 500Wh battery for ease of charging, rolls on the stable 29er wheel size with 150mm rear travel that we found is not excessive for an all-rounder eMTB. This is one fun ride! Watch our review and range test


5 Year Multi-User Warranty applies

titan nitric se electric mountain bike review
+/- R55 000 | Visit TITAN RACING

Titan Racing has ticked all the boxes with their new range of hardtail eMTBs, the Nitric. This SE model features a 504Wh battery to power the Shimano E-7000 motor and with the torque cleverly set to a maximum of 60Nm both brawn and range are optimised. You’re getting modern geometry, a 120mm fork, Shimano brakes, SRAM’s Eagle (12-speed) gearing, a dropper post and a Fizik saddle. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better performer at this base-level price point.


An elegant creation

specialized levo s-works electric mountain bike review
R250 000 | Visit Specialized

For riders dropping big dollars the S-Works edition of Specialized’s recently released Levo is an elegant creation and easy shredder worth every penny. The more meaningful upgrades from the previous generation Levo include a revised kinematic that delivers more progressivity (way better suspension), a wider range of geometry to play with that suits just about any palate, mullet wheel sizing to improve agility and some of the slickest system integration in the business. It’s an elegant creation with plenty of turbo on tap to shred. Watch our REVIEW

LIV Tempt E+ 2

Get in the game

liv tempt review
R52 000 | Visit LIV

The Tempt E is a base-level, hardtail alloy mountain bike, with a 100mm travel fork to smooth out the trail. The bike has five levels of support, is driven by the Giant SyncDrive Core motor with 50NM of torque and a 500Wh battery pack. The two smaller frame sizes feature 27.5″ wheels and the two larger frame sizes roll on 29″ wheels. With women’s specific geometry and contact points, this is an ideal eMTB to get into the trail game, explore backcountry roads or roll about on the road.


Sublime handling

cannondale habit neo electric mountain bike review
R109 995 | Visit Cannondale

Cannondale really hasn’t shifted the paradigm with the Habit Neo and quite frankly, they didn’t need to. This bike retains all the sublime trail handling and good times of the analog Habit, with the added functionality of an assist bike. The Habit Neo is a carbon front and alloy rear framed 130mm travel bike powered by the Bosch Performance CX motor and 500Wh battery. It is a 29er wheel size only bike, available in four frame sizes, each with a low standover height. Habit Neo is a great all-rounder eMTB and its easy-handling ride characteristics will appeal to rookies. Read our REVIEW


Mid-travel trail joy

merida eone forty electric mountain bike review
+/- R85 000 | Visit Merida

Merida is the world’s second-largest producer of bicycles. On race tracks, the brand has racked up many Rainbow Jerseys and World Cup victories. On the production line, the brand rolls out an incredible 900 eBike units per day. This eOne-Forty is compact, comfortable and a fine climber that excels on smoother flowy trails. It is one of the more nimble and agile trail bikes on the market which is a characteristic that will please everyone. Read our REVIEW


The Big Sender

specialized kenevo sl electric mountain bike review
R175 000 | Visit Specialized

Instead of taking the I’m-electric-so-I’m-heavy route, the Kenevo SL (aka KSL) borrows the lighter drive unit already used in the Levo SL and Creo product lines, to shed around 4kg’s from the full power Levo. That 20% weight reduction creates a significantly positive impact on the ride, as does the 170mm travel and full enduro geometry. The catch is the KSL won’t match the climbing speed of full power eMTB’s running in high assist modes but if you are wanting to work [hard] on the climbs it will just about match their range. The KSL’s superpower is its unmatched prowess on gravity runs. Watch our REVIEW and RANGE TEST

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