The E-Trailster has been part of the Bergamont portfolio for a while now. The bike had already made an appearance in our E-Mountainbike magazine a couple of years ago – in our 2015 comparison test. So, what have they done with it over the last couple of years?

Bergamont E-Trailster
Bergamont E-Trailster 8.0 | BOSCH | 21.95 kg | € 4,499

Aesthetically the E-Trailster hasn’t change much. The frame is still the same and so is the orange colour scheme, only with added black instead of white. Power is provided by a Bosch Performance CX with a 500 Wh battery. A cocktail of Shimano XT and SLX components takes care of the shifting, with a wisely chosen 11–42 setup. In our previous test we had a few issues with component-choice, and two years on, some of the specs are not the optimal choice for an E-Mountainbike. The MAGURA MT4 stoppers struggle to deliver a consistent bite on long descents and the MAXXIS Forekaster offers a poor amount of grip and puncture-resistance.

Bergamont E-Trailster
“The smaller wheel size makes the bike feel nimble in turns and sudden direction changes.”
Bergamont E-Trailster Bergamont E-Trailster

A long frame and a big 80mm stem give the Bergamont E-Trailster a stretched and racy riding-position. On climbs the Bosch-drive system pulls nicely and purrs out loud; people with long legs will feel slightly reclined when pedalling on steep uphills, whereby the front wheel still feels glued to the ground. On more rugged, technical climbs and on descents the tires could do with a lot more traction, although the smaller wheel size makes the bike feel nimble in turns and sudden direction changes. The FOX 34 FLOAT Performance works well in combination with the RockShox rear shock and can take the big hits without sagging or losing response. The Trailster feels at home on smoother trails and fire roads, but quickly reaches its limitations on more challenging terrain.

Bergamont E-Trailster
Helmet Smith Forefront | Jersey Mons Royale Redwood V LS | Backpack ION RAMPERT 8 | Shorts Mavic Crossmax

The Bergamont E-Trailster 8.0 in detail

Fork FOX 34 FLOAT Performance 150 mm
Rear shock RockShox Monarch RT 140 mm
Motor / Battery Bosch Performance CX / 500 Wh
Brakes Magura MT4
Drivetrain Shimano XT/SLX
Seatpost Manitou Jack
Stem Answer AME 80 mm
Handlebar BGM Pro 740 mm
Tires MAXXIS Forekaster EXO 2,35″
Wheels DT Swiss M1900 Spline

Bergamont E-Trailster
Solid
Upfront the FOX 34 FLOAT Performance works nicely and takes the hits with smoothness and composure.
Bergamont E-Trailster
Too long
The 80mm stem is overkill. This translates into a very stretched riding position on uphills and indirect, sloppy handling on downhills. We recommend a stem length of 60 mm maximum.
Bergamont E-Trailster
Old-fashioned
Old-fashioned, thin 27.5″ tires clearly offer less grip than their chubbier 27.5+ cousins. Bergamont uses narrow rims and a flat profiled tire which ends up in a lack of grip and comfort.
Bergamont E-Trailster
Undersized
The MAGURA MT4 2-piston brakes lack efficiency on long descents. MT5 or MT7 brakes would be a better choice for an E-Mountainbike. The 4 piston brakes offer more heat-resistance and reliability.

Geometry Bergamont E-Trailster 8.0

Unfortunately, not much has changed on the Trailster 8.0 since our last test in 2015. Some of the major issues that we highlighted back then, still haven’t been addressed. That’s why the Bergamont can’t really stand a chance against its strong competitors, neither in terms of specs nor performance. What a pity! We can only hope that the bike manufacturer from Hamburg will make up for it in the future…

Strengths

– Good suspension
– Long-stroke seat dropper

Weaknesses

– Feels twitchy at high speeds
– Not very comfortable
– Poor choice of components

For more Information head to: bergamont.com

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: 11 E-MTBs under € 5,000 in Comparison

All bikes in test: CENTURION No Pogo E2000 27+FOCUS JAM² 29 | Giant Full-E+0 Pro | Haibike SDURO AllMtn 7.0 | KTM MACINA Kapoho LT 273 | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 800 | NOX Bike EDT 5.1 HybridSCOTT E-Genius 720 Plus | Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6FATTIE | Trek Powerfly 8 FS

Words & Photos: Christoph Bayer

Try it out for yourself!


Nothing beats trying before buying!
Click on one of the buttons to test this Bergamont .