Multiple Italian eMTB enduro champion Andrea Garibbo secured the national title again in 2023. He crossed the line on a Haibike AllMtn CF SE, which he has also used in countless international pro events. We took a closer look at Andrea’s team bike and asked him about his settings and personal tweaks.

If you’re thinking this all sounds a bit familiar, you’re right – we took a closer look at Andrea’s old race bike back in 2022, when he was riding a Haibike AllMtn SE with an 80 Nm Yamaha PW-X2 motor. Andrea has since switched to a Bosch motor, which he has been using since the beginning of the 2023 season. However, on his current race bike, the Haibike AllMtn CF SE, the standard Bosch Performance Line CX motor has been replaced with a limited-edition CX Race drive, and the bike has undergone a few tweaks. Andrea is expected to race the 2024 season on a new Haibike HYPE 11, which comes with the Bosch CX Race motor as standard.

Andrea Garibbo | Born: 1989 | Nationality: Italian | Team: Haibike | Height: 1.67 m | Weight: 58 kg | Bike size: M

We had the opportunity to take a closer look at the bike of reigning Italian eMTB champion Andrea Garibbo at the end of the first race day of the 2023 E-Tour du Mont Blanc.

This was the fifth edition of the race, part of the Verbier E-Bike Festival. It’s a two-day race, with last year’s route spanning 140 km, with more than 9,000 metres of climbing and almost 11,000 metres of descending. 23 teams competed in the men’s race, and 7 in the women’s. The riders, consisting of a mix of current professionals, ex-pros and ambitious amateurs, and even reigning UCI World Champions, took on the challenge in teams of two.

Andrea (right) with his team-mate Robert Williams, before kicking off the second day of racing at the E-Tour du Mont Blanc 2023 in Verbier.

The bike: The Haibike AllMtn CF SE with Bosch Performance Line CX Race motor

Andrea has shortened the standard 785 mm Race Face handlebars down to 740 mm to adapt them to his anatomy.
The Kiox 300 display was repositioned to the left side of the handlebars…
… to make room for a GPS device. Andrea swapped the standard 50 mm Race Face stem for a 35 mm SWITCH model.
Heart transplant: The standard Bosch Performance Line CX motor of the Haibike AllMtn CF SE was replaced with a CX Race motor for some extra oomph.
Modelled on Swiss cheese: the holes on the motor cover are meant to improve ventilation. Even the tiniest weight saving can be critical in a race situation.
MAGURA MT7 brakes are paired with a 203 mm rotor at the front …
… and also at the rear, which is the same setup you get with the production bike.
The stock 160 mm RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2 fork was replaced with a 170 mm FOX 38 Factory fork, which is a better match for the tough racing conditions in Verbier. For the occasion, Andrea set up his fork with 100 psi and 3 tokens.
Andrea also swapped the standard RockShox shock with a FOX model. The sticker on the piggy bank reservoir belongs to Italian suspension specialist Capaldi Suspension, who take care of Andrea’s suspension maintenance. The XLC water bottle is secured to the frame with FIDLOCK’s proven, reliable magnetic system.
Many racers use shorter 155 mm cranks to avoid smashing the pedals into obstacles on technical climbs. Andrea is one of them, and has swapped the stock 165 mm cranks for a set of 155 mm cranks from Italian manufacturer Miche.
Andrea has been using Crankbrothers Mallet clipless pedals for years.
Tire combo: the Miche rims are paired with Schwalbe Magic Mary tires in the Super Downhill casing and ADDIX Ultra Soft rubber compound. You can find more information about the Schwalbe range in our big tire comparison test. In Verbier, Andrea set up his tires with 1.1 bar (16 psi) at the front and 1.35 bar (20 psi) at the rear.

When the trails are particularly rough, Andrea also uses Technomousse tire inserts. Moreover, on long stages with plenty of altitude gain, he relies on a standard 750 Wh battery, while he switches to the smaller and lighter 625 Wh variant for shorter stages to save weight.

A slim companion for all occasions

At the E-Tour du Mont Blanc, many racers were using a small backpack.
Quite empty, actually! Andrea only carried two tire levers, a tubeless repair kit, two zip-ties and some electric tape in his USWE backpack. The rest of the tools were in his team-mate’s bag. On a rainy day, Andrea would also carry a rain jacket.
Andrea secures a spare inner tube directly to the frame using a conventional tool strap.
A spare chain quick link is attached to the brake line with electrical tape.
We cross our fingers for Andrea Garibbo and wish him a succeesful 2024 season! You can follow the Italian champion on his garibboandrea Instagram account.

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Words: Manne Schmitt Photos: Manne Schmitt

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Manne Schmitt

As the proud father of Robin and Max-Philip, Manne has been there from the start and is the wise elder of the editorial team. He won his first cycling race in elementary school at a school sports day. After less successful attempts at football, he found his passion for cycling via endurance racing in 1989! The world of racing still consumes him and no one in the team knows the EWS pros better than Manne. As a former head analyst of a state agency, he knows how to do proper research and finds exclusive news that no one else has. He supports his sons in day-to-day business dealings as the authorised signatory for 41 Publishing – viva la familia!