Haibike are fully committed to the ebike cause. However, up until now, the sporty eMTB section in their portfolio still had a blank page, which was reserved for Light-E-MTBs. Not only does the new LYKE SE with Fazua Ride 60 motor bring some colour to that desolate page but also realigns the brand identity of the German bike manufacturer. We’ll tell you what the lightweight LYKE SE is capable of.

Haibike is synonymous with ePerformance: the German manufacturer has been committed to integrating electric motors into mountain bikes for a whole decade. For the motors, Haibike rely on Bosch, Yamaha and TQ, with a preference for the most powerful models available. Nothing unusual so far. However, Haibike don’t like to swim with the tide and strive for disruptive innovations instead, always questioning and overturning existing trends. A prime example of this is the Haibike Flyon, which proudly displays its motor instead of hiding it inside its frame. But with the new LYKE, Haibike has just opened a whole new chapter in their company’s history. Light eMTBs are all the rage this year: with the launch of the TQ HPR 50 and Fazua Ride 60 motors, manufacturers were given an opportunity to design even slimmer, lighter and more discreet eMTBs, which are becoming increasingly reminiscent of analogue bikes, both in terms of appearance and handling. With the new LYKE, Haibike relied on a Fazua Ride 60 motor and 430 Wh battery to build an agile and light-footed eMTB that is aimed primarily at sporty riders and doesn’t exude “E!” from all angles. Haibikes new light eMTB combines a stylish full carbon frame with 29” wheels and 140 mm travel. In size L, the LYKE tips the scales at 18.7 kg. And while the key data alone reflect the typical light eMTB understatement, the € 10,000 LYKE SE (Special Edition) has a few more tricks up its sleeve, including a handful of innovations that have the potential to shake up the established light eMTB norms.

Haibike LYKE SE | Fazua Ride 60/430 Wh | 140/140 mm (f/r)
18.7 kg in Size L | € 9,999 | manufacturer’s website
The XDURO Nduro 10.0 from Haibike’s Flyon series doesn’t beat around the bush, brazenly announcing itself as an eBike.
The new Haibike LYKE SE skillfully conceals the motor system.

The new Haibike LYKE SE in detail

Although the new LYKE SE is distinctly recognisable as a Haibike, it’s far more discreet than its full-fat counterparts, favouring a slim and classy silhoutette over beefy and imposing looks. At the transition between the head tube and top tube, a mosaic of triangular patterns makes for an exotic origami look. The cables disappear into frame through the special Acros headset, ensuring a tidy cockpit and highlighting the clean silhouette of the LYKE. On the down tube, Haibike ditched their proprietary Modular Rail System and replaced it with a closed down tube design, which reduces weight and ensures an overall tidier look. However, the frame still has a bottle cage and tool mount on the down tube – an almost indispensable feature for modern sporty riders. The colour accents of the paint finish, decals and the Fox suspension are beautifully matched. In some places, raw carbon fibre pops out from under the elegant blue and coffee brown finish – but the real highlight is the integration of the motor system.

Derailed: Haibike’s Modular Rail System allowed you to attach accessories to your bike. While this might have been a very practical feature, it doesn’t suit the modern and sporty silhouette of the new LYKE. Here, Haibike rely on a tool mount with two bosses on the down tube – a system that is becoming increasingly popular amongst sporty eMTBs.

At the transition between the head tube and top tube, a mosaic of triangular patterns makes for an exotic origami look.

Haibike’s development team dug deep in their box of tricks to make it possible to remove the battery despite the closed down tube design. The hardware of the Fazua Ride 60 motor mainly consists of the motor and battery. Unlike its predecessor Ride 50, the new Fazua system allows engineers to integrate the motor and battery into the frame independently. The motor of the LYKE sits upright above the bottom bracket and is completely integrated into the wide seat tube, thus clearing the way for the 430 Wh battery, which can be removed from the bottom of the down tube. To do this, you’ll have to remove the skid plate by unbolting a mini thru-axle. The battery itself is securely held in place by a second mini thru-axle. Both the skid plate and the battery can be easily removed using a 5mm Allen key.

To save a few more grams, Haibike opted for the battery model without Fazua’s proprietary charging port and carrying handle. If you want to charge it externally, you’ll have to use an adapter between the charger and battery, which Haibike includes in the package. Apart from saving weight, the shorter battery without the charging port can be removed from the bottom of the down tube without having to put the bike on its side or upside down. As usual, there’s a charging port on the bottom bracket that allows you to charge the battery on the bike. Unfortunately, to charge our LYKE test bike we had to wait around 5 minutes for the motor to fall into deep-sleep mode. However, there’s clearly a bug in the motor system of our test bike, which FAZUA will address with the next software update. The Haibike LYKE will also be compatible with Fazua’s Range Extender, which sits on the down tube instead of the bottle cage and expands the battery capacity by an additional 210Wh. Another hot tip for all lightweight fans: Haibike’s developers revealed that the LYKE also works with the range extender alone, without the main battery in the down tube, which allows you to shave off around 1kg for fast-paced post work rides.

The new Fazua Ride60 motor of the Haibike LYKE SE

Not only is the compact and lightweight Fazua Ride60 motor a perfect match for the light eMTB concept of the LYKE SE, but also offers the suitable riding characteristics for Haibike’s light-footed eMTB. With 60 Nm torque and 350 watts max. output, the motor is relatively powerful for such a small unit. When riding in the strongest of the three support levels, Rocket mode, you won’t even break a sweat on tours with gentle gradients. When you come across an unexpected steep climb, you can activate the boost function from Fazua’s Ring Control Remote. This churns out an additional 100 watts for a total of 12 seconds, which also comes in handy for quick overtaking manoeuvres. That being said, what feels like (relatively) a lot of power for a light eMTB motor comes at the expense of a natural ride feeling. In the standard settings, the Haibike LYKE SE struggles to hide its electric nature, with the motor engaging and disengaging noticeably and kicking in with a slight delay. However, Fazua’s app and software allow you to fine-tune and reduce the responsiveness of the motor. Unfortunately, the software version of our test bike still comes with the delay. Under load, the motor also develops a high-pitched buzzing noise, but this is quickly drowned out by surrounding ambient noises. Fazua are currently working on an update that should ensure a more natural ride feeling and at the same time reduce the noise level. Needless to say, we’ll keep you updated about future updates.

Our test bike: The Haibike LYKE Special Edition

Our test bike retails at € 9,999 and relies exclusively on high-quality components. The high-end FOX Factory suspension consists of a 36 FLOAT fork and FLOAT X shock, which both control 140 mm of travel and allow for countless adjustment options. Braking and shifting is taken care of by Shimano. Shimano XTR four-piston brakes with 203 mm IceTech rotors provide powerful deceleration and excellent modulation. For the drivetrain, Haibike combine an XTR rear derailleur with matching shifter and a chain/cassette combo from the cheaper XT series. While Haibike tend to use in-house components for their bikes, the flagship LYKE model comes equipped with components from popular third-party brands. For example, Race Face supply the grips, stem and carbon handlebars while French wheel specialist Mavic provide the lightweight E-Crossmax carbon wheelset. For the tires, the Germans rely on a lightweight and relatively shallow-profiled MAXXIS DISSECTOR, both front and rear, combining the hard MaxxTerra rubber compound and weak EXO/EXO+ casing, which make for the first negative impression in this test. With heavy and aggressive riders, this tire combo offers little puncture protection and lacks traction on demanding trails.

Let’s face it! Haibike’s in-house components have never been too popular amongst performance-oriented riders. To make up for this, the German manufacturer specced the LYKE SE flagship model exclusively with components from well-known brands such as Race Face.

Breaking character: So far, Haibike have always used vertically-mounted shocks. For the new LYKE, however, they’ve redesigned the kinematics from the ground up and mounted the Fox Float X horizontally – this controls 140 mm rear travel.

Keep your cool: On our test bike, a ventilation hole above the charging port helps cool down the motor in the seat tube. However, this opening might disappear on the production bike, because the Fazua motor hasn’t had any overheating problems thus far.
Power is nothing without control: Shimano’s XTR four-piston brakes pack a punch. Luckily, they also offer excellent modulation, bringing the enormous power to the trail safely and reliably.
A three-letter acronym for lightweight construction? XTR! While the XTR rear derailleur and shifter may deceive you into thinking that the entire drivetrain consists of Shimano’s top-end components, upon closer inspection you’ll realise that the cassette and chain are from Shimano’s cheaper XT series. However, shifting performance is top-notch and the weight difference is negligible.

No Disrespect-or: MAXXIS’ fast-rolling DISSECTOR cuts a fine figure at the rear of many eMTBs. However, the thin Exo casing and hard MaxxTerra rubber compound at the front significantly limit its performance.

Haibike LYKE SE

€ 9,999


Motor Fazua Ride 60 60 Nm
Battery Fazua Energy 430 Wh
Display Fazua Led Hub
Fork FOX 36 Factory 140 mm
Rear Shock FOX FLOAT X Factory 140 mm
Seatpost FOX Transfer Factory 170 mm
Brakes Shimano XTR 203/203 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XTR/XT 1x12
Stem Raceface Turbine SL 40 mm
Handlebar Raceface Next Carbon 760 mm
Wheelset Mavic E-Crossmax XL R Carbon 29"

Technical Data

Size S M L XL
Weight 18.7 kg
Perm. total weight 120 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 101 kg
Trailer approval no
Kickstand mount no

Specific Features

optional range extender with 210 Wh

Other spec tiers of the new Haibike LYKE 2023

Alongside the LYKE SE flagship model, Haibike also offer the LYKE 11 and LYKE 10, which retail at € 7,500 and € 6,500, respectively. All models share the same full carbon frame, which is then specced according to the price point. According to Haibike, the choice of components has a big impact on the weight of the bike. For example, the SE flagship model in size L in this test weighs in at 18.7 kg while the LYKE 11 tips the scales at 19.22 kg. It’s worth mentioning that the spec of our test bikes doesn’t entirely reflect the production bike either, which means that the final weight specifications could deviate from these values by several hectograms. As a result, you should also treat the spec list below with some degree of caution.

Haibike LYKE 11

€ 7,499


Motor Fazua Ride 60 60 Nm
Battery Fazua Energy 430 Wh
Display Fazua Led Hub
Fork FOX 36 Performance 140 mm
Rear Shock FOX FLOAT DPS Performance 140 mm
Seatpost Dropper-Post 170 mm
Brakes Shimano XT 203/180 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT 1x12
Stem XLC FlowBy 40 mm
Handlebar XLC FlowBy 780 mm
Wheelset Mavic E-Crossmax XL S 29"

Technical Data

Size S M L XL
Weight 19,22 kg
Perm. total weight 120 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 100 kg
Trailer approval no
Kickstand mount no

Specific Features

optional range extender with 210 Wh

Haibike LYKE 10

€ 6,499


Motor Fazua Ride 60 60 Nm
Battery Fazua Energy 430 Wh
Display Fazua Led Hub
Fork RockShox Lyrik Select 140 mm
Rear Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ 140 mm
Seatpost Dropper-Post
Brakes Shimano Deore 203/180 mm
Drivetrain Shimano SLX 1x12
Stem XLC FlowBy 40 mm
Handlebar XLC FlowBy 780 mm
Wheelset WTB ST i30 TCS 29"
Tires Schwalbe Wicked Will Evo Super Ground/Trail 2.4"

Technical Data

Size S M L XL
Perm. total weight 120 kg
Trailer approval no
Kickstand mount no

Specific Features

optional range extender with 210 Wh

The geometry of the Haibike LYKE SE

The new Haibike LYKE is available in four sizes, S to XL. At 77.3°, the seat tube angle is relatively steep, which together with the rather low front (629 mm stack height), makes for a somewhat front-heavy pedalling position that puts more pressure on your hands than on the saddle. If you’re planning to use the Haibike LYKE primarily on long rides, we recommend stacking up all of the spacers under the stem and pushing the saddle back. The 170 mm dropper post in size L can be inserted all the way into the frame without this touching the vertically-mounted Fazua Ride60 motor. However, at 470 mm in size L, the seat tube is relatively long, making it hard for short-legged riders to upsize without the saddle getting in the way.

Cohabitants: Although the seat tube houses both the motor and the FOX Transfer dropper post, the latter can be inserted all the way into the frame. And while at 170 mm in size L, the dropper would ensure sufficient freedom of movement, the 470 mm seat tube is a tad too long, limiting the range of movement on the bike.

Size S M L XL
Top tube 562 mm 592 mm 622 mm 652 mm
Seat tube 410 mm 440 mm 470 mm 500 mm
Head tube 110 mm 120 mm 130 mm 140 mm
Head angle 65° 65° 65° 65°
Seat angle 77.3° 77.3° 77.3° 77.3°
Chainstay 450 mm 450 mm 450 mm 450 mm
BB Drop 25 mm 25 mm 25 mm 25 mm
Wheelbase 1,195 mm 1,227 mm 1,259 mm 1,290 mm
Reach 424 mm 452 mm 479 mm 506 mm
Stack 611 mm 620 mm 629 mm 638 mm

What’s the Haibike LYKE SE capable of on the trail?

When climbing, the lightweight Haibike SE delivers an impressive performance. Uphill, the biggest challenge is to maintain a constant pressure on the pedals to make sure the motor keeps pushing forward. If you stop pedalling for a moment to clear an obstacle, when you start pedalling again the FAZUA Ride 60 needs to think for a second before resuming assistance. If you keep the Haibike LYKE and its motor in constant motion, the Fazua Ride60 motor churns out enough torque to master even technical climbing sections.

Downhill, the Haibike shows its playful side and behaves exactly as you would expect from a light eMTB. Unlike the full-fat eMTB all-rounders around 25 kg, which provide a little more riding stability due to the higher inertial mass alone, the Haibike is agile and lively. With its strikingly high bottom bracket and relatively low front, the LYKE positions you on top of the bike rather than integrating you deep into its frame. With the nimble LYKE, skilled riders will be able to pump through fast berms and rollers. The front-heavy riding position makes it easy to unweight the rear wheel and throw it around narrow switchbacks and technical trail sections. The suspension offers enough support to pull off ledges, allowing you to play with the trail features on manicured flow trails from the second you drop in. The LYKE is also a great option for car park acrobats who love to entertain their riding buddies while they’re getting ready. The LYKE implements direction changes willingly and is easy to pull onto the rear wheel for an eMTB.

Helmet Sweet Protection Trailblazer Mips | Glasses 100% Speedcraft | Backpack Thule Rail 8 | Jersey ROCDAY Long Sleeve Stage (Custom) | Shorts ROCDAY ROC Black Melange | Knee pads Troy Lee Designs Stage Knee Guard | Shoes Shimano AM9

As the trail gets tougher, you should step off the gas. The suspension offers sufficient reserves for the occasional root carpet and even bails you out if you get yourself into a pickle with smaller jumps. Skilled riders are better off gapping obstacles rather than ploughing through them. However, the LYKE leaves its comfort zone on fast, demanding and steep descents, where you have to commit to your line and ride clean to ensure maximum traction. On loose and wet terrain, the shallow-profiled MAXXIS Disscetor tires fail to generate sufficient traction, turning the agile character into unpredictable sketchiness.

Tuning Tip: Tourers should push the saddle far back and stack all spacers under the stem. Rowdy downhill enthusiasts should upgrade to more robust tires.

Our conclusions about the new Haibike LYKE SE

Haibike reloaded! With the new LYKE SE, Haibike are redefining their brand image. The appealing silhouette and clever motor integration around the Fazua Ride60 drive ensure a new sporty look but the motor software still needs tweaking – a few updates should do the trick! With its light and playful handling, the LYKE is already a great ride in its current form, provided you keep away from very rough bike park tracks and demanding Alpine enduro trails.


  • great look, Haibike redefined
  • clever motor integration at the highest level
  • fun handling on flow trails


  • nervous on challenging terrain
  • puncture-prone tires

For more info visit haibike.com

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Words: Rudolf Fischer Photos: Peter Walker, Manne Schmitt

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Rudolf Fischer

In his previous life Rudolf was a dab hand at promoting innovation, putting his brain behind big-ticket patent assessments that easily ran into six-or-seven-plus figures. These days, the self-confessed data nerd’s role as editor at DOWNTOWN and E-MOUNTAINBIKE is no less exciting. Given his specialism in connectivity, Rudolf’s often placed on the front line of future mobility conversations, but he’s also big into testing new bikes–both on the daily as a committed commuter and intensively for our group tests. The business economist graduate is as versatile as a Swiss penknife, and that’s no hyperbole. Away from two wheels, his background in parkour means he’s a master of front, side and backflips, plus he speaks German, English, French, Russian and a touch of Esperanto. Japanese remains woefully unmastered, despite his best home-learning attempts. Good to know: Rudolf’s sharp tongue has made him a figure of fear in the office, where he’s got a reputation for flexing a dry wittiness à la Ricky Gervais... interestingly, he's usually the one laughing hardest.