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Husqvarna 2021 eMTB lineup: All-new Extreme Cross, Hard Cross and Mountain Cross models feature Shimano’s new EP8 motor

It’s really happening: Husqvarna have equipped all of their 2021 eMTBs with the brand new Shimano EP8 motor. The latest generation of the Extreme Cross, Hard Cross and Mountain Cross models feature a Shimano 2021 motor and a 630 Wh Simplo battery. Read on to find out everything about the new Husqvarna eMTB lineup.

Husqvarna have just introduced a wide range of new eMTBs equipped with the brand new Shimano EP8 motor. They are powered by batteries from Taiwanese battery manufacturer Simplo, with a 630 Wh capacity for most bikes. In typical Husqvarna fashion, the motor is the visual focus of the bike, at the heart of a distinctive design that clearly differentiates its bikes from everything else on the market. A sturdy bash plate called the Skeleton Interface rounds off the harmonious design and protects the motor from impacts. Depending on the model and spec, Husqvarna deliver their 2021 eMTB fleet with either the new SC-EM80 and SC-E5000 displays, or the popular existing black and white SC-E7000. If you’re still in the dark about Shimano’s new EP8 motor, you should read our detailed and comprehensive review here. You’ll find out all the most important info and our first ride impressions. Is it worth upgrading from the old Shimano STEPS E8000 to the new EP8?

The distinctive Skeleton Interface bash guard is one of the trademarks of Husqvarna eMTBs.

The new Husqvarna Mountain Cross models

All new Husqvarna Mountain Cross models feature the new Shimano EP8 motor, revised geometry and a mullet wheel setup with a 29 ” wheel up front and 27.5″ wheel on the rear. All of this is meant to make Husqvarna’s 150 mm all-rounder even more capable than its predecessor. Prices start at € 4,399 for the Mountain Cross 4, while the top of the range Mountain Cross 7 model retails at € 6,799. All spec options have a maximum permissible weight of 130 kg.

The Husqvarna Mountain Cross 7 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-EM800
Fork FOX FLOAT 36 Factory 150 mm
Shock FOX FLOAT DPS Factory 150 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes Shimano XT BR-MT8120 203/203
Drivetrain Shimano XT/Deore 12-speed 10 – 51
Stem Husqvarna 35 40 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset DT Swiss H1900 Spline 29/27,5″
Tires MAXXIS Recon Race/ Rekon EXO+ 29″ x 2.4″/27,5″ x 2.6″
Price € 6,799

The Husqvarna Mountain Cross 6 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-E7000
Fork FOX FLOAT 36 Rhythm 150 mm
Shock FOX FLOAT DPS Rhythm 150 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes SRAM G2 RSC 180/180
Drivetrain SRAM SX-Eagle 12-speed 10 – 50
Stem Husqvarna 35 40 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset Husqvarna DA210F/ DA210R 29/27,5″
Tires MAXXIS Recon Race/ Recon EXO+ 29″ x 2,4″/27,5″ x 2,6″
Price € 5,699

The Husqvarna Mountain Cross 5 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-E5000
Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL 150 mm
Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ 150 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes Shimano BR-MT420 203/180
Drivetrain Shimano Deore 12-speed 10 – 50
Stem Husqvarna 35 40 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset Husqvarna DA210F/ DA210R 29/27.5″
Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29″ x 2.6″/27.5″ x 2.6″
Price € 4,899

The Husqvarna Mountain Cross 4 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 500 Wh
Display Shimano SC-E5000
Fork SR Suntour Zeron35 150 mm
Shock SR Suntour Edge 150 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes Tektro Orion 203/180
Drivetrain Shimano Deore 10-speed 11 – 42
Stem Husqvarna 35 40 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset Husqvarna DA210F/ DA210R 29/27,5″
Tires Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29″ x 2,6″/27,5″ x 2,6″
Price € 4,399

The new Husqvarna Hard Cross models

The new 2021 Hard Cross has undergone a facelift and minor spec updates. All models rely on the same Shimano EP8 motor and 630 Wh Simplo battery and all spec options have a maximum permissible weight of 130 kg.

The Husqvarna Hard Cross 9 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-EM800
Fork FOX FLOAT 38 Factory 180 mm
Shock FOX FLOAT X2 Factory 180 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes Shimano XT BR-MT8120 203/203
Drivetrain Shimano XT Di2 11-speed 10 – 46
Stem Husqvarna 35 40 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset DT Swiss H1700 27,5″
Tires MAXXIS Minion DHF / DHR EXO+ 27,5″ x 2,6″
Price € 7,499

The Husqvarna Hard Cross 8 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-EM700
Fork FOX FLOAT 38 Performance 180 mm
Shock FOX FLOAT X2 Performance 180 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes Shimano BR-MT520 203/203
Drivetrain Shimano XT/Deore 12-speed 10 – 51
Stem Husqvarna 35 40 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset DT Swiss H1900 27,5″
Tires MAXXIS Minion DHF / DHR EXO+ 27,5″ x 2,6″
Price € 6,499

The Husqvarna Hard Cross 7 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-E5000
Fork RockShox ZEB Select 180 mm
Shock RockShox SuperDeluxe Select+ 180 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes Tektro Orion 203/203
Drivetrain SRAM SX-Eagle 12-speed 10 – 50
Stem Husqvarna 35 40 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset Husqvarna DA210F/ DA210R 27,5″
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary / Hans Dampf 27,5″ x 2,6″
Price € 5,499

The Husqvarna Hard Cross 6 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-E5000
Fork SR Suntour Durolux36 180 mm
Shock SR Suntour Triair 180 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes Tektro Orion 203/203
Drivetrain Shimano Deore 10-speed 11 – 42
Stem Husqvarna 35 40 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset Husqvarna DA210F/ DA210R 27,5″
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary / Hans Dampf 27,5″ x 2,6″
Price € 4,799

Die neuen Husqvarna Extreme Cross Modelle

The Husqvarna Extreme Cross models were developed for downhill and enduro riders. The 2021 lineup boasts a brand new look and the Shimano EP8 motor. Like the other models, the total permissible weight is 130 kg.

The Husqvarna Extreme Cross 10 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-EM800
Fork FOX FLOAT 40 Factory 203 mm
Shock FOX DHX2 Factory 200 mm
Seatpost Kind Shock E20i
Brakes MAGURA MT5 203/203
Drivetrain Shimano Saint 10-speed 10 – 36
Stem Husqvarna 52 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset DT Swiss FR 1950 27,5″
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Gravity 27,5″ x 2,6″
Price € 7,899

The Husqvarna Extreme Cross 9 in detail

Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery Simplo 630 Wh
Display Shimano SC-EM800
Fork SR Suntour Rux38 200 mm
Shock SR Suntour Triair 200 mm
Seatpost Husqvarna DropperPost
Brakes MAGURA MT5 220/203
Drivetrain Shimano Deore 11-speed 10 – 46
Stem Husqvarna 52 mm
Handlebar Husqvarna MTB35 780 mm
Wheelset Husqvarna DA210F/ DA210R 27,5″
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Gravity 27,5″ x 2,6″
Price € 5,699

More information at husqvarna-bicycles.com


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