The brand new Peugeot eM01 from the French car manufacturer is set to crown its ebike portfolio. We already had a chance to take a closer look at the prototype of the eMTB with its Bosch Performance Line CX motor, offering 170 mm travel up front and 160 mm at the rear.
French car manufacturer Peugeot have been making bicycles since 1886 and won their tenth Tour de France in 1977. Things have gone very quiet around Peugeot’s bicycle range since, but in times of the corona pandemic and the surge in demand for bicycles, this could all change. Until now, Peugeot’s product portfolio has been geared more towards the urban segment. However, with their flagship full-suspension eMTB, the eM01, featuring a capable, performance oriented chassis, Peugeot are looking to expand their range.
The EWS E-Race, which debuted as part of the Enduro World Series in Zermatt, gave us the opportunity to take a closer look at the bike of former enduro pro Nicolas Lau. Since Nico was involved in the development of the new Peugeot eM01, he was able to give us some interesting details.
Hailing from Alsace, Nicolas Lau successfully competed in enduro races as part of the CUBE Action Team for several years until he turned his back on professional enduro racing in 2018. In 2019, he returned to the racetracks on an eMTB, representing Peugeot. Incidentally, the width of
the SPANK Vibrocore SPIKE handlebar is 800 mm. The components of the bike shown here are part of Nicolas’ race spec, featuring some higher quality and more expensive bits than you’ll get on the production bike, which, according to Nico, they’re aiming to price at around € 6,000 to € 8,000 at most.
According to Nico, they paid special attention to the frame’s stiffness during the development, which is why they resorted to put the battery opening at the top of the down tube instead of the bottom.
Both in terms of price and performance, the capable Peugeot eM01 eMTB promises to set a new benchmark in Peugeot’s portfolio. It’s currently not clear when it’ll become available, what the spec will be like and at what price. As soon as we get our hands on a production model, we’ll put it to the test.
For more information about the Peugeot Cycles product range, check out their official website.
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