Opposing the current trend of big batteries, the ROTWILD furnish the standard, unrestricted 85Nm Shimano EP8 motor of the R.E375 PRO with a small and lightweight 375 Wh battery. Was the ROTWILD able to assert itself against its powerful all-round opponents or was it left behind in a cloud of dust?

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best eMTB of 2022 – 13 models in review

ROTWILD R.E375 PRO | Shimano EP8/375 Wh | 170/160 mm (f/r)
19.68 kg in size L | € 8,999 | Manufacturer’s website

With the R.E375 PRO, ROTWILD are sending a powerful Light eMTB into the race. Our € 8,999 R.E375 test bike rolls on 29” wheels, combines 170/160 mm of travel and weighs in at 19.68 kg (size L). When ROTWILD developed the R.E375, integration was clearly high on their list of priorities The 85 Nm Shimano EP8 motor is neatly integrated into the carbon frame and the carbon housing of the long 375 Wh battery functions as the sidewall of the super-slim down tube and the whole unit can be removed from the side of the frame at the push of a button. The charge port sits between the motor and battery and is protected by a practical magnetic cover. All cables run through the handlebars while an EightPins dropper rounds off the ROTWILD’s integration.

Weight reduction at all costs? The spec of the ROTWILD R.E375 PRO in detail

With the spec of the R.E375, ROTWILD clearly lost sight of trail performance at some point along the way. Admittedly, many components still do justice to the character and intended use of the bike: the robust DT Swiss HX 1501 alloy wheelset and four-piston XT brakes with 200 mm ICE-TECH rotors work a treat while the mixed Shimano drivetrain with and XT rear derailleur and SLX cassette ensures crisp and precise shifting. However, ROTWILD have saved weight in the wrong place, pairing a Magic Mary front tire in the fragile Super Ground casing and Hans Dampf rear tire in the Super Trail casing. This setup doesn’t do justice to the character of the R.E375 and can easily lead to pinch flats. To prevent this, you’ll have to run high tire pressures, which come at the expense of grip. Moreover, we’d happily trade the lockout of the FOX 36 FIT4 fork for the superior performance of the GRIP2 damper.

Less is more! The small battery of the ROTWILD R.E375 makes the sporty concept possible.

Successful integration
The EightPins dropper post is neatly integrated into the frame. However, even the best dropper in the world is of little use with a super-long 470 mm seat tube, which restricts the freedom of movement on the ROTWILD.
Very little magic
ROTWILD must have dug deep into their box of spares, because Schwalbe’s Magic Mary tire in the thin Super Ground casing isn’t even available anymore! Any of the available Magic Mary models would be a better match for the R.E375 than the stock version.
Quick and easy
The battery can be installed and removed within seconds and spare batteries can be purchased directly from ROTWILD for € 749. Although the battery only weighs 1.98 kg, it’s far too long to fit in most backpacks
FIT4’s a bad fit!
The stiff factory suspension tune makes the lockout lever on the fork completely superfluous. We’d happily trade the lockout for the far superior performance of the GRIP2 damper.


€ 8,999


Motor Shimano EP8 85 Nm
Battery IPU 375 375 Wh
Display Shimano SC-EM800
Fork FOX 36 Factory FIT 4 E-Bike+ 170 mm
Rear Shock FOX DPX 2 Factory 160 mm
Seatpost EightPins NGS 2 180 mm
Brakes Shimano XT M8120 200/200 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT/SLX 1x12
Stem ROTWILD 50 mm
Handlebar ROTWILD 780 mm
Wheelset DT Swiss HX 1501 29"
Tires Magic Mary Super Ground / Hans Dampf Super Trail 2.4"/2.4"

Technical Data

Size M L XL
Weight 19.68 kg
Perm. total weight 130 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 110 kg
Trailer approval no
Kickstand mount no

Look and feel
The R.E375 convinces with a tidy cockpit and good ergonomics. The Shimano levers rely on I-SPEC clamps while all cables are routed neatly inside the handlebars. Excellent!
Optimised for SL-X-T
The ROTWILD relies on a mixed drivetrain consisting of an XT rear derailleur and SLX cassette. Upgrading the cassette would be an effective way to save weight without compromising performance. Instead, ROTWILD decided to shave grams by running paper-thin, puncture-prone tires. We don’t like!
Not only is the Shimano EP8 motor neatly integrated into the carbon frame, it also feels stronger on the lightweight R.E375 than the other six eMTBs fitted with one in this test. ROTWILD have developed a real Light eMTB powerhouse!
Smooth waves
ROTWILD show great attention to detail with many of the frame’s features. Amongst them is the ribbed seat and chainstay protector, which effectively prevents chain slap and paint chips.

Pushing the limits – The geometry of the ROTWILD R.E375 PRO in detail

The R.E375 is available in three sizes, M to XL. At 470 mm, it has the longest seat tube in the entire test field, together with the MERIDA eONE-SIXTY and SCOTT Ransom. The 180 mm EightPins dropper ensures excellent integration and flawless operation but the long seat tube prevents short-legged riders from using all of the dropper post’s travel, ultimately restricting freedom of movement on the bike. With its 485 mm reach (size L), the ROTWILD is considerably longer than most of its opponents while the 63.5° head angle is the slackest in the entire test field. As a result, the R.E375 isn’t so much suitable for touring as it is sporty and aggressive riding. Moreover, the front-heavy pedalling position, firm suspension and small battery aren’t the best prerequisites for long days in the saddle.

Size M L XL
Top tube 604 mm 632 mm 655 mm
Seat tube 440 mm 470 mm 506 mm
Head tube 110 mm 125 mm 130 mm
Head angle 63.5° 63.5° 63.5°
Seat angle 77.0° 77.0° 77.0
Chainstays 445 mm 445 mm 445 mm
BB Drop 25 mm 25 mm 25 mm
Wheelbase 1,253 mm 1,284 mm 1,311 mm
Reach 460 mm 485 mm 510 mm
Stack 625 mm 636 mm 641 mm
Helmet FOX Speedframe Pro | Glasses 100% Hypercraft | Hippack USWE Zulo 2 | Jersey Oakley
Shorts Fox Ranger | Kneepad Fox Launch D30 | Shoes ION Scrub Amp | Socks Fox | Gloves Fox

Light-footed, fast and fun – The ROTWILD R.E375 PRO on the climbs

Uphill, the R.E375 brings tears of joy to your eyes with its agile handling and powerful acceleration! Moreover, the firm suspension and low system weight seem to boost the power of the Shimano EP8 motor, which feels more powerful on the ROTWILD than any other Shimano bike in this test, allowing experienced riders to accelerate out of corners on the rear wheel. In tight corners, the ROTWILD understeers, forcing you to actively weight the front wheel to keep it tracking. On technical climbs, it’s even harder to generate traction. The lively R.E375 manages to jump over smaller obstacles and on steep climbs the firm suspension always sits high in its travel, keeping the front wheel planted on the ground. However, on loose and wet terrain, the suspension and tires struggle to generate traction, making it hard to control the ROTWILD through technical cruxes. Here, the Orbea Rise is better in all respects, despite its weaker motor.

A capable eMTB with fragile tires is like a hike in flip flops – you have to tread lightly.

The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long
On flowing uphill trails, the playful ROTWILD is great fun and lets you drift through corners. It’s a real shame that you have to keep a constant eye on the battery charge.

Not for beginners – the ROTWILD R.E375 downhill

On flowing descents, the R.E375 displays the typical character of Light eMTBs and analogue mountain bikes, offering agile and precise handling. The firm suspension makes it easy to pop off ledges and generate speed through rollers. For experienced riders, the high fun factor will trigger a long-lasting sense of euphoria, which is hard to achieve with a heavier battery concept. However, the ROTWILD reaches its limit on steep technical trails, where the lack of traction and limited freedom of movement rob you of confidence. The flat bars pull your weight far over the front, yet the steering is affected by side impacts, resulting in vague handling. Like the SCOR, the R.E375 feels nervous, with handling becoming increasingly challenging at high speeds. While a clean riding technique will compensate for the twitchy character, it won’t make up for the limits of the fork and tires. It takes a few upgrades for the R.E375 to feel comfortable at high speeds, and newbies will be better off with the beginner-friendly Orbea Rise.

Tuning tip: more robust tires, for example Schwalbe Magic Mary in the Super Gravity or Super Trail casing and Ultra Soft rubber compound at the front and Super Gravity carcass and Soft compound at the rear

It’s a matter of balance!
The R.E375 is undeniably light. However, ROTWILD have gone too far here. For example, more robust but heavier tires would be worth their weight in gold.

Riding Characteristics



  1. sluggish
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. stable


  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Riding fun

  1. boring
  2. lively

Motor feeling

  1. digital
  2. natural

Motor power

  1. weak
  2. strong

Value for money

  1. poor
  2. top


Forest road


Flow trail uphill


Flow trail downhill


Technical single trail uphill


Technical single trail downhill


Downhill tracks



With the R.E375 PRO, ROTWILD oppose the trend of big batteries – and rightly so! As far as motor integration goes, the concept of an agile Light eMTB is superbly implemented but ROTWILD have taken weight optimisation a little too far. With the stock spec, the R.E375 is too overwhelming for beginners and even experienced riders will have to upgrade the tires and the fork. In our search for the best eMTB all-rounder, the ROTWILD falls far behind the competition.


  • kpowerful motor with small battery
  • excellent motor integration
  • great fun on flowing climbs
  • super agile


  • components limit the potential of the bike
  • demanding handling downhill
  • long seat tube

You can find out more about at rotwild.de

The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best eMTB of 2022 – 13 models in review

All bikes in test: FOCUS JAM² 7.0 (Click for review) | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 10k (Click for review) | Norco Sight VLT C1 (Click for review) | Orbea Rise M-Team (Click for review) | Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay C70 (Click for review) | ROTWILD R.E375 PRO | SCOR 4060 Z ST XT (Click for review) | SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 910 (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Turbo Kenevo SL (Click for review) | Trek Rail 9.9 XX1 AXS (Click for review) | Yeti 160E T1 (Click for review) | YT DECOY MX CORE 4 (Click for review)

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Words: Rudolf Fischer Photos: Robin 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.