Review Haibike Trekking 5.0

mrchumpley

Finding my (electric) wheels
Nov 13, 2020
7
1
Reviewer: Nevil Hutchinson

Purchased From: e-bikes direct

Purchase Price: £2450

Time Owned: 4 months

Local Terrain:
Moderate Hills


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Strengths:

Looks good. Is actually pretty easy to pedal with no assist. The components are robust and it rides very smoothly and quietly. I rarely ride in High mode (High; Standard; Eco; Eco +) and in fact probably ride at least half the time in Eco mode. It feels much more like riding a 'normal' bike compared with riding my wife's Trek Verve-style 2016 model Bosch ActiveLine bike. So I find I do actulaly get a bit out of breath going up hills whatever mode i'm in. I get a sense that the harder I pedal, the more assist I get (or perhaps it's the higher the cadence?).
The inbuilt lighting system is good and just about adequate to see if there's no additional lighting and you go slowly enough.

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Weaknesses:
I don't like that you can't remove the control display. Surely this would be simple to allow?
It's a bit annoying that they don't have standard frame mounts for bottle cages - you have to buy an adapter to use on the Modular Rail System (MRS) which appears to be unique to Haibike.
At the start I had trouble with the power cutting out seemingly at random, although the bike shop recognised that this was due to insufficiently tightly adjusted battery mounting. I adjusted this and it's been fine since.
Like all ebikes, the Range information is utterly pointless and worthless. I really don't understand why they bother with it: It depends on level of your input, terrain, and the fact that battery discharge is often non-linear.


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Summary:
Overally I absolutely love this bike. It is more than powerful enough. It performs as well (if not better) than the top of the range R&M equivalent for less than half the price. I got it to commute to work over the South Downs (off road but not in any way 'technical') and it is a joy to do so.
 

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Tonto55

Finding my (electric) wheels
May 19, 2014
11
0
64
Reviewer: Nevil Hutchinson

Purchased From: e-bikes direct

Purchase Price: £2450

Time Owned: 4 months

Local Terrain:
Moderate Hills


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Strengths:

Looks good. Is actually pretty easy to pedal with no assist. The components are robust and it rides very smoothly and quietly. I rarely ride in High mode (High; Standard; Eco; Eco +) and in fact probably ride at least half the time in Eco mode. It feels much more like riding a 'normal' bike compared with riding my wife's Trek Verve-style 2016 model Bosch ActiveLine bike. So I find I do actulaly get a bit out of breath going up hills whatever mode i'm in. I get a sense that the harder I pedal, the more assist I get (or perhaps it's the higher the cadence?).
The inbuilt lighting system is good and just about adequate to see if there's no additional lighting and you go slowly enough.

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Weaknesses:
I don't like that you can't remove the control display. Surely this would be simple to allow?
It's a bit annoying that they don't have standard frame mounts for bottle cages - you have to buy an adapter to use on the Modular Rail System (MRS) which appears to be unique to Haibike.
At the start I had trouble with the power cutting out seemingly at random, although the bike shop recognised that this was due to insufficiently tightly adjusted battery mounting. I adjusted this and it's been fine since.
Like all ebikes, the Range information is utterly pointless and worthless. I really don't understand why they bother with it: It depends on level of your input, terrain, and the fact that battery discharge is often non-linear.

Which motor does your bike have, Bosch or Yamaha?
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Summary:
Overally I absolutely love this bike. It is more than powerful enough. It performs as well (if not better) than the top of the range R&M equivalent for less than half the price. I got it to commute to work over the South Downs (off road but not in any way 'technical') and it is a joy to do so.
 

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