Costing €8999, the Bosch Performance CX powered EMTB is handmade in Germany. With some unique features, including a Rohloff hub that allows electronic shifting under high load and a belt drive, this sure is one innovative bike! No derailleur and a belt instead of a chain make for a radically looking ebike.
Nicolai have custom tuned the Bosch CX motor to work with the software in the EBOXX, and like most Bosch powered systems includes a 500Wh battery, with an integrated battery in the downtube that can be removed for charging.
What’s Gates Carbon Drive? It’s a carbon reinforced belt that is supposed to be as stiff as a chain but have a longer life. It is run dry so needs no lubrication. It’s also supposedly maintenance free. I’d be really interested to see how it copes with copious amounts of British mud to really test those claims.
No derailleur means that it gets a super clean look around the back wheel. It’s the worlds first EMTB partnered with a Gates Belt drive so Nicolai are pushing the boundaries in development in the category.
Nicolai do make a “cheaper” version with traditional drivetrain, priced at €7499
Nicolai EBOXX E14 Bike Specifications
Fork: FOX RACING SHOX 36 Float 160 FIT4 Factory BOOST, 27,5in 2019
Rear Shock: FOX RACING SHOX Float X2, Comp-Lever, Factory 2019
Headset: ACROS Block Lock
Stem: HOPE AM 35mm
Handlebar: SQlab 3OX Alu med 780×30 12°
Brakes: MAGURA MT7, HC Bremshebel 203mm
Grips: SQlab 711 Tech Trail – SIZE M
Tyres: CONTINENTAL Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex 27.5×2,6in
Saddle: SQLab 611 Ergowave active – 140mm
Seatpost: MAGURA VYRON eLECT 150 30,9mm
Cranks: Miranda 165mm
Wheelset: HOPE Tech 35 W 27,5in / Rohloff Speedhub, 14-speed
Sprockets: GATES Riemenscheibe 22T
Motor: BOSCH CX Performance Line
Battery: BOSCH Power Tube 500 Vertical Black
Display: BOSCH KIOX
Shifter: ROHLOFF Speedhub, 14-speed
Derailleur: ROHLOFF Speedhub, 14-speed
Drive: GATES 22t
Belt: GATES Riemen CDX 111T
Pedals: OneUp Components Comp Pedal – black
NICOLAI Press Release:
NICOLAI has been building mountain bikes for over 20 years, and for over 10 years electric assisted ‘eMTB’. The question „Who needs that?“ or the quote „I am still too fit for that,“ is rarely heard today. Why? Because people who are interested in e-bikes quickly learn that riding an eMTB is still sport. The advantages are obvious: differences in fitness between friends are levelled, the range is increased and ultimately, you can have longer riding time and pleasure. For this year, Nicolai’s eMTB called the EBOXX-2019 is developed and produced precisely for this riding experience. This is a special product because Nicolai is one of the few remaining companies to produce bicycle frames in Germany. In our own factory, all components are CNC-milled from high-quality aircraft aluminium and precisely welded together. The high-quality welding beads have established themselves as a trademark in the industry. A Nicolai bike can therefore also be recognised without a logo.
What will the eMTB of the future look like? The EBOXX E14 is our answer to this simple question. All our experience from 23-years has been collated here. Here, historically grown roots are cut. The derailleur and chain-driven gear system gives way to the durable Gates belt drive in combination with the almost indestructible Rohloff hub, which can even be electrically shifted under load in this bike.
Kalle Nicolai says: „It goes without saying that Nicolai only selects very high quality components for the complete bike. Exactly the ones we have tested and also continue to use ourselves. In other areas of performance, we continue today with our so-called Geolution geometry for increased safety, traction, and speed, in all riding situations.
All in all, the bike has unrivalled and incomparable riding performance. The reason lies in the sum of all the (big) little things, which we would like to explain now:
BOSCH CX with KIOX
NICOLAI reflects on a long and close cooperation with the technology company Bosch. Therefore we continue to use the strong Bosch CX motor with specially-tuned mountain bike software in the EBOXX bike. New for 2019 is the KIOX on-board computer with all the functions a real rider needs. The small, scratch-resistant color-display is controlled by the operating unit with improved ergonomics at the left grip. It provides data on riding speed, power, heart rate, battery charge and much more. The magnetic holder makes it easy to remove and attach the on-board computer while keeping it firmly in place.
The 500 Wh battery is fully integrated into the down tube and can be charged on or off the bike.
GATES CARBON DRIVE
Forget the days of oil-smeared chains and join the Gates Carbon Drive Revolution. Clean, smooth, robust and light. These are the advantages of the Gates Carbon Drive™ system. The carbon reinforced belts are as stiff as a chain, have a longer life, run dry without lubrication and are virtually maintenance free. With an Ebike, the motor power and human power must be transmitted together to the rear wheel. Derailleur gears therefore wear relatively quickly in this application. We wanted to change this and developed the Nicolai EBOXX E14, the world‘s first E-MTB equipped with a GATES belt drive. Designed and optimized for all off-road riders.
5 FRAME SIZES
The manufacturing of Nicolai products in Germany gives Nicolai the necessary flexibility to adapt its products to the special needs of its customers. A correct posture on the bike can only be achieved by selecting the right frame size. The 5 frame sizes S,M,L,XL and XXL offer the right product for every customer between 1.55 and 2.10 meters tall. For a low step through height we manufacture the „S“ frame with a round top tube and all other models M to XXL with trapezoidal top tube.
The new Rohloff E-14 transmission sets standards for shifting e-bikes – shifting has never been more comfortable. Combined with the Bosch motor, the unique fast shifting performance and easy operation is a pleasure to use. One push on the button, and the drive removes load from the system, and the Rohloff hub switches electrically. Hold down the button and the E-14 shifts all 14 gears in a fast 3-speed sequence. And when the trail forces you to stop , it automatically returns to the starting gear. For 2019, we now have improved the position of the electronic trigger to achieve the best intuitive operation with the thumb.
We don’t care about trends! All that matters is lap times, riding pleasure, safety and the physical facts.” This quote is our approach to the development of new mountain bikes. This mission statement has made us one of the most innovative bicycle companies in terms of chassis performance, steering dynamics and geometry.
GeoMetron is the geometry concept on which all current Nicolai models are based. The concept is based on the realization that a longer wheelbase, a slacker steering angle and a steeper seat angle make the bike faster, smoother, easier to climb and safer.
The geometric relationship between wheels, steering angle, and weight distribution are the decisive factors for good handling. The relationship between saddle, crank and rear wheel axle are the decisive factors for the climbing behaviour of a bike. The GeoMetron concept combines 5perfect handling with optimum climbing behaviour. The rider is integrated into the bike through the long reach, the steep seat angle and the long wheelbase, so that the centre of gravity lies optimally between front and rear wheel axle.
All GeoMetron models are built with short stems, so that the rider has a relaxed and comfortable seated position despite the long top tube.
The very complex topic can be simplified down to four advantages which offers both professionals and beginners a clear added value:Great climbing ability (prevents the front wheel from rising or wandering)
-No more „over the bar“ riding accidents
-The rider is integrated in between the wheels, sitting or standing (more control)
-Higher cornering speed (more grip on the front wheel)
These advantages are clearly noticeable not only for the professional, but also for the beginner. We build our bikes because we want to ride them the same way.
The tensile strength of 7020 compared to 6061 aluminium is about one third higher. The elasticity is about one fifth higher. These properties, coupled with high quality welding, result in a bicycle frame that is far superior to the average in terms of durability. In comparison to carbon, aluminium is much more robust and tough, so that bottom contact, falls or stone impacts cannot harm the structure.
COMPLETE BIKE CONFIGURATOR
On the homepage (www.nicolai-bicycles.com) you can now order the EBOXX Bike as a complete bike. Carefully considered components offer the following two models. On one side a bike with classic derailleur gears and on the other side the so-called EBOXX E14 with Gates Carbon Drive.