The Haibike NDURO 2.0 is looking a bit dated with it’s external battery. But at €3.999 I don’t hold that against it. There are a few advantages to the external battery design. It keeps the weight and cost down. The NDURO 2.0 is a 180mm travel full suspension ebike that weighs only 23.5kg with pedals. That may not sound very lightweight, but it’s about 1kg lighter than the Specialized Kenevo Expert.
The specs are mostly quite good. The Rockshox Yari fork performs well, and the Superdeluxe RC3 shock is even better. The Yamaha PW-X motor is powerful and easy to control, see a video review of the motor at the end of this review. The Yamaha battery is 500Wh. Unfortunately this mode does not come with bluetooth and app support The Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR ll 3c EXO are nice tyres, and I think 27.5×2.6″ is a good choice.
I wasn’t sure the brakes were a good pick though. The Tektro Orion 4+2 has got a dual caliper up front, but only a single caliper on the back. It turned out they worked surprisingly well. Drivetrain is the Sram NX 11-speed with an 11-42t cassette. The chainring is 38t so the lowest gear isn’t very low, but it worked out okay.
A 180mm travel bike should be a good descender. But the NDURO 2.0 is more than that. It climbs as well as any EMTB. The wheelbase isn’t extremely long thanks to it’s relatively compact frame, this makes the bike quite nimble in tight turns and flat terrain.