Hello,They keep adding to their range. The e-st500 has become the e-st100 and taken a price drop (hub motor).
The e-st520 is an e-st900 with a smaller battery (420) instead of the 500 and the suspensions not as good. There's a drop to a 9 speed from a 10 speed, but that's not really a factor with an emtb.
There's a mini review here, but it's more of an announcement than a review ..
Decathlon has stepped up their ebike game even more. The E-ST 520 shares a lot of amazing features with its bigger brother E-ST 900 at an even lower price!edrivenet.com
If you were just commuting and doing fire roads, the e-st100 would tick most of your boxes and be the cheapest option. I had an e-st500 (now the 100) and for what it cost, it was a reasonable bike. They had some early electronic/water issues, but I think they've all been resolved.
Whilst the e-st500 (100) was fine for basic stuff, the hub motor doesn't help on the handling front if you want to get more adventurous, so the 520 and the 900 would help with that. The Brose Drive T is smooth, quiet and responsive.. Down the line, if you keep it until out of guarantee you can buy replacement motors from Decathlon.
I guess you need to work out if you want to pay the extra for better front suspension and the 20% larger battery. You can buy the batteries from decathlon, so you could in time just buy a second one and take that with you if you needed to - though it's easier not to have to lug a second battery around.
I can confirm.... There's a drop to a 9 speed from a 10 speed, but that's not really a factor with an emtb.
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