- I test rode the same bike on some good single track and it's awesome! I'm going to buy this or the Trek Powerfly FS8 and was wondering if your Haibike makes a grinding/rubbing noise from the top sprocket - it's not super loud but it was noticeable.
Also, can you share what size frame you have and your height?
For all intents and purposes I'm a total newbie, so I doubt I'll be much help. The bike did make a sound originally which I was unable to diagnose. The shop owner that sold it to me thought it was one of the cables. I zip tied it but the sound continued. But now that noise is gone. Don't know why. Now I've started to hear the load sound of one rotor resonating. But last ride it did not happen. So far I've had issues on both brakes, the rear brake stopped working properly. I sanded the pads and re-installed them. Still didn't work. But because I'm a newbie I did not do the proper coming to a complete stop 30 times. Instead I installed new pads in the rear and because they also seemed not to work, it finally occurred to me to do the "coming to a stop 30 times". Then the rear brake worked perfectly. So probably the original pads would have worked after the sanding if I had done the 30 stops. Now the front brake got squishy so I bled it with the shop owner. It worked but quickly became squishy again (too much travel on the lever). Since I'm a newbie, I don't know if it is simply that I've worn the pad and so bleeding didn't help because the pads are worn. I will probably take it to the shop again on Saturday.
The thing is, I mostly ride downhill technical terrain so who knows, maybe I wore the pads quickly? Anyway bottom line is this:
This bike has needed more tinkering than I had expected. I mean, I expected to have to do all these things, but just a little further down the stretch. I don't know if I had bad luck or if that expectation stems from newbie ignorance. Having said that, I freaking LOVE this bike!!! I'm glad I bought it locally because though I'm very handy with tools, I had zero experience with bikes. Also, I have not had to pay a single dime for the services (or the new pads), everything has been worked under warranty. Now at this point I feel super comfortable tinkering with the bike. I think the only things I dare not touch are the derailleur adjustments and the Bosch motor.
I have the 54 cm frame and am 6'7" tall. The large frame was part of the reason I went with this bike. It works for me, but I would 100% not trust my opinion since I have no basis of what a comfortable bike feels like and I don't ride long distances. I just go downhill and use the turbo assist mode to get me back up as quickly as possible. Then repeat. Having a ball on this beast!
Good luck on your decision and let us know what you decide.