Haibike XDURO FullLife RX Review

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Summary

  • Custom geometry with shorter reach to accommodate women (who tend to have shorter arms and torso but longer legs), shorter saddle with wider back, adjustable position brake levers for smaller hands
  • plush 120 mm front and rear Fox air suspension with 15 mm thru-axle front and 12 mm thru-axle rear, oversized SLX Shimano hydraulic brakes
  • Bosch Performance CX Centerdrive motor (75 Nm high torque configuration), 38% smaller than 2015 now with shift assist, delivers torque sensing for improved drivetrain performance
  • Many of the Haibike models are getting sold out so this model can be difficult to find, excellent two year warranty, available in three frame sizes 40, 45 and 50 cm for improved fit

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Introduction

Make:

Haibike

Model:

XDURO FullLife RX

Price:

$5,299 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Trail, Mountain

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Motor and Battery, Lifetime Frame

Availability:

United States, Europe

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

49 lbs (22.22 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.3 lbs (2.4 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy, Hydroformed Tubes, Gravity Casting Motor Mount Interface

Frame Sizes:

16 in (40.64 cm)18 in (45.72 cm)20 in (50.8 cm)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matte White with Orange Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Fox 32 Air Suspension with Rebound Adjust and Firm / Medium / Open Adjust, 120 mm Travel, 15 mm Thru Axle

Frame Rear Details:

Fox EVOL Extra Volume C275 Suspension with Firm / Medium / Open Adjust, 120 mm Travel, 142 / 12 mm Thru Axle

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 Shimano Deore XT, 11-42T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore XT M8000, on Right Bar

Cranks:

18 Tooth Chainring

Pedals:

XLC K76 Aluminum Alloy Platform, Trac Style

Headset:

FSA No. 57, A-Head, Semi-Integrated, Tapered

Stem:

XDURO Aluminum Alloy, A-Head

Handlebar:

XDURO Lowriser Aluminum Alloy

Brake Details:

Shimano SLX M675 Hydraulic Disc with 203 mm Front Rotor and 180 mm Rear Rotor, Shimano M675 Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

XLC Sport with Locking Rings, Flat Rubber

Saddle:

XDURO Light MTB, Women

Seat Post:

XDURO Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

ETRTO 584 x 21c, Double Wall, Tubeless Ready

Spokes:

14 Gauge Stainless Steel, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evolution,  27.5" x 2.35"

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

TLE Tubeless Easy Snakeskin, Pace Star 3, EVO

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Aluminum Alloy X-SYNC Chain Guide, Sprocket Equalizing System (S.E.S.) Chain Tensioner, Narrow Wide S.E.S. and Chainring, Rear Suspension Plastic Mudguard

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack with LED Charge Level Indicator and Step-In Battery Mount, Display Protection Bend in Handle Bar, Quick Release Wheels, Motor Starts at 20 RPM, 2.2 Amp Charger 1.7 lbs

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX, Gen 3

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

350 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

396 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

Intuvia, Removable Backlit Grayscale LCD

Readouts:

Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (1-5), Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Shift Recommendation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Combined Torque, Cadence and Speed), (Eco 50%, Tour 120%, Sport 210%, Turbo 300%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The FullLife is an amazing full suspension electric mountain bike… that has been slightly modified to better suit women. As a guy, I had a blast riding this thing and didn’t notice much of a difference in the frame (shorter top tube) or saddle (shorter with a wider rear pelvic support area) but definitely appreciated the adjustable reach setting on the brake levers. I don’t have especially large hands or fingers and can only imagine the challenge that some riders with even shorter fingers must face. Braking is a big deal when you’re truly mountain biking and descending steep slopes with unstable terrain. The brakes chosen for the FullLife are awesome all-around while the levers aren’t exactly women-specific (the same model can be found on the gender neutral FullSeven RX) it’s still a neat feature. You get a large 203 mm front rotor and oversized but more standard 180 mm rotor at the rear. They never locked up, squeaked or struggled during my long and fast descent. I noticed a big difference switching down to lower rated equipment the day after this video review was filmed and missed the Shimano SLX M675 kit.

I’m a bit of a newbie when it comes to premium mountain bike products but even visually, it was easy to appreciate the attention to detail that went into the frame. Both the battery pack and motor are more integrated into the frame than I’ve seen on competing products. This bike uses a third generation Bosch Performance Line CX motor that’s angled up slightly allowing it to follow the slope of the downtube. The battery mount is integrated more closely into the tubing and cupped by flares at the top and bottom which add protection and continue the paint scheme from the frame. The frame itself is made from hydroformed 6061 Aluminum alloy with gravity cast interfaces where the motor and battery mount. The rear portion of the bike uses a four-bar linkage system for efficient suspension operation (less bob) and both the front and rear shocks are light weight air with three stiffness settings and 120 millimeter travel.

Riding this bike unpowered feels great, you get an eleven speed drivetrain with enthusiast level Shimano Deore XT components. The range of the cassette is 11-42T which comes in handy for climbing really steep stuff. I felt like I was pushing the bike to its limit during my ride test and relied the lowest gear while barely keeping the front wheel down (and I was seated the whole time). The system offers four levels of assist ranging from Eco to Turbo putting out 40 Nm and 75 Nm of torque respectively. I used level four to get up the last bit of trail and noticed the chain rubbing on the Sprocket Equalizing System a bit but otherwise everything worked great. Shift sensing reduced the loud crunches I’ve heard on less refined mid-drive motor systems. One thing to be careful of with this bike is fast unstable descents because the display panel is quiet large, plastic and only barely protected by the low-rise bars. Haibike chose these bars and a negative angle stem to achieve the appropriate geometry while offering a higher level of crash protection.

There’s so much more to say about this bike and I’ve done my best with the pro’s/con’s below as well as the video. In short, it uses my favorite drive system which seems respond the fastest and offer the highest RPM range of satisfying power (meaning you can choose the gear you like and still get support up to ~20 mph). The chainring is only 18 tooth which might surprise or confuse someone used to 38 teeth but don’t worry, it spins at a two to one ratio so your pedal cadence is roughly unchanged while allowing the motor can operate more efficiently. You can still pedal backwards and most of the other functions of the bike including quick release wheels with 15 mm and 12 mm thru axles, tubeless ready tires, shifters and brakes are all traditional bike stuff that’s familiar and easy to service.

Pros:

  • One of the only women’s specific, full suspension electric mountain bikes I’ve tested… and it definitely offers some of the highest quality, highest performing components
  • The 120 mm air suspension (front and rear) is plush, it felt great traveling over large rocks the river bed while pedaling and soaked up the jitters blasting down the mountain at the end of the ride
  • I like that both the front and rear suspension units have three settings (open, medium and firm) with firm almost feeling like lock out, I spent most of my time riding in open
  • The frame uses a four-bar linkage “Horst Link” swing arm designed for improved kinematics… it reduces bob while pedaling but still responds over bumps, it’s custom engineered to work with the Bosch battery and motor mounts that are constructed through gravity casting to be strong and light
  • The Shimano SLX M675 Hydraulic disc brakes are some of the quietest, most capable brakes I’ve used on any ebike and the oversizes 203/180 mm rotors performed excellently without locking up or squeaking at high speed
  • Haibike’s proprietary Sprocket Equalizing System (SES) elevates the chain to avoid slapping the chain stay, reduces kickback and clears mud, it and the 18 tooth chainring use narrow wide (NW) teeth to further reduce chain slip
  • The Bosch Performance CX motor offers 75 Newton meters of torque, peak output of 350 (but it feels way higher) and shift detection… in my experience it’s the fastest responding motor with the highest effective range of power output so you can choose the pedal cadence that feels right for you vs. adjusting how you ride to suit the motor
  • Custom Step-In downtube brings the battery lower into the frame while aluminum flanges surround, cup and protect it… the charging port is still accessible for charging on bike but the pack is also removable
  • The 2016 Gen 3 Bosch motors are have tighter plastic casings and appear ~38% smaller than Gen 2 in part because they can be mounted at an angle to follow the downtube, I definitely noticed that it appeared more compact and seemed to protrude less which is great on a full suspension ebike… when suspension is set to the softest “open” level and lowered you may encounter more pedal strikes but the motor itself stays high and clear, the plastic guard beneath felt sturdy
  • I love that this and many other Haibikes are available in multiple sizes, you get three sizes with the FullLife including 40 cm, 45 cm and 50 cm to suit a wide range of body types
  • The Shimano SLX M675 brake levers have adjustable reach settings to help improve ergonomics and function for riders with smaller hands, the saddle is women-specific with a shorter nose and wider pelvic support
  • The display is backlit, easy to read and understand, works with a remote button pad positioned very near the left grips (both grips are locking for improved handling) and the button pad responds reliably and clicks when you press it
  • The Intuvia display panel from Bosch has a six volt Micro USB port for charging portable electronics… you could mount your phone or use a music player on your ride and piggy-back off the main battery
  • The battery pack is very light at ~5.3 lbs, has a nice plastic loop to make carrying easier, locks to the frame (press down firmly until you hear a click) and has a metal locking lip to make theft more difficult, I love that the downtube also has a layer of rubberized foam for a more snug fit and to reduce rattling given that this is an off-road ebike
  • Excellent two year comprehensive warranty with lifetime on the frame, you get solid thru-axles for stiffer riding and easier quick release and the included tires are high performance tubeless-ready for those who ride with low PSI and don’t want pinch flats

Cons:

  • Only one color choice here but I think it looks rad and isn’t too girly, matte white with some pearlescent gloss stickers and fluorescent orange accents… call it orange dreamsicle :D
  • No bottle cage braze-ons, rack braze-ons or fender braze-ons but there is a neat little plastic mud guard facing the rear tire to protect the rear suspension
  • The display is large and easy to see but may take more damage on a hard-core enduro bike like the FullLife if you push the limits and lay it down or go over the handlebars… it’s designed to be removable and may pop off without breaking but I’ve been told by aggressive riders that they have broken them multiple times, the low-rise handlebar was paired with a negative angle stem which were chosen in part to help protect the display while maintaining appropriate geometry, in any case… this may be one area where more thought and design could go from Bosch for off-road specific models
  • This and other Haibike models are coming out later in the season and many lines are sold out already… getting the bike you want in the appropriate size may be more difficult and that’s a bummer

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steve pettyjohn
2 years ago

Another great review! Couldn’t wait to see your review of the new Bosch CX motors. Really like the new camera perspective too.

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Court Rye
2 years ago

Thanks Steve! I probably won’t get the opportunity to go full off-road like this all the time but I was excited to make the most of it and get some awesome footage. Had an absolute blast :D

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Dave Hernandez
2 years ago

Hey Court great review, again! I think my wife will love the full-life! BTW – Where did you film this, that looks like a nice trail. – Keep up the great work. Cheers.

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Court Rye
2 years ago

Hi Dave! This review was filmed in Simi Valley just North of Los Angeles at the Currie Technologies headquarters (which recently moved across town). There’s a little trail that goes up the mountains there and it was beautiful! Do you live in California? Basically you turn right off of Tapo Canyon Road onto the dead end of Guardian Street and there’s a dirt path that leads down by the river where a bunch of homeless people live and then up to the peaks beyond.

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JimBo
9 months ago

Great review as usual, Court! I wonder if a man – myself in particular – would find the slightly shorter reach of this ebike uncomfortable? I really don’t mind the “creamsicle” color scheme…

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Court Rye
9 months ago

Hey JimBo, not at all… I rode it and had a blast! The color is pretty cool indeed. More than 95% of the bike is the same as a “men’s” and I tend to prefer the shorter reach too, delivers a more upright body position that can be less strenuous on the arms, back and neck ;)

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1 year ago

thank you so much...you are helping me a lot to choose an ebike an a motor...i almost got it...i´m an ex competitive skier with injured knees...can´t ride uphill for long so ebike is just perfect for me...but they are so many and so expensive...but you said it right here for this bike and motor...front wheel coming up a bit...some wheelie action going on(i found it so much fun...)... and you just nailed it with your words and tone like in some other videos reviewing haibikes with bosh... pretty sweet...amazing...super stoked...and knees pretty good...i agree...i just tried this bike yesterday from a friend here in spain...was so cool...responsive...and so much fun...i am sure now 27.5 is the best for fun for your (mine) kind of ridding....very similar california to madrid mountains where i ride...has to be a haibike for sure...i will try a yamaha motor to compare...but if i can´t i will take your words for bosh..." bosh doesn´t easy out on me like yamaha does, it seems like yamaha requires higher torque pedaling " as you also have injured knees and choose bosh i go with you man, you´ve tried them all... which one you think is the equivalent of this girls bike for guys...costing the 2017 new model xduro lady fullife 5.0 (2016 xduro fullife rx) 3799 eur....maybe the similar priced 2017 xduro all mtn 6.0 (2016 xduro allmtn sl )...or also the xduro full seven 5.0 2017....or higher models..rc, rx, pro(2016) ...7.0... 8.0... 9.0...(2017)...thanks...cheers...keep right on your casual passionate best reviews

Milton Rodriguez
1 year ago

Thank you ,

ForbinColossus
1 year ago

Watching this for the second time and you had quite a real test ride hustling up to the tower. And in your fave color, white. Did you notice any discomfort from peddling a smaller bike with shorter reach? I found by accident that I like it; a 16.5-inch w/ 400mm seatpost and three inch riser handlebars for my six foot height perfectly OK (which really surprised me).

sbcfilm
1 year ago

sexy bike,,,i'm a man...i like this one.

Festivejelly
1 year ago

Love your videos. I'm looking look change my current hub motor bike to one similar to this. I'm quite a short guy 5'6 so a womans bike like this might make sense for me!

DERESTRICTED
2 years ago

Such a fun bike to ride! As a guy I was surprised that it was actually brilliant for me too. If I bought one, I would get a larger size than normal and put a shorter stem on it and I think it would be perfect.

JR
2 years ago

Even the charger for this bike is not great. How about a charger that allows you to select the charging speed or grants you the ability to to charge to 80%, 90% or 100% to help conserve battery life? For > 5k that should all come standard.

JR
2 years ago

396 watt/hr battery lol? What a joke. Nice video as always but I wish you would start calling these guys out on their over priced, under powered jokes of e-bikes.

JR
2 years ago

I would go with a Bafang BBSHD paired with a 52v battery with the amp hours of your choosing depending on how far you want to go and weight/size factors if you plan on mounting the battery in a frame vs carrying it in a backpack. I prefer mid drives vs hub motors because they produce better torque for MTB. Best place to buy is from lunacycle.com ( I don't work for them). Figure out the width of your bottom bracket first, it's probably 68 or 73 mm but they have motors to fit almost any BB from 68-120 mm now.  Here is a good article on how to avoid getting ripped off when getting into e-bikes http://electricbike-blog.com/2016/03/05/how-to-buy-your-first-ebike-or-ebike-kit-and-not-get-punked/ . Hope this helps.

4estfloor
2 years ago

+Johnny V   I own a like new FS Giant Trance.  What would be the highest quality  kit to give my bike "JUICE" ?   Sorry to keep pounding you with questions... I hear you though. 

JR
2 years ago

Buy a used FS bike if your looking to turn it into an e-bike IMO. Personally I like hardtail bikes with aftermarket thudbuster seat since FS is kinda overkill for roads. Whatever you do don't buy crappy pre-fab bikes like the one reviewed, even if you were a millionaire and money is no issue I wouldn't buy this under-powered thing.

4estfloor
2 years ago

+Johnny V who makes the best FS bike in yuour opinion as of now?

NWforager
2 years ago

super footage with that new pack . this vid is a great testament to Bosch's shift detector software big time . Currie Needs a firmware update asap =)

Luis Méry
2 years ago

ME GUSTARIA QUE FUERA EN ESPAÑOS ESE VIDEO

Terry Brightwater
2 years ago

Great review ;0) Nice and comprehensive.
I have a 2015 Haibike xduro fullseven. Similar spec to the xduro fullLife!
 I have had it a year now and use it 4 to 5 times a week, on very steep inclines and downhills ;0) I live in mountain bike heaven :0)
 With the drag from the trails, the steep inclines and the weight of the bike and me! I am 210 lbs in my cycle gear! I regularly get between 20 and 25 miles per charge! On dry flat ash felt, between 50 and 70 miles! Steep wet trails and trail drag make a big difference ;0) Nice to see you covering lots possibilities, affecting the range ;0)
Love your youtube channel ;0) Thank you.

JeMasLT
2 years ago

nice angle.

ohaleceiffel
2 years ago

how water proof is the new battery/ bike junction?

Peter Sundberg
2 years ago

Nice review! What helmet are you using?

Mark Elford
2 years ago

Awesome cam angle spot on the climb.

Gardener Rob
2 years ago

Great work, love the 3rd person view when you were hitting those trails. Big fan of haibikes they look amazing.

Jonathan
2 years ago

Great video man. What was the grade on the big hill at 18:30?

Robert Brennan
2 years ago

Liking the new selfie stick action.

Alex Jones
2 years ago

Nice ride on a beautiful day nearly in my backyard so to speak, another great video with lots of detail thanks!

SchrodingersQuark
2 years ago

Internally geared hub in the back with electronic shifting pls haibike :D