Haibike Trekking 6 High test: a very versatile off-road electric bike

Haibike Trekking 6 High test: a very versatile off-road electric bike

Haibike Trekking 6 High test: a very versatile off-road electric bike

Haibike is a German bicycle manufacturer. The brand was built as a sports range of Winora, before becoming a brand in its own right. Today Haibike offers muscular and electric mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. The company is part of the Accel group, which includes brands such as Ghost and Lapierre.

The Trekking 6 e-bike sits at the heart of Haibike’s touring bike range. Its frame is available in three versions: High (which we test here), Mid (semi-open frame) and Low (low / open frame). Aside from this frame difference, all Trekking 6s are based on a Yamaha PW-ST motor (70 Nm, 250 W), a 630 Wh battery and a Shimano Deore drivetrain.

Sold between 3,000 and 3,200 euros, the Haibike Trekking 6 is an all-road electric bike that on paper is quite interesting, given its technical specifications. Shimano Deore drivetrains are becoming increasingly rare, even at this price point.

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

Comfort and ergonomics

The Trekking 6 High is the variant of this closed frame model. The latter, in fact, has an almost horizontal horizontal tube. Logically this version is the one that offers the best rigidity among the 3 proposals (closed, semi-open, open). The aluminum frame offers wide enough sections, so much so that you can almost take this model for a mountain bike.

The particularly wide 72cm handlebar is another nice feature you might find on a mountain bike. This allows the Trekking 6 to offer good stability, even on slightly difficult routes. On the other hand, this width will be more of an obstacle to using the Trekking 6 in an urban environment where you may need to squeeze between vehicles. Best to keep in mind that this Haibike e-bike is more comfortable in wide open spaces.

The use of WTB Groov-E tires with a diameter of 27.5 inches and a width of 2.4 inches is in line with this same orientation. Thus assembled, the Trekking 6 remains comfortable both on the road and on the trails. If you’re planning on venturing into slightly more demanding terrain, it’s best to opt for a pair of stickier tires, however. The large air volume of the Haibike hybrid bike’s continental tires makes it a comfortable bike in the city, even on cobblestones and trails.

Comfort is supported by the presence of a Suntour Nex 25 fork. Its steel spring offers travel of 63 mm. It is not enough to consider too bumpy paths, but it remains appreciable. The damper can be locked, but the interest here is minimal.

Too bad that Haibike has not opted for a suspended seatpost to improve seating comfort. The saddle, on the other hand, offers an interesting sport profile and is pleasant, even during long rides. The approach may seem a bit stiff at first, but this type of saddle is much more recommended on long journeys and is conducive to pedaling. The pedals, in fact, are wide and snug, ideal for tackling most terrains and climates.

Because unlike a Winora Sinus 9 which is based on comfort and a higher riding position, the Trekking 6 pushes for more dynamism. We are more bent forward, palms planted on a handlebar with comfortable ergonomic grips. The handlebar stem of the Trekking 6 High cannot be adjusted to adjust the riding position, which the stem of the Low model allows.

Overall, the finishes of the German electric bike are very satisfying. The integration of the motor, the battery and the various cables is appreciable. The 630 Wh battery is housed in the down tube and can be easily removed by removing the plastic cover that protects it and then using the supplied key to unlock the lock.

The Haibike Trekking 6 High is equipped with a luggage rack capable of supporting 25 kg. Fenders are also on the menu. These do a good job, although the one covering the front wheel could have been slightly lower to protect the shoes. In the absence of a chain guard, you will need to be careful not to grease the bottom of the pants.

The lighting of a touring bicycle is particularly important. When venturing out of cities and their nocturnal illumination, it is best to have a lighthouse that can be seen, but also effectively illuminates in front of you. Haibike uses Skybeamer lighting with 150 lumens and a sufficiently large beam for this.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Conduct

The profile of Trekking 6 invites you to get away from the cities and to attack the paths and trails. Its 250W Yamaha PW-ST engine develops 70Nm of torque, enough to easily and briskly climb most of the difficulties encountered.

The engine distributes its assistance on 5 levels (Off, Eco, Standard, High and Auto). The change of mode is done in a very simple way thanks to the commands that fall under the thumb of the left hand. The high mode is the one that delivers all the engine power, but is not violent and can be used both in the city and in the hills. The departures are flexible and the acceleration progressive.

The Yamaha system screen is large and shows a lot of useful information: instant speed, distance traveled, battery level, estimated range, clock, pedaling speed … A particularly comprehensive list that you can shorten in the parameters if you don’t find it used for one of these data. Overall, the screen is perfectly readable, even in direct sunlight. The brightness can be adjusted in the settings.

The pedaling sensation is overall very natural. The use of the automatic mode allows the system to choose the best assistance mode based on different parameters (pressure on the pedals, cadence, speed, etc.); there is no need to ask the question when approaching a coast. This mode works well overall and allows you to focus only on shifting gears.

The transmission, in fact, is a point of satisfaction. Haibike turned to Shimano and its Deore system (M4120 derailleur, M4100 shift levers, CSM 4100 11-42 cassette) for the chain drive. As the market is very tense, it has become rare to find such a level of range at this price point. The Trekking 6 benefits from a certain flexibility in gear changes and an appreciable reactivity.

It should also be noted that the Trekking 6 High can drive without too many problems over the 25 km / h of its assistance. Flat driving at 27 or 28 km / h takes place without too much effort and downhill restarts are also authorized. The rather sporty spirit of the German motorcycle comes out quite well thanks to this engine / transmission pair.

Choosing relatively smooth, but rather wide tires is a good compromise for maintaining correct performance. You will need to inflate them in line with the main surface of your trip, or the most challenging. Again, it may be appropriate to choose tires more geared towards trekking or gravel, depending on the use.

The Trekking 6 relies on Tektro hydraulic disc brakes which work well. The 180mm diameter discs are suitable for off-road use. However, we would have appreciated slightly shorter levers, more easily maneuverable with 1 or 2 fingers.

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

Autonomy

If Bosch now offers 750 Wh batteries for electric bikes equipped with its motors, Yamaha is content with 630 Wh for the moment. What already offers great promises of resistance to big rollers. The Haibike Trekking 6 High clearly didn’t disappoint on this point as we were able to travel 88km on a single charge. A value all the more appreciable as the route had 1200 m of altitude difference. All in all, a very good performance. As usual, we only ran for this range test in maximum assistance mode and trying to get the engine to work as hard as possible.

Using a less greedy assistance mode and on less hilly terrain, it will be possible to easily exceed 110 or 120 km. Enough to consider big releases, or at least not to worry too much about battery charging. Also note that this test was carried out by a 65 kg cyclist, in mild temperatures. Cold weather and a heavier or heavier passenger will have a negative impact on range.

The battery can be easily released from its position, but remains protected by a key lock. The Trekking 6 user is free to charge the battery directly on the bike or to charge it separately. On the other hand, you will have to be quite patient for a full charge as it takes just over 5 hours to fill the 630 Wh with the supplied 4A charger.

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