El mejor paso a través de todoterreno de 2021 – 10 eBikes en revisión

¿No todos tenemos una mitad mejor, miembros de la familia, amigos o conocidos con quienes queremos compartir experiencias increíbles o presentarles una nueva forma de montar pero no podemos? Los nuevos eMTB paso a paso agotados hacen que subir y bajar de la bicicleta sea mucho más fácil, inculcando a los principiantes con confianza y abriendo nuevas oportunidades.

Antes de entrar en la revisión, nos gustaría informarle sobre nuestra última edición impresa. los E-MOUNTAINBIKE Edición Impresa 2021 es nuestra tercera edición anual y la última biblia de prueba, con la cual nuestro objetivo es ayudarlo a elegir el eMTB perfecto. Más de 250 páginas de extensos consejos para compradores, toneladas de conocimientos de eMTB, así como reseñas de los 35 eMTB más emocionantes y los 7 mejores motores. También encontrará muchos consejos útiles y una guía de las tendencias de eMTB más interesantes: todo esto está envuelto en un formato de impresión de alta calidad. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información o solicítela directamente en nuestra tienda.

Para esta prueba grupal, revisamos 10 bicicletas eléctricas paso a paso en un espectro que incluye todo, desde bicicletas para viajar hasta todoterreno. El precio de las bicicletas promedió 3.868 €.

Tabla de contenido

  • El campo de prueba
  • Los pilotos de prueba
  • ¿Qué eMTB paso a paso tiene el rango más largo?
  • ¿Qué buscar en un eMTB paso a paso?
  • El mejor eMTB paso a paso de 2021

Las modernas bicicletas todoterreno son revolucionarias y las cifras de ventas están por las nubes, al menos en los concesionarios alemanes. Con razón, porque unen generaciones como ninguna otra bicicleta, son obras maestras súper versátiles y verdaderas de la ingeniería moderna. Manejar como una cola dura sin un tubo superior no es poca cosa. Una cosa que podemos decir con certeza es que solo un puñado de fabricantes lo han hecho bien, especialmente al mantener el peso al mínimo y el diseño se ve bien.

Invitamos a nuestros abuelos, amigos (con y sin lesiones y con y sin bebés), hijas, padres y madres a probar diez de los eMTB paso a paso de última generación con nosotros. Descubrimos a qué se reduce realmente con este tipo de bicicleta y qué modelo es mejor para cada propósito.

Definitivamente vale la pena echar un vistazo más de cerca a los eMTB paso a paso, porque pueden cambiar vidas o, al menos, la calidad de vida, ya sea la suya, la de su pareja, su familia o sus conocidos.

Las bicicletas paso a paso ayudan a cerrar la brecha generacional. Ya sea que se trate de un crucero por la ciudad cansado, empacar mula para recorridos extensos o simplemente una máquina para divertirse, encontrará un modelo adecuado para casi todas las aplicaciones.

Buenos tiempos: los eMTB paso a paso abren un mundo de posibilidades. Invitamos a nuestros abuelos, padres y amigos (con y sin lesiones, con y sin bebés) a unirse a nosotros para poner a prueba 10 de los eMTB paso a paso de última generación.

¿De qué tiene que ser capaz un buen paso a través de eMTB?

Diseñar e diseñar una buena bicicleta todoterreno no es fácil, ya sea para uso turístico, todoterreno o urbano. Después de todo, debe ofrecer niveles de rigidez y comodidad similares a los de cualquier otra bicicleta, incluso con el bastidor trasero cargado a pesar de la falta de un tubo superior. Al mismo tiempo, la integración de la batería en el tubo inferior, para un diseño más elegante y un peso mínimo, requiere un poco de ingeniería hábil. Si el marco no es lo suficientemente rígido, da como resultado un bamboleo de velocidad y un manejo esponjoso. Esto significa que incluso las pequeñas protuberancias tienen el potencial de alterar la bicicleta, lo que hace que sea peligroso andar, lo que solo se agrava si carga la parrilla trasera. ¡La buena noticia es que los mejores modelos pueden hacer todo lo que una bicicleta con un tubo superior puede hacer y más! A menudo son más cómodos, más fáciles de poner y quitar y te infunden más confianza. Los recién llegados al deporte y los ciclistas menos flexibles se benefician enormemente de la posición de conducción vertical y el diseño paso a paso de fácil acceso. La posición de conducción de la mayoría de los eMTB paso a paso también garantiza que nunca sientas que puedes pasar por encima de los barrotes, incluso cuando estás superando el límite.

Independientemente de si se trata de escaleras, sótanos u otros obstáculos: una bicicleta de paso debe ser lo suficientemente ligera como para que pueda maniobrar.

¡Olvídate del cliché de que las bicicletas de paso son solo para abuelas! La última generación de bicicletas todoterreno puede realizar paseos por el bosque por senderos moderados y, al mismo tiempo, ofrece practicidad diaria en la jungla urbana. Un buen paso a través de eMTB pondrá una sonrisa en la cara de todos los que lo monten, ya sea en terrenos moderados, desplazamientos o cargados de maletas para largos recorridos de fin de semana. Para hacerlo, debe ser simultáneamente compuesto y ágil, y ser lo suficientemente versátil como para desempeñarse igualmente bien en diferentes tipos de terreno. Idealmente, el manejo debe ser predecible y tolerante, pero también preciso, independientemente de si conduce cuesta arriba, en terreno llano o en un descenso empinado. Los frenos potentes, confiables y fáciles de modular, así como los buenos neumáticos que proporcionan agarre en diferentes superficies, son condiciones climáticas esenciales. La calidad de los componentes como luces, bastidores, guardabarros y soportes es extremadamente importante y debe coincidir con el uso previsto. La mayoría de las bicicletas de paso ofrecen una alta carga útil máxima para el conductor y su equipo y están aprobadas para tirar de un remolque. Idealmente, también vienen equipados con un rastreador GPS para rastrear y recuperar el eMTB en caso de robo, para su tranquilidad al dejarlo en la estación de tren.

¿Crees que las bicicletas de paso son bicicletas de mujer, solo para abuelas? Lo vemos así: Un buen paso a través de eMTB puede abordar los paseos por el bosque en senderos moderados, ofrecer practicidad diaria en la jungla urbana e infundirle confianza.

Mucho más que las bicicletas de confort, los eMTB paso a paso tienen un gran grupo objetivo: ¿incluyéndote a ti?

¡Los días en que las bicicletas de paso se llamaban bicicletas para mujeres han terminado! Los recién llegados de todas las edades pueden beneficiarse de la posición de conducción erguida, la mayor confianza y el fácil montaje y desmontaje. Las bicicletas paso a paso simplemente permiten experimentar más juntos. Si está lesionado, tiene flexibilidad física limitada, está envejeciendo o sufre algún tipo de discapacidad, pero no quiere renunciar al mejor pasatiempo del mundo, un eMTB de paso es exactamente lo que necesita . Por supuesto, puedes montar una bicicleta paso a paso simplemente porque te gusta el aspecto poco convencional o te diviertes probando cosas nuevas. Finalmente, para los perezosos teleadictos que no tienen ganas de levantar la pierna sobre el tubo superior, qué tarea, ¡esta nueva generación de eMTB es genial! Si está buscando una bicicleta de fácil manejo para terrenos moderados, recorridos prolongados y la vida cotidiana, entonces un buen paso a paso eMTB es la respuesta que estaba buscando.

¿Wheelie king o drift queen?
¡Incluso las bicicletas paso a paso pueden permitirte superar tus límites!
El paraíso de Gangsta … Las bicicletas de paso son perfectas para navegar por la ciudad. Editor en jefe de GRAN FONDO y CÉNTRICO ¡Ben Topf lo hace con estilo!

Quiero llevar mi equipaje, ¿qué debo buscar?

Aquellos que quieran realizar recorridos extensos y viajes de fin de semana, o ir al trabajo o hacer sus compras semanales en su eMTB de paso definitivamente necesitarán usar un estante. Esto nos lleva de vuelta al tema de la rigidez torsional. El manejo estable y compuesto sin bamboleo de velocidad peligrosa es un requisito previo básico cuando transporta carga. Esto se reduce a la rigidez del marco, la distribución equilibrada del peso, pero también al sistema en su conjunto. Un marco rígido es tan bueno como los componentes que contiene. Con peso adicional en un estante cargado, el centro de gravedad se desplaza hacia atrás, poniendo a prueba el manejo. Desafortunadamente, la dirección directa y precisa no es la norma y el manejo de la bicicleta tiende a sufrir.

El manejo estable y compuesto sin encontrar oscilaciones rápidas es especialmente importante cuando lleva equipaje. Un marco rígido de torsión y una distribución de peso uniforme son un requisito básico.

¿Qué pasa si prefiere usar una rejilla frontal o una canasta en las barras? Esto también influye en el manejo, aunque la carga útil generalmente se limita a unos pocos kilogramos, lo suficiente para comprar algunas cosas en el mercado. Esta puede ser una alternativa sensata para transportar cómodamente productos livianos a distancias cortas, pero si desea transportar su equipaje en un eMTB de paso sin tener que usar una mochila, entonces un estante trasero tiene más sentido. Para saber cómo se manejaban, llenamos dos alforjas de 11 kg, correspondientes a 22 latas de cerveza grandes, y probamos los eMTB paso a paso que venían equipados con un estante. En algunos modelos, parecía que estábamos borrachos, zigzagueando sin ningún control (prometemos que no tocamos las cervezas). Para mantener su línea, se requería una gran cantidad de información en las barras para contrarrestar el peso de la bicicleta. Todavía hay mucho margen de mejora aquí.

En contraste, CENTURION y Riese & Müller muestran cómo se hace. El manejo de estas bicicletas se mantiene casi igual con un bastidor completamente cargado. En el Riese & Müller de suspensión total, el peso en el estante incluso forma parte de la masa suspendida, que protege su carga de impactos repentinos y también mejora la estabilidad de la bicicleta. Muchas bicicletas en el campo de prueba no pueden seguir el ritmo aquí, aunque pueden hacer frente a las demandas de un poco de peso adicional. Por ejemplo, el Corratec Life CX 6X Connect claramente no puede manejar una carga de 11 kg y está sobrecargado cuando lo carga.

Cargar el bastidor puede tener un efecto dramático en el manejo, volcando las características de manejo de algunas bicicletas de paso en su cabeza. ¡Encomiable, el manejo del CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 sigue siendo consistente!

El campo de prueba

Hay una gran variedad de bicicletas paso a paso en el mercado, pero si se mira de cerca, pronto queda claro que no todas tienen el potencial de ser un buen paso a paso eMTB. Una vez que elimine las bicicletas con un centro de gravedad alto debido a la posición de la batería, los componentes inadecuados, las llantas resbaladizas y el manejo impreciso, solo le quedan unos pocos modelos para elegir. Dicho esto, hay algunos modelos destacados entre ellos, que brindan oportunidades para que los recién llegados al deporte aprovechen al máximo su primera experiencia eMTB. Desde modelos deportivos para uso en senderos livianos como BULLS o Moustache, hasta bicicletas como Riese & Müller, que aprovechan sus puntos fuertes en viajes extensos con equipaje, hasta cruceros urbanos cansados ​​como el Kalkhoff o HNF-NICOLAI, Existen excelentes eMTB paso a paso en el mercado para cada escenario. Para nosotros, una cosa estaba clara desde el principio: estábamos buscando el mejor todoterreno que combine un excelente manejo con una buena especificación y que pueda sobresalir en terrenos moderados, en recorridos largos con equipaje y en la vida cotidiana. Encontramos diez candidatos candentes en este floreciente mercado. Lamentablemente, CUBE no pudo proporcionarnos una bicicleta adecuada en el momento de la prueba. Lástima, ya que estábamos muy emocionados de ver cómo funciona la horquilla FOX 34 en el eMTB paso a paso CUBE Nuride Hybrid SL.

Bicicleta Precio Peso Motor / batería Accesorios cotidianos
TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27,5+ (Haga clic para revisar) € 3,599 23.80 kg Brose Drive S Mag 90 Nm
750 Wh
No
CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 (Haga clic para revisar) € 3,999 23.70 kg Shimano STEPS E8000 70 Nm
504 Wh
si
Corratec Life CX 6X Connect (haga clic para revisar) € 3,999 25,90 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
625 Wh
si
FANTICO ISSIMO FUN (Haga clic para revisar) € 2,995 33,40 kg Bafang M500 80 Nm
630 Wh
parcialmente
HNF-NICOLAI UD 3 (haga clic para revisar) € 4,695 27,90 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
625 Wh
si
AL FRENTE IF-4 Wave (haga clic para revisar) € 3,599 27,10 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
/ 625 Wh
si
Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite (Haga clic para revisar) € 3,799 24,80 kg Bosch Performance Line 65 Nm
625 Wh
si
KETTLER QUADRIGA TOWN & COUNTRY COMP (Haga clic para revisar) € 3,799 28,70 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
500 Wh
si
Bigote Samedi 27 Off 2 Open (Haga clic para revisar) € 2,899 22,90 kg Bosch Performance Line 65 Nm
500 Wh
No
Riese y Müller Homage GT (Haga clic para revisar) € 6,499 29,70 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
500 Wh
si
Ø € 3,868 Ø 26,80 kg
Vroooom! ¡Algunas bicicletas todoterreno pueden ser muy divertidas y te animan a evitar los frenos! Al igual que el vicepresidente jefe de redacción, Jonwater, en el Mustache Samedi 27 Off 2 Open …

Los pilotos de prueba y lo que esperan de la última generación de bicicletas eléctricas todoterreno

Nuestro equipo de prueba es tan diverso como los eMTB paso a paso que probaron. Pensionistas, recién llegados de eMTB, viajeros, conocedores, atletas y escépticos. El piloto de prueba más joven tiene 20 años, el mayor tiene 83 años. Los probadores y sus demandas en las bicicletas difícilmente podrían ser más diferentes, sin embargo, todos se divirtieron mucho, especialmente cuando viajaban juntos. Es cierto, las bicicletas paso a paso unen a las personas, no solo de generación en generación, sino también a niveles de habilidad.

Susanne, 54, viajera y conocedora
Como novato eMTB, una bicicleta con un manejo fácil, amable y predecible es extremadamente importante para mí. Quiero una bicicleta que me infunda confianza y ofrezca mucha comodidad en recorridos relajados y al viajar. El KETTLER es mi favorito.
Elfriede, 83, principiante de eMTB y el piloto de pruebas más antiguo de la tripulación.
Volví a montar en bicicleta por primera vez después de estrellarse hace un año y medio. El HNF-NICOLAI fue muy divertido y lo pasé muy bien. ¡Es verdad, la alegría compartida es alegría multiplicada!
Wolfgang, 59, entusiasta de los deportes y ex corredor de maratón
Un accidente de motocicleta me arruinó la rodilla hace años, lo que me dificulta mucho mover la pierna sobre el tubo superior de un eMTB. Los eMTB paso a paso son la única forma en que puedo seguir mi hobby. Mi favorito es el INFRONT!
Robin, 29, redactor jefe E-MOUNTAINBIKE
¿Quieres conocer la sensación de poner una sonrisa en los rostros de tus amigos, conocidos o familiares? ¿De compartir momentos con tus seres queridos que aún no han experimentado la libertad sobre dos ruedas? ¡Los eMTB paso a paso abren nuevas posibilidades! Personalmente, no viajaría en uno, pero muchas de las personas increíbles que me rodean lo harían. ¡Espero ver cómo se desarrollará esta nueva categoría de bicicletas en los próximos años!
Jonas, 31, Asistente del editor en jefe E-MOUNTAIN BIKE, actualmente busca una bicicleta eléctrica para su madre.
Es cierto que al principio era escéptico. Sin embargo, tengo que admitir que me sorprendió gratamente la mayoría de las bicicletas eléctricas de prueba. ¡Su manejo es en gran medida intuitivo y algunos modelos son muy divertidos! No compraría uno, simplemente no es lo mío, pero para mi madre, la HNF-NICOLAI sería la bicicleta perfecta.
Valentin, 24, editor y entusiasta viajero de todo clima
Viajo mucho en eMTB, a veces en senderos moderados, a veces en ciclovías. ¡Las luces integradas, una posición de conducción cómoda y la sensación del motor en el umbral de 25 km / h son tan importantes para mí como el manejo cuando quiero conducir rápido fuera de la carretera!
Manne, 62, editor y ex oficial de policía que no quiere retirarse
Uso un eMTB para viajar y remolcar el remolque de mi perro. A mi perro Henry no le gusta que lo dejen en casa cuando entro en la oficina de E-MOUNTAINBIKE. Casi todos los eMTB paso a paso están aprobados para tirar de un tráiler, lo cual es bueno para mí y para muchas familias jóvenes. Si estoy montando con mis amigos sin un remolque, quiero una bicicleta agradable y cómoda. ¡El CENTURION es lo mío!
Ben, 29, redactor jefe GRAN FONDO
Navegando por el capó: para eso está hecho el FANTIC. Desafortunadamente, es tan incómodo y poco práctico como hacer mandados en un superdeportivo. ¿Un reemplazo para una Vespa? Quizás.
Felix, 28, probador principal y especialista en suspensión perfeccionista
Sin duda, nunca compraría una de estas bicicletas para mí, pero el BULLS es sorprendentemente capaz en los senderos. ¡Hay mucho potencial en este paso a paso eMTB! Es una pena que ninguno de los modelos venga con horquillas de mayor rendimiento.
Andrea, 62, piloto de pruebas
Para mí, un manejo fácil y un viaje seguro incluso con mi equipaje son muy importantes. No me gusta llevar una mochila. Mi favorito es el CENTURION. Junto con la generosa sección de paso, la tija del sillín cuentagotas hace que subir y bajar de la bicicleta sea aún más fácil.
Theresa, 20, piloto de pruebas
Por lo general, solo uso ebikes para el día a día y ocasionalmente salgo moderadamente de la carretera. Tengo que cargar la batería en mi apartamento y estacionar la bicicleta en el sótano. Por lo tanto, una batería fácilmente extraíble y una bicicleta ligera son súper importantes para mí. Muchas bicicletas en la prueba son simplemente demasiado pesadas. Me gustó el ágil bigote y estaría dispuesto a adaptar los accesorios faltantes.
Philipp, 31 años, editor
Monto todo lo que tiene dos ruedas. Desde bicicletas de enduro hasta bicicletas de carretera, lo disfruto todo. Como padre, veo la ventaja de un paso a paso cómodo eMTB, especialmente cuando llevo a mi hijo a la guardería en su remolque o al hacer un recorrido con toda la familia. No me importa si la gente lo llama bicicleta de abuela.

¿Qué eMTB paso a paso tiene el rango más largo?

La mayoría de la gente ya sabrá que no hay una respuesta fácil a esta pregunta. El rango depende de muchas otras variables además de la capacidad de la batería. Los neumáticos, la presión de los neumáticos, la temperatura exterior, el nivel de soporte, el perfil de elevación de la ruta y el peso del conductor son solo algunos de los factores que influyen en qué tan lejos puede conducir su eMTB de paso con una sola carga. Puede terminar entre 10 y 100 km, lo que significa que las afirmaciones definitivas están fuera de lugar y son engañosas. Además, más no siempre es mejor. Inevitablemente, una mayor capacidad de la batería genera más peso, afecta la distribución del peso y, por lo general, crea un centro de gravedad más alto y, por lo tanto, compromete el manejo y la idoneidad de la bicicleta para el uso diario. Nuestro lema es: tanto como sea necesario, pero lo menos posible. Piense detenidamente sobre cuánta capacidad de batería realmente necesita. Si prefiere recorridos largos de fin de semana, es útil un sistema de doble batería que, en nuestro campo de prueba, solo está disponible como una opción en el Riese & Müller. Alternativamente, puede usar un cargador rápido durante el almuerzo. Si solo viaja distancias cortas, 500 Wh suele ser suficiente. ¿Puedes acercar tu bicicleta a una toma de corriente? ¿O tiene que quitar la batería para cargarla? En ese caso, una batería fácilmente extraíble suele ser más importante que unos pocos vatios-hora adicionales.

Los neumáticos, la presión de los neumáticos, la temperatura exterior, el nivel de soporte, el perfil de elevación de la ruta y el peso del conductor Estos son solo algunos de los factores que influyen en qué tan lejos puede manejar su eMTB paso a paso con una sola carga.

¿Qué buscar en un eMTB paso a paso?

La composición, los accesorios, la mano de obra y las características técnicas son factores importantes, pero tenga en cuenta que la utilidad de los costosos equipos de alta tecnología en una bicicleta todoterreno depende en gran medida de cómo pretenda usarla. Antes de comprar, debe pensar en lo que quiere obtener de un eMTB paso a paso, de lo que debería ser capaz y dónde va a montarlo habitualmente. ¿Está buscando reemplazar su camioneta familiar con un remolque de bicicleta para los niños, o tal vez quiere un viajero, o un carro de compras con asistencia electrónica, cansado, o una máquina de diversión para buen tiempo para terrenos moderados? ¿Compartes la bicicleta con toda la familia? ¿Qué características tienen sentido para usted y cuáles aumentan innecesariamente el precio? Las siguientes secciones tienen el propósito de ayudarlo a elegir la bicicleta adecuada.

Practicidad cotidiana

Una bicicleta paso a paso tiene que ser versátil y los guardabarros, un soporte lateral y un portaequipajes mejoran en gran medida su practicidad diaria. La mayoría de las marcas entregan sus modelos equipados con todos estos accesorios como estándar. Dos bicicletas en el campo de prueba (BULLS y Moustache) vienen sin guardabarros, luces, un estante o un soporte lateral, aunque puede adaptarlas para que las bicicletas sean más prácticas para el uso diario. Nuestro consejo: en la mayoría de los casos, las propias marcas tienen estos accesorios en oferta, por lo que puede obtenerlos en el mismo orden con su bicicleta. Además de garantizar que los accesorios se ajusten, también coincidirán con el aspecto de la bicicleta. El aspecto y la función de la bicicleta a menudo se ven afectados si recurre a accesorios caseros y de posventa.

Extracción de la batería y posición del puerto de carga.

Para aquellos que no pueden o no quieren cargar la batería de la bicicleta, lo más conveniente es quitar la batería de la parte superior del cuadro. También puede cargar la batería en la bicicleta y el posicionamiento del puerto de carga será una cuestión de gustos: si se coloca a baja altura, como en el KETTLER, debe inclinarse hacia abajo para alcanzarlo. Con el Kalkhoff, por ejemplo, está colocado en lo alto, pero como resultado, tendrás que encontrar un lugar para descansar el cargador o dejarlo colgar en el aire.

En cuanto a la calidad, la cubierta estándar de Bosch para el puerto de carga parece barata, se rompe fácilmente y se pierde. En las cuatro bicicletas de nuestra prueba grupal con esta portada, también se arrancó en todas ellas. Esto es problemático cuando conduces con mal tiempo y corres el riesgo de obstruir el puerto de carga con barro. Kalkhoff, KETTLER y Moustache han reconocido el problema, todos ellos suministrando a sus bicicletas equipadas con Bosch sus propias fundas internas. El Brose Drive S Mag en los BULLS incluso presenta una cubierta magnética completamente funcional, ¡así es como nos gusta!

Hablando de los frenos, su importancia en las bicicletas de paso no debe pasarse por alto y hubo grandes discrepancias en el campo de prueba. ¡Tanto en términos de ergonomía y sensación de las palancas de freno como de fiabilidad y potencia!

Frenos

Al igual que con los eMTB orientados al rendimiento, recomendamos frenos confiables y potentes. Aunque no podrá volar por los senderos más locos y las pendientes más empinadas en un eMTB de paso, aún así puede detenerse de manera confiable, rápida y segura en el tráfico de la ciudad. Algunas marcas han comenzado a prestar más atención a la carga útil máxima de las bicicletas, pero luego se olvidan de especificar los frenos apropiados necesarios para hacer frente al peso adicional. Los mejores frenos en la prueba son fáciles de modular con uno o, en caso de que tenga un susto, dos dedos, al tiempo que proporciona suficiente potencia de frenado incluso después de largos descensos. Los frenos de alto rendimiento como CODE RSC o MAGURA MT5 no están fuera de lugar en una bicicleta de paso. Por el contrario, aumentan la seguridad del conductor. Con la excepción de INFRONT, los frenos en la prueba son demasiado débiles y no son lo suficientemente confiables como para realizar descensos largos y empinados mientras transportan equipaje; la mayoría de las marcas todavía tienen mucho que hacer aquí.

Ergonomía

Muchas marcas afirman que especifican sus bicicletas con los componentes más ergonómicos. El problema aquí es que cada persona es diferente, con sus propias preferencias y estilos de conducción, lo que se vuelve más obvio dada la versatilidad de las bicicletas. Los puntos de contacto, como el sillín y las empuñaduras de un eMTB, siempre deben ajustarse individualmente para adaptarse al piloto y al tipo de conducción que realizan. Si planeas ir regularmente por los senderos en tu eMTB paso a paso, ¡una amplia silla de paseo no funcionará! Además de parecer un poco tonto, restringe severamente su libertad de movimiento, robándole confianza y diversión. Al contrario de lo que cabría esperar, un sillín súper ancho y bien acolchado no siempre es más cómodo que un sillín estrecho y firme. Solo puede ser realmente cómodo si se adapta a su anatomía, su posición de conducción y su peso. Un buen concesionario debe tener todos los dispositivos y la experiencia necesarios para ayudarlo a encontrar la silla adecuada para sus necesidades. Por ejemplo, INFRONT en Alemania lo ayudará a encontrar el sillín SQlab de ancho correcto y el agarre SQlab de espesor correcto con su kit de ajuste. Siempre es una buena idea discutir los puntos de contacto en persona, ya sea en la sede de la marca de bicicletas pequeñas en Alemania o en su concesionario local.

Muchas bicicletas orientadas al trekking en el campo de prueba vienen especificadas con una potencia ajustable. Idealmente, esto le permite ajustar con precisión la posición de conducción en cualquier lugar entre agresivo y vertical. Casi todos deberían encontrar su posición de conducción preferida. Si ajusta el vástago, asegúrese de usar la configuración de torque correcta al apretar los tornillos.

¡La Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX es la única bicicleta paso a paso con suspensión total en la prueba, que ofrece una dosis adicional de comodidad y estabilidad!

Suspensión

¿Bobina o horquilla de aire? Recomendamos sinceramente horquillas de aire aquí. Los amortiguadores de bobina generalmente requieren menos mantenimiento, pero no se pueden ajustar con la precisión suficiente para adaptarse al peso del conductor: usted es demasiado liviano o demasiado pesado, anulando por completo los beneficios que una horquilla le brindaría. Pero cuidado, incluso las horquillas de aire tienen una capacidad de ajuste limitada. Algunos fabricantes otorgan a sus bicicletas una clasificación de carga útil máxima que va mucho más allá del rango de ajuste sensible de la horquilla. Por ejemplo, el Corratec Life CX 6X Connect está aprobado para una carga útil máxima de 154 kg, pero la horquilla de suspensión solo se puede ajustar hasta 130 kg, un caso claro de especificación de una bicicleta con componentes inapropiados.

También hay marcadas diferencias con respecto al rendimiento. En terrenos moderados, una bifurcación defectuosa limitará las capacidades de un eMTB paso a paso, como es el caso del BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 Wave 27.5. En el futuro, esperamos ver bifurcaciones de alto rendimiento y alto rendimiento en eMTB paso a paso orientados a senderos. La INFRONT es la única bicicleta en el campo de prueba que vino especificada con una horquilla de suspensión verdaderamente capaz. Otro punto a destacar es el Homage by Riese & Müller, que es el único eMTB de paso completo con suspensión total actualmente en el mercado: ¡la bicicleta de confort 2.0!

Admitimos que este ejemplo es un poco exagerado, pero el hecho es que: la posición de la botella de agua puede dificultar significativamente su entrada en la bicicleta y, por lo tanto, invalidar el concepto de una bicicleta de paso, pero no quiere ir a montar sin botella de agua tampoco.

La posición del portabidón.

Si la caja de la botella se coloca cerca de la sección de paso del marco, generalmente se interpone y el concepto de eMTB de paso se vuelve inútil. Resulta que tiene que levantar la pierna casi tan alto como lo haría con un eMTB que tiene un tubo superior. Desafortunadamente, este es el caso con algunos modelos en la prueba. El mejor lugar para el portabidón es en lo alto del tubo descendente, lo más cerca posible del tubo de dirección: Corratec y CENTURION son ejemplares a este respecto. Riese & Müller también ofrecen una posición inteligente para muchos de sus modelos en el lateral del tubo de dirección. Sin embargo, no hay jefes de portabidones en su bicicleta de paso, el Homenaje. ¡Qué lástima!

Sensor de velocidad

La mayoría de las bicicletas en el campo de prueba vienen con un sensor de velocidad externo y un imán de radio: de la vieja escuela, innecesario y extremadamente molesto. Aunque el riesgo de perder el imán del radio en el camino no es tan alto como lo es con los eMTB más agresivos, puede suceder y luego tendrás que pedalear a casa sin ayuda. También debe tener cuidado de no molestar al imán al bloquear su bicicleta, sin importar la oportunidad perdida de una apariencia limpia e integrada. Además del KETTLER, que cuenta con un imán de radio integrado, la mayoría de las marcas aún tienen mucho que hacer aquí. Casi todos los fabricantes tienen soluciones integradas en oferta, por lo que las marcas de bicicletas no tienen excusa.

¡Parte superior!
¡Fracaso!

Peso

Es difícil comparar el peso de las bicicletas en este campo de prueba. Algunos vienen con guardabarros, una rejilla, soporte lateral, luces o cerradura y uno incluso tiene suspensión trasera, mientras que otro está prácticamente desnudo. Para hacerlo lo más justo posible, retiramos las cerraduras antes de pesar, aunque dejamos los accesorios restantes en su lugar. Sin embargo, con un peso promedio de 26,78 kg, no querrás llevar muchas de estas bicicletas.

Motor

Con el motor, lo que cuenta no es el par máximo ni la potencia máxima, sino la sensación de conducción y la configuración del software. Algunos motores se sienten muy naturales en su asistencia y son fáciles de controlar, mientras que otros requieren que pises cuidadosamente los pedales y encuentres la cadencia correcta. Los modos de soporte inteligente y progresivo, como el modo eMTB de Bosch o el modo Trail de Shimano, regulan automáticamente el motor según la entrada del conductor, eliminando la necesidad de cambiar entre los modos de soporte para adaptarse al terreno. Como resultado, puedes concentrarte completamente en el camino frente a ti e incluso tienes que cambiar de marcha con menos frecuencia. Desafortunadamente, algunas marcas que confían en los motores Bosch han optado por la opción de eMTB y modo Sport. Recomendamos tener instalado el modo eMTB en su concesionario local a través de una actualización de software. Esta actualización ha estado disponible para el potente motor Performance Line CX durante mucho tiempo, pero solo funcionará para el modelo Performance Line orientado al trekking desde 2021 en adelante. Con Shimano y Brose, puede ajustar el motor según sus preferencias personales a través de sus respectivas aplicaciones. Desafortunadamente, esto no es posible con Bosch, pero gracias a su modo inteligente eMTB, tampoco es realmente necesario. Para obtener más información sobre los motores individuales, haga clic aquí.

Llantas

Los neumáticos con perillas solo no convierten una bicicleta eléctrica paso a paso en una eMTB. Sin embargo, los neumáticos son cruciales para determinar la comodidad, el agarre, el alcance, la seguridad y la sensación de manejo. La comodidad se reduce principalmente al volumen: recomendamos neumáticos de entre 2,35 "y 2,4" de ancho y la presión de neumático más baja que pueda manejar sin riesgo de pinchazos. En un eMTB paso a paso, es importante tener neumáticos con un compuesto de goma, así como un perfil de la banda de rodadura adecuado para cambiar el terreno y las condiciones climáticas, y hay algunas grandes disparidades en nuestra prueba. El Schwalbe Rock Razor, como se encuentra en el Riese & Müller, haría que algunos de los otros eMTB paso a paso en la prueba sean mucho más capaces, mientras que los neumáticos Continental Race King en el Corratec no pudieron entregar el asfalto húmedo debido al duro , compuesto de goma sin agarre. Todos necesitan protección contra pinchazos y la mayoría de los neumáticos en la prueba tienen una capa de protección contra pinchazos para proteger contra clavos y objetos afilados.

Los postes cuentagotas suspendidos ofrecen mayor comodidad y también se pueden bajar con solo presionar un botón: ¡el sueño!

Poste del asiento

Ya sea en el camino o en un semáforo: casi todos se benefician de una cuentagotas. Este no es uno de esos dispositivos MTB innecesarios de alta tecnología, sino una solución sensata que ofrece ganancias reales en comodidad. No solo le brinda una mayor libertad de movimiento en los descensos, sino que también garantiza que pueda poner el pie en el suelo de manera fácil y rápida sin tener que bajar de la silla de montar. Además de eso, hace que compartir la bicicleta con varios ciclistas sea mucho más fácil, permitiendo que la altura del sillín se ajuste rápida y fácilmente. Si bien la mayoría de los postes de asiento en la prueba grupal cuentan con suspensión integrada, solo unos pocos vienen especificados con un poste de cuentagotas. El CENTURION y el KETTLER lideran el camino con postes combinados de suspensión / cuentagotas, que le brindan comodidad y seguridad en uno.

Soportes laterales

En algunos eMTB paso a paso, el caballete lateral produce un traqueteo ensordecedor en el camino y también se pliega por sí solo en terrenos moderados, ¡un paso definitivo! Esto puede ser realmente peligroso. Afortunadamente, puede colocar un resorte más rígido o un nuevo soporte con poco costo. HNF-NICOLAI coloca el soporte lateral en su eMTB de paso UD3 cerca del soporte inferior. Aunque esto hace que la bicicleta se pare de manera muy segura, se interpone en el camino del pedal cuando intenta empujar la bicicleta. Esto es molesto si solo quieres moverlo rápidamente.

Protección antirrobo y rastreadores GPS

Aquellos que planean usar su eMTB de paso en un entorno urbano se beneficiarán de la protección antirrobo que va más allá de una cerradura clásica y un espacio de estacionamiento seguro. Un rastreador GPS es fácil de adaptar a casi cualquier bicicleta eléctrica y ofrece mayor tranquilidad sobre una cerradura convencional. Podemos recomendar PowUnity BikeTrax por 199,90 €. BULLS tiene la opción de un rastreador GPS instalado de fábrica en la versión de 750 Wh de su eMTB de paso, lo que le permite rastrear su eMTB en caso de robo por 199 € adicionales.

Riese & Müller probablemente ofrece la solución más completa de la industria, el paquete RX-Connect, que consta de rastreador GPS, eSIM y seguro. If your ebike gets stolen, you simply call the hotline or report the theft online, have your bike located and wait for it to be returned. Failing this, Riese & Müller will provide you with a new bike, provided that you’ve opted for insurance cover. You also have the option of additional services such as automatic wireless updates, crash detection and displaying where the bike is parked. The RX chip has a one-off cost of € 99 and the RX service package including insurance cover starts at € 139.90 per year.

The lights on the step-through bikes we tested showed big differences in terms of their lighting cone!

Lights

If you want to use your step-through eMTB all year round and frequently ride at night, you’ll want a good set of lights. The position of the lights is equally important. If the headlight is mounted centrally on the handlebar, mounting a basket will interfere with the light. If it is placed directly above the mudguard, it’ll cast a shadow right in front of the bike. If the light is mounted on the head tube, it doesn’t follow the direction that you’re turning. The good news is that all the lights we encountered in the test have more than enough output to be seen better at dusk. However, there are clear differences in how the light beam is shaped. The Supernova M99 Mini on the Riese & Müller as well as the Supernova Mini 2 on the HNF-NICOLAI are unrivalled in the test field – both turn night into day and you’ll be able to spot a mouse crossing your path 50 m ahead. The Supernova M99 Mini even has a high beam function that can be operated via a remote on the handlebar. The lights on the CENTURION and Moustache are acceptable but all others will have you struggling to see everything in the dark.

Permissible total weight and maximum payload

Like with cars, eMTBs have a limited permissible total weight. This weight is specified by the brands themselves and ensures that all the components on the bike are able to withstand the quoted load. The permissible total weight is the maximum weight the bike can carry, including the weight of the bike itself. The maximum payload, describes the additional load, such as rider (including all gear) and trailers, without including the weight of the bike. Of course, the permissible total weight and maximum payload also depend on what the bike is approved for. Can you use it on woodland paths? Is jumping officially allowed? Does the manufacturer approve using the bike on flow trails? Some bikes in the test field still have a very low maximum payload, where most riders would technically have to ride the bike in their underwear – the HNF-NICOLAI UD3 is limited to just 92 kg! The 101 kg maximum payload of the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 Wave 27.5 isn’t all that much either but you’re officially allowed to hit jumps up to 61 cm – you can’t do this on any other bike in the test field. Many brands are currently working to increase weight limits, but beware, some manufacturers in the test field have lost touch with reality. Just because components are able to carry a certain load, it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll still be able to perform as intended. The best example is the frame of the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect, which is certified to carry a load of up to 154 kg, corresponding to a permissible total weight of 180 kg. The bike already suffers vague handling with a rider weight of 85 kg. Load up the rack and it becomes hard to control and has a propensity for speed wobble. We’d like to see a permissible total weight of 150 kg being set as the new standard for the future, especially since many riders want to pull a trailer to take along their pets or children, which also get added to the payload. We advise heavier riders in particular to inform themselves about the maximum payload of a specific bike before buying. If you exceed the payload, this can have an impact on your safety, not to mention warranty claims.

Tops

Best in the test
The Suntour Axon fork on the INFRONT is easy to adjust to the weight of the rider. It responds sensitively and delivers the best performance in the test.
What counts
The handling and precision of the BULLS, CENTURION and Riese & Müller feel much better than any other bike in the test. This instils you with confidence and ensures predictable handling with luggage on the rear rack.
Drop it!
A dropper seat post with integrated suspension increases comfort, freedom of movement and safety. KETTLER and CENTURION are a step ahead of the competition here.
Aprobación del remolque
Fans of trailers will be delighted. All step-through ebikes in the test are approved to pull a trailer – with the exception of the FANTIC.
Bright, brighter, supernova
The Supernova M99 MINI light on the Riese & Müller turns night into day and even has a high beam function. What more do you want?
Unique and ingenious
Riese & Müller’s full-suspension step-through eMTB is the most comfortable model in the test.
Additional anti-theft protection
Riese & Müller’s RX Connect concept is a taste of things to come. The security concept combining a GPS tracker, eSIM and insurance cover is sure to fend off ebike thieves.

Flops

Where to put the water bottle?
Is a step-through bike still a step-through bike if the water bottle blocks the step-through section of the frame? BULLS, Moustache and KETTLER restrict the easy entry of their bikes with the position of the bottle cage bosses.
Two is better than one?
The twin down tube together with the 180 kg permissible total weight suggests stability. However, it turns out that the Corratec has the most indirect and vague handling in the test. The bike became difficult to control long before we reached the maximum payload.
Missing the point
With the Moustache, KETTLER, FANTIC and Corratec, the forks can’t be adjusted sufficiently to suit the weight of the rider, rendering them useless for many users.
Ha fallado
Most brakes in the test are too weak and prone to fade on the descents, especially when you’re carrying luggage. The worst are on the Corratec, HNF-NICOLAI and Riese & Müller.
Poor combination
A small gear range combined with the weaker Bosch Performance Line motor means that the Moustache soon reaches its limit on steep climbs. The same applies to the FANTIC.
Absolute no-go!
A side stand that unfolds itself on moderate off-road terrain can become dangerous. Fortunately, an upgrade is quick and inexpensive, which is what you should do on the CENTURION.

The best step-through eMTB of 2021 – CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500

CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 | Motor Shimano STEPS E8000, 70 Nm | Batería 504 Wh | Maximum payload 126 kg
Precio € 3,999 | Peso: 23,7 kg (Size L) | More information www.centurion.de

The CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the deserved Best in Test of this big group test! What makes it so good? Admittedly, the E-Fire Country F3500 isn’t the most stylish looking bike in the test field, but it is by far the best all-rounder with the widest range of applications. The battery isn’t fully integrated in order to make the frame as stiff as possible. This ensures precise and predictable handling while also instilling you with confidence, regardless of the situation. With or without luggage, the bike performs equally well in city traffic and on long tours and offers a comfortable riding position. It’s a lot of fun on forest and woodland paths as well as moderate trails! The componentry is impeccable, of which the dropper post with integrated suspension is a particular highlight. Thanks to the consistent overall concept, great all-round capabilities and the excellent performance, the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the deserved Best in Test and the best step-through eMTB of 2021!

Click here for the full review of the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500


The E-MOUNTAINBIKE Best Buy – BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+

TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ | Motor Brose Drive S Mag, 90 Nm | Batería 750 Wh | Maximum payload 101 kg
Precio € 3,599 | Peso 23.8 kg (Size L) | More information www.bulls.de

The BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ blew away even the most hardcore eMTBers in our test crew. In terms of handling and trail performance, the BULLS is in no way inferior to a hardtail eMTB, with the added bonus that you’ve got even more freedom of movement thanks to the missing top tube! The intuitive handling, coupled with plenty of comfort on long tours and good climbing characteristics, makes it a versatile option for moderate off-road terrain. A better suspension fork and a dropper post would make it even more capable on the trails. However, given the relatively affordable price of € 3,599, the spec is acceptable. The BULLS comes without any additional accessories such as lights, mudguards or luggage racks. However, thanks to the elegantly integrated Monkey Link system, fitting mudguards or lights is a breeze – clip them on and you’re good to go! And go you will, since the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ is equipped with the extremely powerful 90 Nm Brose Drive S Mag motor powered by a huge 750 Wh battery. No other model in the test field comes as close to the feel and handling of a traditional eMTB hardtail as the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ – pure riding pleasure and a great choice for more aggressive riders! Hands down, the Best Buy!

Click here for the full review of BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+


Other step-through eMTBs worth mentioning

While the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the best all-rounder, there are a few other eMTBs in the test field worth mentioning. There’s no such thing as the perfect bike for everyone, but everyone will find a perfect bike for them. The question you should ask yourselves:: where and how will you use the step-through ebike? What does it have to be able to do?

Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX, 75 Nm | Batería 500 Wh | Maximum payload 110 kg
Precio € 6.499 | Peso 29,7 kg (talla M) | More information www.r-m.de

The Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX is unique in many ways. It is the only full suspension step-through ebike on the market and it’s the only bike on test with a dual-battery option and the comprehensive RX Connect security concept that features GPS tracking and premium insurance coverage. Thanks to the rear suspension, the level of comfort and traction is unrivalled. Especially for off-road commuters and touring enthusiasts, the stable handling of the Homage GT is a good option. The rear carrier forms part of the bike’s sprung mass, which is why the Riese & Müller is one of the most stable and composed step-through eMTBs to ride with panniers. With the best lights in the test and the innovative RX Connect anti-theft system, it performs just as well in an urban environment. With the exception of the brakes, the componentry is very robust. However, that comes at a price: the Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX weighs 29.7 kg. If you like innovative features and are looking for a composed step-through eMTB, you should definitely take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Homage GT.

Click here for the full review of Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX


INFRONT IF-4 Wave

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX, 75 Nm | Batería 625 Wh | Maximum payload 112 kg
Precio € 3,599 | Peso 27.1 kg (Size L) | More information www.infront-bikes.com

The step-through eMTB from small bike brand, INFRONT, is called the IF-4 Wave and it surprised our test crew! It is one of the most versatile step-through eMTBs in the test, performing just as well as an everyday commuter as it does on tours and moderate off-road terrain. It goes exactly where you point it and instils you with confidence, not least because of the tall front end, the best fork in the test and excellent brakes. The wide saddle restricts your freedom of movement on the trails and an aftermarket dropper post would make you feel more confident and make the bike significantly more versatile.

Click here for the full review of INFRONT IF-4 wave


Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite

Motor Bosch Performance Line, 65 Nm | Batería 625 Wh | Maximum payload 105 kg
Precio € 3,699 | Peso 24,8 kg (talla M) | More information www.kalkhoff-bikes.com

You’re looking for a stylish step-through ebike to cruise through the city? Then the Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite is definitely worth considering with its elegant yet sporty look. Thanks to its precise and agile character, it’s a ton of fun to ride in the urban jungle. At the same time, the bike’s handling is intuitive, making it great for beginners and advanced riders alike. However, it’s no pack mule, not to mention the lack of comfort. Those who want to go touring or tend to ride off-road will have to keep looking. The Kalkhoff is a bike for the urban environment.

Click here for the full review of Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite


All bikes in test:
TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27,5+ | CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 | Corratec Life CX 6X Connect | FANTICO ISSIMO FUN | HNF-NICOLAI UD 3 | AL FRENTE IF-4 Wave | Kalkhoff Atraer 5.B Excitar | KETTLER QUADRIGA TOWN & COUNTRY COMP | Bigote Samedi 27 Off 2 Open | Riese y Müller Homenaje GT
Don’t we all have a better half, family members, friends or acquaintances with whom we want to share awesome experiences or introduce to a new way of riding but can’t? New, knobbly-tired step-through eMTBs make getting on and off the bike a lot easier, instilling beginners with confidence and opening up new opportunities.

For this group test, we reviewed 10 step-through ebikes on a spectrum including everything from bikes for touring to off-road. The price of the bikes averaged € 3,868.

Table of contents

  • El campo de prueba
  • The test riders
  • Which step-through eMTB has the longest range?
  • What to look for in a step-through eMTB?
  • The best step-through eMTB of 2021

Modern off-road step-through bikes are revolutionary and sales figures are going through the roof, at least in German dealerships. Rightly so, because they unite generations like no other bike, are super versatile and true masterpieces of modern engineering. Handling like a hardtail without a top tube is no small feat. One thing we can say for sure is that only a handful of manufacturers have gotten it right, especially while keeping the weight to a minimum and the design looking good.

We invited our grandparents, friends (both with and without injuries, and with and without babies), daughters, fathers and mothers to test ten of the latest generation step-through eMTBs with us! We found out what it really comes down to with this type of bike and which model is best for which purpose.

It’s definitely worth taking a closer look at step-through eMTBs, because they can change lives or at the very least quality of life – either your own, that of your partner, your family or your acquaintances!

Step-through bikes help bridge the generational divide. Whether it’s a knobbly-tired city cruiser, pack mule for extensive tours or simply a machine to have fun on, you’ll find a suitable model for almost every application.

Good times: step-through eMTBs open up a world of possibilities! We invited our grandparents and grandmothers, friends (with and without injuries, with and without babies), daughters, fathers and mothers to join us in putting 10 of the latest generation step-through eMTBs to the test!

What does a good step-through eMTB have to be capable of?

Designing and engineering a good off-road step-through bike isn’t easy, whether it’s for touring, off-road or city use. After all, it should deliver similar stiffness and comfort levels as any other bike even with the rear rack loaded despite its lack of a top tube. At the same time, integrating the battery into the down tube, for a sleeker design and minimal weight takes some skilful engineering. If the frame isn’t stiff enough, it results in speed wobble and spongy handling. This means that even small bumps have the potential to upset the bike, making it a hazard to ride, which is only exacerbated if you load up the rear rack. The good news is that the best models can do all that a bike with a top tube can and more! They’re often more comfortable, easier to get on and off and they instil you with more confidence. Newcomers to the sport and less flexible riders benefit enormously from the upright riding position and the easy access step-through design. The riding position of most step-through eMTBs also ensures that you’ll never feel like you might go over the bars, even when you’re pushing the limit.

Forget the cliché that step-through bikes are only for grandmas! The latest generation of off-road step-through bikes can take on rides through the woods on moderate trails while also offering everyday practicality in the urban jungle. A good step-through eMTB will put a smile on the face of everyone who rides it, whether on moderate terrain, commuting or loaded up with panniers for long weekend tours. To do so, it has to be simultaneously composed and agile and be versatile enough to perform equally well on different kinds of terrain. Ideally, the handling has to be predictable and forgiving yet also precise, regardless of whether you’re riding uphill, on level terrain or down a steep descent. Powerful, reliable and easy to modulate brakes as well as good tires that provide grip on different surfaces weather conditions are essential. The quality of components such as lights, racks, mudguards and stands is extremely important and should match your intended use. Most step-through bikes offer a high maximum payload for the rider and their gear and are approved to pull a trailer. Ideally, they also come equipped with a GPS tracker to track and recover the eMTB in the event of a theft, for peace of mind when leaving it at the train station.

You think step-through bikes are ladies’ bikes, only for grandmas? We see it this way: a good step-through eMTB can tackle rides through the woods on moderate trails, offer everyday practicality in the urban jungle and instil you with confidence.

Far more than comfort bikes, step-through eMTBs have a huge target group: including you?

The days when step-through bikes were called women’s bikes are over! Newcomers of all ages can benefit from the upright riding position, the increased confidence and the easy mounting and dismounting. Step-through bikes simply make it possible to experience more together. If you’re injured, you’ve got limited physical flexibility, you’re ageing or suffering from some form of disability but don’t want to give up the best hobby in the world, a step-through eMTB is exactly what you need. Of course, you’re welcome to ride a step-through bike simply because you like the unconventional look or have fun trying out new things. Finally, for the lazy couch potatoes who don’t feel like lifting their leg over the top tube – what a chore – this new generation of eMTBs is great! If you’re looking for an easy handling bike for moderate terrain, extended tours and everyday life, then a good step-through eMTB is the answer you were looking for.

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I want to carry my luggage, what should I look for?

Those who want to go on extensive tours and weekend trips, or commute to work or do their weekly shopping on their step-through eMTB will definitely need to use a rack. This brings us back to the subject of torsional stiffness. Stable and composed handling without dangerous speed wobble are a basic prerequisite when you’re hauling cargo. This comes down to the stiffness of the frame, balanced weight distribution, but also the system as a whole. A stiff frame is only as good as the components on it. With additional weight on a loaded rack, the centre of gravity is shifted backwards, putting handling to the test. Unfortunately, direct and precise steering isn’t the norm and the handling of the bike tends to suffer.

Stable and composed handling without encountering speed-wobbles are especially important when you’re carrying luggage. A torsionally stiff frame and an even weight distribution are a basic requirement.

What if you prefer using a front rack or a basket on the bars? This also influences the handling, though the payload is usually limited to a few kilograms, just enough to buy a few things at the market. This can be a sensible alternative to comfortably transport lightweight goods over short distances, but if you want to haul your luggage on a step-through eMTB without having to wear a backpack, then a rear rack makes the most sense. To find out how they handled, we filled two panniers to 11 kg, corresponding to 22 large beer cans, and tested the step-through eMTBs that came equipped with a rack. On some models, it felt like we were drunk, zigzagging along without any control (we promise we didn’t touch the beers). To hold your line, a lot of input was required at the bars to counter-steer against the weight of the bike. There’s still plenty of room for improvement here.

In contrast, CENTURION and Riese & Müller show how it’s done. The handling of these bikes stays almost the same with a fully loaded rack. On the full-suspension Riese & Müller, the weight on the rack even forms part of the sprung mass, which protects your cargo from sudden impacts and also improves the bike’s stability. Many bikes in the test field can’t keep up here though they’re able to cope with the demands of a little added weight. For example, the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect clearly can’t handle an 11 kg load and is overworked when you load it up.

Loading up the rack can have a dramatic effect on the handling, flipping the ride characteristics of some step-through bikes on its head. Commendably, the handling of the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 remains consistent!

El campo de prueba

There is a huge choice of step-through bikes on the market, but if you look closely, it soon becomes clear that not all have the potential to be a good step-through eMTB. Once you eliminate the bikes with a high centre of gravity due to the position of the battery, inadequate components, slick tires and vague handling, you’re left only with a handful of models to choose from. That said, there are some standout models among them, providing opportunities for newcomers to the sport to make the most of their first eMTB experience. From sporty models for light trail use such as the BULLS or the Moustache, to bikes such as the Riese & Müller, which play to their strengths on extensive tours with luggage, to knobbly-tired city cruisers such as the Kalkhoff or HNF-NICOLAI, there are great step-through eMTBs on the market for every scenario. For us, one thing was clear from the start: we were looking for the best all-rounder that combines excellent handling with a good spec and can excel in moderate terrain, on extended tours with luggage and in everyday life. We found ten hot candidates in this burgeoning market. Unfortunately CUBE were unable to provide us with a suitable bike at the time of testing. Too bad, as we had been very excited to see how the FOX 34 fork performs on the CUBE Nuride Hybrid SL step-through eMTB.

Bike Precio Peso Motor/Battery Everyday accessories
TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27,5+ (Click for review) € 3,599 23.80  kg Brose Drive S Mag 90 Nm
750 Wh
No
CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 (Click for review) € 3,999 23.70 kg Shimano STEPS E8000 70 Nm
504 Wh
si
Corratec Life CX 6X Connect (Click for review) € 3,999 25.90  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
625 Wh
si
FANTICO ISSIMO FUN (Click for review) € 2,995 33.40  kg Bafang M500 80 Nm
630 Wh
partially
HNF-NICOLAI UD 3 (Click for review) € 4,695 27.90  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
625 Wh
si
AL FRENTE IF-4 Wave (Click for review) € 3,599 27.10 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
/625 Wh
si
Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite (Click for review) € 3,799 24.80  kg Bosch Performance Line 65 Nm
625 Wh
si
KETTLER QUADRIGA TOWN & COUNTRY COMP (Click for review) € 3,799 28.70  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
500 Wh
si
Bigote Samedi 27 Off 2 Open (Click for review) € 2,899 22.90  kg Bosch Performance Line 65 Nm
500 Wh
No
Riese y Müller Homage GT (Haga clic para revisar) € 6,499 29.70 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
500 Wh
si
Ø € 3,868 Ø 26.80 kg
Vroooom! Some off-road step-through bikes can be a lot of fun, encouraging you to stay off the brakes! Like assistant editor-in-chief Jonas on the Mustache Samedi 27 Off 2 Open…

The test riders and what they expect from the latest generation of off-road step-through ebikes

Our test team is as diverse as the step-through eMTBs they tested. Pensioners, eMTB newcomers, commuters, connoisseurs, athletes and sceptics. The youngest test rider is 20, the oldest 83 years old. The testers and their demands on the bikes could hardly be more different, yet everyone had a lot of fun, especially when riding together. It’s true, step-through bikes bring people together – not just across generations, but also skill levels.

Susanne, 54, commuter and connoisseur
As an eMTB newbie, a bike with easy, good-natured and predictable handling is extremely important to me. I want a bike that instils me with confidence and offers lots of comfort on relaxed tours and while commuting. The KETTLER is my favourite.
Elfriede, 83, eMTB beginner and the oldest test rider of the crew
I rode a bicycle again for the first time after crashing a year and a half ago. The HNF-NICOLAI was a lot of fun and I had a great time on it. It’s true, joy shared is joy multiplied!
Wolfgang, 59, sports enthusiast and ex-marathon runner
A motorcycle accident ruined my knee years ago, making it very difficult for me to swing my leg over the top tube of an eMTB. Step-through eMTBs are the only way for me to pursue my hobby. My favourite is the INFRONT!
Robin, 29, Editor-in-chief E-MOUNTAINBIKE
Do you want to know the feeling of putting a smile on the faces of your friends, acquaintances or family? Of sharing moments with your loved ones who haven’t yet experienced freedom on two wheels? Step-through eMTBs open up new possibilities! Personally, I wouldn’t ride one, but many of the amazing people surrounding me would. I look forward to seeing how this new category of bikes will develop in the coming years!
Jonas, 31,Assistant editor-in-chief E-MOUNTAIN BIKE, currently looking for an ebike for his mother
Admittedly, I was sceptical at first. However, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by most of the step-through ebikes on test. Their handling is largely intuitive and some models are a lot fun! I wouldn’t buy one, it’s just not my thing, but for my mum the HNF-NICOLAI would be the perfect ebike.
Valentin, 24, Editor and enthusiastic all-weather commuter
I commute a lot on eMTBs, sometimes on moderate trails, sometimes on bike paths. Integrated lights, a comfortable riding position and the feel of the motor at the 25 km/h threshold are just as important to me as the handling when I want to ride fast off road!
Manne, 62, Editor and ex-police officer who doesn’t want to retire
I use an eMTB to commute and to tow my dog trailer – my dog Henry doesn’t like being left at home when I head into the E-MOUNTAINBIKE office. Almost all step-through eMTBs are approved to pull a trailer, which is good for me and many young families. If I’m riding with my buddies without a trailer, I want a good-natured and comfortable bike. The CENTURION is just my thing!
Ben, 29, Editor-in-chief GRAN FONDO
Cruising through the hood – it’s what the FANTIC is made for. Unfortunately, it’s as awkward and impractical as running errands in a supercar. A replacement for a Vespa? Quizás.
Felix, 28, main tester and perfectionist suspension specialist
No question, I would never buy one of these bikes for myself, but the BULLS is surprisingly capable on the trails. There is a lot of potential in this step-through eMTB! It’s a shame that none of the models come with higher performance forks.
Andrea, 62, test rider
For me, easy handling and a safe ride even with my luggage are very important. I don’t like carrying around a backpack. My favourite is the CENTURION. Along with the generous step-through section, the dropper seat post makes getting on and off the bike even easier.
Theresa, 20, test rider
I usually only use ebikes for day-to-day stuff and occasionally go moderately off road. I have to charge the battery in my apartment and park the bike in the basement. Therefore, an easily removable battery and a light bike are super important to me. Many bikes in the test are simply too heavy. I liked the agile Moustache and would be willing to retrofit the missing accessories.
Philipp, 31, Editor
I ride everything that has two wheels. From enduro bikes to road bikes, I enjoy it all. As a father, I see the advantage of a comfortable step-through eMTB, especially when taking my son to nursery school in his trailer or going on a tour with the whole family. I don’t care if people call it a grandma bike.

Which step-through eMTB has the longest range?

Most people will already know that there is no easy answer to this question. The range depends on many other variables besides the battery capacity. The tires, tire pressure, outside temperature, support level, route elevation profile and rider weight are just some of the factors that influence how far you can ride your step-through eMTB on a single charge. You can end up anywhere between 10 and 100 km, meaning that definitive claims are out of place and misleading. Besides, more isn’t always better. More battery capacity inevitably leads to more weight, affecting weight distribution and usually creating a higher centre of gravity and thus compromising the bike’s handling and suitability for everyday use. Our motto is: as much as necessary, but as little as possible. Think carefully about how much battery capacity you really need. If you prefer long weekend tours, a dual-battery system is useful, which, in our test field, is only available as an option on the Riese & Müller. Alternatively, you could use a quick charger during your lunch break. If you only commute short distances, 500 Wh is usually sufficient. Can you get your bike close to a power outlet? Or do you have to remove the battery to charge it? In that case, an easily removable battery is usually more important than a few additional watt-hours.

The tires, tire pressure, outside temperature, support level, route elevation profile and rider weight are just some of the factors that influence how far you can ride your step-through eMTB on a single charge.

What to look for in a step-through eMTB?

Componentry, accessories, workmanship and technical features are important factors but bear in mind that the usefulness of expensive high-tech equipment on an off-road step-through bike depends heavily on how you intend to use it. Before buying, you should think about what you want to get out of a step-through eMTB, what it should be capable of and where you’re usually going to ride it. Are you looking to replace your family van with a bike trailer for the kids, or maybe you want a commuter, or an electronically-assisted, knobbly-tired shopping cart, or a fair-weather fun machine for moderate terrain? Do you share the bike with the whole family? Which features make sense for you and which unnecessarily drive up the price? The following sections are intended to help guide you in choosing the right bike.

Practicidad cotidiana

A step-through bike has to be versatile and mudguards, a side stand and pannier rack greatly improve its everyday practicality. Most brands deliver their models equipped with all these accessories as standard. Two bikes in the test field (BULLS and Moustache) come without mudguards, lights, a rack or a side stand, though you can retrofit them to make the bikes more practical for everyday use. Our tip: in most cases, the brands themselves have these accessories on offer, so you can get them in the same order with your bike. Besides ensuring that the accessories will fit, they’ll also match the look of the bike. The bike’s look and function often suffer if you resort to homemade and aftermarket accessories.

Battery removal and the position of the charging port

For those who can’t or don’t want to charge the battery in the bike, removing the battery out of the top of the frame is the most convenient. You can also charge the battery on the bike and the positioning of the charging port will be a matter of taste: if it is positioned low down, such as on the KETTLER, you have to bend down to reach it. With the Kalkhoff, for example, it is positioned high up but as a result you’ll have to find somewhere to rest the charger or let it dangle in the air.

Regarding quality, Bosch’s standard cover for the charging port looks cheap, breaks easily and gets lost. On the four bikes in our group test with this cover, it also tore off on all of them. This is problematic when you ride in bad weather and run the risk of clogging the charging port up with mud. Kalkhoff, KETTLER and Moustache have recognised the problem, all of them supplying their Bosch equipped bikes with their own in-house covers. The Brose Drive S Mag on the BULLS even features a fully functional magnetic cover – that’s how we like it!

Speaking of the brakes, their importance on step-through bikes shouldn’t be overlooked and there were big discrepancies in the test field! Both in terms of ergonomics and feel of the brake levers as well as reliability and power!

Frenos

As with performance oriented eMTBs, we recommend reliable and powerful brakes. Although you won’t blast down the craziest trails and steepest gradients on a step-through eMTB, you still want to be able to stop reliably, quickly and safely in city traffic. Some brands have started to pay more attention to the maximum payload of the bikes but then forget to spec the appropriate brakes needed to cope with the additional weight. The best brakes in the test are easy to modulate with one or, in case you get a scare, two fingers, while still providing sufficient stopping power even after long descents. High-performance brakes such as the CODE RSC or MAGURA MT5 aren’t out of place on a step-through bike. On the contrary, they increase rider safety. With the exception of the INFRONT, the brakes in the test are too weak and they’re not reliable enough to take on long and steep descents while hauling luggage – most brands still have a lot of catching up to do here.

Ergonomics

Many brands claim to spec their bikes with the most ergonomic components. The problem here is that every person is different, with their own preferences and riding styles which only becomes more obvious given the bikes’ versatility. Contact points such as the saddle and grips of an eMTB should always be individually adjusted to suit the rider and the type of riding they do. If you plan on regularly hitting the trails on your step-through eMTB, a wide touring saddle won’t do! Besides looking a little silly, it severely restricts your freedom of movement, robbing you of confidence and fun. Contrary to what you might expect, a super wide and well-padded saddle isn’t always more comfortable than a narrow and firm saddle. It can only really be comfortable if it suits your anatomy, your riding position and your weight. A good dealership should have all the devices and expertise needed to help you find the right saddle for your needs. For example, INFRONT in Germany will help you find the correct width SQlab saddle and right thickness SQlab grips with their fitting kit. It’s always a good idea to discuss the contact points in person, whether it’s at the headquarters of the small bike brand in Germany or your local dealership.

Many trekking-oriented bikes in the test field come specced with an adjustable stem. Ideally, this allows you to finely adjust riding position anywhere between aggressive and upright. Almost everyone should find their preferred riding position. If you do adjust the stem, be sure to use the right torque settings when you tighten the bolts!

Suspension

Coil or air fork? We wholeheartedly recommend air forks here. Coil shocks usually require less maintenance, but they can’t be adjusted accurately enough to suit the weight of the rider – you’re either too light or too heavy, entirely voiding the benefits a fork would otherwise give you. But beware, even air forks are limited in their adjustability. Some manufacturers give their bikes a maximum payload rating that goes well beyond the sensible adjustment range of the fork. For example, the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect is approved for a maximum payload of 154 kg, but the suspension fork can only be adjusted up to 130 kg – a clear case of speccing a bike with inappropriate componentry.

There are marked differences regarding performance too. In moderate terrain, a bad fork will limit the capabilities of a step-through eMTB, which is the case with the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 Wave 27.5. In future, we’re hoping to see high-end, high-performance forks on trail-oriented step-through eMTBs. The INFRONT is the only bike in the test field that came specced with a truly capable suspension fork. Another highlight is the Homage by Riese & Müller, which is the only full-suspension step-through eMTB currently on the market – comfort bike 2.0!

The position of the bottle cage

If the bottle cage is positioned near the step-through section of the frame, it usually gets in the way and the concept of the step-through eMTB is rendered useless. It results in you having to lift your leg almost as high as you would with an eMTB that has a top tube. Unfortunately, this is the case with some models in the test. The best place for the bottle cage is high up the down tube, as close to the head tube as possible – Corratec and CENTURION are exemplary in this regard. Riese & Müller also offer a clever position for many of their models on the side of the head tube. However, there are no bottle cage bosses on their step-through bike, the Homage. What a shame!

Speed sensor

Most bikes in the test field come with an external speed sensor and spoke magnet – old-school, unnecessary and extremely annoying. Although the risk of losing the spoke magnet on the trail is not as high as it is with more aggressive trail oriented eMTBs, it can happen and then you’ll have to pedal home unassisted. You also have to be careful not to disturb the magnet when locking up your bike, never mind the missed opportunity for clean and integrated looks. Besides the KETTLER, which features an integrated spoke magnet, most brands still have a lot of catching up to do here. Almost every manufacturer has integrated solutions on offer, so bike brands have no excuse.

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Peso

It’s difficult to compare the weight of the bikes in this test field. Some come with mudguards, a rack, side stand, lights or a lock and one even has rear suspension yet another is pretty much bare. To make it as fair as possible, we removed the locks before weighing, though we left the remaining accessories in place. Nevertheless, with an average weight of 26.78 kg, you won’t want to be carrying any of these bikes around very much.

Motor

With the motor, it’s not the maximum torque or the maximum power output that counts, but the ride feel and software settings. Some motors feel very natural in their assistance and are easy to control, while others require you to tread carefully on the pedals and find the right cadence. Smart and progressive support modes, such as Bosch’s eMTB mode or Shimano’s Trail mode, automatically regulate the motor based on rider input, eliminating the need to switch between support modes to suit the terrain. As a result, you’re able to concentrate fully on the trail in front of you and even have to shift gears less often. Unfortunately, some brands that rely on Bosch motors have opted against the option of eMTB and Sport mode. We recommend having eMTB mode installed at your local dealership via a software update. This update has been available for the powerful Performance Line CX motor for a long time, but it will only work for the trekking-oriented Performance Line model from 2021 onwards. With Shimano and Brose, you can adjust the motor to suit your personal preference via their respective apps. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with Bosch but thanks to their smart eMTB mode, it isn’t really necessary either. For further information about the individual motors click here.

Llantas

Knobbly tires alone don’t turn a step-through ebike into an eMTB. Nevertheless, tires are crucial in determining comfort, grip, range, safety and ride feel. Comfort mainly comes down to volume: we recommend tires between 2.35”-2.4” wide and the lowest tire pressure you can ride without risking punctures. On a step-through eMTB, it’s important to have tires with a rubber compound as well as a tread profile suitable for changing terrain and weather conditions and there are some huge disparities in our test. The Schwalbe Rock Razor, as found on the Riese & Müller, would make some of the other step-through eMTBs on test a lot more capable, while the Continental Race King tires on the Corratec couldn’t deliver on damp asphalt due to the hard, rubber compound lacking grip. Everyone needs puncture protection and most tires in the test have a puncture protection layer to protect against nails and sharp objects.

Seat post

Whether on the trail or at a traffic light: almost everyone benefits from a dropper post. This isn’t one of those unnecessary, high-tech MTB gadgets but a sensible solution offering real gains in comfort. Not only does it give you increased freedom of movement on the descents but it also ensures that you can get your foot on the ground easily and quickly without having to get off the saddle. Besides that, it makes sharing the bike with several riders a lot easier, allowing the sadddle height to be adjusted quickly and easily. While most seat posts in the group test feature integrated suspension, only a few come specced with a dropper post. The CENTURION and KETTLER lead the way with combined suspension/dropper posts, giving you comfort and safety in one.

Side stands

On some step-through eMTBs, the side stand produces a deafening rattle on the trail and also folds out of its own accord on moderate terrain – a definite no-go! This can be really dangerous. Fortunately, you can fit a stiffer spring or a new stand with little cost. HNF-NICOLAI position the side stand on their UD3 step-through eMTB close to the bottom bracket. Although this makes the bike stand very securely, it gets in the way of the pedal when you try to push the bike. This is annoying if you just quickly want to move it around.

Anti-theft protection and GPS trackers

Those who plan to use their step-through eMTB in an urban environment stand to benefit from anti-theft protection that goes beyond a classic lock and a secure parking space. A GPS tracker is easy to retrofit to almost any ebike and offers added peace of mind over a conventional lock. We can recommend the PowUnity BikeTrax for € 199.90. BULLS have the option of a factory-fitted GPS tracker in the 750 Wh version of their step-through eMTB, allowing you to track your eMTB in the event of a theft for an additional € 199.

Riese & Müller probably offer the most comprehensive solution in the industry, the RX-Connect package, which consists of GPS tracker, eSIM and insurance. If your ebike gets stolen, you simply call the hotline or report the theft online, have your bike located and wait for it to be returned. Failing this, Riese & Müller will provide you with a new bike, provided that you’ve opted for insurance cover. You also have the option of additional services such as automatic wireless updates, crash detection and displaying where the bike is parked. The RX chip has a one-off cost of € 99 and the RX service package including insurance cover starts at € 139.90 per year.

Lights

If you want to use your step-through eMTB all year round and frequently ride at night, you’ll want a good set of lights. The position of the lights is equally important. If the headlight is mounted centrally on the handlebar, mounting a basket will interfere with the light. If it is placed directly above the mudguard, it’ll cast a shadow right in front of the bike. If the light is mounted on the head tube, it doesn’t follow the direction that you’re turning. The good news is that all the lights we encountered in the test have more than enough output to be seen better at dusk. However, there are clear differences in how the light beam is shaped. The Supernova M99 Mini on the Riese & Müller as well as the Supernova Mini 2 on the HNF-NICOLAI are unrivalled in the test field – both turn night into day and you’ll be able to spot a mouse crossing your path 50 m ahead. The Supernova M99 Mini even has a high beam function that can be operated via a remote on the handlebar. The lights on the CENTURION and Moustache are acceptable but all others will have you struggling to see everything in the dark.

Permissible total weight and maximum payload

Like with cars, eMTBs have a limited permissible total weight. This weight is specified by the brands themselves and ensures that all the components on the bike are able to withstand the quoted load. The permissible total weight is the maximum weight the bike can carry, including the weight of the bike itself. The maximum payload, describes the additional load, such as rider (including all gear) and trailers, without including the weight of the bike. Of course, the permissible total weight and maximum payload also depend on what the bike is approved for. Can you use it on woodland paths? Is jumping officially allowed? Does the manufacturer approve using the bike on flow trails? Some bikes in the test field still have a very low maximum payload, where most riders would technically have to ride the bike in their underwear – the HNF-NICOLAI UD3 is limited to just 92 kg! The 101 kg maximum payload of the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 Wave 27.5 isn’t all that much either but you’re officially allowed to hit jumps up to 61 cm – you can’t do this on any other bike in the test field.Many brands are currently working to increase weight limits, but beware, some manufacturers in the test field have lost touch with reality. Just because components are able to carry a certain load, it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll still be able to perform as intended. The best example is the frame of the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect, which is certified to carry a load of up to 154 kg, corresponding to a permissible total weight of 180 kg. The bike already suffers vague handling with a rider weight of 85 kg. Load up the rack and it becomes hard to control and has a propensity for speed wobble. We’d like to see a permissible total weight of 150 kg being set as the new standard for the future, especially since many riders want to pull a trailer to take along their pets or children, which also get added to the payload. We advise heavier riders in particular to inform themselves about the maximum payload of a specific bike before buying. If you exceed the payload, this can have an impact on your safety, not to mention warranty claims.

TOPS

Best in the test
The Suntour Axon fork on the INFRONT is easy to adjust to the weight of the rider. It responds sensitively and delivers the best performance in the test.
What counts
The handling and precision of the BULLS, CENTURION and Riese & Müller feel much better than any other bike in the test. This instils you with confidence and ensures predictable handling with luggage on the rear rack.
Drop it!
A dropper seat post with integrated suspension increases comfort, freedom of movement and safety. KETTLER and CENTURION are a step ahead of the competition here.
Aprobación del remolque
Fans of trailers will be delighted. All step-through ebikes in the test are approved to pull a trailer – with the exception of the FANTIC.
Bright, brighter, supernova
The Supernova M99 MINI light on the Riese & Müller turns night into day and even has a high beam function. What more do you want?
Unique and ingenious
Riese & Müller’s full-suspension step-through eMTB is the most comfortable model in the test.
Additional anti-theft protection
Riese & Müller’s RX Connect concept is a taste of things to come. The security concept combining a GPS tracker, eSIM and insurance cover is sure to fend off ebike thieves.

Flops

Where to put the water bottle?
Is a step-through bike still a step-through bike if the water bottle blocks the step-through section of the frame? BULLS, Moustache and KETTLER restrict the easy entry of their bikes with the position of the bottle cage bosses.
Two is better than one?
The twin down tube together with the 180 kg permissible total weight suggests stability. However, it turns out that the Corratec has the most indirect and vague handling in the test. The bike became difficult to control long before we reached the maximum payload.
Missing the point
With the Moustache, KETTLER, FANTIC and Corratec, the forks can’t be adjusted sufficiently to suit the weight of the rider, rendering them useless for many users.
Ha fallado
Most brakes in the test are too weak and prone to fade on the descents, especially when you’re carrying luggage. The worst are on the Corratec, HNF-NICOLAI and Riese & Müller.
Poor combination
A small gear range combined with the weaker Bosch Performance Line motor means that the Moustache soon reaches its limit on steep climbs. The same applies to the FANTIC.
Absolute no-go!
A side stand that unfolds itself on moderate off-road terrain can become dangerous. Fortunately, an upgrade is quick and inexpensive, which is what you should do on the CENTURION.

The best step-through eMTB of 2021 – CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500

CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 | Motor Shimano STEPS E8000, 70 Nm | Batería 504 Wh | Maximum payload 126 kg
Precio € 3,999 | Peso: 23,7 kg (Size L) | More information www.centurion.de

The CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the deserved Best in Test of this big group test! What makes it so good? Admittedly, the E-Fire Country F3500 isn’t the most stylish looking bike in the test field, but it is by far the best all-rounder with the widest range of applications. The battery isn’t fully integrated in order to make the frame as stiff as possible. This ensures precise and predictable handling while also instilling you with confidence, regardless of the situation. With or without luggage, the bike performs equally well in city traffic and on long tours and offers a comfortable riding position. It’s a lot of fun on forest and woodland paths as well as moderate trails! The componentry is impeccable, of which the dropper post with integrated suspension is a particular highlight. Thanks to the consistent overall concept, great all-round capabilities and the excellent performance, the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the deserved Best in Test and the best step-through eMTB of 2021!

Click here for the full review of the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500


The E-MOUNTAINBIKE Best Buy – BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+

TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ | Motor Brose Drive S Mag, 90 Nm | Batería 750 Wh | Maximum payload 101 kg
Precio € 3,599 | Peso 23.8 kg (Size L) | More information www.bulls.de

The BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ blew away even the most hardcore eMTBers in our test crew. In terms of handling and trail performance, the BULLS is in no way inferior to a hardtail eMTB, with the added bonus that you’ve got even more freedom of movement thanks to the missing top tube! The intuitive handling, coupled with plenty of comfort on long tours and good climbing characteristics, makes it a versatile option for moderate off-road terrain. A better suspension fork and a dropper post would make it even more capable on the trails. However, given the relatively affordable price of € 3,599, the spec is acceptable. The BULLS comes without any additional accessories such as lights, mudguards or luggage racks. However, thanks to the elegantly integrated Monkey Link system, fitting mudguards or lights is a breeze – clip them on and you’re good to go! And go you will, since the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ is equipped with the extremely powerful 90 Nm Brose Drive S Mag motor powered by a huge 750 Wh battery. No other model in the test field comes as close to the feel and handling of a traditional eMTB hardtail as the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ – pure riding pleasure and a great choice for more aggressive riders! Hands down, the Best Buy!

Click here for the full review of BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+


Other step-through eMTBs worth mentioning

While the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the best all-rounder, there are a few other eMTBs in the test field worth mentioning. There’s no such thing as the perfect bike for everyone, but everyone will find a perfect bike for them. The question you should ask yourselves:: where and how will you use the step-through ebike? What does it have to be able to do?

Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX, 75 Nm | Batería 500 Wh | Maximum payload 110 kg
Precio € 6.499 | Peso 29,7 kg (talla M) | More information www.r-m.de

The Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX is unique in many ways. It is the only full suspension step-through ebike on the market and it’s the only bike on test with a dual-battery option and the comprehensive RX Connect security concept that features GPS tracking and premium insurance coverage. Thanks to the rear suspension, the level of comfort and traction is unrivalled. Especially for off-road commuters and touring enthusiasts, the stable handling of the Homage GT is a good option. The rear carrier forms part of the bike’s sprung mass, which is why the Riese & Müller is one of the most stable and composed step-through eMTBs to ride with panniers. With the best lights in the test and the innovative RX Connect anti-theft system, it performs just as well in an urban environment. With the exception of the brakes, the componentry is very robust. However, that comes at a price: the Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX weighs 29.7 kg. If you like innovative features and are looking for a composed step-through eMTB, you should definitely take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Homage GT.

Click here for the full review of Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX


INFRONT IF-4 Wave

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX, 75 Nm | Batería 625 Wh | Maximum payload 112 kg
Precio € 3,599 | Peso 27.1 kg (Size L) | More information www.infront-bikes.com

The step-through eMTB from small bike brand, INFRONT, is called the IF-4 Wave and it surprised our test crew! It is one of the most versatile step-through eMTBs in the test, performing just as well as an everyday commuter as it does on tours and moderate off-road terrain. It goes exactly where you point it and instils you with confidence, not least because of the tall front end, the best fork in the test and excellent brakes. The wide saddle restricts your freedom of movement on the trails and an aftermarket dropper post would make you feel more confident and make the bike significantly more versatile.

Click here for the full review of INFRONT IF-4 wave


Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite

Motor Bosch Performance Line, 65 Nm | Batería 625 Wh | Maximum payload 105 kg
Precio € 3,699 | Peso 24,8 kg (talla M) | More information www.kalkhoff-bikes.com

You’re looking for a stylish step-through ebike to cruise through the city? Then the Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite is definitely worth considering with its elegant yet sporty look. Thanks to its precise and agile character, it’s a ton of fun to ride in the urban jungle. At the same time, the bike’s handling is intuitive, making it great for beginners and advanced riders alike. However, it’s no pack mule, not to mention the lack of comfort. Those who want to go touring or tend to ride off-road will have to keep looking. The Kalkhoff is a bike for the urban environment.

Click here for the full review of Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite


All bikes in test:
TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27,5+ | CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 | Corratec Life CX 6X Connect | FANTICO ISSIMO FUN | HNF-NICOLAI UD 3 | AL FRENTE IF-4 Wave | Kalkhoff Atraer 5.B Excitar | KETTLER QUADRIGA TOWN & COUNTRY COMP | Bigote Samedi 27 Off 2 Open | Riese y Müller Homenaje GT
Don’t we all have a better half, family members, friends or acquaintances with whom we want to share awesome experiences or introduce to a new way of riding but can’t? New, knobbly-tired step-through eMTBs make getting on and off the bike a lot easier, instilling beginners with confidence and opening up new opportunities.

For this group test, we reviewed 10 step-through ebikes on a spectrum including everything from bikes for touring to off-road. The price of the bikes averaged € 3,868.

Table of contents

  • El campo de prueba
  • The test riders
  • Which step-through eMTB has the longest range?
  • What to look for in a step-through eMTB?
  • The best step-through eMTB of 2021

Modern off-road step-through bikes are revolutionary and sales figures are going through the roof, at least in German dealerships. Rightly so, because they unite generations like no other bike, are super versatile and true masterpieces of modern engineering. Handling like a hardtail without a top tube is no small feat. One thing we can say for sure is that only a handful of manufacturers have gotten it right, especially while keeping the weight to a minimum and the design looking good.

We invited our grandparents, friends (both with and without injuries, and with and without babies), daughters, fathers and mothers to test ten of the latest generation step-through eMTBs with us! We found out what it really comes down to with this type of bike and which model is best for which purpose.

It’s definitely worth taking a closer look at step-through eMTBs, because they can change lives or at the very least quality of life – either your own, that of your partner, your family or your acquaintances!

Step-through bikes help bridge the generational divide. Whether it’s a knobbly-tired city cruiser, pack mule for extensive tours or simply a machine to have fun on, you’ll find a suitable model for almost every application.

Good times: step-through eMTBs open up a world of possibilities! We invited our grandparents and grandmothers, friends (with and without injuries, with and without babies), daughters, fathers and mothers to join us in putting 10 of the latest generation step-through eMTBs to the test!

What does a good step-through eMTB have to be capable of?

Designing and engineering a good off-road step-through bike isn’t easy, whether it’s for touring, off-road or city use. After all, it should deliver similar stiffness and comfort levels as any other bike even with the rear rack loaded despite its lack of a top tube. At the same time, integrating the battery into the down tube, for a sleeker design and minimal weight takes some skilful engineering. If the frame isn’t stiff enough, it results in speed wobble and spongy handling. This means that even small bumps have the potential to upset the bike, making it a hazard to ride, which is only exacerbated if you load up the rear rack. The good news is that the best models can do all that a bike with a top tube can and more! They’re often more comfortable, easier to get on and off and they instil you with more confidence. Newcomers to the sport and less flexible riders benefit enormously from the upright riding position and the easy access step-through design. The riding position of most step-through eMTBs also ensures that you’ll never feel like you might go over the bars, even when you’re pushing the limit.

Forget the cliché that step-through bikes are only for grandmas! The latest generation of off-road step-through bikes can take on rides through the woods on moderate trails while also offering everyday practicality in the urban jungle. A good step-through eMTB will put a smile on the face of everyone who rides it, whether on moderate terrain, commuting or loaded up with panniers for long weekend tours. To do so, it has to be simultaneously composed and agile and be versatile enough to perform equally well on different kinds of terrain. Ideally, the handling has to be predictable and forgiving yet also precise, regardless of whether you’re riding uphill, on level terrain or down a steep descent. Powerful, reliable and easy to modulate brakes as well as good tires that provide grip on different surfaces weather conditions are essential. The quality of components such as lights, racks, mudguards and stands is extremely important and should match your intended use. Most step-through bikes offer a high maximum payload for the rider and their gear and are approved to pull a trailer. Ideally, they also come equipped with a GPS tracker to track and recover the eMTB in the event of a theft, for peace of mind when leaving it at the train station.

You think step-through bikes are ladies’ bikes, only for grandmas? We see it this way: a good step-through eMTB can tackle rides through the woods on moderate trails, offer everyday practicality in the urban jungle and instil you with confidence.

Far more than comfort bikes, step-through eMTBs have a huge target group: including you?

The days when step-through bikes were called women’s bikes are over! Newcomers of all ages can benefit from the upright riding position, the increased confidence and the easy mounting and dismounting. Step-through bikes simply make it possible to experience more together. If you’re injured, you’ve got limited physical flexibility, you’re ageing or suffering from some form of disability but don’t want to give up the best hobby in the world, a step-through eMTB is exactly what you need. Of course, you’re welcome to ride a step-through bike simply because you like the unconventional look or have fun trying out new things. Finally, for the lazy couch potatoes who don’t feel like lifting their leg over the top tube – what a chore – this new generation of eMTBs is great! If you’re looking for an easy handling bike for moderate terrain, extended tours and everyday life, then a good step-through eMTB is the answer you were looking for.

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I want to carry my luggage, what should I look for?

Those who want to go on extensive tours and weekend trips, or commute to work or do their weekly shopping on their step-through eMTB will definitely need to use a rack. This brings us back to the subject of torsional stiffness. Stable and composed handling without dangerous speed wobble are a basic prerequisite when you’re hauling cargo. This comes down to the stiffness of the frame, balanced weight distribution, but also the system as a whole. A stiff frame is only as good as the components on it. With additional weight on a loaded rack, the centre of gravity is shifted backwards, putting handling to the test. Unfortunately, direct and precise steering isn’t the norm and the handling of the bike tends to suffer.

Stable and composed handling without encountering speed-wobbles are especially important when you’re carrying luggage. A torsionally stiff frame and an even weight distribution are a basic requirement.

What if you prefer using a front rack or a basket on the bars? This also influences the handling, though the payload is usually limited to a few kilograms, just enough to buy a few things at the market. This can be a sensible alternative to comfortably transport lightweight goods over short distances, but if you want to haul your luggage on a step-through eMTB without having to wear a backpack, then a rear rack makes the most sense. To find out how they handled, we filled two panniers to 11 kg, corresponding to 22 large beer cans, and tested the step-through eMTBs that came equipped with a rack. On some models, it felt like we were drunk, zigzagging along without any control (we promise we didn’t touch the beers). To hold your line, a lot of input was required at the bars to counter-steer against the weight of the bike. There’s still plenty of room for improvement here.

In contrast, CENTURION and Riese & Müller show how it’s done. The handling of these bikes stays almost the same with a fully loaded rack. On the full-suspension Riese & Müller, the weight on the rack even forms part of the sprung mass, which protects your cargo from sudden impacts and also improves the bike’s stability. Many bikes in the test field can’t keep up here though they’re able to cope with the demands of a little added weight. For example, the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect clearly can’t handle an 11 kg load and is overworked when you load it up.

Loading up the rack can have a dramatic effect on the handling, flipping the ride characteristics of some step-through bikes on its head. Commendably, the handling of the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 remains consistent!

El campo de prueba

There is a huge choice of step-through bikes on the market, but if you look closely, it soon becomes clear that not all have the potential to be a good step-through eMTB. Once you eliminate the bikes with a high centre of gravity due to the position of the battery, inadequate components, slick tires and vague handling, you’re left only with a handful of models to choose from. That said, there are some standout models among them, providing opportunities for newcomers to the sport to make the most of their first eMTB experience. From sporty models for light trail use such as the BULLS or the Moustache, to bikes such as the Riese & Müller, which play to their strengths on extensive tours with luggage, to knobbly-tired city cruisers such as the Kalkhoff or HNF-NICOLAI, there are great step-through eMTBs on the market for every scenario. For us, one thing was clear from the start: we were looking for the best all-rounder that combines excellent handling with a good spec and can excel in moderate terrain, on extended tours with luggage and in everyday life. We found ten hot candidates in this burgeoning market. Unfortunately CUBE were unable to provide us with a suitable bike at the time of testing. Too bad, as we had been very excited to see how the FOX 34 fork performs on the CUBE Nuride Hybrid SL step-through eMTB.

Bike Precio Peso Motor/Battery Everyday accessories
TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27,5+ (Click for review) € 3,599 23.80  kg Brose Drive S Mag 90 Nm
750 Wh
No
CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 (Click for review) € 3,999 23.70 kg Shimano STEPS E8000 70 Nm
504 Wh
si
Corratec Life CX 6X Connect (Click for review) € 3,999 25.90  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
625 Wh
si
FANTICO ISSIMO FUN (Click for review) € 2,995 33.40  kg Bafang M500 80 Nm
630 Wh
partially
HNF-NICOLAI UD 3 (Click for review) € 4,695 27.90  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
625 Wh
si
AL FRENTE IF-4 Wave (Click for review) € 3,599 27.10 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
/625 Wh
si
Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite (Click for review) € 3,799 24.80  kg Bosch Performance Line 65 Nm
625 Wh
si
KETTLER QUADRIGA TOWN & COUNTRY COMP (Click for review) € 3,799 28.70  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
500 Wh
si
Bigote Samedi 27 Off 2 Open (Click for review) € 2,899 22.90  kg Bosch Performance Line 65 Nm
500 Wh
No
Riese y Müller Homage GT (Haga clic para revisar) € 6,499 29.70 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
500 Wh
si
Ø € 3,868 Ø 26.80 kg
Vroooom! Some off-road step-through bikes can be a lot of fun, encouraging you to stay off the brakes! Like assistant editor-in-chief Jonas on the Mustache Samedi 27 Off 2 Open…

The test riders and what they expect from the latest generation of off-road step-through ebikes

Our test team is as diverse as the step-through eMTBs they tested. Pensioners, eMTB newcomers, commuters, connoisseurs, athletes and sceptics. The youngest test rider is 20, the oldest 83 years old. The testers and their demands on the bikes could hardly be more different, yet everyone had a lot of fun, especially when riding together. It’s true, step-through bikes bring people together – not just across generations, but also skill levels.

Susanne, 54, commuter and connoisseur
As an eMTB newbie, a bike with easy, good-natured and predictable handling is extremely important to me. I want a bike that instils me with confidence and offers lots of comfort on relaxed tours and while commuting. The KETTLER is my favourite.
Elfriede, 83, eMTB beginner and the oldest test rider of the crew
I rode a bicycle again for the first time after crashing a year and a half ago. The HNF-NICOLAI was a lot of fun and I had a great time on it. It’s true, joy shared is joy multiplied!
Wolfgang, 59, sports enthusiast and ex-marathon runner
A motorcycle accident ruined my knee years ago, making it very difficult for me to swing my leg over the top tube of an eMTB. Step-through eMTBs are the only way for me to pursue my hobby. My favourite is the INFRONT!
Robin, 29, Editor-in-chief E-MOUNTAINBIKE
Do you want to know the feeling of putting a smile on the faces of your friends, acquaintances or family? Of sharing moments with your loved ones who haven’t yet experienced freedom on two wheels? Step-through eMTBs open up new possibilities! Personally, I wouldn’t ride one, but many of the amazing people surrounding me would. I look forward to seeing how this new category of bikes will develop in the coming years!
Jonas, 31,Assistant editor-in-chief E-MOUNTAIN BIKE, currently looking for an ebike for his mother
Admittedly, I was sceptical at first. However, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by most of the step-through ebikes on test. Their handling is largely intuitive and some models are a lot fun! I wouldn’t buy one, it’s just not my thing, but for my mum the HNF-NICOLAI would be the perfect ebike.
Valentin, 24, Editor and enthusiastic all-weather commuter
I commute a lot on eMTBs, sometimes on moderate trails, sometimes on bike paths. Integrated lights, a comfortable riding position and the feel of the motor at the 25 km/h threshold are just as important to me as the handling when I want to ride fast off road!
Manne, 62, Editor and ex-police officer who doesn’t want to retire
I use an eMTB to commute and to tow my dog trailer – my dog Henry doesn’t like being left at home when I head into the E-MOUNTAINBIKE office. Almost all step-through eMTBs are approved to pull a trailer, which is good for me and many young families. If I’m riding with my buddies without a trailer, I want a good-natured and comfortable bike. The CENTURION is just my thing!
Ben, 29, Editor-in-chief GRAN FONDO
Cruising through the hood – it’s what the FANTIC is made for. Unfortunately, it’s as awkward and impractical as running errands in a supercar. A replacement for a Vespa? Quizás.
Felix, 28, main tester and perfectionist suspension specialist
No question, I would never buy one of these bikes for myself, but the BULLS is surprisingly capable on the trails. There is a lot of potential in this step-through eMTB! It’s a shame that none of the models come with higher performance forks.
Andrea, 62, test rider
For me, easy handling and a safe ride even with my luggage are very important. I don’t like carrying around a backpack. My favourite is the CENTURION. Along with the generous step-through section, the dropper seat post makes getting on and off the bike even easier.
Theresa, 20, test rider
I usually only use ebikes for day-to-day stuff and occasionally go moderately off road. I have to charge the battery in my apartment and park the bike in the basement. Therefore, an easily removable battery and a light bike are super important to me. Many bikes in the test are simply too heavy. I liked the agile Moustache and would be willing to retrofit the missing accessories.
Philipp, 31, Editor
I ride everything that has two wheels. From enduro bikes to road bikes, I enjoy it all. As a father, I see the advantage of a comfortable step-through eMTB, especially when taking my son to nursery school in his trailer or going on a tour with the whole family. I don’t care if people call it a grandma bike.

Which step-through eMTB has the longest range?

Most people will already know that there is no easy answer to this question. The range depends on many other variables besides the battery capacity. The tires, tire pressure, outside temperature, support level, route elevation profile and rider weight are just some of the factors that influence how far you can ride your step-through eMTB on a single charge. You can end up anywhere between 10 and 100 km, meaning that definitive claims are out of place and misleading. Besides, more isn’t always better. More battery capacity inevitably leads to more weight, affecting weight distribution and usually creating a higher centre of gravity and thus compromising the bike’s handling and suitability for everyday use. Our motto is: as much as necessary, but as little as possible. Think carefully about how much battery capacity you really need. If you prefer long weekend tours, a dual-battery system is useful, which, in our test field, is only available as an option on the Riese & Müller. Alternatively, you could use a quick charger during your lunch break. If you only commute short distances, 500 Wh is usually sufficient. Can you get your bike close to a power outlet? Or do you have to remove the battery to charge it? In that case, an easily removable battery is usually more important than a few additional watt-hours.

The tires, tire pressure, outside temperature, support level, route elevation profile and rider weight are just some of the factors that influence how far you can ride your step-through eMTB on a single charge.

What to look for in a step-through eMTB?

Componentry, accessories, workmanship and technical features are important factors but bear in mind that the usefulness of expensive high-tech equipment on an off-road step-through bike depends heavily on how you intend to use it. Before buying, you should think about what you want to get out of a step-through eMTB, what it should be capable of and where you’re usually going to ride it. Are you looking to replace your family van with a bike trailer for the kids, or maybe you want a commuter, or an electronically-assisted, knobbly-tired shopping cart, or a fair-weather fun machine for moderate terrain? Do you share the bike with the whole family? Which features make sense for you and which unnecessarily drive up the price? The following sections are intended to help guide you in choosing the right bike.

Practicidad cotidiana

A step-through bike has to be versatile and mudguards, a side stand and pannier rack greatly improve its everyday practicality. Most brands deliver their models equipped with all these accessories as standard. Two bikes in the test field (BULLS and Moustache) come without mudguards, lights, a rack or a side stand, though you can retrofit them to make the bikes more practical for everyday use. Our tip: in most cases, the brands themselves have these accessories on offer, so you can get them in the same order with your bike. Besides ensuring that the accessories will fit, they’ll also match the look of the bike. The bike’s look and function often suffer if you resort to homemade and aftermarket accessories.

Battery removal and the position of the charging port

For those who can’t or don’t want to charge the battery in the bike, removing the battery out of the top of the frame is the most convenient. You can also charge the battery on the bike and the positioning of the charging port will be a matter of taste: if it is positioned low down, such as on the KETTLER, you have to bend down to reach it. With the Kalkhoff, for example, it is positioned high up but as a result you’ll have to find somewhere to rest the charger or let it dangle in the air.

Regarding quality, Bosch’s standard cover for the charging port looks cheap, breaks easily and gets lost. On the four bikes in our group test with this cover, it also tore off on all of them. This is problematic when you ride in bad weather and run the risk of clogging the charging port up with mud. Kalkhoff, KETTLER and Moustache have recognised the problem, all of them supplying their Bosch equipped bikes with their own in-house covers. The Brose Drive S Mag on the BULLS even features a fully functional magnetic cover – that’s how we like it!

Speaking of the brakes, their importance on step-through bikes shouldn’t be overlooked and there were big discrepancies in the test field! Both in terms of ergonomics and feel of the brake levers as well as reliability and power!

Frenos

As with performance oriented eMTBs, we recommend reliable and powerful brakes. Although you won’t blast down the craziest trails and steepest gradients on a step-through eMTB, you still want to be able to stop reliably, quickly and safely in city traffic. Some brands have started to pay more attention to the maximum payload of the bikes but then forget to spec the appropriate brakes needed to cope with the additional weight. The best brakes in the test are easy to modulate with one or, in case you get a scare, two fingers, while still providing sufficient stopping power even after long descents. High-performance brakes such as the CODE RSC or MAGURA MT5 aren’t out of place on a step-through bike. On the contrary, they increase rider safety. With the exception of the INFRONT, the brakes in the test are too weak and they’re not reliable enough to take on long and steep descents while hauling luggage – most brands still have a lot of catching up to do here.

Ergonomics

Many brands claim to spec their bikes with the most ergonomic components. The problem here is that every person is different, with their own preferences and riding styles which only becomes more obvious given the bikes’ versatility. Contact points such as the saddle and grips of an eMTB should always be individually adjusted to suit the rider and the type of riding they do. If you plan on regularly hitting the trails on your step-through eMTB, a wide touring saddle won’t do! Besides looking a little silly, it severely restricts your freedom of movement, robbing you of confidence and fun. Contrary to what you might expect, a super wide and well-padded saddle isn’t always more comfortable than a narrow and firm saddle. It can only really be comfortable if it suits your anatomy, your riding position and your weight. A good dealership should have all the devices and expertise needed to help you find the right saddle for your needs. For example, INFRONT in Germany will help you find the correct width SQlab saddle and right thickness SQlab grips with their fitting kit. It’s always a good idea to discuss the contact points in person, whether it’s at the headquarters of the small bike brand in Germany or your local dealership.

Many trekking-oriented bikes in the test field come specced with an adjustable stem. Ideally, this allows you to finely adjust riding position anywhere between aggressive and upright. Almost everyone should find their preferred riding position. If you do adjust the stem, be sure to use the right torque settings when you tighten the bolts!

Suspension

Coil or air fork? We wholeheartedly recommend air forks here. Coil shocks usually require less maintenance, but they can’t be adjusted accurately enough to suit the weight of the rider – you’re either too light or too heavy, entirely voiding the benefits a fork would otherwise give you. But beware, even air forks are limited in their adjustability. Some manufacturers give their bikes a maximum payload rating that goes well beyond the sensible adjustment range of the fork. For example, the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect is approved for a maximum payload of 154 kg, but the suspension fork can only be adjusted up to 130 kg – a clear case of speccing a bike with inappropriate componentry.

There are marked differences regarding performance too. In moderate terrain, a bad fork will limit the capabilities of a step-through eMTB, which is the case with the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 Wave 27.5. In future, we’re hoping to see high-end, high-performance forks on trail-oriented step-through eMTBs. The INFRONT is the only bike in the test field that came specced with a truly capable suspension fork. Another highlight is the Homage by Riese & Müller, which is the only full-suspension step-through eMTB currently on the market – comfort bike 2.0!

The position of the bottle cage

If the bottle cage is positioned near the step-through section of the frame, it usually gets in the way and the concept of the step-through eMTB is rendered useless. It results in you having to lift your leg almost as high as you would with an eMTB that has a top tube. Unfortunately, this is the case with some models in the test. The best place for the bottle cage is high up the down tube, as close to the head tube as possible – Corratec and CENTURION are exemplary in this regard. Riese & Müller also offer a clever position for many of their models on the side of the head tube. However, there are no bottle cage bosses on their step-through bike, the Homage. What a shame!

Speed sensor

Most bikes in the test field come with an external speed sensor and spoke magnet – old-school, unnecessary and extremely annoying. Although the risk of losing the spoke magnet on the trail is not as high as it is with more aggressive trail oriented eMTBs, it can happen and then you’ll have to pedal home unassisted. You also have to be careful not to disturb the magnet when locking up your bike, never mind the missed opportunity for clean and integrated looks. Besides the KETTLER, which features an integrated spoke magnet, most brands still have a lot of catching up to do here. Almost every manufacturer has integrated solutions on offer, so bike brands have no excuse.

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Peso

It’s difficult to compare the weight of the bikes in this test field. Some come with mudguards, a rack, side stand, lights or a lock and one even has rear suspension yet another is pretty much bare. To make it as fair as possible, we removed the locks before weighing, though we left the remaining accessories in place. Nevertheless, with an average weight of 26.78 kg, you won’t want to be carrying any of these bikes around very much.

Motor

With the motor, it’s not the maximum torque or the maximum power output that counts, but the ride feel and software settings. Some motors feel very natural in their assistance and are easy to control, while others require you to tread carefully on the pedals and find the right cadence. Smart and progressive support modes, such as Bosch’s eMTB mode or Shimano’s Trail mode, automatically regulate the motor based on rider input, eliminating the need to switch between support modes to suit the terrain. As a result, you’re able to concentrate fully on the trail in front of you and even have to shift gears less often. Unfortunately, some brands that rely on Bosch motors have opted against the option of eMTB and Sport mode. We recommend having eMTB mode installed at your local dealership via a software update. This update has been available for the powerful Performance Line CX motor for a long time, but it will only work for the trekking-oriented Performance Line model from 2021 onwards. With Shimano and Brose, you can adjust the motor to suit your personal preference via their respective apps. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with Bosch but thanks to their smart eMTB mode, it isn’t really necessary either. For further information about the individual motors click here.

Llantas

Knobbly tires alone don’t turn a step-through ebike into an eMTB. Nevertheless, tires are crucial in determining comfort, grip, range, safety and ride feel. Comfort mainly comes down to volume: we recommend tires between 2.35”-2.4” wide and the lowest tire pressure you can ride without risking punctures. On a step-through eMTB, it’s important to have tires with a rubber compound as well as a tread profile suitable for changing terrain and weather conditions and there are some huge disparities in our test. The Schwalbe Rock Razor, as found on the Riese & Müller, would make some of the other step-through eMTBs on test a lot more capable, while the Continental Race King tires on the Corratec couldn’t deliver on damp asphalt due to the hard, rubber compound lacking grip. Everyone needs puncture protection and most tires in the test have a puncture protection layer to protect against nails and sharp objects.

Seat post

Whether on the trail or at a traffic light: almost everyone benefits from a dropper post. This isn’t one of those unnecessary, high-tech MTB gadgets but a sensible solution offering real gains in comfort. Not only does it give you increased freedom of movement on the descents but it also ensures that you can get your foot on the ground easily and quickly without having to get off the saddle. Besides that, it makes sharing the bike with several riders a lot easier, allowing the sadddle height to be adjusted quickly and easily. While most seat posts in the group test feature integrated suspension, only a few come specced with a dropper post. The CENTURION and KETTLER lead the way with combined suspension/dropper posts, giving you comfort and safety in one.

Side stands

On some step-through eMTBs, the side stand produces a deafening rattle on the trail and also folds out of its own accord on moderate terrain – a definite no-go! This can be really dangerous. Fortunately, you can fit a stiffer spring or a new stand with little cost. HNF-NICOLAI position the side stand on their UD3 step-through eMTB close to the bottom bracket. Although this makes the bike stand very securely, it gets in the way of the pedal when you try to push the bike. This is annoying if you just quickly want to move it around.

Anti-theft protection and GPS trackers

Those who plan to use their step-through eMTB in an urban environment stand to benefit from anti-theft protection that goes beyond a classic lock and a secure parking space. A GPS tracker is easy to retrofit to almost any ebike and offers added peace of mind over a conventional lock. We can recommend the PowUnity BikeTrax for € 199.90. BULLS have the option of a factory-fitted GPS tracker in the 750 Wh version of their step-through eMTB, allowing you to track your eMTB in the event of a theft for an additional € 199.

Riese & Müller probably offer the most comprehensive solution in the industry, the RX-Connect package, which consists of GPS tracker, eSIM and insurance. If your ebike gets stolen, you simply call the hotline or report the theft online, have your bike located and wait for it to be returned. Failing this, Riese & Müller will provide you with a new bike, provided that you’ve opted for insurance cover. You also have the option of additional services such as automatic wireless updates, crash detection and displaying where the bike is parked. The RX chip has a one-off cost of € 99 and the RX service package including insurance cover starts at € 139.90 per year.

Lights

If you want to use your step-through eMTB all year round and frequently ride at night, you’ll want a good set of lights. The position of the lights is equally important. If the headlight is mounted centrally on the handlebar, mounting a basket will interfere with the light. If it is placed directly above the mudguard, it’ll cast a shadow right in front of the bike. If the light is mounted on the head tube, it doesn’t follow the direction that you’re turning. The good news is that all the lights we encountered in the test have more than enough output to be seen better at dusk. However, there are clear differences in how the light beam is shaped. The Supernova M99 Mini on the Riese & Müller as well as the Supernova Mini 2 on the HNF-NICOLAI are unrivalled in the test field – both turn night into day and you’ll be able to spot a mouse crossing your path 50 m ahead. The Supernova M99 Mini even has a high beam function that can be operated via a remote on the handlebar. The lights on the CENTURION and Moustache are acceptable but all others will have you struggling to see everything in the dark.

Permissible total weight and maximum payload

Like with cars, eMTBs have a limited permissible total weight. This weight is specified by the brands themselves and ensures that all the components on the bike are able to withstand the quoted load. The permissible total weight is the maximum weight the bike can carry, including the weight of the bike itself. The maximum payload, describes the additional load, such as rider (including all gear) and trailers, without including the weight of the bike. Of course, the permissible total weight and maximum payload also depend on what the bike is approved for. Can you use it on woodland paths? Is jumping officially allowed? Does the manufacturer approve using the bike on flow trails? Some bikes in the test field still have a very low maximum payload, where most riders would technically have to ride the bike in their underwear – the HNF-NICOLAI UD3 is limited to just 92 kg! The 101 kg maximum payload of the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 Wave 27.5 isn’t all that much either but you’re officially allowed to hit jumps up to 61 cm – you can’t do this on any other bike in the test field.Many brands are currently working to increase weight limits, but beware, some manufacturers in the test field have lost touch with reality. Just because components are able to carry a certain load, it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll still be able to perform as intended. The best example is the frame of the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect, which is certified to carry a load of up to 154 kg, corresponding to a permissible total weight of 180 kg. The bike already suffers vague handling with a rider weight of 85 kg. Load up the rack and it becomes hard to control and has a propensity for speed wobble. We’d like to see a permissible total weight of 150 kg being set as the new standard for the future, especially since many riders want to pull a trailer to take along their pets or children, which also get added to the payload. We advise heavier riders in particular to inform themselves about the maximum payload of a specific bike before buying. If you exceed the payload, this can have an impact on your safety, not to mention warranty claims.

TOPS

Best in the test
The Suntour Axon fork on the INFRONT is easy to adjust to the weight of the rider. It responds sensitively and delivers the best performance in the test.
What counts
The handling and precision of the BULLS, CENTURION and Riese & Müller feel much better than any other bike in the test. This instils you with confidence and ensures predictable handling with luggage on the rear rack.
Drop it!
A dropper seat post with integrated suspension increases comfort, freedom of movement and safety. KETTLER and CENTURION are a step ahead of the competition here.
Aprobación del remolque
Fans of trailers will be delighted. All step-through ebikes in the test are approved to pull a trailer – with the exception of the FANTIC.
Bright, brighter, supernova
The Supernova M99 MINI light on the Riese & Müller turns night into day and even has a high beam function. What more do you want?
Unique and ingenious
Riese & Müller’s full-suspension step-through eMTB is the most comfortable model in the test.
Additional anti-theft protection
Riese & Müller’s RX Connect concept is a taste of things to come. The security concept combining a GPS tracker, eSIM and insurance cover is sure to fend off ebike thieves.

Flops

Where to put the water bottle?
Is a step-through bike still a step-through bike if the water bottle blocks the step-through section of the frame? BULLS, Moustache and KETTLER restrict the easy entry of their bikes with the position of the bottle cage bosses.
Two is better than one?
The twin down tube together with the 180 kg permissible total weight suggests stability. However, it turns out that the Corratec has the most indirect and vague handling in the test. The bike became difficult to control long before we reached the maximum payload.
Missing the point
With the Moustache, KETTLER, FANTIC and Corratec, the forks can’t be adjusted sufficiently to suit the weight of the rider, rendering them useless for many users.
Ha fallado
Most brakes in the test are too weak and prone to fade on the descents, especially when you’re carrying luggage. The worst are on the Corratec, HNF-NICOLAI and Riese & Müller.
Poor combination
A small gear range combined with the weaker Bosch Performance Line motor means that the Moustache soon reaches its limit on steep climbs. The same applies to the FANTIC.
Absolute no-go!
A side stand that unfolds itself on moderate off-road terrain can become dangerous. Fortunately, an upgrade is quick and inexpensive, which is what you should do on the CENTURION.

The best step-through eMTB of 2021 – CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500

CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 | Motor Shimano STEPS E8000, 70 Nm | Batería 504 Wh | Maximum payload 126 kg
Precio € 3,999 | Peso: 23,7 kg (Size L) | More information www.centurion.de

The CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the deserved Best in Test of this big group test! What makes it so good? Admittedly, the E-Fire Country F3500 isn’t the most stylish looking bike in the test field, but it is by far the best all-rounder with the widest range of applications. The battery isn’t fully integrated in order to make the frame as stiff as possible. This ensures precise and predictable handling while also instilling you with confidence, regardless of the situation. With or without luggage, the bike performs equally well in city traffic and on long tours and offers a comfortable riding position. It’s a lot of fun on forest and woodland paths as well as moderate trails! The componentry is impeccable, of which the dropper post with integrated suspension is a particular highlight. Thanks to the consistent overall concept, great all-round capabilities and the excellent performance, the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the deserved Best in Test and the best step-through eMTB of 2021!

Click here for the full review of the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500


The E-MOUNTAINBIKE Best Buy – BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+

TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ | Motor Brose Drive S Mag, 90 Nm | Batería 750 Wh | Maximum payload 101 kg
Precio € 3,599 | Peso 23.8 kg (Size L) | More information www.bulls.de

The BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ blew away even the most hardcore eMTBers in our test crew. In terms of handling and trail performance, the BULLS is in no way inferior to a hardtail eMTB, with the added bonus that you’ve got even more freedom of movement thanks to the missing top tube! The intuitive handling, coupled with plenty of comfort on long tours and good climbing characteristics, makes it a versatile option for moderate off-road terrain. A better suspension fork and a dropper post would make it even more capable on the trails. However, given the relatively affordable price of € 3,599, the spec is acceptable. The BULLS comes without any additional accessories such as lights, mudguards or luggage racks. However, thanks to the elegantly integrated Monkey Link system, fitting mudguards or lights is a breeze – clip them on and you’re good to go! And go you will, since the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ is equipped with the extremely powerful 90 Nm Brose Drive S Mag motor powered by a huge 750 Wh battery. No other model in the test field comes as close to the feel and handling of a traditional eMTB hardtail as the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ – pure riding pleasure and a great choice for more aggressive riders! Hands down, the Best Buy!

Click here for the full review of BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+


Other step-through eMTBs worth mentioning

While the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the best all-rounder, there are a few other eMTBs in the test field worth mentioning. There’s no such thing as the perfect bike for everyone, but everyone will find a perfect bike for them. The question you should ask yourselves:: where and how will you use the step-through ebike? What does it have to be able to do?

Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX, 75 Nm | Batería 500 Wh | Maximum payload 110 kg
Precio € 6.499 | Peso 29,7 kg (talla M) | More information www.r-m.de

The Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX is unique in many ways. It is the only full suspension step-through ebike on the market and it’s the only bike on test with a dual-battery option and the comprehensive RX Connect security concept that features GPS tracking and premium insurance coverage. Thanks to the rear suspension, the level of comfort and traction is unrivalled. Especially for off-road commuters and touring enthusiasts, the stable handling of the Homage GT is a good option. The rear carrier forms part of the bike’s sprung mass, which is why the Riese & Müller is one of the most stable and composed step-through eMTBs to ride with panniers. With the best lights in the test and the innovative RX Connect anti-theft system, it performs just as well in an urban environment. With the exception of the brakes, the componentry is very robust. However, that comes at a price: the Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX weighs 29.7 kg. If you like innovative features and are looking for a composed step-through eMTB, you should definitely take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Homage GT.

Click here for the full review of Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX


INFRONT IF-4 Wave

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX, 75 Nm | Batería 625 Wh | Maximum payload 112 kg
Precio € 3,599 | Peso 27.1 kg (Size L) | More information www.infront-bikes.com

The step-through eMTB from small bike brand, INFRONT, is called the IF-4 Wave and it surprised our test crew! It is one of the most versatile step-through eMTBs in the test, performing just as well as an everyday commuter as it does on tours and moderate off-road terrain. It goes exactly where you point it and instils you with confidence, not least because of the tall front end, the best fork in the test and excellent brakes. The wide saddle restricts your freedom of movement on the trails and an aftermarket dropper post would make you feel more confident and make the bike significantly more versatile.

Click here for the full review of INFRONT IF-4 wave


Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite

Motor Bosch Performance Line, 65 Nm | Batería 625 Wh | Maximum payload 105 kg
Precio € 3,699 | Peso 24,8 kg (talla M) | More information www.kalkhoff-bikes.com

You’re looking for a stylish step-through ebike to cruise through the city? Then the Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite is definitely worth considering with its elegant yet sporty look. Thanks to its precise and agile character, it’s a ton of fun to ride in the urban jungle. At the same time, the bike’s handling is intuitive, making it great for beginners and advanced riders alike. However, it’s no pack mule, not to mention the lack of comfort. Those who want to go touring or tend to ride off-road will have to keep looking. The Kalkhoff is a bike for the urban environment.

Click here for the full review of Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite


All bikes in test:
TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27,5+ | CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 | Corratec Life CX 6X Connect | FANTICO ISSIMO FUN | HNF-NICOLAI UD 3 | AL FRENTE IF-4 Wave | Kalkhoff Atraer 5.B Excitar | KETTLER QUADRIGA TOWN & COUNTRY COMP | Bigote Samedi 27 Off 2 Open | Riese y Müller Homenaje GT
Don’t we all have a better half, family members, friends or acquaintances with whom we want to share awesome experiences or introduce to a new way of riding but can’t? New, knobbly-tired step-through eMTBs make getting on and off the bike a lot easier, instilling beginners with confidence and opening up new opportunities.

For this group test, we reviewed 10 step-through ebikes on a spectrum including everything from bikes for touring to off-road. The price of the bikes averaged € 3,868.

Table of contents

  • El campo de prueba
  • The test riders
  • Which step-through eMTB has the longest range?
  • What to look for in a step-through eMTB?
  • The best step-through eMTB of 2021

Modern off-road step-through bikes are revolutionary and sales figures are going through the roof, at least in German dealerships. Rightly so, because they unite generations like no other bike, are super versatile and true masterpieces of modern engineering. Handling like a hardtail without a top tube is no small feat. One thing we can say for sure is that only a handful of manufacturers have gotten it right, especially while keeping the weight to a minimum and the design looking good.

We invited our grandparents, friends (both with and without injuries, and with and without babies), daughters, fathers and mothers to test ten of the latest generation step-through eMTBs with us! We found out what it really comes down to with this type of bike and which model is best for which purpose.

It’s definitely worth taking a closer look at step-through eMTBs, because they can change lives or at the very least quality of life – either your own, that of your partner, your family or your acquaintances!

Step-through bikes help bridge the generational divide. Whether it’s a knobbly-tired city cruiser, pack mule for extensive tours or simply a machine to have fun on, you’ll find a suitable model for almost every application.

Good times: step-through eMTBs open up a world of possibilities! We invited our grandparents and grandmothers, friends (with and without injuries, with and without babies), daughters, fathers and mothers to join us in putting 10 of the latest generation step-through eMTBs to the test!

What does a good step-through eMTB have to be capable of?

Designing and engineering a good off-road step-through bike isn’t easy, whether it’s for touring, off-road or city use. After all, it should deliver similar stiffness and comfort levels as any other bike even with the rear rack loaded despite its lack of a top tube. At the same time, integrating the battery into the down tube, for a sleeker design and minimal weight takes some skilful engineering. If the frame isn’t stiff enough, it results in speed wobble and spongy handling. This means that even small bumps have the potential to upset the bike, making it a hazard to ride, which is only exacerbated if you load up the rear rack. The good news is that the best models can do all that a bike with a top tube can and more! They’re often more comfortable, easier to get on and off and they instil you with more confidence. Newcomers to the sport and less flexible riders benefit enormously from the upright riding position and the easy access step-through design. The riding position of most step-through eMTBs also ensures that you’ll never feel like you might go over the bars, even when you’re pushing the limit.

Forget the cliché that step-through bikes are only for grandmas! The latest generation of off-road step-through bikes can take on rides through the woods on moderate trails while also offering everyday practicality in the urban jungle. A good step-through eMTB will put a smile on the face of everyone who rides it, whether on moderate terrain, commuting or loaded up with panniers for long weekend tours. To do so, it has to be simultaneously composed and agile and be versatile enough to perform equally well on different kinds of terrain. Ideally, the handling has to be predictable and forgiving yet also precise, regardless of whether you’re riding uphill, on level terrain or down a steep descent. Powerful, reliable and easy to modulate brakes as well as good tires that provide grip on different surfaces weather conditions are essential. The quality of components such as lights, racks, mudguards and stands is extremely important and should match your intended use. Most step-through bikes offer a high maximum payload for the rider and their gear and are approved to pull a trailer. Ideally, they also come equipped with a GPS tracker to track and recover the eMTB in the event of a theft, for peace of mind when leaving it at the train station.

You think step-through bikes are ladies’ bikes, only for grandmas? We see it this way: a good step-through eMTB can tackle rides through the woods on moderate trails, offer everyday practicality in the urban jungle and instil you with confidence.

Far more than comfort bikes, step-through eMTBs have a huge target group: including you?

The days when step-through bikes were called women’s bikes are over! Newcomers of all ages can benefit from the upright riding position, the increased confidence and the easy mounting and dismounting. Step-through bikes simply make it possible to experience more together. If you’re injured, you’ve got limited physical flexibility, you’re ageing or suffering from some form of disability but don’t want to give up the best hobby in the world, a step-through eMTB is exactly what you need. Of course, you’re welcome to ride a step-through bike simply because you like the unconventional look or have fun trying out new things. Finally, for the lazy couch potatoes who don’t feel like lifting their leg over the top tube – what a chore – this new generation of eMTBs is great! If you’re looking for an easy handling bike for moderate terrain, extended tours and everyday life, then a good step-through eMTB is the answer you were looking for.

Wheelie king or drift queen?
Even step-through bikes can let you push your limits!
Gangsta’s paradise… Step-through bikes are perfect for cruising through the city. Editor-in-chief of GRAN FONDO y DOWNTOWN Ben Topf does it in style!

I want to carry my luggage, what should I look for?

Those who want to go on extensive tours and weekend trips, or commute to work or do their weekly shopping on their step-through eMTB will definitely need to use a rack. This brings us back to the subject of torsional stiffness. Stable and composed handling without dangerous speed wobble are a basic prerequisite when you’re hauling cargo. This comes down to the stiffness of the frame, balanced weight distribution, but also the system as a whole. A stiff frame is only as good as the components on it. With additional weight on a loaded rack, the centre of gravity is shifted backwards, putting handling to the test. Unfortunately, direct and precise steering isn’t the norm and the handling of the bike tends to suffer.

Stable and composed handling without encountering speed-wobbles are especially important when you’re carrying luggage. A torsionally stiff frame and an even weight distribution are a basic requirement.

What if you prefer using a front rack or a basket on the bars? This also influences the handling, though the payload is usually limited to a few kilograms, just enough to buy a few things at the market. This can be a sensible alternative to comfortably transport lightweight goods over short distances, but if you want to haul your luggage on a step-through eMTB without having to wear a backpack, then a rear rack makes the most sense. To find out how they handled, we filled two panniers to 11 kg, corresponding to 22 large beer cans, and tested the step-through eMTBs that came equipped with a rack. On some models, it felt like we were drunk, zigzagging along without any control (we promise we didn’t touch the beers). To hold your line, a lot of input was required at the bars to counter-steer against the weight of the bike. There’s still plenty of room for improvement here.

In contrast, CENTURION and Riese & Müller show how it’s done. The handling of these bikes stays almost the same with a fully loaded rack. On the full-suspension Riese & Müller, the weight on the rack even forms part of the sprung mass, which protects your cargo from sudden impacts and also improves the bike’s stability. Many bikes in the test field can’t keep up here though they’re able to cope with the demands of a little added weight. For example, the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect clearly can’t handle an 11 kg load and is overworked when you load it up.

Loading up the rack can have a dramatic effect on the handling, flipping the ride characteristics of some step-through bikes on its head. Commendably, the handling of the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 remains consistent!

El campo de prueba

There is a huge choice of step-through bikes on the market, but if you look closely, it soon becomes clear that not all have the potential to be a good step-through eMTB. Once you eliminate the bikes with a high centre of gravity due to the position of the battery, inadequate components, slick tires and vague handling, you’re left only with a handful of models to choose from. That said, there are some standout models among them, providing opportunities for newcomers to the sport to make the most of their first eMTB experience. From sporty models for light trail use such as the BULLS or the Moustache, to bikes such as the Riese & Müller, which play to their strengths on extensive tours with luggage, to knobbly-tired city cruisers such as the Kalkhoff or HNF-NICOLAI, there are great step-through eMTBs on the market for every scenario. For us, one thing was clear from the start: we were looking for the best all-rounder that combines excellent handling with a good spec and can excel in moderate terrain, on extended tours with luggage and in everyday life. We found ten hot candidates in this burgeoning market. Unfortunately CUBE were unable to provide us with a suitable bike at the time of testing. Too bad, as we had been very excited to see how the FOX 34 fork performs on the CUBE Nuride Hybrid SL step-through eMTB.

Bike Precio Peso Motor/Battery Everyday accessories
TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27,5+ (Click for review) € 3,599 23.80  kg Brose Drive S Mag 90 Nm
750 Wh
No
CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 (Click for review) € 3,999 23.70 kg Shimano STEPS E8000 70 Nm
504 Wh
si
Corratec Life CX 6X Connect (Click for review) € 3,999 25.90  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
625 Wh
si
FANTICO ISSIMO FUN (Click for review) € 2,995 33.40  kg Bafang M500 80 Nm
630 Wh
partially
HNF-NICOLAI UD 3 (Click for review) € 4,695 27.90  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
625 Wh
si
AL FRENTE IF-4 Wave (Click for review) € 3,599 27.10 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
/625 Wh
si
Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite (Click for review) € 3,799 24.80  kg Bosch Performance Line 65 Nm
625 Wh
si
KETTLER QUADRIGA TOWN & COUNTRY COMP (Click for review) € 3,799 28.70  kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
500 Wh
si
Bigote Samedi 27 Off 2 Open (Click for review) € 2,899 22.90  kg Bosch Performance Line 65 Nm
500 Wh
No
Riese y Müller Homage GT (Haga clic para revisar) € 6,499 29.70 kg Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
500 Wh
si
Ø € 3,868 Ø 26.80 kg
Vroooom! Some off-road step-through bikes can be a lot of fun, encouraging you to stay off the brakes! Like assistant editor-in-chief Jonas on the Mustache Samedi 27 Off 2 Open…

The test riders and what they expect from the latest generation of off-road step-through ebikes

Our test team is as diverse as the step-through eMTBs they tested. Pensioners, eMTB newcomers, commuters, connoisseurs, athletes and sceptics. The youngest test rider is 20, the oldest 83 years old. The testers and their demands on the bikes could hardly be more different, yet everyone had a lot of fun, especially when riding together. It’s true, step-through bikes bring people together – not just across generations, but also skill levels.

Susanne, 54, commuter and connoisseur
As an eMTB newbie, a bike with easy, good-natured and predictable handling is extremely important to me. I want a bike that instils me with confidence and offers lots of comfort on relaxed tours and while commuting. The KETTLER is my favourite.
Elfriede, 83, eMTB beginner and the oldest test rider of the crew
I rode a bicycle again for the first time after crashing a year and a half ago. The HNF-NICOLAI was a lot of fun and I had a great time on it. It’s true, joy shared is joy multiplied!
Wolfgang, 59, sports enthusiast and ex-marathon runner
A motorcycle accident ruined my knee years ago, making it very difficult for me to swing my leg over the top tube of an eMTB. Step-through eMTBs are the only way for me to pursue my hobby. My favourite is the INFRONT!
Robin, 29, Editor-in-chief E-MOUNTAINBIKE
Do you want to know the feeling of putting a smile on the faces of your friends, acquaintances or family? Of sharing moments with your loved ones who haven’t yet experienced freedom on two wheels? Step-through eMTBs open up new possibilities! Personally, I wouldn’t ride one, but many of the amazing people surrounding me would. I look forward to seeing how this new category of bikes will develop in the coming years!
Jonas, 31,Assistant editor-in-chief E-MOUNTAIN BIKE, currently looking for an ebike for his mother
Admittedly, I was sceptical at first. However, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by most of the step-through ebikes on test. Their handling is largely intuitive and some models are a lot fun! I wouldn’t buy one, it’s just not my thing, but for my mum the HNF-NICOLAI would be the perfect ebike.
Valentin, 24, Editor and enthusiastic all-weather commuter
I commute a lot on eMTBs, sometimes on moderate trails, sometimes on bike paths. Integrated lights, a comfortable riding position and the feel of the motor at the 25 km/h threshold are just as important to me as the handling when I want to ride fast off road!
Manne, 62, Editor and ex-police officer who doesn’t want to retire
I use an eMTB to commute and to tow my dog trailer – my dog Henry doesn’t like being left at home when I head into the E-MOUNTAINBIKE office. Almost all step-through eMTBs are approved to pull a trailer, which is good for me and many young families. If I’m riding with my buddies without a trailer, I want a good-natured and comfortable bike. The CENTURION is just my thing!
Ben, 29, Editor-in-chief GRAN FONDO
Cruising through the hood – it’s what the FANTIC is made for. Unfortunately, it’s as awkward and impractical as running errands in a supercar. A replacement for a Vespa? Quizás.
Felix, 28, main tester and perfectionist suspension specialist
No question, I would never buy one of these bikes for myself, but the BULLS is surprisingly capable on the trails. There is a lot of potential in this step-through eMTB! It’s a shame that none of the models come with higher performance forks.
Andrea, 62, test rider
For me, easy handling and a safe ride even with my luggage are very important. I don’t like carrying around a backpack. My favourite is the CENTURION. Along with the generous step-through section, the dropper seat post makes getting on and off the bike even easier.
Theresa, 20, test rider
I usually only use ebikes for day-to-day stuff and occasionally go moderately off road. I have to charge the battery in my apartment and park the bike in the basement. Therefore, an easily removable battery and a light bike are super important to me. Many bikes in the test are simply too heavy. I liked the agile Moustache and would be willing to retrofit the missing accessories.
Philipp, 31, Editor
I ride everything that has two wheels. From enduro bikes to road bikes, I enjoy it all. As a father, I see the advantage of a comfortable step-through eMTB, especially when taking my son to nursery school in his trailer or going on a tour with the whole family. I don’t care if people call it a grandma bike.

Which step-through eMTB has the longest range?

Most people will already know that there is no easy answer to this question. The range depends on many other variables besides the battery capacity. The tires, tire pressure, outside temperature, support level, route elevation profile and rider weight are just some of the factors that influence how far you can ride your step-through eMTB on a single charge. You can end up anywhere between 10 and 100 km, meaning that definitive claims are out of place and misleading. Besides, more isn’t always better. More battery capacity inevitably leads to more weight, affecting weight distribution and usually creating a higher centre of gravity and thus compromising the bike’s handling and suitability for everyday use. Our motto is: as much as necessary, but as little as possible. Think carefully about how much battery capacity you really need. If you prefer long weekend tours, a dual-battery system is useful, which, in our test field, is only available as an option on the Riese & Müller. Alternatively, you could use a quick charger during your lunch break. If you only commute short distances, 500 Wh is usually sufficient. Can you get your bike close to a power outlet? Or do you have to remove the battery to charge it? In that case, an easily removable battery is usually more important than a few additional watt-hours.

The tires, tire pressure, outside temperature, support level, route elevation profile and rider weight are just some of the factors that influence how far you can ride your step-through eMTB on a single charge.

What to look for in a step-through eMTB?

Componentry, accessories, workmanship and technical features are important factors but bear in mind that the usefulness of expensive high-tech equipment on an off-road step-through bike depends heavily on how you intend to use it. Before buying, you should think about what you want to get out of a step-through eMTB, what it should be capable of and where you’re usually going to ride it. Are you looking to replace your family van with a bike trailer for the kids, or maybe you want a commuter, or an electronically-assisted, knobbly-tired shopping cart, or a fair-weather fun machine for moderate terrain? Do you share the bike with the whole family? Which features make sense for you and which unnecessarily drive up the price? The following sections are intended to help guide you in choosing the right bike.

Practicidad cotidiana

A step-through bike has to be versatile and mudguards, a side stand and pannier rack greatly improve its everyday practicality. Most brands deliver their models equipped with all these accessories as standard. Two bikes in the test field (BULLS and Moustache) come without mudguards, lights, a rack or a side stand, though you can retrofit them to make the bikes more practical for everyday use. Our tip: in most cases, the brands themselves have these accessories on offer, so you can get them in the same order with your bike. Besides ensuring that the accessories will fit, they’ll also match the look of the bike. The bike’s look and function often suffer if you resort to homemade and aftermarket accessories.

Battery removal and the position of the charging port

For those who can’t or don’t want to charge the battery in the bike, removing the battery out of the top of the frame is the most convenient. You can also charge the battery on the bike and the positioning of the charging port will be a matter of taste: if it is positioned low down, such as on the KETTLER, you have to bend down to reach it. With the Kalkhoff, for example, it is positioned high up but as a result you’ll have to find somewhere to rest the charger or let it dangle in the air.

Regarding quality, Bosch’s standard cover for the charging port looks cheap, breaks easily and gets lost. On the four bikes in our group test with this cover, it also tore off on all of them. This is problematic when you ride in bad weather and run the risk of clogging the charging port up with mud. Kalkhoff, KETTLER and Moustache have recognised the problem, all of them supplying their Bosch equipped bikes with their own in-house covers. The Brose Drive S Mag on the BULLS even features a fully functional magnetic cover – that’s how we like it!

Speaking of the brakes, their importance on step-through bikes shouldn’t be overlooked and there were big discrepancies in the test field! Both in terms of ergonomics and feel of the brake levers as well as reliability and power!

Frenos

As with performance oriented eMTBs, we recommend reliable and powerful brakes. Although you won’t blast down the craziest trails and steepest gradients on a step-through eMTB, you still want to be able to stop reliably, quickly and safely in city traffic. Some brands have started to pay more attention to the maximum payload of the bikes but then forget to spec the appropriate brakes needed to cope with the additional weight. The best brakes in the test are easy to modulate with one or, in case you get a scare, two fingers, while still providing sufficient stopping power even after long descents. High-performance brakes such as the CODE RSC or MAGURA MT5 aren’t out of place on a step-through bike. On the contrary, they increase rider safety. With the exception of the INFRONT, the brakes in the test are too weak and they’re not reliable enough to take on long and steep descents while hauling luggage – most brands still have a lot of catching up to do here.

Ergonomics

Many brands claim to spec their bikes with the most ergonomic components. The problem here is that every person is different, with their own preferences and riding styles which only becomes more obvious given the bikes’ versatility. Contact points such as the saddle and grips of an eMTB should always be individually adjusted to suit the rider and the type of riding they do. If you plan on regularly hitting the trails on your step-through eMTB, a wide touring saddle won’t do! Besides looking a little silly, it severely restricts your freedom of movement, robbing you of confidence and fun. Contrary to what you might expect, a super wide and well-padded saddle isn’t always more comfortable than a narrow and firm saddle. It can only really be comfortable if it suits your anatomy, your riding position and your weight. A good dealership should have all the devices and expertise needed to help you find the right saddle for your needs. For example, INFRONT in Germany will help you find the correct width SQlab saddle and right thickness SQlab grips with their fitting kit. It’s always a good idea to discuss the contact points in person, whether it’s at the headquarters of the small bike brand in Germany or your local dealership.

Many trekking-oriented bikes in the test field come specced with an adjustable stem. Ideally, this allows you to finely adjust riding position anywhere between aggressive and upright. Almost everyone should find their preferred riding position. If you do adjust the stem, be sure to use the right torque settings when you tighten the bolts!

Suspension

Coil or air fork? We wholeheartedly recommend air forks here. Coil shocks usually require less maintenance, but they can’t be adjusted accurately enough to suit the weight of the rider – you’re either too light or too heavy, entirely voiding the benefits a fork would otherwise give you. But beware, even air forks are limited in their adjustability. Some manufacturers give their bikes a maximum payload rating that goes well beyond the sensible adjustment range of the fork. For example, the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect is approved for a maximum payload of 154 kg, but the suspension fork can only be adjusted up to 130 kg – a clear case of speccing a bike with inappropriate componentry.

There are marked differences regarding performance too. In moderate terrain, a bad fork will limit the capabilities of a step-through eMTB, which is the case with the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 Wave 27.5. In future, we’re hoping to see high-end, high-performance forks on trail-oriented step-through eMTBs. The INFRONT is the only bike in the test field that came specced with a truly capable suspension fork. Another highlight is the Homage by Riese & Müller, which is the only full-suspension step-through eMTB currently on the market – comfort bike 2.0!

The position of the bottle cage

If the bottle cage is positioned near the step-through section of the frame, it usually gets in the way and the concept of the step-through eMTB is rendered useless. It results in you having to lift your leg almost as high as you would with an eMTB that has a top tube. Unfortunately, this is the case with some models in the test. The best place for the bottle cage is high up the down tube, as close to the head tube as possible – Corratec and CENTURION are exemplary in this regard. Riese & Müller also offer a clever position for many of their models on the side of the head tube. However, there are no bottle cage bosses on their step-through bike, the Homage. What a shame!

Speed sensor

Most bikes in the test field come with an external speed sensor and spoke magnet – old-school, unnecessary and extremely annoying. Although the risk of losing the spoke magnet on the trail is not as high as it is with more aggressive trail oriented eMTBs, it can happen and then you’ll have to pedal home unassisted. You also have to be careful not to disturb the magnet when locking up your bike, never mind the missed opportunity for clean and integrated looks. Besides the KETTLER, which features an integrated spoke magnet, most brands still have a lot of catching up to do here. Almost every manufacturer has integrated solutions on offer, so bike brands have no excuse.

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Peso

It’s difficult to compare the weight of the bikes in this test field. Some come with mudguards, a rack, side stand, lights or a lock and one even has rear suspension yet another is pretty much bare. To make it as fair as possible, we removed the locks before weighing, though we left the remaining accessories in place. Nevertheless, with an average weight of 26.78 kg, you won’t want to be carrying any of these bikes around very much.

Motor

With the motor, it’s not the maximum torque or the maximum power output that counts, but the ride feel and software settings. Some motors feel very natural in their assistance and are easy to control, while others require you to tread carefully on the pedals and find the right cadence. Smart and progressive support modes, such as Bosch’s eMTB mode or Shimano’s Trail mode, automatically regulate the motor based on rider input, eliminating the need to switch between support modes to suit the terrain. As a result, you’re able to concentrate fully on the trail in front of you and even have to shift gears less often. Unfortunately, some brands that rely on Bosch motors have opted against the option of eMTB and Sport mode. We recommend having eMTB mode installed at your local dealership via a software update. This update has been available for the powerful Performance Line CX motor for a long time, but it will only work for the trekking-oriented Performance Line model from 2021 onwards. With Shimano and Brose, you can adjust the motor to suit your personal preference via their respective apps. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with Bosch but thanks to their smart eMTB mode, it isn’t really necessary either. For further information about the individual motors click here.

Llantas

Knobbly tires alone don’t turn a step-through ebike into an eMTB. Nevertheless, tires are crucial in determining comfort, grip, range, safety and ride feel. Comfort mainly comes down to volume: we recommend tires between 2.35”-2.4” wide and the lowest tire pressure you can ride without risking punctures. On a step-through eMTB, it’s important to have tires with a rubber compound as well as a tread profile suitable for changing terrain and weather conditions and there are some huge disparities in our test. The Schwalbe Rock Razor, as found on the Riese & Müller, would make some of the other step-through eMTBs on test a lot more capable, while the Continental Race King tires on the Corratec couldn’t deliver on damp asphalt due to the hard, rubber compound lacking grip. Everyone needs puncture protection and most tires in the test have a puncture protection layer to protect against nails and sharp objects.

Seat post

Whether on the trail or at a traffic light: almost everyone benefits from a dropper post. This isn’t one of those unnecessary, high-tech MTB gadgets but a sensible solution offering real gains in comfort. Not only does it give you increased freedom of movement on the descents but it also ensures that you can get your foot on the ground easily and quickly without having to get off the saddle. Besides that, it makes sharing the bike with several riders a lot easier, allowing the sadddle height to be adjusted quickly and easily. While most seat posts in the group test feature integrated suspension, only a few come specced with a dropper post. The CENTURION and KETTLER lead the way with combined suspension/dropper posts, giving you comfort and safety in one.

Side stands

On some step-through eMTBs, the side stand produces a deafening rattle on the trail and also folds out of its own accord on moderate terrain – a definite no-go! This can be really dangerous. Fortunately, you can fit a stiffer spring or a new stand with little cost. HNF-NICOLAI position the side stand on their UD3 step-through eMTB close to the bottom bracket. Although this makes the bike stand very securely, it gets in the way of the pedal when you try to push the bike. This is annoying if you just quickly want to move it around.

Anti-theft protection and GPS trackers

Those who plan to use their step-through eMTB in an urban environment stand to benefit from anti-theft protection that goes beyond a classic lock and a secure parking space. A GPS tracker is easy to retrofit to almost any ebike and offers added peace of mind over a conventional lock. We can recommend the PowUnity BikeTrax for € 199.90. BULLS have the option of a factory-fitted GPS tracker in the 750 Wh version of their step-through eMTB, allowing you to track your eMTB in the event of a theft for an additional € 199.

Riese & Müller probably offer the most comprehensive solution in the industry, the RX-Connect package, which consists of GPS tracker, eSIM and insurance. If your ebike gets stolen, you simply call the hotline or report the theft online, have your bike located and wait for it to be returned. Failing this, Riese & Müller will provide you with a new bike, provided that you’ve opted for insurance cover. You also have the option of additional services such as automatic wireless updates, crash detection and displaying where the bike is parked. The RX chip has a one-off cost of € 99 and the RX service package including insurance cover starts at € 139.90 per year.

Lights

If you want to use your step-through eMTB all year round and frequently ride at night, you’ll want a good set of lights. The position of the lights is equally important. If the headlight is mounted centrally on the handlebar, mounting a basket will interfere with the light. If it is placed directly above the mudguard, it’ll cast a shadow right in front of the bike. If the light is mounted on the head tube, it doesn’t follow the direction that you’re turning. The good news is that all the lights we encountered in the test have more than enough output to be seen better at dusk. However, there are clear differences in how the light beam is shaped. The Supernova M99 Mini on the Riese & Müller as well as the Supernova Mini 2 on the HNF-NICOLAI are unrivalled in the test field – both turn night into day and you’ll be able to spot a mouse crossing your path 50 m ahead. The Supernova M99 Mini even has a high beam function that can be operated via a remote on the handlebar. The lights on the CENTURION and Moustache are acceptable but all others will have you struggling to see everything in the dark.

Permissible total weight and maximum payload

Like with cars, eMTBs have a limited permissible total weight. This weight is specified by the brands themselves and ensures that all the components on the bike are able to withstand the quoted load. The permissible total weight is the maximum weight the bike can carry, including the weight of the bike itself. The maximum payload, describes the additional load, such as rider (including all gear) and trailers, without including the weight of the bike. Of course, the permissible total weight and maximum payload also depend on what the bike is approved for. Can you use it on woodland paths? Is jumping officially allowed? Does the manufacturer approve using the bike on flow trails? Some bikes in the test field still have a very low maximum payload, where most riders would technically have to ride the bike in their underwear – the HNF-NICOLAI UD3 is limited to just 92 kg! The 101 kg maximum payload of the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 Wave 27.5 isn’t all that much either but you’re officially allowed to hit jumps up to 61 cm – you can’t do this on any other bike in the test field.Many brands are currently working to increase weight limits, but beware, some manufacturers in the test field have lost touch with reality. Just because components are able to carry a certain load, it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll still be able to perform as intended. The best example is the frame of the Corratec Life CX 6X Connect, which is certified to carry a load of up to 154 kg, corresponding to a permissible total weight of 180 kg. The bike already suffers vague handling with a rider weight of 85 kg. Load up the rack and it becomes hard to control and has a propensity for speed wobble. We’d like to see a permissible total weight of 150 kg being set as the new standard for the future, especially since many riders want to pull a trailer to take along their pets or children, which also get added to the payload. We advise heavier riders in particular to inform themselves about the maximum payload of a specific bike before buying. If you exceed the payload, this can have an impact on your safety, not to mention warranty claims.

TOPS

Best in the test
The Suntour Axon fork on the INFRONT is easy to adjust to the weight of the rider. It responds sensitively and delivers the best performance in the test.
What counts
The handling and precision of the BULLS, CENTURION and Riese & Müller feel much better than any other bike in the test. This instils you with confidence and ensures predictable handling with luggage on the rear rack.
Drop it!
A dropper seat post with integrated suspension increases comfort, freedom of movement and safety. KETTLER and CENTURION are a step ahead of the competition here.
Aprobación del remolque
Fans of trailers will be delighted. All step-through ebikes in the test are approved to pull a trailer – with the exception of the FANTIC.
Bright, brighter, supernova
The Supernova M99 MINI light on the Riese & Müller turns night into day and even has a high beam function. What more do you want?
Unique and ingenious
Riese & Müller’s full-suspension step-through eMTB is the most comfortable model in the test.
Additional anti-theft protection
Riese & Müller’s RX Connect concept is a taste of things to come. The security concept combining a GPS tracker, eSIM and insurance cover is sure to fend off ebike thieves.

Flops

Where to put the water bottle?
Is a step-through bike still a step-through bike if the water bottle blocks the step-through section of the frame? BULLS, Moustache and KETTLER restrict the easy entry of their bikes with the position of the bottle cage bosses.
Two is better than one?
The twin down tube together with the 180 kg permissible total weight suggests stability. However, it turns out that the Corratec has the most indirect and vague handling in the test. The bike became difficult to control long before we reached the maximum payload.
Missing the point
With the Moustache, KETTLER, FANTIC and Corratec, the forks can’t be adjusted sufficiently to suit the weight of the rider, rendering them useless for many users.
Ha fallado
Most brakes in the test are too weak and prone to fade on the descents, especially when you’re carrying luggage. The worst are on the Corratec, HNF-NICOLAI and Riese & Müller.
Poor combination
A small gear range combined with the weaker Bosch Performance Line motor means that the Moustache soon reaches its limit on steep climbs. The same applies to the FANTIC.
Absolute no-go!
A side stand that unfolds itself on moderate off-road terrain can become dangerous. Fortunately, an upgrade is quick and inexpensive, which is what you should do on the CENTURION.

The best step-through eMTB of 2021 – CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500

CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 | Motor Shimano STEPS E8000, 70 Nm | Batería 504 Wh | Maximum payload 126 kg
Precio € 3,999 | Peso: 23,7 kg (Size L) | More information www.centurion.de

The CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the deserved Best in Test of this big group test! What makes it so good? Admittedly, the E-Fire Country F3500 isn’t the most stylish looking bike in the test field, but it is by far the best all-rounder with the widest range of applications. The battery isn’t fully integrated in order to make the frame as stiff as possible. This ensures precise and predictable handling while also instilling you with confidence, regardless of the situation. With or without luggage, the bike performs equally well in city traffic and on long tours and offers a comfortable riding position. It’s a lot of fun on forest and woodland paths as well as moderate trails! The componentry is impeccable, of which the dropper post with integrated suspension is a particular highlight. Thanks to the consistent overall concept, great all-round capabilities and the excellent performance, the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the deserved Best in Test and the best step-through eMTB of 2021!

Click here for the full review of the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500


The E-MOUNTAINBIKE Best Buy – BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+

TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ | Motor Brose Drive S Mag, 90 Nm | Batería 750 Wh | Maximum payload 101 kg
Precio € 3,599 | Peso 23.8 kg (Size L) | More information www.bulls.de

The BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ blew away even the most hardcore eMTBers in our test crew. In terms of handling and trail performance, the BULLS is in no way inferior to a hardtail eMTB, with the added bonus that you’ve got even more freedom of movement thanks to the missing top tube! The intuitive handling, coupled with plenty of comfort on long tours and good climbing characteristics, makes it a versatile option for moderate off-road terrain. A better suspension fork and a dropper post would make it even more capable on the trails. However, given the relatively affordable price of € 3,599, the spec is acceptable. The BULLS comes without any additional accessories such as lights, mudguards or luggage racks. However, thanks to the elegantly integrated Monkey Link system, fitting mudguards or lights is a breeze – clip them on and you’re good to go! And go you will, since the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ is equipped with the extremely powerful 90 Nm Brose Drive S Mag motor powered by a huge 750 Wh battery. No other model in the test field comes as close to the feel and handling of a traditional eMTB hardtail as the BULLS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27.5+ – pure riding pleasure and a great choice for more aggressive riders! Hands down, the Best Buy!

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Other step-through eMTBs worth mentioning

While the CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 is the best all-rounder, there are a few other eMTBs in the test field worth mentioning. There’s no such thing as the perfect bike for everyone, but everyone will find a perfect bike for them. The question you should ask yourselves:: where and how will you use the step-through ebike? What does it have to be able to do?

Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX, 75 Nm | Batería 500 Wh | Maximum payload 110 kg
Precio € 6.499 | Peso 29,7 kg (talla M) | More information www.r-m.de

The Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX is unique in many ways. It is the only full suspension step-through ebike on the market and it’s the only bike on test with a dual-battery option and the comprehensive RX Connect security concept that features GPS tracking and premium insurance coverage. Thanks to the rear suspension, the level of comfort and traction is unrivalled. Especially for off-road commuters and touring enthusiasts, the stable handling of the Homage GT is a good option. The rear carrier forms part of the bike’s sprung mass, which is why the Riese & Müller is one of the most stable and composed step-through eMTBs to ride with panniers. With the best lights in the test and the innovative RX Connect anti-theft system, it performs just as well in an urban environment. With the exception of the brakes, the componentry is very robust. However, that comes at a price: the Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX weighs 29.7 kg. If you like innovative features and are looking for a composed step-through eMTB, you should definitely take a closer look at the Riese & Müller Homage GT.

Click here for the full review of Riese & Müller Homage GT Rohloff GX


INFRONT IF-4 Wave

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX, 75 Nm | Batería 625 Wh | Maximum payload 112 kg
Precio € 3,599 | Peso 27.1 kg (Size L) | More information www.infront-bikes.com

The step-through eMTB from small bike brand, INFRONT, is called the IF-4 Wave and it surprised our test crew! It is one of the most versatile step-through eMTBs in the test, performing just as well as an everyday commuter as it does on tours and moderate off-road terrain. It goes exactly where you point it and instils you with confidence, not least because of the tall front end, the best fork in the test and excellent brakes. The wide saddle restricts your freedom of movement on the trails and an aftermarket dropper post would make you feel more confident and make the bike significantly more versatile.

Click here for the full review of INFRONT IF-4 wave


Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite

Motor Bosch Performance Line, 65 Nm | Batería 625 Wh | Maximum payload 105 kg
Precio € 3,699 | Peso 24,8 kg (talla M) | More information www.kalkhoff-bikes.com

You’re looking for a stylish step-through ebike to cruise through the city? Then the Kalkhoff Entice 5.B Excite is definitely worth considering with its elegant yet sporty look. Thanks to its precise and agile character, it’s a ton of fun to ride in the urban jungle. At the same time, the bike’s handling is intuitive, making it great for beginners and advanced riders alike. However, it’s no pack mule, not to mention the lack of comfort. Those who want to go touring or tend to ride off-road will have to keep looking. The Kalkhoff is a bike for the urban environment.

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All bikes in test:
TOROS E-STREAM EVO 1 WAVE 27,5+ | CENTURION E-Fire Country F3500 | Corratec Life CX 6X Connect | FANTICO ISSIMO FUN | HNF-NICOLAI UD 3 | AL FRENTE IF-4 Wave | Kalkhoff Atraer 5.B Excitar | KETTLER QUADRIGA TOWN & COUNTRY COMP | Bigote Samedi 27 Off 2 Open | Riese y Müller Homenaje GT
Don’t we all have a better half, family members, friends or acquaintances with whom we want to share awesome experiences or introduce to a new way of riding but can’t? New, knobbly-tired step-through eMTBs make getting on and off the bike a lot easier, instilling beginners with confidence and opening up new opportunities.

For this group test, we reviewed 10 step-through ebikes on a spectrum including everything from bikes for touring to off-road. The price of the bikes averaged € 3,868.

Table of contents

  • El campo de prueba
  • The test riders
  • Which step-through eMTB has the longest range?
  • What to look for in a step-through eMTB?
  • The best step-through eMTB of 2021

Modern off-road step-through bikes are revolutionary and sales figures are going through the roof, at least in German dealerships. Rightly so, because they unite generations like no other bike, are super versatile and true masterpieces of modern engineering. Handling like a hardtail without a top tube is no small feat. One thing we can say for sure is that only a handful of manufacturers have gotten it right, especially while keeping the weight to a minimum and the design looking good.

We invited our grandparents, friends (both with and without injuries, and with and without babies), daughters, fathers and mothers to test ten of the latest generation step-through eMTBs with us! We found out what it really comes down to with this type of bike and which model is best for which purpose.

It’s definitely worth taking a closer look at step-through eMTBs, because they can change lives or at the very least quality of life – either your own, that of your partner, your family or your acquaintances!

Step-through bikes help bridge the generational divide. Whether it’s a knobbly-tired city cruiser, pack mule for extensive tours or simply a machine to have fun on, you’ll find a suitable model for almost every application.

Good times: step-through eMTBs open up a world of possibilities! We invited our grandparents and grandmothers, friends (with and without injuries, with and without babies), daughters, fathers and mothers to join us in putting 10 of the latest generation step-through eMTBs to the test!

What does a good step-through eMTB have to be capable of?

Designing and engineering a good off-road step-through bike isn’t easy, whether it’s for touring, off-road or city use. After all, it should deliver similar stiffness and comfort levels as any other bike even with the rear rack loaded despite its lack of a top tube. At the same time, integrating the battery into the down tube, for a sleeker design and minimal weight takes some skilful engineering. If the frame isn’t stiff enough, it results in speed wobble and spongy handling. This means that even small bumps have the potential to upset the bike, making it a hazard to ride, which is only exacerbated if you load up the rear rack. The good news is that the best models can do all that a bike with a top tube can and more! They’re often more comfortable, easier to get on and off and they instil you with more confidence. Newcomers to the sport and less flexible riders benefit enormously from the upright riding position and the easy access step-through design. The riding position of most step-through eMTBs also ensures that you’ll never feel like you might go over the bars, even when you’re pushing the limit.

Forget the cliché that step-through bikes are only for grandmas! The latest generation of off-road step-through bikes can take on rides through the woods on moderate trails while also offering everyday practicality in the urban jungle. A good step-through eMTB will put a smile on the face of everyone who rides it, whether on moderate terrain, commuting or loaded up with panniers for long weekend tours. To do so, it has to be simultaneously composed and agile and be versatile enough to perform equally well on different kinds of terrain. Ideally, the handling has to be predictable and forgiving yet also precise, regardless of whether you’re riding uphill, on level terrain or down a steep descent. Powerful, reliable and easy to modulate brakes as well as good tires that provide grip on different surfaces weather conditions are essential. The quality of components such as lights, racks, mudguards and stands is extremely important and should match your intended use. Most step-through bikes offer a high maximum payload for the rider and their gear and are approved to pull a trailer. Ideally, they also come equipped with a GPS tracker to track and recover the eMTB in the event of a theft, for peace of mind when leaving it at the train station.

You think step-through bikes are ladies’ bikes, only for grandmas? We see it this way: a good step-through eMTB can tackle rides through the woods on moderate trails, offer everyday practicality in the urban jungle and instil you with confidence.

Far more than comfort bikes, step-through eMTBs have a huge target group: including you?

The days when step-through bikes were called women’s bikes are over! Newcomers of all ages can benefit from the upright riding position, the increased confidence and the easy mounting and dismounting. Step-through bikes simply make it possible to experience more together. If you’re injured, you’ve got limited physical flexibility, you’re ageing or suffering from some form of disability but don’t