New to the UK market, with exclusive distribution through Raleigh UK; Haibike are a developing German company who are producing some innovative carbon frames and e-bikes.
Carbon engineering is the company’s speciality, and they have applied their expertise and Germanic attention to detail to their high-end road bikes, mountain bikes, and even some classy looking electronic bikes.
The Challenge SL is their basic model, coming in at £1,400 with a Shimano 105 group set. The next step up is the Challenge RC, which sports the same full carbon frame, but with an Ultegra group set. They use a compact Shimano chainset and a wide range cassette to ensure that riders will be able to tackle any terrain.
At the top of the range for the UK market is the Affair SL, which uses the company’s own moulds, carbon lay-up and high grade materials to produce a striking looking frame. The frame has huge chain-stays, skinny seat-stays and a tapered head-tube; promising a stiff, yet comfortable ride. The Affair Ultegra Di2 costs £4000 and weighs just 6.7kgs with a beautiful set of Reynolds Attack wheels. Alternatively, there is a mechanical Ultegra version with heavier Mavic wheels for £2,600. Both these packages have the potential to be a very high quality race bike.
Haibike doesn’t just make road bikes though, the eQ Xduro RC 29in is an eye-catching, big wheeled e-mountain bike. It uses new technology from Bosch, with a bottom bracket motor, and could carry you 140 miles under its own power if you opt for the high-end model. It is a classy looking bike, set off by Fox forks and an SLX group set; unsurprisingly it has been a real hit on the continent.
Haibike therefore promises to provide some innovative and interesting products for the UK market; you can fully anticipate them being successful on the streets and trails of the British Isles.