THOK Bikes have released an all-new enduro eMTB, along with an update to their popular MIG.
Thok have just released two new eMTBs, the MIG2.0 and all-new TK01. We first tested a Thok MIG-R eMTB in 2018, and we were really impressed by the handling of the eMTB - thanks to getting the weight of the battery and motor so low on the bike.
The two new Thok eMTBs will offer multiple variants of two new models to cover two distinct market segments but Thok state that they all share one common denominator: "the strive for a quality product of unique design and tip top performance."
The TK01 is an all-new enduro eMTB that has been designed to meet the demands of riders who really want to test the limits of an eMTB - and their own limits as well. The TK01 makes its debut in the Limited-Edition version: no more than 35 pieces will be produced, personalised with the ownerís name and painted and assembled in Italy with Matt Glossy Black livery. We won't see any of these here in Australia unfortunately - but this news is the start of a model release and we expect to see other TK01 options available later this year.
Signed by D-Perf by Aldo Drudi, the pluri-awarded Italian designer who has created unique objects and graphic designs from motorboats to motorbikes, not to mention the original helmets worn by Valentino Rossi and many MotoGP riders. The engineering of the TK01 frame was entrusted to the German engineering firm coordinated by Luca Burzio, an industrial designer driven by his enthusiasm and inside knowledge of the industry.
NEW GEOMETRY FOR the TK01
The TK01 has a lightweight heat treated 6061 aluminium alloy frame, with hydroformed parts, CNC machining and integrated cables. It introduces a new geometry called TCG Plus (THOK Control Geometry Plus), with an elongated top tube slanting downwards for increased, and also boasts the new 1.8 tapered head-tube standard recently launched on the market. The head tube angle is 64.5 degrees while the seat tube is set at 75.5 to keep you centred over the bike for climbing traction.
The bike is built around 180mm of travel up front with 170mm in the back, placing it in a fairly small category of eMTBs that are truly designed for enduro riding and e-Enduro racing.
Characterised by a very low standover, the frame of the TK01 has a short chainstay with oversized tubes. The low centre of gravity is assisted by the integration of the Shimano STEPS 630Wh battery in the down tube, which has been intentionally placed vertically to fit it very close to the motor.
The front of the bike is wild and quite unique. Merging the new OHLINS RXF38 180 mm fork with 38 mm stems, single crown and the innovative steerer tube in the new oversize standard marks a change in the handling and steering of eMTBs. Nothing else out there will have been this stiff - save for perhaps a Boxxer on a Kenevo.
The TCG Plus ensures riding comfort and greater control when engaged in more technical sections, maximum traction on all types of terrain and a safe posture in descent, with plenty of fun and a top performance guaranteed.
SHIMANO E-8000 630Wh MOTOR
The TK01 Limited Edition is the race-ready e-Enduro eMTB fitted with exclusive components such as the new 180 mm OHLINS RXF38 fork, OHLINS TTX Air shock, 12 speed SRAM X01 transmission, Shimano Saint 4-piston brakes and a Race Face carbon handlebar. It has been built around the Shimano E8000 motor with integrated 630Wh battery.
The TK01 Limited Edition is fitted with battery and motor cover in lightweight, shock-resistant carbon. There are also two easily detachable polypropylene fins which, as well as serving the purpose of mudguards, facilitate battery cooling.
The overall suspension system design remains with a four-bar linkage, but the TK01 delivers 170mm of travel and has an oversized chain stay for greater stiffness. The Thk Disc Mount positions the brake caliper directly onto the frame, without the support of adaptors, and wheels are mullet sized - so 29" front and 27.5" in the back. The bikes will be available in four sizes from Small through to Extra Large.
The TK01 limited edition is obviously a launch item, and we're keen to see what comes out soon after this one.
Thok are sold directly via Ride Sports in Australia, and we are waiting on details of pricing and availability.
The Thok MIG 2.0
Thok state that the MIG 2.0 is an eMTB that is "well suited to anyone approaching the eMTB world for the first time" but also a bike that more experienced riders will appreciate as well. Equipped with a 504Wh battery positioned under the slanted tube to lower the centre of gravity and improve manoeuvrability and a Shimano Steps 7000 motor, The MIG 2.0 offers high profile technologies, assemblies and technical solutions at a competitive price.
The MIG 2.0 is the first model to be previewed from the new MIG range. It is an All Mountain eMTB with a focus on quality components and a particular focus on battery consumption.
The frame in AL 6061 T4 T6 is designed around the elongated top tube, a 66 degree head angle and a seat tube angle of 74.7 degrees. MIG 2.0 maintains the semi-integrated battery below the down tube and has 150 mm of travel up front, and 140mm at the back. This is an eMTB for those who love a light and reliable eMTB, without sacrificing anything in terms of performance, control and sheer rideability.
SHIMANO E7000 MOTOR AND MULLET WHEELS
The Shimano E7000 motor offers the advantage of pedal-assist without such aggressive power. Some say it is more in sync with their style of pedalling, along with an excellent power control, even when using pedal assist to the full, and as a result there is a saving of battery consumption.
The characteristic battery cover of the MIGs has been updated for the 2.0 version: made of polypropylene, it has a fastening system with quick release screw and facilitates access to the ignition button. This cover also enables recharging while the battery is mounted on the frame.
Finally, the MIG 2.0 has 'mullet' wheel diameters (29 x 30mm front / 27.5 x 35mm back), which helps the front roll over the bike stuff and the rear to stay nimble and avoid stalling.
The new MIG 2.0 is available in the sizes of S-M-L-XL, direct from Ride Sports.