Australia has a few new bike brands on the way - here's a taste of what's to come.
In our latest issue we broke the new that Sunn Bikes, Kellys Bikes and Thok BIkes are coming to Australia. And guess what, they're all here! We've got a Shimano STEPS powered Thok MIG-R being reviewed for our next issue. It's one of three bikes from the Italian brand who specialise in eMTBs.
With 150mm up front and 140mm out back, this alloy-framed plus-sized wheeld all-mountain bike hits the right numbers for what most people want in an eMTB. Stable handling on steep stuff, great positiong for pedalling up the climbs, and good weight management by smart design. Stay tuned for the full review - Issue #170 is out 27th August.
Sunn shines in Australia
French bike brand Sunn are having a renaissance of sorts, with killer new designs coming out across their range. Being a European brand, they've got a long travel eMTB, the Sunn Charger.
The Sunn Charger Finest (their top model) runs on the Brose motor - something we don't see as many of in Australia. But given the compact size, and the fact that over 25km/h the motor disengages for zero resistance, we're pretty sure we will. Anyone keen Besides, Brose make the motor inside another major manufacturers eMTB already. You might have ridden one without knowing. It sports a whopping 90Nm torque, so that's a bit of punch for step ups and tech climbs, for riders who really want to use an eMTB to get out further.
With a 66.5 degree head angle and 140mm RockShox Lyric (Boost), this thing is priome for a 150mm air spring to shave .5 degree off the front. The compact Brose motor offers great BB clearance, with a steep seat angle keep you centred for those assisted pedal ups. 470mm stays should create good stability at speed and keep the rear wheel planted on climbs.
With a SRAM GX and NX 11-speed mix, and rolling on 27.5"x2.8/3.0" tyres the Charger is well equipped to meet the needs of the Australian trail bike market. Priced at $7799 it's up against bikes like the BMC Trailfox AMP Two and the Merida eOne-Sixty 900e.
If eMTBs aren't for you, then you should check out Sunn's Kern range!