French sports activities superstore has a brand new Bosch-equipped e-bike that appears superb and prices simply £4,349.99.
This newest Stilus E-Large Mountain from Decathlon has all of the elements of a high-end, big-hit e-bike, however at a worth that undercuts most of its mainstream rivals. And whereas aggressive pricing is a trademark of all Decathlon merchandise, on paper it seems to be to supply the sort of efficiency you’d anticipate from a specialist model somewhat than superstore chain. May this be the bike that turns Decathlon right into a critical participant within the excessive efficiency e-bike market, and knocks the Vitus E-Mythique LT off its perch as our present finest finances e-bike?
Decathlon Stilus E-Large Mountain have to know
- 170mm journey entrance and rear
- MX wheels (29in entrance/27.5in rear)
- Bosch Efficiency CX motor with 750Wh battery
- Marzocchi Z1 coil fork and Bomber CR coil shock
- Three body sizes
That is clearly an e-bike constructed for smashing bike park runs and enduro laps. The 170mm journey tells a part of the story, and that is strengthened by the Marzocchi coil-sprung suspension, and aggressive geometry. Throughout the three body sizes on supply, the pinnacle angle is listed as a fairly lazy 64º, whereas attain numbers look bang on at 450mm on the Medium, 475mm on the Giant, and 500mm on the XL. Chainstays are properly inside established norms at 445mm, and the seat tube is a fairly pedal-friendly 75º. All in all it’s a geo desk that’s onerous to select holes in.
Mid-mounted within the 6061 alloy body is without doubt one of the finest motors in the marketplace; the extremely regarded Bosch Efficiency CX, packing 600W peak energy and 85Nm of peak torque. Feeding the beast is Bosch’s excessive capability 750Wh battery, which we all know from expertise delivers ample vary, even with Bosch’s punchy motor in its larger energy modes. To facilitate charging indoors, the locking battery is detachable by way of a big hatch within the underside of the down tube.
To entry completely different energy modes and deep dive into information streams similar to energy and cadence, Decathlon has added the Kiox 300 show and Distant LED controller. We love the truth that these are mounted onto a somewhat tasty Renthal bar and stem combo, because it exhibits the lengths Decathlon has gone to step up its sport and cater to a much more educated and passionate crowd.
Ending off the spec is a SRAM drivetrain with an NX Eagle drivetrain and Code R four-piston brakes with an oversize 220mm rotor up entrance. Solar Ringle gives the Duroc combined wheels shod with Vittoria Mazza 2.6in tyres.
At £4,349.99 the Stilus E-Large Mountain is round 40-50% cheaper than you’d anticipate from a typical mainstream model, pitching it squarely on the just lately launched Vitus E-Mythique LT 297 VRX. That is the flagship mannequin within the E-Mythique LT vary and is available in at £4,399.99.
Vitus’s possibility comes with barely much less journey (170mm entrance and 160mm rear), however makes use of RockShox air suspension (Yari RC fork and Tremendous Deluxe shock), which implies it may not be fairly as plush, but it surely’s extra adjustable for various rider weights and driving types.
When it comes to help, the Vitus will get Bafang’s M510 motor with a hefty 95Nm of torque. Then again the battery is 16% smaller at 630Wh, which can impression on vary. Lastly, the stability of favour ideas again in the direction of the Vitus once we put the bikes on the scales. Decathlon lists a hefty 27.4kg for the big E-Large Mountain in its specs, whereas we weighed the Vitus at 25.2kg – considerably lighter, however nonetheless heavy in comparison with our 2023 E-Bike of the Yr, the Specialised Turbo Levo Comp.
Vitus beats the Stilus on sizing, with 4 body sizes versus three, however the geometry is remarkably related on paper, which simply underlines Decathlon’s progress in constructing a genuinely excessive efficiency e-bike.
The proof of the pudding is all the time within the driving in fact, and whereas we’ve examined the Vitus, we’ll have to attend to get our palms on the Stilus to ship any sort of comparative verdict. However one factor is definite, as the price of bikes retains rising, having extra selection at this worth level within the e-bike market could be very welcome.