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First Look: NS Bikes' eMTB Prototype - Core Bike 2022

Mar 20, 2022
by Ed Spratt  
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Hidden in plain sight at this year's Core Bike show was a new eMTB from one of the last big brands missing an electrified bike in its lineup, NS Bikes.

The bike which we were told in Sam Reynold's own prototype, is running 170mm of front travel paired with 160mm out back and uses Shimano's EP8 motor. The design builds off NS Bike's Define enduro bike with a very similar frame design and suspension layout.

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The bike we spotted is running Sam's own components but it does look like the production bike will be called the 'efine'.

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The bike uses a bar-mounted control system instead of some of the built-in offerings we have started to see more of.

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There is no release date just yet, but we were told that more information should be available very soon.

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28 Comments
  • 37 13
 Almost sounds like none of the people writing comments has ever tried an emtb. I am all for downhill riding and everyday commuting on a normal bike, but when it comes to riding in really sloppy conditions and techy up hills, I'm all for emtb. That's where they shine and can be tons of fun!
  • 16 26
flag DBone95 (Mar 20, 2022 at 21:05) (Below Threshold)
 "when it comes to riding in really sloppy conditions and techy up hills, I'm all for my 450"
  • 3 1
 Don't get it nowerday these technical uphills are the most fun challenge since you can get down the hill with most of the modern bikes
  • 6 14
flag RockCrawler FL (Mar 21, 2022 at 4:13) (Below Threshold)
 Thats when I pull out my MX Bike and leave the normal MTB at Home
  • 4 2
 when it comes to maintaining trail systems, I do everything I can to not to avoid water drenched climbs on my e-MTB. Basically how to fuck up a trail system in one sentence.
  • 12 1
 If you're going to make one, make it look bad ass! I don't care what the haters have to say, but it looks great. I use one because of a disability coupled with low iron issues, and they are great for a lot of us. I like that they are getting to be lower weight. Mine is a definite upper body workout.
  • 6 0
 I dunno guys. I think that looks pretty sick. And their rear suspension set up on the fuzz is amazing. This looks to be similar. I bet it rides awesome
  • 7 3
 Ns are definitely not one of the bigger players. Maybe for dj bikes years ago but now they're so middle of the road boring, and a high price too.
  • 2 0
 Sadly, those high prices are middle of the road too!
  • 26 22
 It’s Efine Ugly.
  • 14 1
 I find this to be less of an eye sore than most ebikes. Still not very pretty.
  • 4 0
 @HankDamage: Compared to the average, this is Efine looking bike.
  • 9 6
 Looks like every other ebike.
  • 3 2
 Made it to the 6th sentence and once I saw EP8….no need to read any further
  • 1 0
 looks a whole lot like the aluminum Focus Jam2 from years past, only with a coil shock....
  • 1 1
 Ye boi, this is more like it #Ebikes that are cool wish i had waited and bought this or the transition to look super cool. For now ill add more hope to my Spesh.
  • 1 0
 Seat tube length looks a bit short by modern standards; prefer a full drop.
  • 2 0
 Who's "Sam Reynold"?
  • 2 0
 Looks pretty good to me.
  • 1 0
 Check dartmoor ebike.
  • 1 2
 What happened to the dMTB?
  • 2 3
 Does NS and Transition share the same bikes?
  • 33 0
 Do you and Stevie Wonder share the same eyes?
  • 1 2
 Me here for the comment.
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