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Propain Release New Sresh CF eMTB

Apr 4, 2024 at 7:48
by PROPAIN-Bicycles  
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PRESS RELEASE: Propain Bicycles

We are closing a significant gap in our growing e-bike lineup: With the Sresh, we are launching a lightweight short*er travel e-bike with a lively and playful ride feel all while delivering full e-power. The full power Shimano EP801 drive unit, 626 Wh battery, and a lightweight blend carbon
frame with 150mm PRO10 rear suspension form the foundation for the new trail e-bike.

With our extensive configurator, these characteristics can be further defined, significantly influencing the character of the Sresh. From a lightweight full-power e-bike at just under 21kg for long days in the saddle, to the short travel ripper for home trails and trail parks, anything is possible.

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Overall Concept and Geometry

Building on the fundamental concepts of our Ekano models introduced last year, the Sresh offers the same qualities with a different focus - it was important for us to develop a lightweight and agile e-bike that has a playful ride feel, with a lot of pop and precision all while making no compromises in terms of drive unit power.

We achieve this through the use of the lightweight and powerful Shimano EP801 motor and our slim 626 Wh battery in combination with the trail geometry of the blend carbon frame. 150 mm of rear travel and 160 mm up front, a 65° head angle, 78.5° steep seat angle, 450mm chainstays and typical compact reach values deliver direct and playful handling and a comfortable riding position.

Like all our e-bikes, the Sresh also stands out for its downhill performance. The positioning of the shock, drive unit and lightweight battery ensures optimized weight distribution and a natural ride feel. The battery installed in the cut-out down tube can be quickly and easily removed for easier charging or to double the range with a spare battery if needed.

The Sresh can dramatically change its character through the chosen components. With a focus on weight, it can reach the 20kg mark, making the Sresh ready for alpine tours. Even with low assistance, it pedals efficiently and shines on day tours with great range and perfect handling. When speced sturdy, the Sresh becomes an absolute home trail ripper that playfully lets you hunt KOMs. And thanks to ASTM CAT 5, it can also handle rough trail parks with an active riding style.

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Frame Concept PRO10

We are convinced that our PRO10 system represents the best frame concept. As has already been proven on the on our EKANO models, the vertically positioned shock floating between the counterrotating links offers absolutely the best performance, especially for E-Bikes. The Sresh's 150 mm PRO10 rear end combined with shocks specifically tuned to it delivers sensitive initial travel and high progression. On the trail, this translates to lots of traction coupled with a playful, poppy feel. The anti-squat characteristics harmonize perfectly with the powerful EP801 motor. Technical climbs and shifting under full load happens without bobbing, yet the suspension remains active for maximum traction.

The cut-out down tube is closed with a carbon cover painted in the frame color, making the frame appear as one seamless piece. A motor cover made of carbon, also painted in the frame color, underscores the sleek design of the lightweight full-power e-bike.


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Integrated Cable Routing

Our Integrated Cable Routing "ICR" system co-developed with Sixpack is used on the Sresh as well. The CNC-machined stem from Germany forms a precise fit with the top composite spacer. The cables don't run through the stem, but instead through a pinch-through seal below the stem into the top spacer, through the headset and into the frame. This allows the stem to be easily swapped if needed and the stack height adjusted via clip-in spacers without having to removing the stem.

To maximize longevity, an additional IPS seal is mounted on the top headset bearing alongside the cable entry seal. Our ICR system is made bulletproof by using exclusively high-quality Acros stainless steel bearings in all frames, recognizable by their red seals. Headset wear is a non-issue with our ICR system.

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Silent Is Fast


Once you go silent, you never go back. A quiet bike totally changes trail perception and delivers an immense sense of confidence. Ever since the Tyee 6, we've made acoustics a major consideration in developing all our bikes and e-bikes. Thanks to the integrated cables, optimized cable routing, and TPR chainstay protectors, the Sresh is also extremely quiet on the trail. The new improved EP801 plays its part in the near-silent ride too.
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Brake Integration


The 200mm post mount brake mount on the Sresh CF is cleanly integrated into the rear triangle. In addition to aesthetic benefits, this design better transfers braking forces into the frame.
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Shimano EP801



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The EP801 is the current top model of the Japanese manufacturer. This intelligent drive unit delivers superbly controllable high power with a maximum torque of 85 Nm and 600 watt peak over a wider cadence range than before. The harmonious power delivery and optimized control result in a very natural feel on the trail. These feastures, combined with the mere 2.7 lb weight, made choosing the EP801 for our new trail e-bike an easy decision.

To enable a more affordable entry into our e-bike world, we also offer the 300g heavier EP600 alloy version. Aside from the added weight of the aluminum housing, it puts out the same torque and just 100 Watts less peak power than its bigger brother made of magnesium.



626 Wh Battery



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The Sresh uses a powerful 626 Wh battery. The new 21700 lithium-ion cell generation achieves a remarkably high energy density, packing more power into less space and weight. This makes the Sresh's battery significantly slimmer, more compact and lighter than other batteries in this class - the perfect energy storage for optimal trail performance.



E-TUBE PROJECT App



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The Shimano EP801 can be conveniently customized to individual needs using the E-TUBE PROJECT app. 15 individualization modes allow fine-tuning of the assistance level to terrain and personal preferences. The settings can be saved in two different profiles and switched directly while riding without using the app.



Kinematics

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The PRO10 system is known for its drive neutrality. For an e-bike designed to pedal as efficiently as possible, we wanted to further refine this trait. With 123% anti-squat at sag, the Sresh climbs technical uphills with an active suspension and without bobbing. Descending, the system retains its known sensitive initial stroke while providing supportive progression and plenty of pop that accentuates the lively trail bike character. The shocks tuned to the EKANO 2 CF, both air and coil, release the full travel perfectly controllable when needed.


Wheel Size and Concept

The Sresh is available in both a mixed wheel setup as well as a full 29" configuration. Through the flip chip on the upper link of the PRO10 frame, both wheel configurations can be used on the same frame. 29" wheels provide better rollover behavior, especially on technical and slower sections, while the smaller 27.5" rear wheel makes the Sresh more agile and offers more freedom of movement. As the Sresh is designed to be very versatile, we leave it up to the customer to decide on their preferred wheel configuration.

The Sresh CF is available in sizes S, M, L and XL.

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Blend Carbon


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For a modern carbon frame that can withstand ambitious riding for years, using one good quality carbon material alone isn't enough. Instead, it takes a blend of various carbon fibers and fabrics exploiting their unique properties to meet the demands. PROPAIN carbon frames are made from pre-impregnated (prepreg) carbon fiber layers. These ensure an optimal resin content and far higher strength values. Each individual layer has special properties and corresponding duties in certain areas of the frame. Based on the requirements for stiffness, flexibility, impact resistance, weight, strength and stress direction, different fibers and fabrics are used.


Fresh New Colors


The Sresh is available in the three colors "Raw Gloss", "Polar Blue Gloss", and "Heavy Metal Gloss". Our raw carbon gets its unique look from the clear coat, making our "Blend Carbon" construction visible. "Polar Blue Gloss" and "Heavy Metal Gloss" are both new colors, available for the first time at PROPAIN. As always, the PROPAIN decals and badge are individually selectable, so everyone has the freedom to create their favorite color combination. A very durable, plotted vinyl foil is used for the decal kit, while the badge is a relief made of ultra-thin metal. With the Sresh, new decal kit colors are coming to the configurator. Apart from the shown “White Matt” there will be five new colors to chose from.
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Specifications and Prices

When selecting components, we continue to offer a large and high-quality variety from which every customer can configure their dream bike. Proven suspension options from RockShox and Fox, brakes from SRAM, Magura and Formula, and wheels from NEWMEN and Crankbrothers, as well as various options for stems, seatposts, saddles and tires offer countless possibilities for individualization. New in the configurator for the Sresh is the carbon e-bar from OneUp Components.

In addition to the individual configuration, we offer four pre-configured spec packages for the new Sresh to make choosing the right bike easier. The build kits are recommendations from us to our customers, as this is exactly how we would build our own bikes.

The starting price of the Sresh CF is € 5.999 in Europe and $ 6.299 in north America as we do not offer the Shimano EP6 in the USA.


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It‘s capable.
• E-Bike tuned PRO10 System
• Optimized weight distribution & geometry
• 626 Wh Battery
• 600 Watt Peak Power – 85 Nm Torque
It‘s clean.
• Well-designed integrated cable routing through the headset
• Brake integration
• Perfectly fitting battery and drive unit cover made of carbon, painted in frame color
• Sleek, dynamic design
It‘s silent.
• Cable integration
• Optimized cable routing
• TPR chainstay protectors
It‘s durable.
• Double-sealed Acros frame bearings (PROPAIN Dirt Shields)
• Frame and headset bearings made of stainless steel
• High-performance frame protection
It‘s complete.
• Bottle and tool mount
• SRAM UDH derailleur hanger
• Sixpack sealed seat clamp
• Clever positioning of charging port
• New fresh colors



TECHNICAL DATA


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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT


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During the development, our frames are extensively tested on the test benches at our HQ in Vogt, Germany. During load tests, with a total of over 500,000 load cycles per frame, they are punished to ensure the best performance, load and longevity. All frames are tested far beyond regulatory standards, resulting in our Enduro bikes being listed in ASTM category 5 and having unrestricted bike park clearance.



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96 Comments
  • 172 6
 Fun fact: The only way they managed to get that "all smiles" beautiful sunset picture was to instruct the models look away from the headset cable routing on the bikes.
  • 5 4
 so essentially a copy of the Heckler but with cable tourism and a higher price. yes, more expensive than a Santa Cruz !
  • 2 5
 Get with the times.
  • 3 0
 headset cable routing = the ark of the covenant. " Marion, don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at it, no matter what happens!"
  • 4 0
 Crazy how that is a dealbreaker with any bike that runs this lame cable routing .When will bike companies realize that 99.9% of use do. not want this? LOL
  • 5 0
 @og-squid-mtb: Crazy indeed. We need to keep reminding them until that headset cable routing nonsense dies for good and we never hear about it again.

It blows my mind seeing that some companies are still trying to push this useless standard when it is crystal clear that nobody wants it.

It sucks to see Propain in on board with this madness. I love their bikes and they'd be on my short list for my next bike if it wasn't for headset routing. There is absolutely no way I will consider getting one until they get back to more standard internal routing or (even better) full-external cable routing.
  • 4 0
 I've got that headset on the new Ekano 2 CF, I will say it's made the bike silent and it looks sleek. Don't mind it at all. No big deal if I have to change the headset bearing once a season, i'll probably need a brake bleed at the same time.
  • 95 8
 Fuck cable tourism!
  • 6 92
flag Grn-mcn FL (Apr 4, 2024 at 9:41) (Below Threshold)
 fuck you then
  • 22 6
 @Grn-mcn: oh, hey, now, language alert there buddy
  • 5 1
 Especially when the otherwise nicely specced entry level bike has DB8s, meaning you most likely have to deal with a tourist visa when swapping to nice brakes.
  • 2 13
flag Grn-mcn FL (Apr 4, 2024 at 20:06) (Below Threshold)
 @lukemech: he started it
  • 6 1
 @Mugen: or you could just choose another brake when ordering?
  • 3 0
 I'm just glad this one has an easily removable battery. Spare battery in the truck between shuttle laps > huge batteries and range extenders making your 50lb bike even heavier. There's really no reason every eebs battery shouldn't be removable and also range extender compatible. There's also no reason I shouldn't be able to use these huge batteries as a battery for camping too.
  • 1 0
 vote with your wallet and it will go away eventually.
  • 2 1
 @Mugen: DB8 are GREAT brakes. I am on the tall (1,96m - 6'5") and heavy side and was a bit skeptical when they came on my new eMTB (Cube 140/150) - entry level brakes can't really be good, can they?

They are. Really. I am not a super aggressive rider, but on blues and reds they are perfect, even for someone heavy (115 kg - 250 lbs) like me. I am now looking for a used set of DB8s online, hoping for someone who - like you - thinks that they need to be changed immediately after purchase of a bike ;o)
  • 2 3
 @riverbum: in qualifying your analysis and evaluation of DB8's as "great" what other products have you tried. I'm just curious where Hope v4's , Hayes Dominion, Shimano Saint, and Trickstuff would fall in your scale. Perhaps Great is leaves room for Greater, Greatest, Greatest of all time, Sublime, Exceptional and God-tier above them?
  • 2 0
 @lukemech: you're right: my evaluation means nothing without comparison. I have and have had the following brakes:

- Shimano 4-piston groupless (mediocre)
- Shimano XT (pretty good)
- Hayes (2 piston ... the worst ever)
- TRP 4 piston (mediocre)
- SRAM Guide T 4 piston (mediocre)
- SRAM DB8 (really good!)

again: I am a rather heavy dude and the DB8s are by far the best I have ever tried
  • 58 4
 Looks amazing and geo great. Then I read this
“ The cables don't run through the stem, but instead through a pinch-through seal below the stem into the top spacer, through the headset and into the frame. ”

Thats a nope from me then
  • 15 0
 Agreed.

To be fair, it sounds like they implemented a less bad version of it than it could have been, because you can at least adjust the stem height without bleeding your brakes (uh, now I need proprietary stem spacers?). And they spec'd stainless steel bearings with better seals.

But objectively, less bad, is still "worse" than normal routing.

I have a crazy idea. Spec the headsets (or actually, all bearings) with stainless steel bearings AND use normal cable routing. Thats actual progress.
  • 1 2
 @ocnlogan: Propain do their alloy frame bikes with normal cable routing options at least.
  • 4 0
 @samjobson: no, they only did it on the Tyee, Elkano is alloy with icr again, and i bet even the spindrift will be icr only, i hope they loose enough sales to wake up and drill holes into frames again, bikes too nice to be ruined like that
  • 1 0
 @nicoenduro: oh ok didn’t realise it was just the Tyee. In case yes I hope they wake up and smell the roses!
  • 32 0
 THERE'S NO SUCH A THING AS " Well-designed integrated cable routing through the headset"
the only well designed one is the one that does not exist
  • 23 1
 At this point, I'm willing to just duct tape the f*ckin cables to the outside of the bike. WHY is this STILL a thing?! who in the world is making these decisions that NOBODY wants?
  • 24 1
 Looks like a Sreshion?
  • 7 0
 Sreesh, mate, that was pretty punny.
  • 1 0
 Came here to say that, touché!
  • 16 4
 Ebikes are already a pain to work on so why not use cable tourism to make the bike .001% quieter and look 5% better? looks good otherwise
  • 15 1
 Sreriously… More stupid through the headset cable routing…
  • 11 0
 Everyone’s so caught up on the cable routing they neglected to make fun of the name.
  • 4 1
 And the dent between top tube and down tube...
  • 9 1
 Give me Pinion MGU or give me death
  • 2 1
 @mkul7r4: better get some really good sound cancelling headphones then
  • 6 1
 Does the stem and cable routing mean you cannot adjust stem height? A 646mm stack is not enough for old/broken riders over 6'-3". I'd rather not run 76mm rise bars.
  • 2 0
 @TwinPinesCo - think it said you can add spacers and swap stems. Seems like a more well thought-out cable tourism, but still goes through bearings.
  • 5 17
flag PROPAIN-Bicycles (Apr 4, 2024 at 11:19) (Below Threshold)
 The cables don’t run through the stem, but instead through a pinch-through seal below the stem into the top spacer, through the headset and into the frame. This allows the stem to be easily swapped if needed and the stack height adjusted via clip-in spacers without having to removing the stem. You'll find more informations about the ICR on our website.
  • 4 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles:It's still shit. Don't you people realise it'll cost you more in sales than you save in frame manufacture?
  • 3 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles: like saying “ Our system is dogpoo but it doesn’t smell as bad as catpoo ”
  • 6 0
 As a Propain fanboy I was hoping for either the new Spindrift or an SL version of the Ekano
  • 3 0
 Agree an Sl Ekano please!
  • 3 0
 Me: "Well, maybe headset cable routing makes sense for an e-bike with its otherwise rats-nest of displays, controls, cables, etc."

Propain: "We didn't include any bar e-bike displays/controls, so there's no need to hide them. But we still went with headset routing."
  • 2 0
 Owned a Tyee before and really liked it. But this cable routing is a deal breaker. I'd want an angleset on this bike or a longer fork to get slacker, neither of which will work. Also likely limited dropper insertion. Still their bikes are good values.
  • 1 2
 The head angle was one of the best parts, in my opinion. I’m ready to see headtubes go back to more moderates angle again. Mad slack is no fun
  • 1 0
 @christian-peper21: depends on where you live, steep here. But losing the ability to adjust the headangle is a dumb trade for fussy cable routing that so many people don't want. Sadly I won't buy another propain long as they stick to it. Too many other brands making great bikes without the dumb cable routing and adjustable geometry as a stock feature.
  • 8 3
 Why is it that Propain always has to give their bikes such stupid names?
  • 2 1
 I find the other names only a little akward. This one is pretty bad tho.
  • 4 0
 I thought propain cared about the people who ride their bikes. Cable tourism is worst trend
  • 2 0
 For the love of Pete... folks still cant say SRAM. Why in the hell would you name it Sresh. Its a tongue twister when you say it one time slowly, much less three times fast.
  • 4 1
 Interesting concept but sadly the ep801 seems to be everything but silent: youtu.be/fXlg-NLzgE8
  • 4 0
 Just stop with the integrated headset routing!
  • 2 0
 Brake integration is almost as genious as cable tourism. Good luck reaching those bolts with your multi-tool on the trail or even adjusting the caliper of those maguras.
  • 1 0
 You guys always piss & moan about internal headset routing..... But look at all the money you saved not buying these bikes. I say keep making them - always an easy pass for me.
  • 2 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles: any comment on when we might see an updated Hugene?
  • 14 0
 It'll probably have headset cable routing so do what I did, and buy the current one while they're is still time Smile It's a great bike!
  • 4 2
 Stay tuned!
  • 1 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles: what about the Spindrift? Its about time to refresh it’s geo…
  • 6 2
 @Muddy-Runs: Stay even more tuned Wink
  • 4 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles: Lightweight Ekano or 170mm front please! Maune the new bosch motor, Thanks.
  • 3 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles: hopefully whenever it come it will be without the new cable routing.
  • 1 0
 they put a lot of effort into hiding the shimano motor labeling in all photos
  • 1 0
 Looks like a nice bike. The EP801 doesn't weigh 2.7 lbs, but rather 2.7 kgs. Small typo there.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know how much elevation gain these new motors with the 625 watt batteries
  • 2 0
 I get 4000+ ft on boost with the older EP8 + 630 Wh. I imagine this is very similar maybe a bit less if you're really hammering, since the EP801 has better heat dissipation, which enables it maintain max torque output at higher RPM. But for the same motor output, the range should be basically the same.
  • 2 0
 Nice looking bike. Name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue!
  • 1 0
 What happened to the sram motor? Probably too expensive compared to Shimano.
  • 2 1
 Ah yes, still going with the straight not so straight seattube with 20mm Seatpost insertion
  • 2 0
 Waiting for the new Propain "Shrek" in green.
  • 1 0
 That sounds like a great idea Wink
  • 2 0
 Is this the bresht they could do?
  • 4 3
 Take the headset cable routing and stick it where the sun don't shine!!
  • 2 1
 It sounds like someone was drunk when they came up with that name.
  • 1 4
 I love how they blah blah about "when you go silent you never go back" ... sure ... the chain might not slap on the frame but you have the constant engine noise!

This is another motorcycle .in disguise ... keep destroying our sport, thank you!
  • 5 2
 When u describe it as " our" sport, who decides, you? Gatekeep much? It's a different sport for every rider. Nobody is making you read the content, or buy an emtb. Just comes off entitled and whiny.
  • 1 2
 @psullivan65: I am sorry but this is so much of a no brainer. It's not a matter of "choice": these are motored-bicycles. They got a battery. They got an engine. They have nothing to do with bicycling. Bicycling is human powered.
  • 2 0
 @dododuzzi: everybody's got an opinion. They have everything to do with bicycling. Made by bike companies, ridden on bike trails, content on a bicycling website. You're only going to see more content and more ebikes on your trails. You can yell at the clouds all you want, they're not going away.
  • 1 0
 @psullivan65: I find it a bit absurd to say that a bicycle equipped with an ENGINE is still a bicycle. It is not. It is a motor-bicycle.
  • 1 0
 Beautiful Bike…very nice
  • 2 1
 I wonder how much they will pay Remy to shill this motorbike...
  • 5 1
 Hell probably just ride it because it's fun and great training.
  • 1 0
 @PROPAIN-Bicycles: can the battery be swapped easily?
  • 2 2
 Calm down, it's just a Propain edition Turbo Slevo Carbon
  • 1 0
 9789 € / £ / $

LMAO
  • 2 2
 Looks like a sression??
  • 1 2
 Sounds like a Session!! mhh I meen Slesh or Trash?
  • 10 13
 I would complain about the cable tourism but it’s not like e-bikers are wrenching on their own bike anyways. Either way stop with the cable tourism Propain!
  • 10 6
 @MillerReid they're barely pedaling their own bikes, why would they work on them?! J/K guys. Bring on the downvotes and tell me I'm just jealous and can't afford it. Honestly the only thing I don't like about ebikes is that most of our local trails don't allow them, but everyone ignores that fact.
  • 4 0
 Maybe I’m rare then.
I bought mine frame only, built it up and am the only person to work on it.

Same as my mountain bikes (which I ride more often)
  • 2 0
 @rich-2000: "Same as my mountain bikes"...

I don't have much to offer, but I do have this upvote. Please accept it.
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