Unno Release Their First eMTB - The Sleek & Expensive Boös

Apr 17, 2022 at 14:38
by Henry Quinney  

Unno is a brand known for its premium carbon bikes. The company, which is based in Barcelona, is led by ex-world cup racer Cesar Rojo. Rojo, who was once part of Mondraker's design team, also runs Cero Designs, which is a design and consultancy company and has had a hand in many other brands' bikes over the last decade.

They now release their first-ever eMTB, the €9,995 Boös, but the price tag isn't the only thing catching the eye, nor is the geometry and mixed wheels the only thing about the bike that could be considered progressive.

The bike uses a Bosch CX Gen 4 motor and a 750Wh battery.

It's made in partnership with Oceanworks, a company that helps retrieve and recycle rubbers and plastics from the world's oceans. All the resin parts of the frame are made with recycled nylon. Each BOÖS contains 184g of Oceanworks nylon and 80% of this comes from the ocean, mainly from the nearshores of Asia. Unno uses PA+GF15% for all recycled plastics.

The Details

The bike is a mixed-wheel affair and is built around a 170mm fork. This is combined with 160mm of rear-wheel travel. The frame uses a virtual pivot design and is as compact as it is sleek. The shock is almost encased inside the frame and looks to run to reasonably tight tolerance at the bridge of the stays. The frame uses Enduromax double row bearings to increase stiffness and should help increase intervals between maintenance.

A small raised section allows a bottle cage to be fitted, whilst also keeping the rest of the frame almost shrinkwrapped in appearance.

Unno recommends using around 35% sag and says the useable range runs from around 30 - 40%. For 160mm of travel that seems quite deep, and although the only graph available is relatively basic, it looks as if the rate falls from around 3.7- to 2-to-1 in a relatively consistent fashion, without any bumps or rises. This would indeed make it very progressive.

The integrated Box Kiox and internally housed cables make a good job of an e-bike that doesn't look like a lawnmower.
The motor cover looks to be moto-inspired.

Many parts of this bike would suggest that integration was high on the list of priorities. There are little things such as the small chain guide affixed to the frame, or the motor cover that doubles up as a bash guard. There are also bigger elements like the near-flush Bosch Kiox screen or the cables running through the Deux headset. The bars and stem, also from Deux, are one-piece, plus thre's a hidden clamp in the mast-like seatpost.

The motor cover is interesting in itself as it almost looks to try and protect the relatively low-slung rear triangle. It's as if if you're going to hang up on something Unno would rather the cover take the brunt. The location of the lower bearing on the swingarm isn't that dissimilar from the Norco Range, which also has a lot of protection.

Gone are the days of ugly ebikes. This thing is beautiful.

Geometry

The S2 size, which is currently the only size on sale, uses a reach of 470mm and stays of 450mm. This will give it lots of weight on the front wheel. It also has a relatively high stack of 640mm. This makes it a very interesting proposition as the rider's weight will be largely driving the front through their feet, with the option of adding more weight in their hands. Both the rear center and the stack are a greater value than you might typically see on a bike of this size. The head tube angle is 64 degrees and the seat tube angle is 77 degrees. One outlier is the seat tube. At 460mm for what is effectively a size large, this seems a little on the long side to me.

The S1 and S3, which use reaches of 435 and 510mm respectively, both use the same length rear end. It feels like the 450mm rear center would pair up best with the reach of the S2 or S3.

Availability

Unno will release the Boös online and initially in only one build kit - The Race, and only in the S2 size. Unno says that other sizing and build options will be released through 2022 and into 2023. For more information please visit their website.


151 Comments

  • 176 8
 I am so conflicted
  • 15 0
 Same, it seems like such a great deal but I'm not sure if it'll hold up to equally as good-looking bikes already on the market like the Momas Jason.
  • 11 6
 You do not know the power of the dark side, now release your anger and join us!!
  • 13 3
 @powderhoundbrr: It's so good looking that I kinda want to tbh haha
  • 7 1
 Are you having some "hey-we-already-developed-a-seattube-this-steep-on-the-Grim-Donut" jealousy pangs? I am. But I don't have $12,000 to buy an ebike that's not gonna have Russian nickel batteries in about 6-12 mos so...do they have a pedal up version? Just wanna be sure I can ride when battery precious metals aren't availble>

Kidding about that - but honestly (and anyone chime in here) - is there gonna be an expected battery crunch now that we've just learned most of the worlds nickel comes from Russia & that's all grinding to a halt (or will it not?) Totally curious even tho I dont' ride ebikes...
  • 1 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: I think it's already happening.
  • 1 1
 @chadtague1: I haven't followed any info specifically (guessing Elon might be buddying up w/ Putin now however) but yeah...wild, was expecting maybe 6-12 mos but - uh, gulp...may not be the best time to buy ebike now...
  • 17 12
 @Mtn-Goat-13: Not having enough batteries for something you shouldn't need batteries for. I don't think anyone will shed a tear for the eMTB-bikers of the world.
  • 10 2
 It looks like it's trying to rape you
  • 8 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: High value add nickel products in batteries will be marginally affected as the nickel is a much smaller proportion of the total cost. Battery makers will be able to buy the minuscule amount of nickel they need at pretty much any price, especially ebike batteries, which are not nickel cadmium. Stainless and nickel alloy makers, ( 80pct of all nickel used) will face some price hikes, perhaps, but Russia is only 11pct of global nickel production (Indonesia is the biggest producer) and the biggest buyer is China, who probably won’t cut Russia off.
  • 10 0
 Pretty soon whole bikes will come Kashima...
  • 1 0
 Cunnoflicted:

1) a state of discordant internal emotional and cognitive confliction induced by the aesthetic and functional perfection of the Unno Boös, as many experienced mountain bikers have previously shunned eMTB’s because they’re almost always freakin ugly.

2) a heightened and compounded state of anxiety induced by the unrelenting desire to purchase the Unno Boös, while knowing and expecting the resultant strife when trying to explain the credit card bill, especially when the dollar is at its best USD-per-Euro exchange rate since 2003.
  • 3 0
 looks like shit no dual crown or 26 inch wheels or a coil
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: don't tease me bro
  • 1 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: Doesn’t matter, battery isn’t replaceable anyway :-)
  • 1 0
 I’m not. Batch 2 is allocated for US sales (batch 1 sold out already). Mine should be here in 8-10 weeks according to UNNO. :-). Want to borrow it for a field test?
  • 1 0
 @SlodownU: Hear ya & I don't have an ebike, don't plan on one anytime soon but the questions outta curiosity so I asked. Not an issue of shedding tears, its just information and I like to be informed. Emotion isn't the issue.
  • 1 0
 @Poachninja: Word, thx for the info. This isn't something I've followed closely....
  • 98 1
 I d’Unno…
  • 4 0
 perfect summary of my sentiment towards this bike. Does seem like a great way to scream "I'm rich!" at your fellow mountain bikers though...
  • 2 0
 @hardtailpunter: Unno bikes must be an acquired taste. And I have no desire to acquire that kind of taste.
  • 53 1
 DEATH TO THROUGH-THE-HEADTUBE CABLE ROUTING
  • 9 0
 The routing on both this and the Transition ebike is just so shit.
  • 2 1
 @commental: That actually looks like it has a way smoother entry angle than any other headtube cabling options than ive seen. You can see that on the ebike review ebike-mtb.com/en/unno-booes-race-2022-exclusive-review
  • 4 0
 @proDHracer: If you are happy to buy any bike where you are forced to run proprietary components over a traditional set up good for you. Personally I'd never buy a bike with cables run in this way. It's purely for looks, with no benefits.
  • 42 0
 Another aptly named bike for the PB comment section.
  • 15 1
 A Boos & a Tues walking into a bar...
  • 7 0
 It's pronounced boobs
  • 2 0
 I can see the Dutch and Scandinavian contingent getting angry about this name!
  • 41 0
 Bonus points to the first bike manufacturer that manages to find a color match to the 50 shades of Kashima.
  • 1 0
 It drives me insane that my fork and shock stanchions are of different shades
  • 37 0
 They were saying boo-urns
  • 49 13
 That is one fugly bike imo
  • 5 2
 True, the good parts of the bike are the non-ebike parts.
  • 12 1
 Agreed. Way over-designed. The gold painted phallus is a bit much.
  • 35 3
 It was a cool looking bike until I saw the seat mast... boooooo.
  • 14 0
 if you're riding downwind you can hang a sail for added speed.
  • 1 0
 Boo-hoo
  • 1 0
 It looks like my fat ass would crack it the moment I sit on it
  • 21 1
 the Cobra Kai part of me wants to see if I can karate chop the top tube as easily as it looks to be chopped...
  • 16 0
 @henryquinney "One of the best-looking e-bikes yet?"

I see you're still getting flashbacks from those shrooms. Don't worry, they'll stop eventually
  • 17 1
 "The motor cover looks to be moto-inspired"

What do you think the "Moto" stands for...?
  • 6 0
 The hippo in the film 'Madagascar'?
  • 15 0
 I love how this bike looks, but that unsupported seat mast gives me a rash. Good lord.
  • 15 0
 I dunno, it looks all out of proportion to me. Like someone with a big belly and skinny legs.
  • 1 8
flag Mtn-Goat-13 (Apr 18, 2022 at 10:08) (Below Threshold)
 Don't forget about the New Legions of Tweens & Teens... all the rage in bike parks now. Kids who otherwise would never pedal up and can't w/o a battery - and I say that w/ zero malice for ebikes, just spoiled bratt-itudes.
  • 6 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: How could we forget about something you've just made up?
  • 1 4
 @rbeach: Minus that its real: quite the bike park dirge in my area. You talk about yr area & Ill talk about mine: that'll keep it real
  • 1 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: When you can talk in actual sentences we will be able to understand you Wink
  • 12 0
 I really hope that this means we have reached peak seat mast.
  • 4 0
 You could hang a flag off that thing.
  • 6 1
 @bocomtb: not for long....it's going to crack/snap pretty quickly
  • 11 0
 Let's play would you rather. Must pick one:

- have headset internal cable routing
-it burns when you pee
  • 2 0
 Can I bring the bike to a shop for maintenance (resulting in the mechanic wishing he had burning pee instead)?
  • 10 0
 For an Unno it appears to be quite reasonably priced. I mean, how much was a Trek Rail or a Specialized Kenevo SL? And those aren't Unno...
  • 1 0
 $18,000.00 Canadian dollars!
  • 3 0
 @kingbike2: not sure where you are getting ur numbers... but it's only 10189€ which is $14k Cad... also that price includes vat...so without vat it's $11500 cad..slap on some duties and it's still no where close to ur 18k...unless you are referring to the top end Rail or S-Works kenevo...i think Unno is a steal (comparatively). Cept you cant get it in shipped to Canada.
  • 2 1
 @iJak: exchange of 1.8 based on last time I bought euros. My bad I’m not an engineer.
  • 10 0
 Just make it a step through already!
  • 7 0
 Always happy to see innovation, but for the love of God, dumping dirt from the back tire on to shocks and pivots is a huge design fail.
  • 28 2
 dirt?? these bikes will never see dirt.
  • 2 8
flag YPSTOLM (Apr 18, 2022 at 11:01) (Below Threshold)
 @jamesbrant: you will be surprised
  • 8 1
 470 reach and then a jump to 510? lol. so basically you are cutting out anyone 5'10-6'5?????

seems like some bad demographic research was done here...
  • 8 0
 Unno… Unno… Unno no no no no
  • 7 0
 The seat tube/seatpost looks like a vape pen.

At least this 022J company knows their market.
  • 4 0
 “Gone are the days of ugly ebikes. This thing is beautiful”.Still trying to figure this out. It may be so ugly it looks good; or so good looking it’s ugly. Nothing a few beers can’t fix.
  • 5 2
 For a conventional eBike by means of power and range, this thing is light and good looking. Compared to Specialized and Forestal even the price tag doesn't upset me.
  • 8 3
 Jeez.... I give up...what the hell has happened to Mountain Bikes!?
  • 5 2
 Well this isn't a mountain bike, so there's that...
  • 3 3
 @kingtut87: Very true, it's a motor bike.
  • 5 4
 I bought into UNNO, I own a Dash, I personally think this is a stunner and the first exclusive test ride in WWW.EBIKE-MTB.COM heaps huge amounts of positives for how it rides, I'll keep my powder dry for the other 2 variations they're launching later in the year.
  • 1 0
 @henryquinney - can you please confirm that price? With those specs, from that brand, sub €10k seems suspiciously cheap (yes,
I know, 10k for anything isn’t cheap - but compared to what more mainstream brands are putting out, this really is)
  • 10 6
 ugliest bike ive ever seen
  • 5 0
 You haven't seen mine! Smile
  • 5 0
 @danstonQ: Or Pole's.
  • 3 0
 Only those who have had too much boos to drink would boo-hoo such a masterpiece.
  • 6 3
 Well, Unno, I see relatively little to Boo about
  • 6 4
 I don’t have many BOOS to give, but rest assured, when I give a BOO, it’s for an Ebike. Boo!
  • 5 2
 Wait.. E-bikes aren't supposed to look this good
  • 5 5
 I take it you are been sarcastic.
  • 5 3
 Mullet-only. Carbon-only. E-Bike. That's a trio of extremely undesireable traits. Hard pass on this one.
  • 3 0
 Seatmast looks rather phallic. Complicated ultra-expensive e-bike boo.
  • 11 8
 The ugliest bike I’ve ever seen
  • 1 1
 Have you seen the Grim Donut? Its uglier...but it such a good way
  • 1 0
 Pole has an ebike as well, i guess you never saw that then?
  • 2 1
 If it made sense for Unno to sell these at retail, I would stock this space age insanity...

But, WHYYYY is the damn seat tube so long?!?!?!?!?!
  • 3 0
 My eyes... What is this abomination of bike design
  • 3 0
 Are they saying Boös or Boöurns?
  • 2 0
 This bike seems to be a April fool post. Looks good until you check the seat post tube.
  • 1 0
 Should have called it the Unno Donkey. Because of the huge... Seatpost? Feet off pedals landing on friday fails gonna require an age restriction to watch
  • 2 1
 Such WoOoW...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but:

184 grams of recycled ocean plastic...

why mention it at all with an energy wasting bicycle....

(maybe a tipo?
  • 2 0
 Like it or not, to own one of these, your wallet is gonna take some aboos
  • 2 0
 The name of this bike gave me quite the fright
  • 1 0
 What's the pronunciation for this ? Boös just like "booze" or maybe "bouse" in french which means cow dung.
  • 1 0
 Le tréma sur le 2ème O supposerait que ça se prononce en 2 temps, genre Bauhaus Wink
  • 2 0
 It's expensive that it actually looks cheap! Boos for that!
  • 1 0
 the linkage looks like it will develop play just wheeling the bike out the garage.
  • 1 0
 It's about as ugly as their helmets. I do appreciate that they're always trying to do their own thing.
  • 1 0
 Does it come with a free pair of those Kanye West crocs? Looks like something he would pedal on a street.
  • 1 0
 They could use the Boös at The Betty Ford Institute to get people off the büze. “Scared straight”.
  • 1 0
 You aren’t a bike company if you can’t produce a size range of a single model. Change my mind.
  • 1 0
 As long as it stays on it’s side of the bed and can deal with my crazy family I believe we could have a future.
  • 1 0
 It look like it has been left too close to the radiator and has started to melt.
  • 1 0
 Wow!!!! That's brilliant looking!!! I want one just for my wall... I can't afford it... but I want it...
  • 2 1
 Fascinating! I envision an uproar of BOOS in response
  • 3 2
 I am waiting for the Boo-urns
  • 1 0
 If you have to ask you probably can’t afford it.
  • 2 1
 MAKE SEATPOSTS SKINNY AGAIN
  • 1 0
 thicc is fine on an ebike it's just way too long
  • 2 1
 Longer stays than reach in the small??? What
  • 7 5
 uglier than sin
  • 1 1
 Unno flaw, interrupted seat tube. Also looks like it might snap off without a support.
  • 1 0
 Unno, dos, poooofff!
Disappeared without a Trés!
  • 1 0
 Man the poor ugly stick needs a rest.
  • 1 0
 Bosch Kiox .....not Box kiox
  • 2 0
 sick step-through brah
  • 3 2
 So even Unno can't make a good looking e-bike Frown
  • 1 0
 So is it carbon or aluminium frame?
  • 1 0
 When you call a bike an "affair" that's pretentious AF
  • 1 0
 It's not, calling something an affair is just a common british colloquialism.
  • 1 0
 not sure about top tube but all other specs are pretty good
  • 1 0
 The unicycle crew is going to love the looks of this
  • 1 0
 they should have spelled the bike name with a capitol Ug
  • 1 0
 #stopgivingmethtoengineers
  • 1 0
 I want to like the look but cannot.
  • 1 0
 Trying to imagine how to fit bike like this onto my thule rack
  • 1 0
 No BMX background, but it has Moto inspiration
  • 1 0
 PNW will need a rear fender out of the box.
  • 1 2
 So many brands on the market I can't keep up anymore. Are people just slapping names on pre-designed frames from Asian bike shows?
  • 1 0
 Looks like they played the 'Uno Skip Seattube-support' card
  • 1 0
 Me when Yeat names an e-bike
  • 1 0
 Sold out (first SZ2 run) in a day.
  • 1 0
 Boö
  • 1 0
 Is that a kelly's?
  • 1 1
 I dUNNO what to think about it.
  • 1 2
 Id think these guys have the nicest looking E-bike. forestal.com/en/products/siryon
  • 1 0
 I DUNNO Wink
  • 1 1
 Another cool brand bites the dust
  • 1 0
 Another brand moves with the times and doesn't cling to the past.
  • 1 0
 That headset though….
  • 1 0
 Headset looks kinda... Ew...
  • 1 0
 Wow , incredible
  • 1 1
 I dunno man
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