Take the latest eMTB technology and combine it with an expensive manufacturing process and you’ll build something along the lines of this €16,000 eFanes eMTB.
Bikes built of CNC machined halves are not as uncommon as you might think, and as brands look at building framesets using less traditional methods more CNC wonder bikes are hitting the trails.
Think CNC machined bikes and you will instantly think of Pole’s Machine and Stamina bikes. Not the first CNC machined bikes to hit the dirt, but the first to make CNC’d bikes a viable alternative to traditional welded bikes or moulded carbon frames. In addition to Pole, we’ve seen bikes from Actofive, CNC parts from Hope and even Stanton Bikes is investigating a CNC machined rear end for full suspension bikes.
But so far a CNC machined eMTB has been missing from the list of machined bikes, well that is until this week when Alutech revealed that it has made just that. Based on the eFanes eMTB, the CNC eFanes is exactly what you thought it would be a CNC machined eMTB and it’s simply gorgeous.
Whereas Pole has used bolts and bonding processes to fix CNC machined frame halves together, Alutech says they use a welding process. Apparently, the process uses special gases that shield the material and prevent an excess build-up of heat. This lower heat means a lower chance of distortion, which is why Pole and others chose not to weld.
Being a CNC machined frame, Alutech has chosen a mirror-like polished finish to show off the innovative eMTB frame.
What’s most interesting is that the CNC eFanes eMTB isn’t some one-off prototype but a production-ready model that customers can pre-order online today. Due to the complexity of the manufacture, frames will only be offered in size M and L and it doesn’t come cheap! One of these puppies will set you back €15,999!
For the price of a Volkswagen UP GTI you’ll get a mullet eMTB with Fox X2 rear shock, Fox 38 Factory Fork, Shimano XTR drivetrain and Shimano motor and internal battery.
If you fancy one of these for yourself then head on over to the Alutech website and get that credit card boiling.