Haibike is a German bicycle manufacturer. The brand was founded as a sports range by Winora, before becoming a brand in its own right. Today, Haibike offers muscular and electric mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. The company is part of the Accel group, which includes brands such as Ghost and Lapierre.
The Trekking 6 e-bike sits at the heart of Haibike’s touring bike range. Its frame is available in three versions: High (which we tested here), Mid (semi-open frame) and Low (low/open frame). Apart from this frame difference, all Trekking 6s rely on a Yamaha PW-ST motor (70 Nm, 250 W), a 630 Wh battery and a Shimano Deore drivetrain.
Sold between €3,000 and €3,200, the Haibike Trekking 6 is an all-road electric bike that is quite interesting on paper, due to its technical specifications. Shimano’s Deore drivetrains are becoming increasingly rare, even at this price point.
Comfort and ergonomics
The Trekking 6 High is the difference in this closed frame model. In fact, the latter has an almost horizontal tube. Logically, this version is the one that offers the best rigidity among the 3 proposed (closed, semi-open, open). The aluminum frame offers relatively wide sections, so you can almost get this model for a mountain bike.
The extra wide 72cm handlebar is another great feature you can find on a mountain bike. This allows the Trekking 6 to provide good stability, even on relatively difficult trails. On the other hand, this width can be an obstacle to use the Trekking 6 in an urban setting where you have to squeeze between vehicles. It is better to remember that this Haibike e-bike is more at home in wide open areas.
The use of WTB Groov-E wheels of 27.5 inches in diameter and 2.4 inches in width follows the same orientation. Accordingly, the Trekking 6 remains comfortable on the road as well as on the trails. If you’re planning to tour a small area with little space, it’s better to opt for a thicker pair of rubber, though. The large amount of air in the continental tires of the Haibike hybrid bike makes it a comfortable city bike, even on cobbles and on trails.
Comfort is supported by the presence of a Suntour Nex 25 fork. Its steel tube offers a travel of 63 mm. It’s not enough to consider the trails as rough, but it’s still important. The shock absorber can be blocked, but the interest here is small.
It’s a shame that Haibike didn’t opt for a suspended seat post to improve seating comfort. The saddle, on the other hand, offers an interesting sporty profile and is pleasant, even on long trips. The method seems a little strong at first, but this type of saddle is more recommended during long trips and emphasizes pedaling. The pedals, precise, wide and grippy, are ideal for tackling most terrains and climates.
Because unlike a Winora Sinus 9 that relies on comfort and a higher driving position, the Trekking 6 pushes for more dynamics. We find ourselves leaning more forward, palms planted on a steering wheel with comfortable ergonomic grips. The stem of the Trekking 6 High cannot be adjusted to adjust the riding position, which the stem of the Low model allows.
Overall, the finish of the German electric bike is very satisfactory. The integration of the motor, the battery and the various cables is important. The 630 Wh battery is placed in the downtube and is easily removed by removing the plastic cover that protects it and then using the provided key to open the lock.
The Haibike Trekking 6 High has a rack that can support 25 kg. Mudguards are also on the menu. It does a good job, although the one that covers the front wheel could be a little lower to protect the shoes. Without a chain cover, you have to be careful not to grease your bottom pants.
Lighting on a touring bike is extremely important. When going out in the cities and their lights at night, it’s better to have an indoor light that can be seen, but also shines effectively in front of you. Haibike uses the Skybeamer light for this with 150 lumens and a wide enough beam.
The Trekking 6 profile invites you to get away from the cities and to attack the paths and trails. Its 250 W Yamaha PW-ST engine develops 70 Nm of torque, quick enough to climb and at a good pace in most of the difficulties encountered.
The engine deploys its assistance in 5 levels (Off, Eco, Standard, High and Auto). Changing the mode happens very simply thanks to the controls that fall under the thumb of the left hand. The high mode is the one that delivers the full power of the engine, but it is not violent and can be used in the city and in the hills. Starts are flexible and acceleration is progressive.
The screen of the Yamaha system is large and shows a lot of useful information: instantaneous speed, distance traveled, battery level, estimated range, clock, pedaling rate… A particularly complete list is possible truncate to parameters if not found. used for one of these data. Overall the screen is perfectly readable, even in direct sunlight. The brightness can be adjusted in the settings.
The pedaling feel is very natural overall. Using the automatic mode allows the system to choose the best way to help according to several parameters (pressure on the pedals, cadence, speed, etc.); no need to ask the question when approaching a beach. This mode is good overall and allows you to focus only on shifting gears.
The transmission, precisely, is a point of satisfaction. Haibike calls on Shimano and its Deore system (M4120 derailleur, M4100 shifters, CSM 4100 11-42 cassette) for the chain transmission. The market is very tense, it becomes rare to find such a level of range at this price. Trekking 6 benefits from a certain flexibility when changing gears and a significant reaction.
It should also be noted that the Trekking 6 High can drive beyond 25 km/h with its help without many problems. Driving at 27 or 28 km/h on the flat is done without too much effort and also allows revving down. The very sporty spirit of the German bike comes out well thanks to this engine/transmission couple.
Choosing relatively smooth, but wide tires is a good compromise to maintain proper performance. It should be inflated according to the main surface of your journey, or the most demanding. Again, it may be worth choosing tires that are more trekking or gravel oriented, depending on your usage.
The Trekking 6 relies on Tektro hydraulic disc brakes which work well. The 180 mm diameter discs are suitable for off-road use. We would have appreciated slightly shorter levers, which are easier to manipulate with 1 or 2 fingers.
If Bosch now offers 750 Wh batteries for electric bikes with its motors, Yamaha is content with the current one with 630 Wh. What already offers big promises of endurance to big rollers. The Haibike Trekking 6 High clearly did not disappoint us at this point as we were able to ride 88 km on a single charge. A value is more appreciated because the course has no less than 1200 m of elevation gain. All in all, a very good show. As usual, we only rode for this range test in maximum assist mode and tried to make the engine work as well as possible.
By using less greedy means of assistance and less hilly terrain, it can easily exceed 110 or 120 km. Enough to consider several outings, or at least not worry about recharging the battery. Also remember that this test was done on a 65 kg cyclist, in mild temperatures. Cold weather and heavier or more passenger loads have a negative effect on range.
The battery can be easily released from its location, but remains secured with a key lock. The Trekking 6 user is free to charge the battery directly on the bike or charge it separately. On the other hand, you have to be patient for a full charge because it takes a little more than 5 hours to fill the 630 Wh with the provided 4 A charger.