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The New Stilus – The first Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike from Decathlon
So, I’ve just finished writing a review of the Giant Stance E +2 and low and behold – Decathlon have just released a new full suspension electric mountain bike called the Stilus. This post is an overview as I have yet to get my hands on one for a full test, but as soon as I do, I will update this article.
At a first glance the Stilus looks to be excellent value for money when compared with the Giant Stance E +2 and the Voodoo Zobop E-Shimano.
I’m a big fan of Decathlon electric bikes, as I believe they offer decent specification ebikes at an affordable price. At a first glance, the Stilus looks like it is going to be a winner!
With a spec list that includes the 4th Generation Bosch CX motor, 500Wh powertube battery, SRAM’s excellent Eagle SX 1 x 12 drivetrain, dropper seat post and Rockshox suspension, the list price of £2699.99 is excellent.
If you are familiar with the latest ebike technology, the 4th generation Bosch CX motor needs no introduction. It is lighter, and more efficient than the previous model, but still produces an impressive 75Nm of torque and 340% of pedal assist in full power mode.
The Stilus uses the Bosch Purion display, which gives you all the important information like speed, battery range, trip function and assist levels. This display has been in use for a few years now and is generally considered reliable.
The Stilus uses the Bosch 500Wh (watt hour) PowerTube battery. This is neatly integrated into the frame and can be removed for safe storage. There is also the option to purchase the more powerful 625Wh battery from Bosch, if you require a greater battery range.
Decathlon have done well in this department. The component list on the Stilus is befitting of a more expensive full suss e-bike. With a full SRAM groupset (including Guide hydraulic brakes), Rockshox suspension front and rear, tubeless-ready rims and a dropper seat post. This bike is very well kitted-out for the price.
The Stilus uses the excellent SRAM Eagle SX 1 x 12 drivetrain, with an 11-50 rear cassette, and a 36t front chainring. The gear ratios on the rear cassette are: 11-13-15-17-19-22-25-28- 32-36-42-50 – this is excellent gearing on an e-bike at this price and will enable the rider to climb practically anything!
Brakes are excellent quality SRAM guide hydraulic brakes with 4-piston calipers, and 200mm rotors front and rear.
Wheels and Tyres
The Stilus uses decent Sunringle Duroc 40 32h tubeless-ready rims with Boost thru-axles 12×148 (rear) and 15×110 (front) to increase strength and alloy hubs with sealed bearings. Tyres are Schwalbe Smart Sam 27.5″ x 2.8″ which are good all-rounders, although you may want to swap these out depending on the kind of riding you will be doing.
Rockshox 35 front fork with an excellent 150mm of travel, the rear shock is a Rockshox Debonair which also has 150mm of travel.
All the finishing kit is Decathlon branded components. Decent quality stuff, nonetheless. A bonus feature that you don’t usually see on sub-£3000 e-MTB’s is a dropper seat post.
The frame looks nice at a glance, it is made from 6061 Alloy and has internal cable routing and integrated battery pack.
Who is the Stilus aimed at?
With a specification like this, the Stilus electric mountain bike will suit anyone from a beginner to intermediate rider looking for a capable off-road machine at a reasonable price. With 150mm suspension travel front and rear, and full SRAM groupset, this will definitely win over a lot of potential first-time buyers over the competition.
Full suspension electric mountain bikes are never cheap, but from what I’ve seen so far of the bike and spec, the Stilus is going to be a front runner to win the crown of best value full suspension e-MTB.
I was thinking to myself a few days ago, it’s only a matter of time before Decathlon release a full suspension electric mountain bike. I knew it would be great value for money, and probably offer a specification usually found on e-MTB’s in a higher price bracket – it looks like they have met my expectations!
Decathlon have started to produce some excellent electric bikes, and having recently ridden and reviewed the Rockrider E-ST900, I was incredibly impressed not only with the bike itself, but the exceptional value for money.
My first impressions of the Stilus are it looks like another great value for money ebike from Decathlon, that has a specification far greater than its price tag would suggest.
There are very few full suspension electric mountain bikes available for under £3000, and I can see the Stilus being very popular. Not only is it the cheapest in it’s class, but it also boasts an excellent specification.
I’m going to try and get my hands on a Stilus in the next couple of weeks, so I can do a full review, and I’m fairly sure I won’t be disappointed.
The review ratings below are based on my first impressions of the bike and specification