HUSQVARNA eBike: MOUNTAIN CROSS 7 

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Exploring Husqvarna’s E-Bike Evolution

It’s been a few years since the Husqvarna e-bike made its debut at the Eurobike show in 2017. As a company renowned for its off-road motorcycle legacy, the brand’s transition into the e-bike world has been eagerly anticipated. Now, it’s time to explore the latest iteration of Husqvarna’s all-mountain endeavor, the Mountain Cross 7, priced at $5999.

Additionally, the Mountain Cross 5, available at $4399 with slightly lower-end components, offers an alternative choice. Husqvarna’s commitment to e-bikes extends to downhill and enduro-specific models, along with 24-inch-wheel kids’ e-bikes, signaling a full-throttle embrace of e-mobility.

The Drive System: Shimano’s EP8 Motor Delivers Excellence

In our first encounter with a Husqvarna bike, we found it equipped with Shimano’s latest EP8 motor. Delivering a robust 85 Newton meters of torque, this motor impresses with its seamless coordination between cadence, torque, and speed sensors. The harmony of these sensors results in a ride that feels efficient and natural. A higher cadence is rewarded, and proper shifting technique enhances the experience.

Riders can intuitively sense when the motor delivers maximum torque, prompting timely shifts to maintain optimal power delivery. Featuring a lightweight magnesium case shielded by a skid plate, this motor is both durable and efficient. The Mountain Cross boasts a 630-watt-hour battery, striking an ideal balance for most riders.

The Frame: Aluminum Excellence and Thoughtful Design

Crafted from aluminum, the frame and rear triangle of the Mountain Cross promise a smooth and predictable ride. The battery integration into the downtube, with its user-friendly removal cover and key, showcases smart design choices. Notably, Husqvarna placed the charge port conveniently out of the way of the cranks, near the bottom of the downtube, protected by a practical rubber cover. The bike’s “biggie smalls” configuration with a 29-inch front wheel and 27.5-inch rear wheel, often referred to as a “mullet,” adds versatility.

Geometry-wise, the size-medium test bike features numbers typical of the all-mountain category, with a 65-degree head angle, 460mm reach, and a 76-degree effective seat tube angle. A consistent chainstay length of 439mm across all sizes enhances balance. An aggressively sloping top tube contributes to a lower standover height, providing extra clearance for riders with shorter legs.

The Build: Components for a Dependable Ride

The Mountain Cross 7 is built on DT Swiss H 1900 rims, the brand’s second-tier e-mountain bike rims. These rims sport fast-rolling Maxxis Recon tires, with a 2.5-inch tire on the 29er front wheel and a 2.6-inch Recon on the 27.5-inch rear wheel. While these tires suffice for most scenarios, some riders may prefer more aggressive front tires. The bike features stock 160mm cranks, though our test bike boasts 170mm cranks, with no excessive pedal strikes noted even with the longer cranks. A 34t front chainring powers the Shimano CS-M6100 12-speed cassette, ensuring a high enough cadence for challenging climbs.

A mid-tier Shimano SL-M6100 gear shifter controls the Shimano Deore XT derailleur, while the left side of the handlebars houses a Shimano SW EM800-L electronic shifter for motor power mode adjustments. Shimano Deore XT brakes with 200mm Ice-Tech rotors offer reliable stopping power. The house-brand 780mm-wide handlebars, held by a 35mm stem, provide control, and a 31.6mm diameter Husqvarna dropper seatpost with 150mm of travel ensures a seamless riding experience.

Suspension: Delivering a Plush Ride

The Mountain Cross features a Horst-link-style Full Active four-link rear suspension design paired with a 150mm travel Fox DPS Float Factory shock. The shock offers a three-position compression lever and additional three-position adjustment settings, allowing riders to fine-tune the suspension for plush or stiffer responses. Adjusting the rebound on the fly is straightforward.

Up front, the 150mm-travel Fox 36 Factory fork boasts high- and low-speed compression and rebound settings, though it may initially feel overwhelming for some to set up. However, for those who enjoy tinkering, the Fox Grip2 damper offers exceptional performance when dialed in correctly, resulting in a dreamy ride.

Climbing: Agile and Powerful

Positioned between the trail and all-mountain categories, the Mountain Cross showcases its agility on uphill flow trails with tight corners. The “mullet” wheel setup typically excels in navigating tight corners, making this bike no exception. It exhibits liveliness when overcoming trail obstacles and technical rocky sections during ascents. The rear end cooperates effectively, facilitating confident progress even through challenging segments.

The Shimano EP8 motor earns praise for its smooth, quiet performance during extended climbs on fire roads. Boasting ample torque and immediate, natural power delivery, it stands out as one of the finest assist systems available for Class 1 e-mountain bikes. The 630Wh battery ensures range anxiety is a thing of the past, even on demanding climbs.

Descending: Confidence on Twisty Terrain

Descending on the Mountain Cross is a delight, especially on tight, twisty downhill sections, particularly at slower speeds when riders carefully navigate their way. The bike imparts a feeling of control, allowing riders to confidently tackle chunky sections. While it may exhibit some flex on significant hits, the Fox fork excels in providing compliance and comfort through rough turns, outperforming forks with 38mm stanchions. However, in high-speed rough sections, riders may experience a slight drop in confidence compared to some all-mountain bikes. This nuanced sensation could potentially be attributed to the mixed-wheel setup, although even riders less inclined toward jumping found the bike comfortable when airborne.

Upgrades and Modifications: Enhancing Performance

Considering potential upgrades, the Fox 36 fork, while adequate, leaves room for exploration. Upgrading to a beefier fork, such as the Fox 38 or a RockShox Zeb, could elevate the Mountain Cross’s capability, particularly when tackling big hits. While the Maxxis Recon tires fulfill their role, riders may find a more aggressive tire, especially for the front wheel, better complements the bike’s potential, enhancing traction and control in varied terrains.

Technical Specifications: Husqvarna Mountain Cross 7 EMTB

Frame

  • Material: Alloy 6061
  • Full Active 4-Link Suspension
  • Integrated Battery
  • Travel: 150 mm
  • Frame Size Options: 29/27.5″

Fork

  • Brand: FOX
  • Model: Float 36 Factory E-bike+
  • Damper: Grip 2
  • Steerer: Tapered

Rear Shock

  • Brand: FOX
  • Model: Float DPS Factory
  • Size: 205×60 mm
  • Mounting: Trunnion

Motor

  • Brand: Shimano
  • Model: EP8
  • Type: DU-EP800
  • Power: 250 W
  • Torque: 85 Nm

Battery

  • Capacity: 630 Wh
  • Voltage: 36 V

Charger

  • Brand: Simplo
  • Type: Rapid Charger
  • Amperage: 4 A

Mode Switch

  • Brand: Shimano
  • Model: SW-EM800-L

Display

  • Brand: Shimano
  • Model: SC-EM800
  • Type: LED-Display
  • Connectivity: ANT, Bluetooth

Brakes

  • Front Brake: Shimano BR-M8120
  • Pistons: 4-piston
  • Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc Brake
  • Rear Brake: Shimano BR-M8120
  • Pistons: 4-piston
  • Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc Brake

Drivetrain

  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
  • Model: RD-M8100
  • Technology: Shadow Plus
  • Speeds: 12
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-M6100
  • Range: 10-51 T
  • Chain: KMC e12S
  • Chainring: Husqvarna
  • Type: Narrow Wide
  • Teeth: 34 T
  • Crank Arm: Husqvarna
  • Material: Aluminum Forged
  • Shift Lever: Shimano Deore
  • Model: SL-M6100
  • Shifter Type: Rapidfire Plus

Wheels

  • Wheelset: DT Swiss H 1900 Spline 30
  • Tubeless Ready
  • Hub Type: Center Lock
  • Front Axle: 15×110 mm
  • Rear Axle: 12×148 mm

Tires

  • Front Tire: Maxxis Rekon
  • Size: 29×2.4
  • Tubeless Ready
  • Rear Tire: Maxxis Rekon
  • Size: 27.5×2.6

Saddle

  • Brand: Husqvarna
  • Model: MTB

Seat Post

  • Brand: Husqvarna
  • Type: Dropper Post

Pedals

  • Brand: Husqvarna
  • Material: Aluminum

About Husqvarna

Husqvarna is on a mission to revolutionize the world of mobility, one ride at a time. Embracing change as an ever-present force, Husqvarna believes in shaping the future through actions today. With roots tracing back to a lineage of motorcycle manufacturing, Husqvarna offers a legacy of over a century’s worth of innovation. As the latest incarnation of Husqvarna’s ingenuity, the company is committed to a future where mediocrity has no place. The vision encompasses empowering riders and redefining mobility, all while staying true to the enduring heritage. With unwavering determination, Husqvarna is charging into the future, propelling e-mobility to new horizons and inspiring the world to ride along.

Karan

Karan

Karan, an eBike specialist, brings a unique blend of technical expertise and passion for sustainable transport. He boasts three years in the electric mobility sphere, with hands-on experience in various eBike brands. Beyond his work, he loves embarking on outdoor adventures riding his eBike.

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