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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.
***Update 2021 – It looks like the Decathlon Stilus V2 is going to be released – this model is the same as before but with a 625Wh battery and the latest Bosch firmware to unleash the full 85Nm of torque from the motor. (Not currently in stock) see below for the budget version that uses the 65Nm Bosch Performance Line motor.
? The new Decathlon E-Stilus 29er (pictured below) is now available in limited quantities?
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 – the price for the 2021 Silus V2 is £3499.00
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 2021 Stilus V2 has the latest Bosch firmware and produces 85Nm max torque.
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. **The 2021 Stilus V2 uses the 625Wh Bosch powertube battery**
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.
This is updated to take the latest Decathlon Stilus V2 into account – the latest model is still reasonable value for money when compared with the competition, although at £3499.00 (for the V2 model) it’s not far off £1000 more expensive than last years model. The only obvious updates are slightly improved suspension, the Bosch firmware and of course the 625Wh battery. I big portion of the price hike will be down to the import duty Decathlon now have to pay the UK government (due to Brexit).
[conclusion from the 2020 model] 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.