DJI Is on a Hot Streak! Unveils New E-MTB Lineup With an In-House Drive System

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In the past month or so, DJI has been spotted on our pages time and time again, mainly because they've been unveiling the fruits of their behind-the-curtain labor. One of the new systems has been a pair of portable battery banks and, most recently, an e-bike motor system! Well, here are the e-bikes to go along with it.
That's right, folks; DJI, the world-renowned drone and film-gear manufacturer, has been breaking away from its typical toys and hunting down industry after industry. One of those off-shoots is now tampering with e-bikes, and since there's no manufacturer on the market to handle their newly unveiled Avinox system, with all its bells, whistles, and unique mounts, DJI actually created an entire e-bike lineup. Yes, DJI is into manufacturing carbon fiber beauties to tame the local countryside!

Now, kicking things off for the Amflow, DJI's brand name for these ravishing creatures, we first need to take a quick look at the drivetrain setup this manufacturer recently unveiled. I completed an entire article about this system, but I'll sum it up in just a few words.

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Overall, DJI created a mid-mounted motor with polymer gears to help reduce weight to a notable 2.52 kg (5.55 lbs) motor that can offer a maximum continuous torque of 105 Nm (77 lb-ft) and a peak of 850 W of power. A boost mode bumps those numbers up to 120 Nm (88.5 lb-ft) and 1,000 W of juice, but only for 30 seconds at a time.

Couple that with a maximum of 800 Wh of battery power, and we're told that a peak 157 km (97.5 mi) of range is possible. The real neat trick here is that this much power can be recharged from 0% to 75% in around 1.5 hours. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me. Other components join the mix, but for now, let's focus on the three e-MTB and full-suspension machines DJI has for the free riders among us.

Since this is DJI's first stride at producing a complete e-bike, allow me to point out that these babies are not cheap. For example, the least expensive of the three variations starts off at no less than €7,000 ($7,500 at current exchange rates), but there are clear reasons for that, and the drive system is one of them. Do try to guess how much the most expensive variation costs. No less than €12K ($13,000)!

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Why are these babies selling for so much? Part of the story has to do with the tech DJI pumps into its drivetrain, but it's also because of the R&D and man-hours of work that go into crafting each carbon fiber frame we see, not to mention new production lines and molds.

Starting with the frame, DJI mentions that each carbon fiber construction weighs just 2.27 kg (5 lbs), with a small disclaimer regarding variations in this weight. But it's all built around the new hardware, and judging by the images in the gallery and the manufacturer's website, full integration is the name of the game.

Mounted into the BB (Bottom Bracket), we see the little powerhouse this drone builder has in store, but the battery, be it the 600 Wh or 800 Wh version, whichever you've got the bucks for, is hidden neatly in the Amflow's down tube.

As for the suspension abilities of the Amflow, you'll be able to access up to 150 mm of rear travel, made possible by either a FOX Float X Factory or Float Performance rear shock, and at the front, a 36 Performance or 36 Factory fork gives us up to 160 mm of travel. DJI's looking to make this one fly folks. Do note the four-bar linkage rear suspension.

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Further down the line, who do you think DJI called upon to handle all your pedaling power? None other than SRAM, of course. We can look forward to the top-shelf goodies this timeless manufacturer has in store, meaning SRAM's X0 Eagle or GX Eagle derailleurs and their corresponding cassettes, chains, and shift levers. Helping control all that is Magura, with MT5 or MT7 Pro brakes and 203 mm rotors all over. Oh, and Maxxis is responsible for your rubbers, be they for 27.5-inch wheels or 29'ers; you choose, and the Amflow is designed to handle both sizes. Mullets anyone?

Now, I understand that it may be rather difficult to get a feel for this bike from where you're standing, so allow me to point out that the headtube angle is set at 64.5 degrees, supported by a 44 mm rake, and the seat tube at 77 degrees. Once everything like seat tubes, saddles, handlebars, grips, and lines are added, we're looking at a 19.2 kg (42 lbs) machine.

But, the only real way to see what one of these babies can do is to simply find a local dealership that may have one in stock and go for a test ride, and this is where we encounter a snag in this story. For the time being, Only the UK, Germany, and Australia can get their hands on DJI's latest work, but the future is sure to see other countries on the delivery list.

Honestly, at this point, I'm thinking that DJI is about to drop an electric motorcycle or dirt bike sometime soon.
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Editor's note: Images in the gallery also showcase DJI Avinox drive system.

About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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