The emergence of direct-to-consumer e-bike companies has shaken up just what an e-bike can or should be. When we look at the legacy bicycle companies we see a lot of very traditional thinking in traditional models like commuters, cruisers, road bikes and mountain bikes. The D2C companies have often taken that thinking and tossed it out the nearest high window. Thank heaven. That’s 100% the case with the Eunorau Defender S we reviewed – it’s an e-bike that is anything but traditional or found in a common mold.
The Eunorau Defender S is a bike that a company like Giant or Cannondale would never have made. That’s not to say it’s not a worthwhile e-bike; but it required someone thinking about what an e-bike can be in a fresh way in order to see this rig to market. In our review of the Eunorau Defender S we will look at what makes this e-bike so different from most of the bikes we see with big, knobby tires.
The first, most obvious difference between the Defender S and other e-bikes is that this uses two-wheel drive. Yes, you read that correctly. Both the front and rear wheels drive this bike. We will get into just how this works later in our review.
At root, though, this is an all-terrain e-bike with full suspension to smooth out rough roads and rocky ground. It is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes and a 9-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain, which gives it an increased ability to take in big hills. It also comes in two sizes in order to better fit buyers.