Drive – you can take it in many different contexts, but to us, it is the desire to ride beyond commonly prescribed limitations. To push the boundaries of your ride, whether it's post-work hot laps or a weekend epic. The Drive exists to take you further and deliver a broader trail experience.
The same ethos applies to Eminent bike design. "technologically driven, performance obsessed, aesthetically peerless." That's how we do it. Making a battery and motor fit into our current design was never a question because this isn't just an E-bike: this is the next chapter for Eminent and AFS. We turned over every stone to get here, again looking beyond conventional design at where and how gains could be achieved, always in the most efficient manner possible. While its silhouette confirms it's very much an Eminent, it doesn't take an engineering degree to realize this bike has a deep bag of new tricks. One ride, and you will understand the roll-over advantages of the high pivot and the predictability of a tuned linear progressive rear end. This bike begs for more, and thanks to the Shimano EP8 motor, you too will have a bottomless bag of tricks to feed it. Simply put: this bike drives hard.
HIGH PIVOT AFS
The Drive has a 15mm rearward axle path. The way we see it, this is the way forward in mid to long travel mountain bike segments. By forward, we mean that once you ride it, you immediately notice the lack of hang-up and hold back deflection. The bike wants to reset and move on to more chunk. You might think this is only a descending benefit. Still, it also impacts traction on the climbs, especially in loose terrain technical up and over situations, where required weight shifting can result in a spun-out rear. Because the wheel moves with the bump, traction remains more constant. Lastly, the new design still delivers a solid 120% anti-squat platform to mash on.
ELIMINATION OF BRAKE BRACKET
Thanks to the high pivot configuration, the dropout no longer counter rotates as it goes through travel. Instead, the new dropout plate effectively becomes the floating bracket, keeping the rotor clocked to the same spot on the caliper throughout the travel, delivering fully active braking, with 30% anti-rise at sag. With the brake bracket out of the way, there is room to accommodate a 203 diameter rotor for increased stopping power. Technical evaluation illustrates that the rotor stays clocked to the caliper throughout suspension travel in all Eminent designs.
The graph says it all: dead linear. 30% progressivity or a virtually straight diagonal line as the bike moves through travel. But what does it all mean? First, because it is linear, better midstroke support equates to less "wallow." Second, as it moves deeper into the travel, the shock provides increasing bottom-out resistance. Finally, Eminent's AFS allows for a lighter shock compression tune (great for coil), resulting in a more supple and supportive ride. The AFS long-rocker achieves its goal by optimally placing the pivot points and adding the lower shock linkage, which works in concert with the upper pivot point to achieve the desired leverage ratio.
SHIMANO EP8 MOTOR & CUSTOM 504W BATTERY
The EP8 is the smallest and lightest-in-class motor, generating 85 Nm of torque and commanded by Shimamo's clean and cleverly integrated display interface. Power delivery is further customized via the E-Tube phone app. Weight, strength, and keeping the appearance svelte were major design priorities. Thanks to a custom 504W battery accessed via the motor, the Drive has one of the industry's slimmest down tube/motor areas. Keeping things tight also helps to keep the weight down. The Drive comes in at 48 pounds in its heaviest spec and only gets lighter as you move up in the line.
CONTINUOUS SEAT TUBE
By eliminating the previous design shock tunnel, the new design provides a massive uninterrupted 308mm (L & XL) and 288 (M) seat post insertion. The standard of a long 34.9mm diameter dropper is good to go. Speaking of clearance, we've lowered the stand over by an inch as well. Lastly, we've steepened up the STA to 76.2° (MT) and 77° (LT).
HALF DEGREE FLIP CHIP
Sporting easy access to an integrated flip-chip on the upper shock bolt, changing the ride height is a snap. In addition, the flip-chip allows for a half degree of adjustability (63.5/64 MT, 64.5/65 LT).
SUPER BOOST & KEYED AXLE
Vital MTB called the AFS rear end on our last bike "exceptionally stiff," but when it comes to lateral stiffness, you can't have too much. So we looked at where we could improve it further. The first step was moving to Superboost 157 hub spacing, which offers a stronger & stiffer wheel. But that wasn't enough. The actual improvements are the new dropout design, integrating a unique keyed rear axle that locks the two dropout plates together, increasing torsional stiffness in high stress.
We recommend having the bike built by a bike shop professional if the bike is shipped. When purchased locally, this bike is fully built, tested, and warrantied at our shop. All new bikes come with a one-year manufacturer's warranty. Refurbished bikes are guaranteed to operate as new at the time of possession but are sold as-is and may have cosmetic defects, inspect your bike before taking possession. Refurbished bikes come with a 30-day parts guarantee. (See Terms and Conditions for more details). Note: Due to supply chain inconsistencies, specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Eminent Drive E-MTB
Remember about 12 years ago when the only way to really smash a trail was on a DH bike? Climbable enduros didn't quite exist yet, so we relied on tailgates and roof racks to get to the top. It was an amazing time. The sport was finally ditching grandfathered standards and evolving in the direction we wanted it to go: down. It was shuttle laps all day long. There was just one problem. They were, well… shuttle laps. Enter the Drive MT. Our most gravity-oriented bike thus far, with an electric motor. The Shimano EP8 and a 504w Li-Ion battery, to be more specific. Shuttle problem - solved. But let's be clear, we didn't just move a few things around to fit a motor onto an existing design. The Drive introduces our new high pivot progressive AFS with 160mm of rear-wheel travel and 170mm upfront; traction on a whole new level. The rearward axle path silences square edge hits in a way that simply has to be experienced to appreciate. The Drive MT is also the most consistent and progressive spring rate we've brought to market (yep, you can run a coil if you want). Welcome back to the era of shuttling; this time with no odd man out, no gas money, no waiting, just laps on laps on laps on laps on.
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