2018 Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO launched

Electric mid-drive plus bike with HAL highly active linkage system

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2018 Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO

Building on over a decade of full suspension frame design, the Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO 27.5+ is designed for up to 5 inches of terrain taming travel both front and rear.

Motobecane has introduced their first full suspension eBike, saying they believe more people riding bikes makes the world a better place and envision eBikes as an incredible opportunity to bring more people into cycling.

The Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO is a mid-fat, electric mid-drive plus bike with boost hub spacing and the HAL (highly active linkage) suspension system.

2018 Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO

Chainstays are optimized at a stubby 444mm, netting a playful feeling bike that climbs like a Billy goat.

Building on over a decade of full suspension frame design, the Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO 27.5+ is designed for up to 5 inches of terrain taming travel both front and rear. The HAL suspension system uses a chainstay mounted pivot for more supple suspension tracking and control even under hard braking.

Chainstays are optimized at a stubby 444mm, netting a playful feeling bike that climbs like a Billy goat. Spec highlights include a RockShox Pike fork and industry leading Shimano e8000 mid-drive motor with Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes.

For a limited time these bikes are available exclusively on Bikesdirect.com.

2018 Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO Highlights
  • Full suspension MTB
  • HAL eBoost TEAM Shimano E8000 electric mid-drive
  • New highly active linkage suspension
  • Up to 5 inches of travel
  • Incredible climbing and control
  • WTB TCS tubeless compatible rims
  • Advanced hydro-form aluminum frames
  • CNC knuckle box
  • 140mm RockShox PIKE RCT3
  • Shimano XT hydraulic brakes
  • Front and rear thru axles
  • Dropper seatpost routing
  • Price: $3499.95 (List $7999)
HAL eBoost Sizing Guide
  • 38cm – 5’5″ to 5’7″
  • 43cm – 5’8″ to 5’10″
  • 48cm – 5’11″ to 6’1″
  • 52cm – 6’2″ to 6’4″
2018 Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO Complete Spec – Click to Enlarge

2018 Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO

HAL eBoost Geometry – Click to Enlarge

2018 Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO

For more info head over to www.bikesdirect.com.

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  • p brig says:

    A moped by any other name is still a moped.

  • peter says:

    Good to see a well built ebike at a competitive price. Please don’t call this a moped because it not. The rider has to actively be involved in pedaling it.

  • Alex says:

    http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/Mopeds.htm
    A motorized bike (moped) is a pedal bicycle with a helper motor, electric or gas-powered, and is exempt from inspection requirements. For a vehicle to qualify as a moped, it must meet all four of the following conditions:
    - Be classified as a pedal bicycle
    - Have a motor with less than 50 CCs
    - Cannot have more than 1.5 brake horsepower
    - Maximum speed cannot be greater than 25 MPH on a flat surface

    • swill says:

      This is how Mountain Biking ends. By calling electric motorcycles “bicycles” and riding them on MTB trails, you will get real bicycles banned from trails. Please keep the damage done by your laziness confined to your own fat butts.

    • Rob says:

      Hi Alex, Do you know if the max speed is with or without pedaling? I can already go over 25mph on a flat surface and I would think that if I had a motor “assist” I could cruise at over 25. Does that make it a motor vehicle since it would fail the max speed condition?

    • Bikesdirect says:

      The HAL eBoost is definitely a pedal bicycle. You pedal and the motor assists.
      This has a 250 Watt Motor like the Trek and Specialized ebikes but this is the only one in this price range that has the top level Shimano E8000 Mid Drive motor system.
      The 250 Watts is .335 horsepower so well below the 1.5 HP limit.

  • Randall says:

    I have rode and raced bikes for over 40 years. Haters are just little people that feel they have to prove something. The best thing that could happen to this world is billions of people buy and ride an Ebikes.

  • R. Wilson says:

    Mr. Swill, I understand your worry but keep in mind you don’t always stay in great shape your entire life. I’ve been mountain biking half of my life using my own power but once you get over 50 things begin to change with your body that you can do nothing about. Try as you may, you can’t stop the clock. I’m over 60 now. I’d love to ride in the mountains again but my cardio can’t take the stress of climbing the long hills. I’d love to have a nice e-mtb. Wish I had the money.

    • Jim says:

      I read a lot of hate posts by ebike advocates that are furious that regular non motorized riders don’t agree with them. Excuuuuuuuuuussssssse me for having an opinion you don’t agree with.

    • Jim says:

      I’ll be 70 next month, I’m still riding a regular self propelled mtb and have no intention of owning an ebike ever. Most of the ebike riders I have seen are dudes young enough to be my grandkid.

  • R. Wilson says:

    @ Jim, I still ride regular bikes as well but at your age you should know that other people your age have health issues that might make it hard to ride a regular bike. If you have great health at 70 and no joint, blood pressure, weight gain or muscle loss issues then consider yourself lucky. I’ve known people younger than me that are now dead and it scares the hell out of me.

  • GIO says:

    Except the other, do not judge, live and let live. some of the most used cliche that will stay as a cliche. we have improved our health, our life, communication, science, cars, housing, weapons but the human nature stay the same as when we were in the Garden of Eden or in the cave on the prehistoric man.
    I wonder what would become of us if women would rule?

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