Strong uphill and downhill performance. Neither uneasy nor sedate to handle. Lots of battery range, but not too heavy.
The Stevens E-Inception AM is a real all-rounder! And so hello to the bike check of our test winner. This bike didn't win any test. For the EMTB issue 6/2020 we tested eight absolute high-end e-mountainbikes. Cost: up to 11.500 Euros Admittedly, the test victory of this bike surprised us.
As far as e-mountainbikes are concerned, the brand from Hamburg didn't really get going. Their bikes were good, but we haven't really loved them so far. That changed suddenly with the model range 2021 and the E-Inception models. For the first time, the development team is relying on sporty high-end bikes instead of cheap bestsellers. The solid base of the E-Inception is a noble full carbon frame. There is also a large battery with 726 watt hours and Shimano's new EP8 drive unit. The battery sits under a special plastic
cover that is generously rubberized.
The Darfon battery can be removed in the classic way with a key. In addition, there are high-end carbon components, the high-quality Shimano XTR groupset and very powerful brakes. And the geometry is also up to date. The reach is long and sportive, the steering angle is flat and the seat angle is very steep. The integrated cable routing through the headset is a perfect rounding off of the modern overall impression. The bike is not a cozy SUV tank. Geometry and components are designed for ambitious trail rides. With 150 millimeters of travel, the E-Inception doesn't even shy away from wild enduro trail rides. High riding safety, active suspension, powerful and robust specs: the Stevens bike feels at home in demanding terrain. Only when riding at the limit with fast strokes and large jumps the rear shock without a reservoir slows you down. The rear shock also could be more progressive for more demanding trails.
In return, the Stevens remains easy to handle even in flowy or flat terrain. Thanks to the small 27.5-inch rear wheel, it rides nimbly around tight corners and is easy to pull onto the rear wheel. One thing you have to know though: Those who prefer bikes with a deep front might feel more comfortable on other test bikes. Because the cockpit of the Stevens is higher than the average. In the downhills, the Stevens e-bike is at the forefront of our test field. It still remains to be clarified how the E-Inception performs on the uphill.
Due to the steepest seat angle in our comparison test, you sit far forward on the bike and keep a lot of pressure on the front wheel. This allows the rider to tackle even the steepest ramps in a relaxed and controlled position. The rear triangle works very solid in the climbs. And the very grippy tires provide an extra boost. Schwalbe's Magic Mary, 2.6 inches wide, is a bench on the rear wheel, especially on deep, difficult ground.
The bike can also show its strengths on loops with extra length. The large battery in combination with the new Shimano EP8 drive unit provides an excellent range. In our test, none made it further than the Stevens E-Inception. At 22.6 kilos in size L, the weight remains completely within limits despite the large battery. Finally, take a look at the price tag. At 7999 Euros, the Stevens E-Inception AM 9.7 is of course no longer a real savings tip. However, if you look at the other models in the test,
this is put into perspective again. 7.999 Euros is a fair price for such a successful bike with high-end specs. All in all , the Stevens E-Inception AM 9.7 does not have any weaknesses in any category.
That makes the bike a worthy test winner! And now a tip for choosing the right size for the E-Inception AM. Stevens installed a dropper post with 170 millimeters of travel here. This is of course great because you really have a lot of freedom of movement in the downhills. However, this also makes the post quite long and because of the the crinkle in the seat tube you cannot lower it completely. If in doubt, be sure to check at your dealer to see if this fits for you..