Nick Takes a look at the Wisper Wildcat C
This bike is perhaps one of the top offerings available here in New Zealand from the Electric Mountainbike Market in terms of specs, thus is a great place to find out just how good this bikes are, or aren’t as we plan to find out
UD Carbon U700 150mm rear travel
504Wh or 418Wh Shimano E8000
Rock Shox Yari RC150mm travel
Rock Shox RS Deluxe RT
Shimano M6000 – 203mm
Shimano M6000 – 180mm
Alex MD 40 32 hole
KT LEV Integra 31.6 125mm Travel
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5 x 2.8
With 504Wh battery 21.5kg
Without battery 18.9kg
So, there are always after thoughts when it comes to these reviews, or things that didn’t make the video cut or I forgot to write down. As this was more so an experience for the first time on an E-MTB I didn’t want to watch other reviews or even look at other bikes until I had made up my mind, now having a look at what else is out there – it’s become apparent that this bike aside from being carbon isn’t necessarily the best value – I had a quick google and Giant does an E version of the Trance which is a great bike, called the SX E+ Pro – which on paper seems to be a better deal with Fox 36’s and SRAM components. Giant didn’t list the weight on their site, but I can’t think it would be much heavier and once you get past a certain point in heavy bikes like this a small difference isn’t overly noticeable.
Upon further investigation, Trek do a bike called a Powerfly FS5 at just under $6000 and that has similar spec parts to the Wisper at almost $4000 cheaper – less the carbon frame of course however they did list the weight at 23.81kg with tubes. so is 2KG worth $4k to you? I doubt it
My big takeaway from this whole thing now, is that knowing how good this Wisper Wildcat C is – and lets be clear its a great bike that rides well and is well appointed; if there are other bikes out there that do the same job or better at a lower price point, that’s something awesome.
As I said in the film, I have nothing bad to say about the bike itself, the main thing for me was where I would use momentum or certain techniques to climb for example, a rooted step up section, probably off the seat and hopping or throwing weight around, because these bikes encourage you to sit in the seat and pedal through anything I did end up clipping the pedals on things pretty often – which wasn’t a huge deal, I didn’t get bucked off it was just something I noticed.
What this does make me want to do is try out this Giant bike which I would think if it performs the power delivery as good as the Wisper could replace 2 bikes as it seems like its going to be pretty damn good on the decents as well as the uphills so – that might be a good all rounder – we might have to take it to 440 park and try those new up lines to the down lines
– Until then, questions welcome and all that jazz – see you on the trails!