Liv looks to empower all female riders from beginners to pros with a new e-MTB range

the female specific EMBOLDEN E+ 1 PRO
Liv Embolden E+ 1 Pro (Image credit: Liv)

Liv is the only cycling brand in the world dedicated solely to women. Founded in 2008 by Giant executive Bonnie Tu as part of the Giant Group, Liv aims to create the best women's mountain bikes, gravel bikes, and road bikes with its mission to empower all female riders from beginners to pros and is dedicated to getting more women on bikes.

Liv has unveiled the new Embolden E+ range, featuring the new Embolden E+ 1 Pro and Embolden E+ 2. Full-suspension electric mountain bikes, built to make high-performance and technical mountain biking even more fun and more accessible for female riders.

Cassandra Chou, Liv Global E-bike Category Manager spoke about the new e-MTB's "The Embolden E+ was designed to take riders farther, so they can shred trails they might not have had access to before. All the electric mountain bikes in the series provide a ton of range and a powerful motor, to make epic mountain biking and touring even more fun."

The Liv Embolden E+ 1 Pro e-MTB

Liv aims to empower all female riders from beginners to pros (Image credit: Liv)

The Embolden E+ Series has an updated suspension system, with forks providing 140mm of travel, 10mm more than previous generations. The rear shock has the Flexpoint suspension which is a single-pivot design, that should provide a lightweight and durable system, with 125mm of shock absorption.

Frames are made from 6061 aluminum alloy which the brand says is extremely strong yet light, providing best-in-class strength-to-weight ratios. The design also includes internal cable routing along with an integrated kickstand, fender mounts, and carrier compatibility, making it ready for every type of adventure.

Embolden E+ 1 Pro model also features a dropper seatpost for additional control on descents and all models feature the RideControl Dash Control Unit that displays riding data at a glance and provides Walk Assist and a USB port to keep electronics charged. 

Liv Embolden E+ SyncDrive Pro 2 motor close up

The SyncDrive Pro 2 motor packs plenty power (Image credit: Liv)

Liv Embolden E+ 1 Pro

The Embolden E+ 1 Pro is equipped with a SyncDrive Pro 2 Motor which was co-developed by Yamaha and is Liv’s lightest E-bike motor. It provides seamless acceleration with a power boost exactly when it’s needed, delivered by 85Nm of torque, the most in the Embolden E+ range. The included EnergyPak Smart 800 Battery coupled with the SyncDrive Pro 2 motor gives riders a maximum range of 290km and an average range of 80 - 180km. 

Rear shock on the Liv Embolden E+ e-MTB

The rear shock has the Flexpoint suspension system with 125mm of travel (Image credit: Liv)

Liv Embolden E+ 2

The Embolden E+ 2 also features the SyncDrive Sport 2 motor, with an upgraded 75Nm of torque, an increase of 5Nm from previous generations. The Sport 2 provides 400 percent maximum support, meaning a powerful riding experience even at low speeds, and also features Smart Assist mode to optimize power support automatically. 

The Embolden E+ 2 has two battery options with various capacities, the EnergyPak Smart 625 Battery provides an average range of 50-100km, with a maximum distance of 180km. The EnergyPak Smart 500 battery has an average range of 40 - 80km and a maximum distance of 140km. 

Liv Embolden E+ e-MTB rear view

The Shimano Deore 12-speed derailleur on the Liv Embolden (Image credit: Liv)

Pricing and availabilty

Both models will be available sometime this month with pricing from $5,229 / £4,299 / €4,874 on the Embolden E+ 1 Pro and from $4,400 / £3,499 / €3,999 on the Embolden E+ 2  with more details available at Livcycling.com.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm