Motobecane builds bargain eMTB with premium spec

Motobecane offers great suspension bits with its new e-MTB
Motobecane spent its budget on quality parts instead of an integrated frame design (Image credit: Motobecane)

Motobecane has significantly reduced the barrier of entry for those mountain bikers who wish to embrace pedal assistance.

The American value brand has configured a new e-MTB trail bike with familiar components and an unbeatable price point.

Although the frame does not feature a slickly packaged battery-pack and e-motor design, like many mainstream second-generation e-MTBs, there is no arguing against the Motobecane HAL eBoost Pro’s value.

The aluminium frame has 140mm of rear travel and a RockShox Pike provides 150mm of fork stroke. Motobecane has also used a proven four-bar rear suspension linkage design.

This new e-MTB rolls wide ‘2.8 width 27.5-inch tyres, although the HAL eBoost Pro is also compatible with 29er wheels. Configured in default specification the HAL eBoost Pro is shod with Maxxis Rekon rubber, featuring the tyre company’s robust EXO casing, which should support aggressive trail riding over roots and rocks.

Helping the HAL eBoost Pro’s rider along is Shimano’s latest e8000 e-MTB system, which consists of a 504Wh battery pack, energising a 250W motor. Motobecane have paired the Shimano e-bike components with a matching XT 11-speed drivetrain.

Stopping the HAL eBoost Pro are Shimano XT brakes and true to its trail riding configuration, there is a dropper seatpost fitted as standard.

Available in four sizes (S, M, L, XL), the HAL eBoost Pro has a 68-degree head angle and on a size L, you’ll be seated with a roomy 460mm of reach.

Motobecane is quoting 21.7kg as a mass number for its HAL eBoost Pro, when weighed without pedals, which is competitive when measured against similarly configured e-MTBs.

The launch price of $3499 is an astoundingly low, considering this bike’s available components, which don’t include even a trace of entry-level specification. 

Motobecane has commented that the HAL eBoost Pro’s incredible price will be adjusted upwards, as global sales volumes increase.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.