E-SPOTLIGHT: KONA REMOTE 160 TRAIL BIKE

Kona Remote

160 Trail Bike

Remote 160 DLThe 29″ wheels give the 2.5″ tires more traction while remaining narrower than the average e-bike’s stock tire. 

Borrowing some features from its non-assist cousin the Process 160, the Remote 160 struck us right away with a far more nimble feel than many other e-bikes at this level. With a Shimano EP8 powerplant that gives you plenty of torque (85 N/m) in boost mode, it also has a natural, smooth feel. The Class 1 machine provides assist up to 20 mph with the integrated 504-Wh battery, helping the bike stay on the lighter side at 54 pounds.

The Remote 160 likes to be pushed hard and is happy to take big hits, thanks to the 38mm stanchions used on the RockShox Zeb fork. In the rear, Kona went with a RockShox Super Deluxe Select shock. The big news with the Remote is the move to 29-inch wheels, which brings more forgiving characteristics through the rocks and stutter-bump sections of trail.

Kona went with the latest and greatest EP8 drive unit from Shimano, offering 85 Nm of torque. 

You’ll find extra-tacky Maxxis Assegai 2.5-inch tires front and rear. While these tires are narrow for an e-bike, they offer quicker response to rider input. Outfitted with SRAM components, including Code brakes, an NX-Eagle 11-50t 12-speed cassette with a GX derailleur, and an NX 1 click shifter.

 

“The Remote 160 likes to be pushed hard and is happy to take big hits…”

 

Kona offers the Remote 160 DL at $7300, as well as a lower-build version with the lower-line Shimano STEPS e7000 drive unit for $6300.

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