German brand Rotwild is no stranger to collaborations with Mercedes Benz aftermarket tuning group AMG, and the GTS AMG hardtail is the latest.
Decked out in gold yellow highlights across all components, it matches the body paint of the car that inspired it. Like any good collaboration, the color-matched bits extend beyond the bike, too, with coordinated accessories available from Thule, Topeak and Ergon, too.
Race on in for those and a look at final spec on the X1 enduro bike, refinements to the e-mountain bike controls and a collaboration with COBI to create a “smart” commuter e-bike…
If you’re gonna travel, travel in style…
Parts from Formula and Crank Brothers were all custom anodized and decaled to bring the project together.
The Rotwild RX enduro mountain bike launched this summer, where we covered all the tech details on the bike and its ability to switch between 27.5 and 27.5+ tires thanks to a flip-chip at the rear axle to add a bit more space.
The bike’s not shipping quite yet, but now we’ve got a look at one of the spec levels to be offered. A complete XT 2×11 group will pair up with a Fox 34 110mm (aka Boost) fork.
RX and RX+ (below, the “+” denotes the e-bike version) bikes get a preproduction update to get DT Swiss’ 30mm XM481 rims, which lets them run anything up to a 27.5 x 2.8. Boost spacing in the rear, too, plus a collection of swappable axle parts ensures you’ll be able to run either tire size on the same frame with only a few tweaks.
The e-bike version of the RX shares virtually identical geometry and pivot points, but they’ve updated the controls to be more mountain bike friendly.
Gone are the giant screen and controls found on their commuter e-bikes. For mountain biking, they knew they needed something smaller and less likely to get trashed on the trail. The result is an integrated screen and toggle switch and sensor system.
On the pavement, they partnered with COBI to offer a smart commuter e-bike that uses your smartphone’s brains to offer higher level functions like automatic lights and brake lights, offline routing and more. Launched on Kickstarter in January, COBI quadrupled (and then some) their ask to become a real thing, and Rotwild is the first to offer the system as stock…but you can also add it to your own bike.
The cradle charges your phone and lets it control lights, mapping, music and more.