Just over a year ago, I was riding laps at the Besakih Bike Park in Bali with Patrol Mountain bikes on the 691 and E-Six. What a difference a year makes. It looks like it will be a while before getting back to similar adventures, but the news of their updated E-Six model reminded me of good times.

Besakih Bike Park is located on the slopes of a volcano, which means it’s very steep. Without a chair lift, the only realistic way to get back to the top is to throw your bike in the back of one of their shuttle vehicles and hitch a ride – unless you have an e-bike. Using minimal assist, or even completely turning it off on the way down, the Patrol E-Six was a blast, even once you got to the bottom and had to pedal back up. Now, that same E-Six model has gotten even better with the introduction of Shimano’s EP8 drive system.

Patrol Mountain Bikes E-Six e-MTB handlebar Patrol Mountain Bikes E-Six e-MTB motor

Like many other e-MTBs this week, the E-Six gets a huge bump in performance with Shimano’s newest e-bike system. The new motor offers more torque in a lighter, more compact package that includes narrower q-factor and an updated E-Tube app for further customization of the power. Patrol pairs the EP8 with their SMP 640Wh battery which should provide an impressive range with the new system.

Patrol Mountain Bikes E-Six e-MTB top tube Patrol Mountain Bikes E-Six e-MTB geometry

Still packaged in an aluminum frame with 29″ wheels and 150mm of rear travel, the frame geometry looks almost identical to the previous version with four sizes and a fairly modern geometry. New for the 2021 model is the addition of the new Fox 38 E suspension fork with 160mm of travel for even more precise handling at the front of the bike.

 

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Patrol Mountain Bikes E-Six e-MTB spec

The 2021 E-Six will be offered in two builds, the E-Six and E-Six S. Pricing and availability is TBA.

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