Nox Cycles has added a new line of Helium Enduro and All-Mountain eMTBs equipped with the Fazua Ride 50 Trail motor, lighter, more versatile versions of the more performance-oriented Brose Motor-equipped bikes. In addition to new geometry and frame designs for 2022, the new bikes benefit from the modular design of the Fazua drive unit that allows it to be easily removed, meaning these eMTBs can be switched to an acoustic version of themselves, then back again as you see fit.
2022 Nox Helium Enduro & All-Mountain eMTBs
First introduced in 2019, Nox Cycles’ line of Enduro and All-Mountain eMTBs gets a significant overhaul for this model year. The 2022 Helium eMTBs (and the All-Mtn) run the same linkage design as their Brose motor-equipped Hybrid eMTBs; that mediates a massive 180mm of rear wheel travel on the Helium Enduro 7.1 , and 160mm of rear wheel travel of the Helium All-Mtn 5.9.
The original Helium Enduro ran a 29″ wheelset, while the new bike is a mixed-wheel platform with a 29″ wheel up front and a 27.5″ wheel in the rear. The Helium All-Mtn retains its 29″ wheelset for 2022. Nox Cycles offers three models of each; Pro, Expert and Comp, all featuring a carbon front triangle and aluminum swingarm.
The 180mm travel Enduro 7.1 eMTB gets a 64.1° head tube angle paired with a fairly slack (in modern terms) seat tube angle of 73.6°.
The two frame size options offer reach measurements of 437mm and 466mm, respectively. Chainstay length is adjustable by virtue of a flip-chip, growing from 450mm in the short position to 465mm in the long.
The Helium All-Mtn geometry is almost identical to that of the Enduro platform despite its 29″ wheelset and 160mm of rear wheel travel. A 64.2° head angle is paired with a 73.7° seat tube angle, with reach measurements of 438mm and 467mm on the Medium and Large frames, respectively. Chainstay length is also adjustable between 450mm and 465mm.
Nox Cycles tells us that the new eBikes are designed to ride very naturally, more like a regular MTBs than a eMTBs. That’s consistent with the fact that the Fazua RIDE 50 Trail motor is by no means the most powerful on the market, putting out a maximum torque value of 58 Nm, as compared to the 85 Nm you’ll get out of a Shimano EP8.
The Fazua drive unit’s modular design allows the rider to remove the battery and the motor unit from the bike, converting the Nox Helium eMTBs to acoustic versions of themselves. The conversion drops the bike’s weight considerably, though the 1.2kg bottom bracket portion of the Fazua drive unit (the gearbox) remains in place – this is where the sensors for dual-sided torque and cadence and located.
In the Fazua Motor lineup, the RIDE 50 Trail Motor sits above their Evation Motor, and is reportedly 10% more powerful with increased motor efficiency, and it’s 6% lighter. On the Nox Helium bikes, the motor is paired with one 252Wh battery on their “Short Track” models, and two 252Wh batteries on the “Long Track” models.
Pricing & Availability
Pricing for the 2022 Nox Helium Enduro 7.1 eMTB starts at €5,799 for the Comp build, featuring a RockShox Yari RC, RockShox Super Deluxe Select Coil Shock, SRAM NX Eagle Drivetrain and DT SWISS H 1900 wheelset. An extra €200 gets you the extra 252Wh battery.
The 2022 Nox Helium All-Mtn 5.9 eMTB Comp retails at €5,799, featuring a RockShox 35 Gold RL fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Select air shock, DT SWISS H1900 wheelset and SRAM NX 12 speed drivetrain. For more information on pricing and specs, head to the Nox Cycles website.