BH upgrades their Core road and gravel e-bike family in new Carbon frameset models powered by a new smoother 2EXMAG motor with a tiny bit more support, but a much more natural feel across all types of road surfaces. BH says that the lighter, more integrated Core Carbon line-up takes their road e-bikes to a next level of performance and seamless integration.
2022 BH Core Carbon, smooth power road & gravel e-bikes
For two years, the BH Core e-bike line has offered a wide range of competitively priced aluminum road, gravel, trekking, and commuter e-bikes with a low Q-factor using BH’s own-branded 2ESMAG motor and a quick-charge battery that delivers a generous 115km cruising range. Now BH takes performance to a higher level, on and off smooth roads, with a lighter overall weight and more natural ride feel that they say is “closer to conventional bikes than ever before”.
The move to a full carbon, integrated aero frameset is the most obvious upgrade. But BH says the real performance boost comes from the new 2EXMAG motor. Tucked neatly into the oversized BB area of the new frame, the new 2.1kg motor is 10% lighter than the previous generation with the same 250W power output. In fact, the more compact & more efficient motor also adds an 8% torque boost, now topping out at 65Nm.
The new motor adds external heat sinks to improve stable performance under load, and gets an upgraded telemetry torque sensor that enables smoother, more gradual pedal-assist. BH says the result is a more natural pedaling feel as it ramps up support to a max of 3x what your own legs put in.
The new motor and integrated speed sensor also works well across a wider cadence, now still supporting the rider spinning up to 110rpm up to 25km/hr. Above that BH claims no additional drag from their motor, so you can cruise at higher speeds friction-free.
The new BH 2EXMAG motor is just as compact as before, maintaining a 163mm Q-Factor with the FSA carbon cranks. Battery size is a bit bigger at 540Wh, still hidden in the downtube, and now claims up to a 165km max range at the lowest assist level. You can also plug in an extra 180Wh XPro external bottle battery to bump that up to a max 220km estimated range.
The different BH Core Carbon e-bike builds share the same 1370g carbon frame (in three sizes), crafted from a similar hi-mod carbon mix and HCIM manufacturing of their premium pedal bikes, just reinforced quite a bit for the added e-bike powertrain weight and additional forces. It appears that the GravelX e-bikes likely get a longer fork that tweaks their geometry to be slightly slacker.
The new carbon e-bikes all feature Kamm tail tube shaping, dropped seatstays, an aero seatpost, and other aerodynamic optimizations inspired by BH’s RS1 endurance road bikes.
They are also all full-integrated with FSA’s ACR full internal cable routing system. And they use the same slick Core display as the first-generation alloy e-bikes, with control button and LEDs built directly into the stem top cap that indicate support & battery levels.
BH Core Carbon e-bikes – Pricing & options
The new 2022 BH Core Carbon range is offered in four models – two for the road and two for gravel riding. Pricing starts at 5700€ with Shimano Ultegra 2×11 mechanical groupsets on the road and GRX 2×11 for gravel.
Or for 7200€ road gets newer Ultegra Di2 2×12 drivetrains and gravel gets GRX Di2 2×11. The e-road builds get 28mm Hutchinson Fusion 5 tires, and e-gravel get 35mm Schwalbe G-One tires, all on tubeless-ready alloy wheelsets from FSA or Shimano.
The complete Core Carbon family is also customizable in the BH Unique online configurator, so you can make each e-bike your own.