Spanish bicycle manufacturer, BH Bikes, has what they call a “lightweight, compact, quiet, powerful and pedal-friendly motor” in the 2EXMAGII. And they are adding a new bike to the generation of ebikes built around this drive unit. Introducing the Core Cross Urban ebike, a bike they say is capable of going outside the city to serve double-duty as an everyday, all-around bike – a bike for commuting to going on weekend recreational rides.
The BH Bikes Core range of bikes has discipline-specific models of bikes for gravel, road, MTB, and with the Cross, the Urban flavor. The Cross is said to “completely change the way we get around”. When it comes to scooting around an urban environment, doing so on a bike is a quick, environmentally friendly, cheap, and sustainable way of hitting short to medium trips.
Taking some steps to not resemble a traditional ebike, the Cross has the lines and looks of a traditional bicycle right down to the smallish downtube that conceals the high-capacity battery. The small size of the 2EXMAGII motor helps keep the bottom bracket area nice and compact.
The Cross’s aluminum frame is built to be comfortable and safe with geometry that looks like it would be ideal for any type of rider. There are all of the necessary bosses and attachment points for racks and bottle cages.
The 2EXMAGII is the second generation of motors produced by BH Bikes. It delivers “outstanding performance” despite its compact size and the 2.1kg weight. BH says that it is quiet, which aids in the “genuine bike feel”.
The motor provides 250w of power and a maximum torque of 65Nm. The press release says that one of the highlights of the motor is the lack of friction when pedaled unassisted, this would “make it easier to ride on flat ground or push the bike beyond 25km/h (15.5mph).
The 540Wh battery gives the BH Core Cross a claimed range of up to 130km (80.7 miles).
Internal cable routing is a great addition to the Cross, keeping things neat and tidy.
One of the accessories that are included with the Cross is the X-Remote display with a clear display that will tell you all of the information about the motor, from the range to real-time data.
A kickstand, both front and rear lights, a bell, a rear pannier rack, and mudguards are included with the Core Cross, making it ready for safe and comfortable trips wherever you want to ride.
Core Cross Frame Geometry
|H1 – SEAT-TUBE LENGTH||450||500||550|
|H2 – HEAD-TUBE LENGTH||150||160||170|
|H3 – BB DROP||290||290||289|
|L1 – TOP-TUBE LENGTH (HORIZONTAL)||594||604||637|
|L2 – CHAIN-STAY LENGTH||455||455||455|
|L3 – WHEELBASE||673||677||705|
|A1 – HEAD-TUBE ANGLE||71||71||71|
|A2 – SEAT-TUBE ANGLE||74,6||74||73,5|
Specs and Retail
Retail: 2,899 £ ($3,526 usd)
- Frame: Sport Alloy 28″ internal cable routing
- Fork: BH Lifestyle Alu
- Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 10-speed shifter, rear derailleur, CSM4100 11-46t cassette
- Crankset: FSA 38t 170mm
- Brakes: Front: Shimano MT200 180mm, Rear: Shimano MT200 180mm
- Wheelset: Alloy, double wall rims, Schwalbe Marathon Perf 40-622, Shimano hubs, stainless spokes.
- Cockpit: BH MTB alloy riser 720mm, Ergon GO10 grips