Unno’s Boös proves eMTBs don’t have to look weird

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Unno does all its own carbon-fibre fabrication. Allowing for some amazing shapes. (Photo: Unno)
Unno does all its own carbon-fibre fabrication. Allowing for some amazing shapes. (Photo: Unno)
  • Have you ever seen an ugly Spanish bike? This Catalan eMTB isn’t about to alter that trend.
  • Unno is one of the world’s best mountain bike design consultancies. It also builds an exclusive line of its own bikes.
  • This latest Unno product will challenge the mountain bike industry to start producing better-looking eMTBs.

Riders keen on experiencing the benefits of pedal-assistance, have a diversity of eMTBs to choose from. But the truth is that many of them look quite ungainly.

Adding a battery pack and mid-drive motor to any mountain bike frame design is tricky. And although the results are often very functional and rewarding to ride, they can have a less than pleasing aesthetic. And in mountain biking – as with all things cycling – appearance matters.

Trust the Spanish to create an eMTB with all the riding capability, that also looks terrific. Unno is a Barcelona mountain bike brand and design consultancy. It makes a small number of bikes each year and is renowned for the excellence of its carbon-fibre frame designs.

Unno’s latest product is the Boös, which also happens to be the brand’s first eMTB. It uses a Bosch CX Gen 4 mid-drive motor fed by a 750Wh battery pack, effectively tripling your pedalling power.

With plenty of suspension travel and downhill biased frame geometry, the Boös is an adept descender. (Photo: Unno)

A true 'self-shuttle' downhill bike

Designed to allow technically confident riders the opportunity to skip the chairlift or bakkie shuttle, the Boös will rapidly ascend using 100% battery power. And it’s even better, descending.

Unno’s design team opted for the 'mullet' configuration, with Boös running a 29er wheel at the front – and a slightly smaller 27.5” at the rear.

The Boös has 170mm of fork travel and 160mm of rear-suspension, with progressive frame geometry to make the most of its inherent downhill riding abilities.

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The design looks amazing, even parked. (Photo: Unno)

Rides great - looks even better

Beyond its impressive Bosch eMTB components and trick suspension tech, the most remarkable aspect of Unno’s Boös is how it looks. Designers have managed to shape an eMTB that looks futuristic without compromising ride quality.

The battery pack and mid-drive motor unit are expertly integrated into the frame design. Unno’s Boös looks better than any other production eMTB and at R160 000, it isn’t ridiculously priced for a boutique bike with premium components.

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