Serial 1 SWITCH/MTN unveiled as Harley’s new electric mountain bike

Serial 1, the e-bike brand spun off from Harley-Davidson’s in-house e-bike development, has just unveiled its new SWITCH/MTN e-MTB. The announcement comes just weeks after the brand unveiled its BASH/MTN e-bike.

The BASH/MTN used a similar looking frame design to the rest of Serial 1’s e-bikes.

While the split frame design created with hydroformed aluminum tubing and internally routed wires and cables has won widespread praise in the industry, the BASH/MTN bike unveiled a few weeks ago left many scratching their heads. and wonder why the trail bike frame was paired with a rigid fork.

As it turns out, the Series 1 already had a front-suspension bike — commonly referred to as a hardtail — in the works, which the company rolled out this morning.

The brand described the SWITCH/MTN in their own words, saying: “Extremely all-mountain capable, the SWITCH/MTN has the performance to satisfy an expert cyclist, but careful attention to fit and fine detail ensures that our latest eMTB is equally accessible and accommodating for riders just beginning their off-road adventure.

Serial 1’s Chief Brand Officer, Aaron Frank, went further, explaining why Serial 1 has doubled down on its off-road expansion:

The vast majority of our world is unpaved. Fire roads, jeep trails, single track trails, terrain parks, ski slopes, state forests – there are so many great destinations to explore on two wheels and SWITCH/MTN, with its powerful motor, large battery capability, its fully adjustable front suspension and wide-ratio 1×12 drivetrain, has all the performance and capability to take you anywhere you want to go.

If many parts look familiar next to Serial 1’s other urban e-bikes, that’s because they share the same DNA. The SWITCH/MTN is built on a similar foundation, including the same 90Nm mid-drive Brose S Mag motor and proprietary in-frame 529Wh removable battery developed in part by Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire motorcycle engineers.

The bike does, however, have a new all-mountain geometry, aided by Suntour’s first fully adjustable ZERON35BOOST AIR suspension fork, high-volume Michelin E-Wild knobby tires and a TranzX dropper post to allow riders to adjust dynamically their seat height at different points along the route. Track.

The mountain bike’s drivetrain features components from SRAM’s SX Eagle line, such as a 1×12 speed setup combined with an e-bike-specific single-release shifter.

Braking comes from high-end TRP Slate T4 hydraulic disc brakes with four pistons and specially designed for e-MTBs.

They bite into large 203mm rotors that are a full 2.3mm thick, virtually eliminating the chance of brake fade when bombarding long downhill segments.

Lighting comes from Serial 1’s in-house designed BAF (Bright As F***) headlight and high-visibility RAT (Rearward Awareness Technology) combination tail and brake lights that are integrated directly into the frame near the rear dropouts.

Coming from someone who has accidentally looked directly into the barrel of this lighthouse (and barely lived to tell), I can confirm that the name is apt.

The SWITCH/MTN is also app controlled, taking advantage of the recently announced partnership with Google Cloud to make cycling more connected than ever. And to keep your phone charged, the bike includes a 10W USB-C charging port on the handlebars.

The new model is available in four sizes S/M/L/XL, with size L weighing 53 lbs (24 kg).

Pricing starts at $4,499 and the bike is available now online or at various Harley-Davidson and LiveWire dealerships.

Although we haven’t had a chance to try the new Serial 1 electric mountain bikes yet, you can take a look below at our first ride on the company’s street-oriented models when we took them on. take a trip to Milwaukee before their public release.

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