Ekano

Pushing Boundaries

Ekano is derived from the Japanese name “Kano” and describes a visionary, versatile and adventurous character. Our Ekano unites all these traits in an impressive E-Mountain Bike. The powerful Shimano EP8 motor gives you the power to coper with every climb whilst being low-maintenance and very service orientated due to the large network of STEPS-dealers.

Thanks to the many customization options – like choice of wheel sizes and completely customizable specification, the Ekano’s range of use extends from All-Mountain Touring to E-nduro racing. No matter which adventure you choose, the Ekano is your ideal companion. Once the power button is pressed, nothing stops you from having fun and enjoying adventure. Due to the wide range of design options, the Ekano will always remain your individual dream E-nduro!

Frame Material
Blend Alloy

Wheel Size
29″ / Mix / 27,5″

Front Travel
170 mm
Rear Travel
165 mm
Drive Unit
Shimano EP8
Supports up to
25 km/h
Torque
85 Nm
Category
4

Awards & Tests

Choose your wheel size

Wheel Sizes

29"

The larger wheels ensure smooth running – roots, stones or other obstacles can be rolled over with ease. Furthermore, 29″ wheels are ideal for longer tours.

Mix

With a 29″ wheel at the front and 27.5″ at the rear, the advantages of both worlds are combined and offer the best all-round package for you. The large front wheel makes obstacles easy to overcome, the smaller rear wheel offers enough agility to get through all corners.

27,5"

The agile version comes on 27.5″ wheels. The smaller wheel circumference makes them easier to handle and therefore perfect for technical terrain or playful riding.

Build Kits

We will help you on your way to your personal dream bike. Our options are only a roughrecommendation because your needs are as individual as you are. We have put together three pre-configured models for you. In our configuration tool, however, you can still adapt every single part of all models to your wishes. Have fun building your dream bike!

Ekano Highend

8.409
00
incl. VAT.
  • Drive Unit Shimano EP8
  • Fork Fox 38 Factory Kashima 170mm
  • Shock Fox Float X2 Factory
  • Brakes Magura MT7 203mm/203mm
  • Wheels Crankbrothers Synthesis E11 Carbon
  • Seatpost Fox Factory Transfer
  • Saddle SIXPACK Kamikaze
  • Crank Shimano Eagle CR Alloy 165mm
  • Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle AXS (1x12)
  • Trigger SRAM X01 Eagle AXS (1x12)
  • Cassette SRAM XG-1295 Eagle 10-52 (1x12)
  • Handlebar SIXPACK Millenium Carbon 805
  • Stem SIXPACK Millenium 35
  • Tires Schwalbe Eddy Current
  • Weight 23,0 kg
2021

Ekano Performance

5.864
00
incl. VAT.
  • Drive Unit Shimano EP8
  • Fork RockShox ZEB Ultimate 170mm
  • Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT Air
  • Brakes SRAM Code RSC 200mm/200mm
  • Wheels Stans NoTubes ZTR Baron S1
  • Seatpost Bikeyoke Revive
  • Saddle SIXPACK Kamikaze
  • Crank Shimano Eagle CR Steel 165mm
  • Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle (1x12)
  • Trigger SRAM X01Eagle (1x12)
  • Cassette SRAM XG-1275 Eagle 10-52 (1x12)
  • Handlebar SIXPACK Millenium 805
  • Stem SIXPACK Vertic 35
  • Tires Schwalbe Eddy Current
  • Weight 23,2 kg
2021

Ekano Start

4.899
00
incl. VAT.
  • Drive Unit Shimano EP8
  • Fork RockShox ZEB R 170mm
  • Shock RockShox Select R Coil 165mm
  • Brakes Magura MT5 203mm/203mm
  • Wheels Stans NoTubes ZTR Baron S1
  • Setpost PROPAIN Sattelstütze
  • Saddle SIXPACK Kamikaze
  • Crank Shimano Eagle CR Steel 165mm
  • Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle (1x12)
  • Trigger SRAM GX Eagle (1x12)
  • Cassette SRAM XG-1275 Eagle 10-52 (1x12)
  • Handlebar SIXPACK Millenium 805
  • Stem SIXPACK Vertic 35
  • Tires Schwalbe Eddy Current
  • Weight 23,5 kg
2021

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Details

Cockpit & Frame Design

Many small details make our new Ekano a real eye-catcher. The tidy cockpit not only ensures clarity and ease of use, the newly developed Ekano logo also shows the direction: always forward!

Frame Protection

To protect the motor and down tube against stone hits, and to protect your frame against damage to the paintwork caused by the chain jumping, your Ekano comes with our motor and chain stay protection as standard. The optimised chain stay protection absorbs vibrations of the chain and protects the stay from damage. The down tube and motor are optimally protected by a cover against damage and dirt.

Internal Routing & Headtube Badge

Internal cable routing is a standard for us. Simply because it is the cleanest, safest and, above all, most beautiful way to manage cables. For the perfect look you can choose our Headtube Badge in three different colours.

Frame Sizes

The frame size is an essential part of the bike performance and contributes significantly to the riding fun. Select your required frame size from the chart. If you are between two sizes, then you only have to decide whether you like it playful or smooth running. For smooth running choose the larger frame size, for playful the smaller one.

S: 158-172cm / M: 168-182cm / L: 178-192cm / XL: 188-202cm

* only 27,5" & Mix
150cm
4'11"
160cm
5'3"
170cm
5'7"
180cm
5'11"
190cm
6'3"
200cm
6'7"
S*
M
L
XL
Smoothly Running
Well-Balanced
Playful

Seatposts

The adjustable seatpost is probably one of the most ingenious inventions of recent years. In order to function optimally on the trail, the proper seatpost travel is very important. The following chart shows the recommended minimum inseam for the corresponding frame size. Please keep in mind that this is only a recommendation, as the respective sitting position depends very much on personal habits and preferences.

* Inside leg lenght in cm
EKANO S M L XL
Kind Shock Lev 125 74,5 76,5 78,5 80,5
Kind Shock Lev 150 77,0 79,0 81,0 83,0
Bikeyoke Revive 125 73,5 75,5 77,5 79,5
Bikeyoke Revive 160 77,0 79,0 81,0 83,0
Bikeyoke Revive 185 79,5 81,5 83,5 85,5
Fox Transfer 125 75,5 77,5 79,5 81,5
Fox Transfer 150 78,0 80,0 82,0 84,0
Fox Transfer 175 80,5 82,5 84,5 86,5
RockShox Reverb AXS 125 73,5 75,5 77,5 79,5
RockShox Reverb AXS 150 76 78 80 82

Technical Data

Drive Unit Shimano EP8
Battery Shimano BT-E8035 (504 Wh)
Shock length 230 mm
Shock travel 65 mm
Shock bushings Top: 8 x 25 mm / Bottom: Custom Flip Chip
Travel (Frame) 165 mm
Brake mount (Frame) Postmount 203
Seatpost diameter 31,6 mm
Max. seatpost insert length S 114 mm / M 245 mm / L 265 mm / XL 270 mm
Headset (S.H.I.S.) Top: ZS44 / Bottom: ZS56
Rear wheel axle 148 mm x 12 mm
Front derailleur none
Chainline 52 mm (Boost)
Chainguard mount Shimano EP8 Chainguard-Standard
Wheel sizes 29" / Mix / 27,5"
Maximum fork travel 170 mm
Frame weight 5,33 kg (Size M, without Drive Unit)
Drive Unit weight 2,6 kg
Battery weight 2,9 kg (averaged)

Geometry

A geometry that works well on downhill as well as on demanding and long uphill sections is key for an E-Mountain Bike. The Ekano manages this balancing act with ease by the combination of a steep seat angle, moderately long reach and chain stays and a flat head angle. These characteristics paired with the powerful support of the Shimano EP8 drive unit ensure an agile handling on the trails and an overall new riding experience.

Size M Size L Size XL
Frame height (A) 440 mm / 17,5″ 460 mm / 18,5″ 480 mm / 19,5″
Wheelbase (M) 1.234 mm 1.255 mm 1.276 mm
Top tube lenght (G) 599 mm 620 mm 641 mm
Fork offset (B) 42 mm 42 mm 42 mm
Fork lenght (C) 584 mm 584 mm 584 mm
Chainstay length (L) 459 mm 459 mm 459 mm
Reach (E) 435 mm 455 mm 475 mm
Stack (F) 636 mm 640 mm 644 mm
Head angle (J) 64,6° 64,6° 64,6°
Seat angle – real (H) 72,6° 72,6° 72,6°
Seat angle – effective (I) 75,6° 75,6° 75,6°
Head tube length (D) 120 mm 125 mm 130 mm
BB offset (K) 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm
Size S Size M Size L Size XL
Frame height (A) 420 mm / 16,5″ 440 mm / 17,5″ 460 mm / 18,5″ 480 mm / 19,5″
Wheelbase (M) 1.200 mm 1.221 mm 1.242 mm 1.265 mm
Top tube length (G) 577 mm 600 mm 621 mm 642 mm
Fork offset (B) 42 mm 42 mm 42 mm 42 mm
Fork length (C) 584 mm 584 mm 584 mm 584 mm
Chainstay length (L) 445 mm 445 mm 445 mm 445 mm
Reach (E) 412 mm 432 mm 452 mm 472 mm
Stack (F) 629 mm 639 mm 643 mm 647 mm
Head angle (J) 64,3° 64,3° 64,3° 64,3°
Seat angle – real (H) 72,3° 72,3° 72,3° 72,3°
Seat angle – effective (I) 75,3° 75,3° 75,3° 75,3°
Head tube length (D) 110 mm 120 mm 125 mm 130 mm
BB offset (K) 12 mm 12 mm 12 mm 12 mm
Size S Size M Size L Size XL
Frame height (A) 420 mm / 16,5″ 440 mm / 17,5″ 460 mm / 18,5″ 480 mm / 19,5″
Wheelbase (M) 1.197 mm 1.221 mm 1.242 mm 1.265 mm
Top tube length (G) 574 mm 597 mm 618 mm 639 mm
Fork offset (B) 42 mm 42 mm 42 mm 42 mm
Fork length (C) 584 mm 584 mm 584 mm 584 mm
Chainstay length (L) 445 mm 445 mm 445 mm 445 mm
Reach (E) 420 mm 440 mm 460 mm 480 mm
Stack (F) 623 mm 633 mm 637 mm 641 mm
Head angle (J) 65° 65° 65° 65°
Set angle – real (H) 73,1° 73,1° 73,1° 73,1°
Set angle – effective (I) 76,1° 76,1° 76,1° 76,1°
Head tube length (D) 110 mm 120 mm 125 mm 130 mm
BB offset (K) 12 mm 12 mm 12 mm 12 mm

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions – bitte leer lassen

Due to the many possible purposes of use it’s difficult to name a number. The terrain, weather conditions and driver weight have an impact on the distance you can reach with the Ekano. As far as our experience goes our Ekano can reach a distance between approx. 40 to 80 kilometers.

Please make sure you handle the battery according the specifications in the Shimano manual to achieve the longest durability.

A Shimano BT-8035 battery costs 699,00 €. You can find the battery here.

With the supplied EC-E6000 charger, a complete charging process for the Shimano BT-8035 battery takes about 5 hours. For 80% 2.5h, and for 50% 2h. The charging times depend on the charger you are using. You can speed up the charging process with an optionally available quick charger.

With the included adapter you can charge the battery outside of your Ekano.

You can get assistance for your battery and all other Shimano components at any Shimano STEPS dealer worldwide. You can find all STEPS dealers here: Shimano STEPS dealers

Alternatively, you can submit any question to us directly. Simply use our service form.

Drinking bottles up to 0,5l fit in the frame if you are using a sideload cage, which fits perfectly in the frame triangle.

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