Rockrider E-EXPL 520 Review

  • 1999 €
  • Aluminium
  • Yamaha PW-CE
  • 130 mm
  • 500 WH
  • 2024
  • 29"
  • 23,9 kg
Decathlon is pulling out all the stops to solidify its own brand Rockrider as a serious contender in the EMTB market. Aggressive pricing, distinctive design, and 130 mm fork travel are key features that set it apart.
At steep sections, the somewhat weak Yamaha motor requires a lot of initiative from the rider. The Yamaha PW-CE gives off a well-rounded riding feeling. Fans of XXL tours are greatly restricted by the E-EXPL 520 , because of its low range.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the E-EXPL 520 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (2000) .

As the bumps get bigger and rougher the average SR Suntour fork limits the downhill fun. Especially heavy riders should be aware that the Tektro only decelerates poorly. At the drivetrain components and the rest of the parts, Rockrider uses average parts. The moderate head tube angle provides a good compromise between stability and agility when going downhill. The reach is also right there in the middle ground. The deep bottom bracket also provides excellent cornering and thus contributes to the good handling. Of course, a low bottom bracket also has its downside. In technical uphills, the pedal can sometimes touch the ground here. However, we think: This is manageable.

Value for money

If you are keen on value for money, this is your chart. It shows you at a glance how much bike you get for 1999 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Rockrider E-EXPL 520

With a poor motor and a simple brake system, the E-EXPL 520 definitely has weaknesses. Nevertheless, it remains a solid all-rounder with a wide range of abilities. Be careful when choosing the size: The Aluminium frame sizing runs small.
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Rockrider E-EXPL 520 Review
Ludwig Döhl
Bike enthusiast and founder of emtb-test.com

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technical Details

Je steiler der Winkel des Sitzrohrs ist, desto effizienter können Sie in die Pedale treten.

SIZE XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Sizing of Manufacturer
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s
m
l
xl
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Wheelsize
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29
29
29
29
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Stack
-
-
625
639
657
666
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Reach
-
-
423
439
464
481
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Top Tube Length
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-
590
610
640
660
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Seat Tube Length
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-
388
408
428
448
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Seat Tube Angle
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-
75
75
75
75
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Head Tube Length
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-
95
110
130
140
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Head Tube Angle
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-
66,5
66,5
66,5
66,5
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Bottom Bracket Drop
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-
60
60
60
60
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Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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-
315
315
315
315
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Chainstay Length
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-
460
460
460
460
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Wheelbase
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-
1183
1206
1239
1260
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Standover Height
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-
737
761
775
798
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  • Motor Yamaha PW-CE
  • Display Ergo 900
  • Battery 500
  • Frame Aluminium 6061
  • Frame Material Aluminium
  • Fork Gabel Suntour XCM 130
  • Spring Unit coil
  • Remote-Lockout yes
  • Gearrange 350%
  • Drivetrain 8
  • Gear Lever Microshift Acolyte 8-fach
  • Rear Derailleur Microshift Acolyte 8-fach
  • Cassette Microshift Acolyte 8-fach
  • Chain KMC E8S
  • Brake Set Hydraulische Scheibenbremsen Tektro M276
  • Brake Rotors 203/203
  • Tires Front Rockrider Grip 100
  • Tires Rear Rockrider Grip 100
  • Saddle DECATHLON Core 60°
  • Seat Post Rockrider Sport
  • Stem AL 50/60/70mm 7°
  • Handle Bar Rockrider Sport
  • Handle Bar Width 720
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