“WHEN THE TRAINING WHEELS COME OFF THE WORLD GETS A LITTLE SMALLER”
IF YOU STILL CHASE THAT FEELING AND ARE WILLING, THE DRIVE LT eMTB IS THE RANGE EXTENDING ALL-MOUNTAIN MACHINE THAT WILL GET YOU OUT THERE, AND WE DON’T MEAN TO THE CORNER STORE FOR CANDY... DISCOVER THAT QUANTITY AND QUALITY CAN BE SYNONYMOUS. THAT RIDGE OUT BEYOND YOUR NORMAL ZONE WAS TOO MUCH TO STOMACH BEFORE. NOW, THANKS TO THE CLASS LEADING SHIMANO EP8 PEDAL-ASSIST MOTOR, ITS DESSERT LAPS… AND BEST OF ALL YOU’LL KNOCK THEM OUT SO FAST YOU’LL STILL BE HOME IN TIME FOR DINNER.
BUT GOING FURTHER ON AN ELECTRIC BIKE ISN’T JUST ABOUT PEDALING. YOU’VE ALSO GOT TO HAVE THE ENERGY TO SMASH DOWN, AND LET’S FACE IT BIGGER RIDES CAN TAKE THAT OUT OF YOU. FORTUNATELY THE LT’S HIGH PIVOT AFS FULL-SUSPENSION WITH 140MM TRAVEL HAS 15MM OF CONTINUOUS REARWARD AXLE PATH. THE ROLLOVER ADVANTAGES OF THIS ARE GAME CHANGING AND WILL HAVE YOU ATTACKING NEW AND OLD LINES WITH MORE VIGOR, LESS FATIGUE, AND A SHARPER MIND. THIS ALL LEADS TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF A LINE’S SECRETS AND SHAVED SECONDS. THE DRIVE LT E-BIKE WILL BROADEN YOUR DEFINITION OF “TRAIL ACCESS”, TAKING YOU BEYOND THE COMFORT ZONE OF YOUR NORMAL LOOP OR LAP COUNT, EXPANDING YOUR DIRT VOCABULARY.
THE DRIVE LT IS YOU RIDING FURTHER, FASTER AND BEYOND.
Drive LT Comp
- 150MM Front / 140MM Rear
- Shimano SLX/Deore Drivetrain
- Fox Rhythm 36 Fork & Performance DPS Shock
- TRP Slate T4 Brakes
- Sun Ringle Duroc SD37 Expert Aluminum Wheels
Drive LT Advanced
- Travel: 150MM Front / 140MM Rear
- Shimano XT Drivetrain
- Fox Performance Elite 36 Fork & Float X Shock
- TRP Trail EVO Brakes
- Sun Ringle Duroc SD37 Pro Aluminum Wheels
Drive LT Pro
- Travel: 150MM Front / 140MM Rear
- Shimano XTR Drivetrain
- Fox Factory 36 Fork & Float X Shock
- TRP DHR EVO Brakes
- Crankbrothers Enduro Carbon Wheels with I9 hubs
- Maxxis Assegai & DHRII Tires
"What stood out was just how much the Eminent Drive liked to goof off on the trail." Travis Engel
"The Eminent Drive MT packs all the essentials for fun e-enduro riding into a package that's not overly heavy, and has sensible geometry, intuitive handling, and futuristic looks." Alicia Leggett
HIGH PIVOT AFS
15mm of REARWARD AXLE PATH. The way we see it, this is the way forward in mid to long travel mountain bike segments. By "forward" we mean that once you ride it you immediately notice the lack of hang up and hold back deflection. The bike just wants to reset and move onto more chunk. You might think this is only a descending benefit, but it also positively impacts traction on the climbs, especially in loose, technical up and over situations, where required weight shifting can result in a spun out rear. Because the wheel moves with the bump, traction remains more constant. Lastly, the new design still delivers a solid 120% anti-squat platform to mash on.
ELIMINATION OF BRAKE BRACKET
Thanks to the high pivot configuration, the dropout no longer counter rotates as it goes through travel. The new dropout plate effectively becomes the floating bracket, keeping the rotor clocked to the same spot on the caliper throughout travel and delivering fully active braking with 30% anti-rise at sag. With the brake bracket out of the way there is room to accommodate a 203 diameter rotor for increased stopping power. The video illustrates that in both Eminent designs the rotor stays clocked to the caliper throughout suspension travel.
The graph says it all. Dead linear, 30% progressivity or in other words a virtually straight diagonal line as the bike moves through travel. But what does it all mean? Because it it linear, there is better midstroke support which equates to less "wallow". As it moves deeper into travel the shock provides increasing bottom out resistance. All of this allows for a lighter shock compression tune (great for coil), resulting in a more supple and supportive ride. This is achieved in part by the placement of pivots, but also by the addition of the lower shock linkage, which works in concert with the upper pivot to achieve the desired leverage ratio
SHIMANO EP8 MOTOR & CUSTOM 504W BATTERY
The EP8 is the smallest and lightest in class motor, generating 85 Nm of torque and commanded by Shimamo's clean and cleverly intergrated display interface. Power delivery is further customized via the E-Tube phone app. Weight, strength, and keeping the appearance svelte were a major design priority. Thanks to a custom 504W battery, accessed via the motor, the Drive has one of the slimmest down tube/motor areas in the industry. Keeping things tight also helps to keep the weight down. The Drive comes in at 48 pounds in its heaviest spec and only gets lighter as you move up in the line.
CONTINUOUS SEAT TUBE
With the elimination of the previous design shock tunnel, the new design provides a massive uninterrupted 308mm (L & XL) and 288 (M) seat post insertion. The standard of long 34.9mm diameter droppers are good to go. Speaking of clearance, we've lowered the stand over by an inch as well. Lastly, we've steepened up the STA to 76.2° (MT) and 77° (LT).
HALF DEGREE FLIP CHIP
Integrated at the upper shock bolt for easy access and quick adjustment, the flip chip will allow for a half degree of adjustability: 63.5/64 (MT), 64.5/65 (LT).
SUPER BOOST & KEYED AXLE
Vital MTB called the AFS rear end on our last bike, "exceptionally stiff", but when it comes to lateral stiffness, you can't have too much. So we looked at where we could improve it further. The first step was moving to Superboost 157 hub spacing, which it gets a stronger & stiffer wheel. But that wasn't enough. The real improvements are The new dropout design which also integrates a unique keyed rear axle that locks the two dropout plates together, increasing torsional stiffness in high stress circumstances.