ENDURO 2015 long term test | First Look: Rotwild E1 FS 27.5
The newest member of our long term test fleet is no unwritten book, after all it was a winner in the Design & Innovation Award 2015 at the beginning of the year. The Rotwild E1 FS 27.5 stands out not just with its elegant looks but also with top quality frame and a parts kit that leaves little scope for upgrading. You can read how the bike fared on its first climbs and descents as well as our initial impressions in this First-Look article.
“My R.E1 Enduro is exactly the bike that I can do everything with. Pedal up and burn down again on the roughest trails of British Columbia or the more moderate terrain of Laguna Beach” you can find this quote from Richie Schley on Rotwild’s website
And that’s just how we’ve perceived the Rotwild until now. The Rotwild shines with its balanced and predictable handling.
“I’m planning to really get going in 2015 with the Rotwild E1 FS 27.5. I want to spend as much time in the saddle as possible: on my Stuttgart home trails, on epic Alpine rides and also at the bike parks. I like big rides without lift assistance so I have the warm feeling from having earned all my descents the hard way” says long term tester Klaus.
Whilst the low front end allows plenty of weight over the front on descents it feels a bit too stretched for me. So I think I’ll chance fitting a bar with a bit more rise than the standard issue 780mm wide Crankbrothers Cobalt 2.
I can’t wait for the next months aboard the bike and will keep you up-to date with reviews along the way. Take a look at the long term test timeline where we’ll post and update you about the whole fleet. A comprehensive test report on the Rotwild will follow.
About the Tester
Born: 1994 | Biking since: 2007 | Height: 189cm | Weight: 81kg | Job: Testrider and Filmer | @Strava
Text & Photos: Klaus Kneist