Serial 1 Powered by Harley Davidson launches SWITCH/MTN hardtail eMTB
Posted on Jun 17, 2022 by Jessie-May Morgan
This weekend, at the Bentonville Bike Festival, Serial 1 is launching its first eBike which is not fully rigid; SWITCH series 1/MTN. Following in the footsteps of their e-bikes/CTY and the BASH/MTN rigid e-MTB, the new SWITCH/MTN seeks to take riders on tougher backcountry adventures with more comfort thanks to a 120mm and high volume Michelin E-Wild tires. . And, like all Serial 1 e-bikes, this one features cloud connectivity, developed in partnership with Google Cloud, allowing riders to capture essential riding data.
Series 1/MTN eMTB Switch
Serial 1’s new SWITCH/MTN is built on a hydroformed aluminum frame designed to be both light and strong to meet the demands of off-road riding. Like all of Harley-Davidson’s eBike brand eMTBs, this one too is powered by a Brose S Mag mid-drive motor. It’s more powerful than most, with a maximum torque output of 90Nm, combined with an integrated 529Wh battery that’s removable for charging off the bike.
The SWITCH/MTN is limited to a maximum support speed of 20 mph in the US, 25 km/h in the EU) and 32 km/h in Canada. Claimed range is listed as 30-95 miles / 48-153 km, depending on terrain. Advertised charge time is as follows: 0-75% charge = 2.6 hours, 75-100% charge = 2.1 hours.
The new eMTB shares a very similar silhouette to other Series 1 e-bikes, but lacks the downtube-to-toptube brace on the front triangle. The front triangle is, on the contrary, completely open, which makes it possible to carry a frame bag. There are no bottle dings on the frame, so riders will need to carry water on them, or even inside a frame bag.
Series 1 tells us that the SWITCH/MTN Geometry is extremely off-road capable, with the performance to satisfy an expert rider, yet still accessible and accommodating enough for riders new to the sport (actual geometry chart to follow ). The bike is fitted with a 120mm-travel, air-sprung SR Suntour ZERON35 fork to allow riders of different weights to get a setup that works best for them.
The most striking feature of the SWITCH/MTN is the way the Brose S Mag motor is mounted to the bottom bracket region. On most eMTBs, the front end of the motor curves down and back, a design feature that should help deflect trail debris like rocks in very rough sections of trail. On the SWITCH/MTN, the geometry of the motor integration is quite different, presenting a sort of wall of oncoming characteristics, with the possibility that any impact will stop the bike in its tracks.
That said, the Series 1 doesn’t position the SWITCH/MTN as a bike you would ride on extremely difficult terrain. “The vast majority of our world is unpaved,” said Aaron Frank, chief brand officer at Serial 1. “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, battery of large capacity, fully adjustable front suspension, and wide-ratio 1×12 drivetrain, has all the performance and capability to take you anywhere you want to go.
The SWITCH/MTN is properly equipped with 4-piston brakes in the form of the TRP Slate T4, with 203mm diameter and 2.3mm thick rotors (thicker than most). This should help prevent brake fade on long, fast descents. The drivetrain is the SRAM SX 12-speed (11-50t cassette) with a one-click release shifter. A Transz X dropper post will help spread the saddle out when the rider needs more room on steeper descents.
Enhancing the versatility of this eMTB, integrated lights (front and rear) with a rear brake light should help traffic behind the rider better anticipate the road ahead. Serial 1 calls it their exclusive BAF (Bright As F***) headlamp and high-visibility RAT (Rearward Awareness Technology). From the bike, the rider can also charge a mobile device (up to 10W) using the integrated USB-C port.
Price and availability
The Serial 1 SWITCH/MTB is available in sizes S, ML and XL, and weighs 24.0 kg in size large. This one retails for US$4,499 and comes in Wasatch Green/Gloss Orange and Uinta Grey/Gloss White colorways. Learn more on the Serial 1 website.