KTM is a household name thanks to some of the best off-road motorcycles on the market. And the brand’s e-bikes take inspiration from their combustion engine cousins with the adoption of a mismatched wheel size concept that KTM calls DiMMix (Dimensions Mix).
Just like a dirt bike, the larger 29in front wheel aims to give stability and good obstacle rollover with precise steering, while the big volume 27.5in rear generates lots of traction from its wide footprint. And because the two outside diameters are so close, the Macina Kapaho doesn’t actually look like it’s rocking different size wheels.
To get the Macina Kapoho 272 up to speed KTM opts for the powerful Bosch Performance Line CX drive unit. Providing the juice is a Bosch PowerTube 500wh battery, which is sleekly housed inside the down tube. There is a port on the frame, so you can plug the charger directly into the bike, or you can remove the battery and charge it in your house if you don’t have power in the shed.
Centrally mounted atop the stem is the Bosch Intuvia display. It’s really easy to read, even in the dark thanks to the backlit design, and the separate remote control next to the grip lets you switch quickly between modes and change the information on the display.
Toggling the control allows access to four ride settings, including the intelligent e-MTB mode, which automatically adapts the assistance depending on your cadence and pressure on the pedals. To bring all that power under control, KTM fits four-piston Shimano Zee brakes with their heat dissipating IceTech rotors and radiator finned pads.
With its potent Bosch drive unit the Macina Kapoho 272 simply motors up the climbs, but it’s still incredibly planted and sure-footed on the way back down. You can keep pedaling for longer too, as the Macina Kapoho 272 boasts excellent clearance thanks to the short, 160mm cranks.
The moto-inspired Macina Kapoho 272 works great as an uplift bike or just riding for a few hours tearing up the trails. In fact, with the 500Wh battery you could easily do both.
Frame: aluminium, 160mm travel Shock Fox Float Performance
Fork: Fox 34 Float Performance, 160mm travel
Battery: Bosch PowerTube
Motor: Bosch PerformanceLine CX
Display: Bosch Intuvia
Wheels: DT Swiss H1900 wheelset, Schwalbe Fat Albert front, Nobby Nic rear 29×2.35in/27.5×2.8in tyres
Drivetrain: KTM chainset, XT r-mech and shifter
Brakes: Shimano Zee, 203/180mm
Components: KTM Team 60mm stem, and 740mm handlebar, KTM Comp 125mm dropper post and fizi:k Gobi saddle
Sizes: 16, 17, 19, 21in
Weight: 23.6kg (52.03lb)