At first glance
The Hunter is one of the better-looking electric bikes with this style of frame. Dillenger has opted to move away from just using the company name as a sticker and have instead put a nice design that greatly improves the look of the bike.
The large 1000W rear hub and triple crown forks add a nice aggressive look to the overall package.
I love the extra considerations in the looks department that Dillenger has made, except the tyres. A beautiful set of Schwalbe Nobby’s would make this standout, instead of the CST City’s – but it is no trouble to run out and get some of your preferred tyres should you wish.
While this bike is not competition spec, it has some decent gear for the money.
- Shimano Deore 10 speed
- Tektro Dorado hydraulic brakes
- Indestructible rear hub motor
- Top end Panasonic battery cells
- Dillenger C965 Display
After a quick run-through of the moving/stopping parts, i.e., gears, hub, brakes to make sure that out of the box these things are setup correctly. The wheels have some of the best spoke work I’ve seen. I would say they are perfect, but I do not have the precision machines to test it.
Everything works as it should.
So. After all of that, how does the Dillenger Hunter go?
I’ve had the Hunter for about a week now, among a handful of other bikes, and I can safely say that this one has been my favourite to ride.
- Does it have the torque? Yes.
- Does it have the speed? Yes.
Mind you the bikes I currently have are not meant for offroad use and are in fact all street legal. So it is not a fair comparison.
However, out of the many electric mountain bikes in this price bracket (and many above it) that I’ve ridden, this is my favourite. Offroad performance is fantastic, and thanks to the previously mentioned intermediate CST City’s, the on-road performance is pretty spot on as well.
Would we buy one?
If I were asked to go out and buy an ebike in this price range, the Dillenger Hunter Hub would be my first pick in a heartbeat. Next price bracket up is the, even more, impressive Hunter BBS.
Regarding range and speed, everything stated on the Dillenger website was pretty accurate.
THIS IS RARE, MOST MANUFACTURERS TEND TO OVER-ESTIMATE THE PERFORMANCE DATA. IT’S NICE TO SEE A MANUFACTURER DOING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE.
What could be better?
The tyres for me, even though I do a decent amount of on-road riding, I still love the look of chunky tyres and while the battery is very high quality, you do not get an overwhelming amount at around 9Ah for a 1000W bike. However, I understand the space restrictions on this style of bike and I think they chose the perfect cell for it.
Where can you get one?
Dillenger US – $1,500 http://dillengerelectricbikes.com/electric-bikes/performance/hunter-or-by-dillenger.html