Winora: Lets find the best bike for you
Winora e-bikes feel at home on tarmac. The manufacturer tends to specialise in road bicycles and has been well established in this field for many years- and now also with e-bikes. Getting through the city traffic safely, elegantly and relaxed is something that cars have been more likely to accomplish up to now but with the e-bike you can pass through traffic jams with more confidence. Winora has been a benchmark in the cycling landscape for many decades and will remain as such even longer.
From 1914 up to the current 2018 season and beyond: the Winora bicycle brand
In 1914 already, Engelbert Wiener, a successful racing cyclist, founded Winora Bikes in Schweinfurt. In 1918 the first bicycle wholesaler was established there and was further developed in the following years. Bernd Seuffert, the grandson of the company's founder, took over the company in 1956, which at that time was already producing around 6,000 bicycles per year.
The oil crisis in the early 1980s had a long-term effect and the bicycle market was booming. Winora also took advantage of this opportunity and underwent an upswing alongside the attraction that the population felt for bicycles. What is very noteworthy about the manufacturer Winora is the deliberate omission (or outsourcing) of racing and very sporty bikes. In recent years it is noticeable that Winora has developed a focus on very modern urban bikes.
Passion for mountain bikes and sports bikes is not forgotten at Winora. Sporty bikes for the athletic sector were and are still left to the subsidiary company Haibike, which is very strongly involved in racing and has powerful e-racing bikes, trekking e-bikes and above all e-mountainbikes in its range.
What do the e-bikes from Winora have to offer?
More than 100 years of experience in high-quality bike construction is certainly one argument. Winora focuses on high-quality bicycles for the whole family. The timeless design gives Winora bicycles a sophisticated appearance. This, in combination with the high-quality frames and components, results in a very harmonious product with a very competitive price-performance ratio. In the field of e-bikes, Winora reserves access for itself to all motor manufacturers such as Bosch, Yamaha and TranzX in order to be able to offer its customers a wide range of products for any specific pedelec.
Over the last 100 years, Winora has made a significant contribution to the development of the modern city bike, the bicycle in general and, of course more recently, the e-bike on the roads of Central Europe. There is a century of experience in every spoke and every frame geometry. What other bike brand can claim the like?
Top-quality city bikes and also touring and trekking e-bikes
The Winora developers clearly concentrate fully on everyday bicycles. Whether as a classic bike or in the e-bike sector. No other pedelec supplier is so consistent when it comes to meeting the requirements of its target group. The Winora e-citybikes are particularly popular as mono-tube deep entry bikes. But the unassuming trekking pedelecs are also very popular.
Seen in this light, their models are real all-rounders. With typical trekking bike frames, the bikes are suitable for everyday city traffic as well as for longer bike tours or leisurely cycling on holiday.
E-bike equipment and features
The frames of the bicycles are just as high-quality as the components with which they are fitted. The electronic bicycles are equipped with disc brakes and gear-shifts from Shimano, as well as a drive unit from Bosch, Yamaha or TranzX.Light wheels and Schwalbe tyres provide connection to the ground.
The Winora bike product range
Like a musician's albums or a painter's exhibitions, Winora's bicycle models are grouped into categories. Depending on the specifications, characteristics and intended use, each individual pedelec has its own specific concept and occupies its own unique position among its peers. We will introduce you to the different product ranges and also to what you can expect from the e-bikes in these categories.
Sinus – the most comprehensive of the ranges
The Sinus series currently has almost 60 models, with sophisticated technology and design ever-present in all of them. The series has now become so successful that it has been marketed as a separate brand.
The name was not haphazardly chosen as is the case with the shape of the frame which stands out due to its elegant curves. It certainly seems to be no coincidence that the models are named after the mathematical function, since the frame shape is partly reminiscent of the associated graphs.
Especially the curved monotube frames and the upper tube of some trekking models are reminiscent of the famous sinusoidal curves. And the analogy to electrical engineering is certainly no coincidence, which is at least appropriate for electric bicycles.
The performance of the Sinus models is by no means to be ignored. 250-watt motors paired with 500 Wh batteries (mostly from Bosch) boost the driver's muscle power. But anyone who now thinks that such powerhouses must look cumbersome and bulky on a bicycle frame is very much mistaken. In the latest models, the technology disappears into the frame, which, on the contrary to the persistent cliché stating that the pedelecs are cumbersome and bulky, renders the bikes much more filigree and elegant.
Sima – take it easy for a while
This is the motto of the Sima series. With 400 Wh battery power and about 40 Nm torque in the motor, the Sima 7 400, for example, is not the most powerful and that is also reflected in the price. You won’t find a better price/performance ratio very often and the robust, high-quality workmanship is a matter of course at Winora anyway, even if no expensive technology is built in. Enough is good enough.
Yucatan – faster, higher, farther
While the Sima models deliver circumspect quality, the Yucatan models go far beyond their own limits - time and again. The Yucatan 9 was already equipped with the Yamaha PW system with 70Nm torque and a 400Wh lithium-ion battery from the same manufacturer.
This was steadily improved until the Yucatan X20 came onto the market. The Yamaha PW-X system with 80Nm torque and 500Wh battery power is combined with a 20-speed Shimano gear-shift system to create, along with the many other high-quality components, a true masterpiece. You could envisage it as an electric bike with a Mexican temperament.
Yakun – surprising frame design
What is striking about the Yakun, although it doesn't take centre stage, is the unique frame design. It would seem that the rear, top and lower tubes are fixed to the seat post. This effect is achieved by the intelligent choice of colour and the shape of the tubes. With such an impressive design, it's not surprising that the frames on these models are made using the gravity casting process.
The Yakun urban, for example, has a lithium-ion battery with 500Wh and a PW-X system motor - both from Yamaha - to match the performance of the other Winora bikes. Exceptionally, the suspension has 60mm travel and can be locked and freed as desired.
Radius – city runabout completely re-thought
With the Radius series we finally come to something really special on the bicycle market. These are small city bikes - only the tyres are smaller, however, but this seems to make a big difference. With only 20 inches, the heart and soul of the bike is so compact that it is ideal for city traffic and it is not too bulky even on public transport (if you prefer to get on the bus in a spontaneous downpour).
In terms of performance, the compact e-bikes are in no way inferior to the others: Gravity casting for the frame, 400Wh power in the battery, lights, brakes, 3-speed gears - everything you need to get from A to B and even to C on the city's cycle paths.