eBikes.org is supported by readers. When you buy with our links, we may earn a commission at no cost to you.

Haibike Lyke CF 11 Review

Alex Boyce
By
Alex Boyce,
E-Bike Reviewer
Taylor Moon
By
Taylor Moon,
Contributing Editor
Images from manufacturer's website

40 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

3 hrs

CHARGE TIME

41.89 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

Sponsors keep us charged up

Haibike Lyke CF 11 Review: Takeaway

Experiencing the Ride 60 motor system in-depth for the first time, we were particularly impressed with its four power modes, especially the unique “boost” mode. Engaged by a long press on the remote, this mode provides a thirty-second power surge, perfect for navigating challenging trail sections. This standout feature, ideal for integration across other brands, ensures power is available precisely when needed, eliminating the requirement for a heavier, full-power battery.

The e-bike’s design results in a weight saving of up to 12 lbs compared to heavier models. Its mid-market pricing positions it as a strong contender, especially with its high-quality wheel package adding significant value.

Ideal for...

Cyclists transitioning from traditional bikes who prefer not to compromise on a lightweight design for an electric-powered feel. It offers just the right amount of assistance to amplify your enjoyment without significantly increasing your effort.

Haibike Lyke CF 11 Overview

Electric bike technology, especially in the lightweight category, has significantly evolved over the years, driven by robust competition. Haibike pioneered this advancement by introducing the first electric mountain bike integrated with a Bosch motor. Their latest offerings feature a variety of motors, with the Fazua Ride 60 motor powering their lightweight models.

Lightweight eMTBs, typically under 44 lbs (20 kg), offer a transformative handling experience on trails. The Haibike Lyke CF 11 is a prime example of this category, explicitly designed to appeal to traditional mountain biking enthusiasts. It boasts 140 mm of travel and 29” wheels, ideal for the seasoned rider.

The bike’s design centers around a carbon frame, discreetly incorporating a 430 Wh battery within the downtube. This non-removable battery enhances the bike’s sleek profile. The Lyke CF 11 is equipped with a 60 Nm lightweight motor, notable for its slimline design that maintains the bottom bracket area’s resemblance to a conventional bike.

As a top-tier, all-mountain trail bike with mid-level travel, the Lyke is tailored for fitness-focused riders transitioning from conventional bikes. It offers a performance akin to non-electric bikes, ensuring enthusiasts a familiar yet enhanced biking experience.

Lyke CF 11 Components

The Lyke CF 11 stands out in its premium price range with top-notch specifications. Suspension is expertly handled by Fox, featuring the robust Fox 36 fork and Float shock, known for their ability to handle tough impacts on rugged terrains while remaining agile for smoother trails.

The Fox Float shock will make you feel like you’re floating on the trail… yes pun intended.

The drivetrain is a collaboration between Shimano and Rotor, boasting a 12-speed SLX cassette powered by a Rotor 32T chain wheel crank combination. Gear shifts are seamless with the Shimano XT derailleur and shifter, allowing efficient double-shifting in both directions.

Shimano and Rotor make up the drivetrain on the Lyke. You can’t hate that combination.

Braking is responsive and reliable, thanks to the Shimano XT four-piston brakes paired with Shimano Ice Tech rotors. These ensure optimal cooling with a 203 mm rotor at the front and a 180mm at the rear.

We think you will Lyke how the Shimano XT brakes feel on this rig

The bike’s wheels are a highlight, featuring Mavic Crossmax wheels with straight-bladed spokes and Mavic hubs, complemented by Maxxis trail tires — the Minion and Dissector. This combination results in a wheelset that is not only lightweight and durable but also adds a touch of style. It ranks among the best we’ve experienced in this bike category.

Riders can also enjoy a comfortable ride with the Fizik saddle, coupled with a hydraulic seatpost that offers a wide range of movement adjustments, optimizing comfort whether descending or climbing

Fazua Ride 60 Motor And Battery

The Lyke CF 11 is a groundbreaking e-bike, notable as our first test model equipped with the Fazua Ride 60 lightweight motor system, a Porsche-owned technology known for its quality ride feel and interface.

The Fazua Ride 60 system saves the rider about 6 lbs of weight but still delivers plenty of torque

This motor, our current favorite in the lightweight category, offers a significant 60 Nm of torque, outperforming other lightweight motors. It features a unique top power mode, providing a 30-second, 400-watt power boost – ideal for overcoming technical climbs and obstacles.

Its 430 Wh battery offers a 3-4 hour range. While it delivers slightly less torque than a full-power motor, it compensates with a lighter weight and one of the most energy-dense packs on the market, using cutting-edge lithium Ion 21700 cell technology (similar to Tesla). An optional external battery pack can extend the range by about 30 percent, fitting conveniently in the water bottle holder.

The motor assistance is smooth and efficient, providing enough power throughout the pedal stroke, and is exceptionally quiet, even on climbs. The system overall supports a relaxed, rider-focused experience.

Riders can customize motor settings via an app, which offers a range of tuning options for each power mode, although the initial Bluetooth connection setup can be time-consuming.

The Lyke CF 11 opts for a sleek design with no display, featuring a battery level indicator on the top tube and a metal remote on the left handlebar for easy operation. We appreciate the move toward cleaner, uncluttered handlebars without large LCD displays, enhancing the trail riding experience.

Geometry

Having tested the Lyke CF 11 across diverse terrains, it’s clear that this bike excels in both sitting and descending positions. Its design, which doesn’t focus on long travel, suits it, particularly for flat or gently rolling trails. The synergy of 29” wheels and 140mm travel renders the bike agile on winding paths. However, on more challenging descents, the bike’s geometry reveals its limitations, indicating that it’s not tailored for extreme downhill riding. Instead, the Lyke CF 11 is designed with a wider range of uses in mind, offering versatility across various trail types.

The geometry of the Lyke CF 11 lends itself to flat or gently rolling trails.

On The Trail

During our rides on various trails, including all-mountain and smooth, wooded paths, the Lyke CF 11 demonstrated exceptional performance. The bike’s wheels, with their apparent low rolling resistance and superb directional stability, worked seamlessly with the Maxxis tires to provide an ideal balance of grip.

This efficiency isn’t solely due to the bike’s lighter weight, which does contribute to its ability to maintain speed effectively.

Our experience suggests that the optimal pedaling cadence with this bike falls between 70-90 RPM, at which point it closely mimics the feel of a traditional non-electric bike. On climbs, the bike sustains momentum as long as the rider continues to pedal actively. The motor doesn’t take over completely; consistent pedaling effort is necessary, especially on short, technical uphills where good pedaling technique and line choice are key. This approach to power regulation also helps in extending the battery life.

For those accustomed to the effortless climbing of a full-power eMTB, be prepared to invest about 30 percent more energy when riding the Lyke CF 11.

Descending with this bike is enjoyable. Its lightweight nature allows the rider to lead the way, offering a more responsive and controlled experience. Braking is smoother, too, thanks to less weight shifting forward, resulting in fewer suspension dives. This translates to a fluid ride, where reaccelerating after hard braking feels easier and more seamless.

Reasons to Buy the Lyke CF 11

For those in search of a lightweight product equipped with the Fazua motor system, this e-bike is an essential option to consider. Its outstanding geometry and design result in a bike that meets the needs of enthusiastic trail riders who value the responsiveness and lightness of a carbon frame.

Things to Consider

Should your preference lean toward a motor-dominated riding experience, then the Fazua Ride 60 might not align with your expectations. This system is designed to enhance, rather than overshadow, the rider’s effort. For those seeking a more robust motor-centric performance, there are other more powerful systems on the market better suited to those needs.

Specs & Components

Motor
Fazua Ride 60
Battery
Fazua 430 Wh
Frame
Carbon
Wheels
MAvic Crossmax 29”
Tires
Maxxis
Front suspension
Fox 36 performance 140mm
Back suspension
Fox float Performance
Brakes
Shimano XT
Drivetrain
Shimano SLX/XT/Rotor
Saddle
Selle Italia
Seat post
Dropper with remote
Handlebar
XLC 780mm

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
4/5
4

The focus of this mid-drive, lightweight motor isn’t solely on torque and power. Instead, the bike achieves optimal power output at higher cadences. Its four power modes offer sufficient versatility to cater to the preferences of its target riders. The “boost” mode is a particularly innovative feature, providing overall power comparable to the mid-level setting of a full-power motor system.

Range
5/5
5

The range of this bike varies significantly based on the rider’s fitness level. A fit cyclist using the range extender could comfortably ride all day, while those less fit might find their ride time limited to a few hours. Essentially, this e-bike empowers the rider to determine their own experience. Even if the battery depletes, you won’t find yourself struggling uphill; the bike is still manageable and can be ridden much like a traditional non-electric bike.

Comfort
5/5
5

The bike’s geometry creates a comfortable riding position that harmonizes with the mid-travel suspension, ensuring a great overall feel. Designed for extended rides, this bike has been thoughtfully engineered to ensure that any fatigue you experience comes from the joy of riding, not from an uncomfortable seating position.

Durability
4/5
4

The combination of high-quality components and superior build ensures that this bike is built to last for many years. Its motor system, a product of top-tier German engineering, is supported globally, affirming its reliability and longevity. With many leading brands adopting this system, it’s clear that it is not only here to stay but will continue to evolve and improve.

Style
5/5
5

The Lyke has a classic style that subtly emphasizes the materials. Its frame is streamlined, showcasing the carbon weave to highlight the quality of construction, while the wheelset’s straight-bladed spokes not only enhance its appearance but also position the bike as one of the more aesthetically appealing options compared to its competitors.

Our Research Methodology

We personally research and test every e-bike featured in our reviews and guides to provide accurate, data-driven recommendations. Learn how we review.

About Our Editorial Team

Alex Boyce
Written by Alex Boyce
E-Bike Reviewer
Alex Boyce has been in the bike industry in various roles since 2008, he has tested more than 400 bikes over the years and created content for magazines and media outlets the world over.
Taylor Moon
Edited by Taylor Moon
Contributing Editor
Taylor Moon is a seasoned editor and content marketer with a diverse background spanning journalism, entertainment, travel, B2B SaaS, technology, and digital and creative marketing. Outside of her professional realm, she cherishes moments with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, drawing inspiration from both her work and family life.

E-Bikes From the Same Brand

AllTrack Kids
All Terrain, Mountain
4.9
4.9
Rating
30 mi
Range
Mid-drive
Motor
These ads keep the power on

Reviews of E-Bikes for Similar Activities

Aventon Ramblas eMTB
All Terrain, Mountain
4.5
4.5
Rating
80 mi
Range
Mid-drive
Motor
4.6
4.6
Rating
25 mi
Range
Mid-drive
Motor
Vvolt Sirius
City, Commuter, Mountain, Road
3.9
3.9
Rating
40 mi
Range
Mid-drive
Motor

Other E-Bike Reviews

Heybike Tyson
All Terrain, City, Commuter, Road
4.5
4.5
Rating
55 mi
Range
Rear Hub
Motor
Kona Coco HD
Beach Cruiser, Commuter, Step-thru
4.7
4.7
Rating
50 mi
Range
Rear Hub
Motor
On Sale Now
TENWAYS CGO800S
City, Commuter, Step-thru
4.8
4.8
Rating
48 mi
Range
Rear Hub
Motor

Be The First To Know

Sign up for eBikes.org emails to be the first to see reviews, news, and exclusive deals and discounts from e-bike brands.