Yes, that’s right! DJI, the popular drone manufacturer, have unveiled their first eMTB motor system, the Avinox. This is built around a 120 Nm mid-drive motor and relies on a big bunch of proprietary components. The manufacturer also developed their own batteries, smart touch display and a comprehensive app – and managed to keep the system weight unbelievably low. We had the chance to test the system on the trail.

DJI have more than proven that they know how to build small, powerful electric motors. The Chinese tech giant has long held a dominant position in the drone business and has a wealth of experience and know-how in the development of batteries, connectivity and app development. Plus, DJI can avail themselves of immense resources from the tech industry. That’s a very promising basis for a company that wants to develop their own motor system for e-mountainbikes.

The DJI Avinox motor system has been introduced to the eMTB world at the beginning of Eurobike 2024 in Frankfurt. At the heart of the system lies a 120 Nm mid-drive motor, which can be combined with DJI’s proprietary 600 Wh and 800 Wh batteries. The Avinox motor system is controlled by two small wireless remotes, and a touchscreen display integrated into the top tube. This includes a 4G LTE interface, which allows you to track your rides even without carrying a smartphone in your pocket. There’s also a dedicated app that allows you to adjust the motor’s characteristics, as well as offering a range of riding statistics and safety features.

But the new DJI Avinox motor system won’t get you far without an actual bike! To make this happen, DJI teamed up with newly-founded bike brand AMFLOW as an exclusive partner to present a powerful e-mountainbike in two different versions, both of which rely on the DJI system. The AMFLOW PL relies on a carbon frame and generates 160/150 mm of travel front and rear. The version we tested is the AMFLOW PL Carbon Pro flagship model, which tips the scales at just 20.3 kg despite using a big 800 Wh battery, and delivers up to 120 Nm of torque.

AMFLOW PL Carbon Pro | DJI Avinox/800 Wh | 160/150 mm (f/r)
20,3 kg in size L

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Words & Photos: Peter Walker