Not only does the SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 share the same name with the defending champion of our enduro group test, but also employs identical suspension and drivetrain. Smells of shredding, doesn’t it? We’ve found out how the additional weight of the motor system affects handling on the trail.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best enduro bike of 2023 – 14 models in review

SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 | TQ HPR 50/360 Wh | 170/165 mm (f/r) | 29″
19.4 kg in size XL | € 12,999 | Manufacturer’s website

The SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 belongs to the new generation of light eMTBs and comes equipped with a new TQ HPR50 motor system, which churns out 50 Nm torque and draws its power from a 360 Wh battery. The latter can be expanded with an optional 160 Wh range extender that can be carried in the bottle cage. While all of this is pretty standard for a modern light-eMTB, the special thing about the 19.4 kg Rapcon Pmax TQ is that it packs it all into an enduro frame platform with 170/165 mm travel front and rear. SIMPLON’s online configurator allows you to tweak the spec of the pre-configured models to suit your needs and preferences – provided you have the necessary know-how. In the configuration we tested, the Rapcon Pmax TQ retails at €12,999.

The SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 2023 in detail

Unlike its analogue counterpart, the SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 doesn’t feature a storage compartment in the downtube, because this houses the battery. However, the bottle cage and tool mount are still there. A minimalistic remote on the handlebars allows you to switch between the three support levels (ECO, MID and HIGH) and activate walk mode, while a 2″ display neatly integrated into the top tube shows the selected support mode using circle pictograms. Unfortunately, the system isn’t very intuitive. The charging port sits on the down tube while the cables are all routed into the frame through a special headset and securely clamped at the ports, ensuring a tidy look and quiet ride together with the generously sized chainstay protector. A small mudguard on the seat stays protects the main pivot from mud and grit.

The TQ motor system provides natural support and is neatly integrated into the frame of the SIMPLON.

Energy boost
Thanks to the natural, and discreet assistance of the motor, the Rapcon Pmax TQ makes you feel as if you were riding an analogue bike – with legs of steel!

The spec of the SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 2023

The analogue Rapcon and Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 share nearly identical specs. The suspension consists of a FOX 38 Factory GRIP2 fork and FOX X2 air shock, which both offer externally adjustable low- and high-speed compression and rebound settings, allowing you to fine tune the suspension to suit your needs and riding style. With its 200 mm of travel, the Kind Shock LEV INTEGRA dropper ensures excellent freedom of movement on the bike. Just like Yeti’s eMTB, the SIMPLON Rapcon features SRAM CODE RSC brakes with a 220 mm rotor at the front and 200 mm disc at the rear. The high-end RSC brake lever features tool-free bite point and reach adjustments as well as SRAM’s SwingLink technology, which is meant to improve braking power and modulation. Shifting is taken care of by a wireless 12-speed SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle drivetrain, which is the flagship model in SRAM’s portfolio and super-light, because it was developed primarily for XC racing. The 800 mm carbon handlebars are built in house by SIMPLON. For the wheels, the Austrian manufacturer relies on DT Swiss HXC 1501 carbon wheelset and Schwalbe tires, combining a Magic Mary at the front and Big Betty at the rear, both in the soft ADDIX rubber compound and Super Gravity casing. While the robust casing does full justice to the bike’s character and intended use, we recommend upgrading the front tire to the softer ADDIX Ultra Soft compound for more traction. A chain guide prevents the chain from falling off the chainring.

Hard to spot
The motor is placed around the bottom bracket and can only be seen at second glance.
While we really like Schwalbe’s robust Super Gravity casing on the front wheel, we would have preferred the ADDIX Ultra Soft rubber compound.
The display is neatly integrated into the top tube and sits flush with the frame. Unfortunately, the pictogram system isn’t very intuitive.
Space issues
The battery takes up the entire down tube, leaving no room for a storage compartment. However, the frame of the Rapcon Pmax TQ still has a bottle cage and tool mount.
The minimalistic remote on the handlebars allows you to switch between the three support levels (ECO, MID and HIGH), activate walk mode, or turn off motor support altogether.

SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165

€ 12,999


Motor TQ HPR 50 50 Nm
Battery TQ HPR Battery V01 360 Wh
Display TQ 0-LED
Fork FOX 38 Factory GRIP2 170 mm
Rear Shock FOX X2 Factory 165 mm
Seatpost Kind Shock LEV INTEGRA 200 mm
Brakes SRAM CODE RSC 220/200 mm
Drivetrain SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle 1x12
Stem SIMPLON 40 mm
Handlebar SIMPLON Carbon 800 mm
Wheelset DT Swiss HXC 1501 29"
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary, Super Gravity, ADDIX Soft/Schwalbe Big Betty, Super Gravity, ADDIX Soft 2.6/2.4

Technical Data

Size S M L XL
Weight 19.4 kg

Specific Features


The geometry of the SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 2023

The SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 is available in four sizes, S to XL. Our test bike in XL combines 495 mm reach, a pleasantly short 445 mm seat tube and long travel dropper that can be fully inserted into the frame, thus ensuring plenty of freedom of movement and allowing you to choose the frame size based on the desired reach and riding style. Chainstays are 447 mm in XL and grow with the frame size, providing consistent handling across all sizes. Additionally, SIMPLON adapt the kinematics and progression of the rear suspension to the respective frame size to ensure an even more consistent character across the board.

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 370 mm 395 mm 420 mm 445 mm
Top tube 569 mm 590 mm 607 mm 634 mm
Head tube 97 mm 104 mm 115 mm 125 mm
Head angle 65° 65° 65° 65°
Seat angle 79° 79° 79° 79°
Chainstay 436 mm 438 mm 443 mm 447 mm
BB Drop 39 mm 39 mm 39 mm 39 mm
Wheelbase 1,198 mm 1,223 mm 1,253 mm 1,280 mm
Reach 446 mm 446 mm 486 mm 506 mm
Stack 615 mm 625 mm 635 mm 645 mm
Helmet Fox Dropframe Pro | Glasses Melon Alleycat | Jersey ION Surfing Elements Shirt | Pants Fox Defend Pants | Shoes Five Ten Freerider

The SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 2023 on the trail

Riding uphill, the motor of the SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 provides natural and discreet assistance. Since both the analogue and electric Rapcon share identical suspension and geometries, their riding characteristics are pretty similar. As a result, the Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 makes you feel as if you were riding an analogue bike with Nino Schurter’s stamina. However, the TQ motor provides assistance most efficiently at high pedalling cadences while the low bottom bracket requires you to time your pedal strokes carefully to prevent smashing the cranks into obstacles. Overall, the pedalling position is comfortable and the rear suspension doesn’t wallow, yet still provides good traction on steep and technical sections. Only the Yeti 160E gets you to the trailhead in a more relaxed fashion.

The Rapcon Pmax TQ can keep up with most analogue bikes downhill and makes you feel as if you were on steroids on the climbs.

The Rapcon Pmax TQ is extremely versatile and performs well on all types of trails.

Downhill, too, the Rapcon Pmax TQ feels a lot like its analogue sibling. Handling is intuitive and the weight evenly distributed between the front and rear, allowing you to shred your way back to the carpark safely, even after a long, exhausting day in the saddle. The rear suspension offers a good compromise between traction, support and reserves, performing equally well in all sorts of situations, from flowing singletracks through natural gnar, all the way to big jump lines. With its larger mass and longer frame, the size XL Rapcon Pmax TQ isn’t as agile as the analogue version but still nimbler than the Norco Range because, despite the heavier weight, the firm suspension doesn’t sink into its travel. In terms of composure, the Rapcon Pmax TQ struggles to keep up with Norco’s high-pivot bruiser but outshines its analogue counterpart, even in the air with bigger jumps – the extra weight also has its perks!

Tuning tip: Softer rubber compound at the front tire

Riding Characteristics



  1. sluggish
  2. efficient


  1. cumbersome
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. confident


  1. demanding
  2. balanced


  1. harsh
  2. plush

Fun Factor

  1. planted
  2. poppy

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Intended Use










With its neatly integrated motor system and countless frame features, the SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 is a very discreet Light-eMTB. Moreover, it shares the same suspension and geometry as its analogue counterpart, meaning that it can also keep up with its analogue competitors downhill, where the added weight of the motor comes as an advantage in fast trail sections and with big jumps, albeit at the expense of agility. The electric assistance makes this a great bike for lazy shredders.


  • Integration of the motor system
  • Natural support
  • Excellent riding performance


  • Low bottom bracket
  • Display isn’t very intuitive

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The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best enduro bike of 2023 – 14 models in review

All bikes in test: Canyon Strive CFR 8 (Click for review) | Deviate Claymore (Click for review) | Hope HB916 (Click for review) | Intense Tracer 279 S (Click for review) | MERIDA ONE-SIXTY 8000 (Click for review) | Mondraker Carbon Foxy RR (Click for review) | Norco Range C1 (Click for review) | Santa Cruz Megatower X01 AXS RSV (Click for review) | Santa Cruz Nomad X01 AXS RSV (Click for review) | SIMPLON Rapcon 170/165 (Click for review) | SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax TQ 170/165 | Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Elite Alloy (Click for review) | Yeti 160E T1 (Click for review) | Yeti SB160 T3 (Click for review)

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Words: Simon Kohler Photos: Peter Walker, Mike Hunger

About the author

Simon Kohler

​​Simon loves speed. He has many years of racing experience as a longboard downhill skater, blasting down alpine passes on his board. In the meantime, he’s swapped four wheels for two, charging down trails and bike park lines aboard his mountain bike instead. He’s savoured some of Europe’s finest trails on various road trips through the Alps. Having lived in Austria for some time, he knows the local Austrian bike parks like the back of his hand. He’s a tech nerd through and through, using the skills and know-how from his engineering degree and his attention to detail to put the latest bikes and components through their paces for our reviews. As an early riser and self-declared muesli connoisseur, he lives his life powered by oats and the strength of his legs.