Thok Bikes appeared out of the blue in 2017 and went straight into the eMTB market, but are they just another brand jumping on the electrically powered bandwagon? That might appear to be the case on the surface, but Thok was brought to life by Stefano Migliorini, an old-school downhill racer that lined up at World Championships against the greats as far back as '93. More provenance is provided by trials motorcycle legend, and current World Champion, Toni Bou, who helped develop the bike and rides his own signature version of the Mig.
Thok offers one Mig platform with three builds kits; we opted for the middle of the range Mig-R that is specced with a range of Thok's components, RockShox suspension and a Shimano motor, battery, brakes and drivetrain. The direct-sale brand sells the Mig-R online for €5250 and can be delivered to your house, or through a 'Thok Point,' a network of local dealers that are used for setup, servicing and rental needs.
Construction, Features and Motor
The frame uses a huge, hydroformed downtube which also carries the external Shimano battery on its underside, Thok's custom battery guard is there for protection from incoming elements and is available in red or black. The Mig-R uses a standard Shimano STEPS E8000 motor with 170mm crank arms. Shimano's motor is becoming increasingly prevalent and seems to continually become more intuitive and each firmware update give it more of a 'mountain bike feel'
The swingarm is a chunky affair and is mated to a massive CNC machined rocker linkage. Other features include internal cable routing throughout, and even space for a bottle cage – a rarity on an eMTB.
Thok's geometry is distinctly in the middle of the current road. Reach numbers across most brands are becoming increasingly similar after a few years of wildly ranging figures, and the Mig-R has numbers that increase between each size from 21mm, 24mm, and 29mm from S to XL. My XL test bike had a 479mm reach and a corresponding stack of 642mm and a very long 150mm headtube. The smaller two sizes in the range are specced with 40mm stems, and the larger two have a 50mm stem. The handlebars are 780mm wide on all sizes, which gives plenty of room to cut them down for smaller riders.
The rest of the figures are more middle-of-the-road numbers for a trail/enduro bike with a 66º head angle, a 74.5º eff. seat angle, 450mm chainstay and a 16mm bottom bracket drop.
TPS stands for Thok Progessive System. There's nothing crazy to shout about in the suspension department – the TPS is a classic four-bar system with a yoke-driven shock. The main pivot sits above and behind the bottom bracket, the chainstay pivot is close to the rear axle and the brake is mounted on the seat stay. The seat stay is connected to the huge one-piece rocker link that drives the yoke connected to the shock.