Updated 28 Sep 2017

Avanti

Discovery Low E

Bottom line: The Avanti Discovery Low-E is a good bike with a good motor system. It is more suited to riding around town or commuting than on cycle trails.

Discovery Low E
Consumer worth considering
74
Avg price

$3300

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Test results

Overall score
Good
74
Motor system
Good
7.5/10
Bike style
Good
7.2/10

Good points

  • Good motor responsiveness.
  • OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • OK motor assistance at speed.
  • Excellent display and controls.
  • Good battery.
  • Bike has good slow speed balance.
  • Bike is easy to pedal quickly.
  • Bike is good on rough surfaces.
  • Has rear rack, plastic mudguards and a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Has a suspension fork.
  • Comes in full and low step frames.

But

  • Motor only assists to 25 km/h.
  • Doesn't have built in lights.
  • Doesn't have a frame lock.

Extended review

All the city-style step-through bikes we tested had a rider position that made pedalling more difficult than it could be. The Avanti, however, was one of the only ones with well-balanced steering, which made it good to manoeuvre around the city. It generated confidence descending hills, but wasn’t great climbing them, despite strong assistance from the Shimano STEPS motor. The motor limit of 25km/h and only OK riding position meant we weren’t comfortable riding it fast, and we certainly wouldn’t want to tackle too many cycle trails. The price is good, it has a large rear rack, and the step-through frame makes this a decent choice for urban dwellers.

How we test

Each e-bike was taken on a test route by two riders. The 5km route in and around Wellington’s CBD included city traffic, fast flat roads, hills, kerbs, wooden bridges and a busy waterfront path shared with pedestrians.

We also put the e-bikes through a gruelling 20km route around Wellington’s Wadestown and Northland suburbs. The main challenge was climbing a 2km-long hill five times at a steady 20km/h (a kilometre of vertical ascent) and descending the same twisty narrow road between climbs. It also included a short, steep section of rough path with a narrow barrier negotiated at walking pace, an undulating 5km of suburban streets, and a steep descent requiring brakes to keep the e-bike to the 50km/h speed limit.

Our riding tests, along with a static assessment of the features and functions of each e-bike, were used to score the performance of the motor system and the bike. Overall score includes:

Motor system (50% of overall score)

  • starting, stopping and responsiveness (30% of motor system score)
  • hill climbing assistance (30%)
  • controller and display (20%)
  • high-speed assistance (10%)
  • battery and charging (10%).

Bike (50% of overall score)

  • uphill and slow riding performance, ease of mounting and dismounting, off-bike handling (50% of bike score)
  • downhill and fast flat riding stability, safety and comfort (30%)
  • comfort and safety on bumpy and rough surfaces (20%).

Key data

Model

Avg price
$3300
Type
City
Frame style (and alternate)
Low step (full frame)
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
(SM-MD) / MD-LG
Wheel size
700mm
Motor
Shimano STEPS
Motor location
Mid
Power (W)
250
Battery (Wh)
418
Battery location
Inside rear rack
Removable battery
Key
Max assist speed (km/h)
25
Hand throttle
no
Tyre width (mm)
45

More test results (/10)

Motor - Responsiveness
7.7
Motor - Hill climbing
6.5
Motor - Interface
10.0
Motor - Speed assistance
5.8
Motor - Battery
7.0
Bike - Slow speed
7.3
Bike - Riding fast
7.3
Bike - Rough terrain
7.0

Features

Mudguards
Plastic
Kickstand
Rear mount
Rear rack (l x w cm)
42 x 12
Rear wheel (Frame) lock
No
Gears
9 / Trigger
Suspension fork
yes
Suspension seatpost
yes
Lights
no
Brakes
Disc (hydraulic)

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