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Del Sol

Lxi I/O

score

70

Avg price

$3500

Member Reviews

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

Test results

  • 68
    Motor system
  • 73
    Bike style
  • 70
    Motor - Responsiveness
  • 60
    Motor - Hill climbing
  • 65
    Motor - Speed assistance
  • 90
    Motor - Interface
  • 80
    Bike - Slow speed
  • 75
    Bike - Riding fast
  • 50
    Bike - Rough terrain
  • 70
    Bike - Practicality

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Good points

  • Good motor responsiveness.
  • OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • OK motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to 32 km/h.
  • Excellent display and controls.
  • Bike is good to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has very good slow speed balance.
  • Low step frame is easy to mount and dismount.
  • Has a suspension fork.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Comes in full and low step frames.

Bad points

  • Bike is just OK on rough surfaces.
  • Doesn't have a rear rack or mudguards.
  • Doesn't have built in lights.
  • Centre-mount kickstand is awkward to use.

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 (40% of motor system score)
  • hill climbing assistance (30%)
  • controller and display (20%)
  • high-speed assistance (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%).

Model

  • Avg price

    $3500

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

  • Alternative frame type

    Full frame

  • Sizes available

    S / M

Specifications

  • Motor brand

    Shimano

  • Motor model

    STEPS 6050

  • Motor location

    Mid

  • Power

    250W

  • Max assist torque

    50Nm

  • Max assist speed

    32km/h

  • Assist settings

    3

  • Walk mode

  • Thumb throttle

  • Battery size

    418Wh

  • Battery location

    Down tube

Features

  • Wheel size

    27.5"

  • Tyre width

    44mm

  • Tyre tread

    Road

  • Mudguards

    No

  • Kickstand

    Centre mount

  • Rear rack (l x w cm)

  • Gears

    9 / Trigger

  • Suspension fork (travel)

    Suntour 50mm

  • Suspension seatpost

  • Lights

  • Brakes

    Disc (hydraulic)

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