Updated 28 Sep 2017

Fleetwood

MTB v1.0

Bottom line: The Fleetwood MTB v1.0 is a very good bike with a good motor system. It's great value and capable of all typres of riding, but is most suited to cycle trails.

MTB v1.0
Consumer recommended
81
Avg price

$3895

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Test results

Overall score
Very good
81
Motor system
Good
7.7/10
Bike style
Very good
8.5/10

Good points

  • Good motor responsiveness.
  • OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Good motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to 32km/h.
  • Excellent display and controls.
  • Good battery.
  • Bike is very easy to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has very good slow speed balance.
  • Bike is excellent on rough surfaces.
  • Has a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Has a suspension fork.

But

  • Doesn't have a rear rack or mudguards.
  • Doesn't have built in lights.
  • Doesn't have a frame lock.
  • Comes as a full frame only.

Extended review

If you want a bike capable of getting you to work during the week, then tackling off-road trails at the weekend, the Fleetwood MTB v1.0 could be perfect. While it lacks commuter features such as a rack, lights and mudguards, its brakes, tyres, suspension and riding position meant we’d happily pilot this on the mountain bike trails surrounding the Wellington CBD. A bonus is the Shimano STEPS motor that assists pedalling up to 32km/h, unlike other examples of this system we tried that topped out at 25km/h.

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
$3895
Type
Trail
Frame style (and alternate)
Full frame
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
SM / (MD) / LG / XL
Wheel size
27.5 inches
Motor
Shimano STEPS
Motor location
Mid
Power (W)
250
Battery (Wh)
504
Battery location
Down tube
Removable battery
Key
Max assist speed (km/h)
32
Hand throttle
no
Tyre width (mm)
56

More test results (/10)

Motor - Responsiveness
7.7
Motor - Hill climbing
6.5
Motor - Interface
10.0
Motor - Speed assistance
7.3
Motor - Battery
7.5
Bike - Slow speed
8.0
Bike - Riding fast
8.3
Bike - Rough terrain
10.0

Features

Mudguards
Mounts only
Kickstand
Midway between rear and central mount
Rear rack (l x w cm)
n/a
Rear wheel (Frame) lock
No
Gears
9 / Trigger
Suspension fork
yes
Suspension seatpost
no
Lights
no
Brakes
Disc (hydraulic)

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