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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)
Bike (50% of overall score)
01 Oct 2017, Graham P.
Product use: 1 month or less
Before purchasing I rode a number of electric bikes with motors in the rear hub, front hub and in the centre attached to the pedals. The bikes with a rear or front hub motor felt less like riding a bike and were less responsive. Sometimes there was a slight delay before the motor kicked in, or worse they were so sensitive a small amount of pressure on the pedal saw me flying forward. The centre drive on the Focus felt more natural. As I applied more force I got more assistance. The non centre drive motors felt a bit like all or nothing.
I rode the Consumer recommended Specialized bike and it is a beautiful ride. At $5800 though it's rather costly. The Focus tested is the 2015/16 model which is currently on run out at $2800 (I got mine from the Bicycle Junction in Wellington). While not as awesome as the Specialized I felt it rode really well and at the run out price is great value for what I need (commute to work). Be interesting to see what it's like after a few months.
Yes, I recommend this product.