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Gepida

Reptila 1000

score

70

Avg price

$4999

Member Reviews

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

Test results

  • 73
    Motor system
  • 66
    Bike style
  • 83
    Motor - Responsiveness
  • 55
    Motor - Hill climbing
  • 75
    Motor - Speed assistance
  • 85
    Motor - Interface
  • 53
    Bike - Slow speed
  • 70
    Bike - Riding fast
  • 70
    Bike - Rough terrain
  • 90
    Bike - Practicality

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Good points

  • Very good motor responsiveness.
  • OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Good motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to 32 km/h.
  • Very good display and controls.
  • Bike is good to pedal quickly.
  • Bike copes well on rough surfaces.
  • Hub gear is easy to use (can change gear without pedalling).
  • Has rear rack, plastic mudguards and a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has hydraulic brakes (rim).
  • Has a suspension fork.
  • Avalaible with smaller wheels (Replita 900 model).

Bad points

  • Bike has only just OK slow speed balance (toes can hit the front wheel when turning).
  • Hub gear is difficult to use on steep climbs (cannot pedal and change gear at the same time).
  • Only comes in one frame size.

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

    $4999

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

  • Alternative frame type

    No

  • Sizes available

    One size

Specifications

  • Motor brand

    Bosch

  • Motor model

    Active Plus

  • Motor location

    Mid

  • Power

    250W

  • Max assist torque

    50Nm

  • Max assist speed

    32km/h

  • Assist settings

    4

  • Walk mode

  • Thumb throttle

  • Battery size

    400Wh

  • Battery location

    Seat tube

Features

  • Wheel size

    28"

  • Tyre width

    38mm

  • Tyre tread

    Road

  • Mudguards

    Plastic

  • Kickstand

    Rear mount

  • Rear rack (l x w cm)

  • Gears

    8 Hub / Twist

  • Suspension fork (travel)

    Suntour 63mm

  • Suspension seatpost

  • Lights

  • Brakes

    Rim (hydraulic)

More info

  • Notes

    Reptila 900 model also available (26" wheels)

Member reviews

1 Member review

Almost the same bike.

Pros

Although we own 2 bikes of a different brand the setup is almost the same. One of the big advantages of the internal gears is that they need less maintenance and change gears much easier. Neither gear systems are changed easily up hill but a quick back peddle is better for the internal system then crunching the external system.

Cons

Made for people that don’t like to race their bikes but are nice and comfortable.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Willie &Chris V.

Used 6 months or more