Updated 28 Sep 2017

Linus

Dutchi w/Lekkie Summit

Bottom line: The Linus Dutchi with Lekkie Summit is a poor bike with an OK motor system. It is more suited to riding around town than commuting, and not recommended for cycle trails.

Dutchi w/Lekkie Summit
Consumer score
54
Avg price

$2850

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Test results

Overall score
Just OK
54
Motor system
OK
6.6/10
Bike style
Poor
4.1/10

Good points

  • OK motor responsiveness.
  • OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • OK battery and charging.
  • Very good motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists up to 40km/h.
  • Has a hand throttle control.
  • OK display and controls.
  • Has rear rack and metal mudguards.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Comes as a low step frame.

But

  • Bike has poor slow speed balance
  • Bike is difficult to pedal quickly
  • Bike is poor on rough surfaces
  • Only has a centre-mount kickstand
  • Doesn't have a suspension fork
  • Doesn't have a frame lock
  • Only has 3-speed gears
  • Only has cable-operated rim brakes

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
$2850
Type
City
Frame style (and alternate)
Low step
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
SM / (MD)
Wheel size
700mm
Motor
Lekkie Summit
Motor location
Mid
Power (W)
300
Battery (Wh)
468
Battery location
On rear rack
Removable battery
Key
Max assist speed (km/h)
40
Hand throttle
yes
Tyre width (mm)
35

More test results (/10)

Motor - Responsiveness
6.3
Motor - Hill climbing
6.5
Motor - Interface
6.5
Motor - Speed assistance
8.0
Motor - Battery
6.8
Bike - Slow speed
5.3
Bike - Riding fast
2.8
Bike - Rough terrain
3.0

Features

Mudguards
Metal
Kickstand
Cental mount
Rear rack (l x w cm)
34 x 13
Rear wheel (Frame) lock
No
Gears
3 / Twist (hub)
Suspension fork
no
Suspension seatpost
no
Lights
no
Brakes
Rim (cable)

More Info

Notes
The Lekkie Summit is a kit that can be fitted to any regular (unpowered) bike.

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