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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)
25 Mar 2018, Andrew
Product use: 6 months or more
I've built a couple of bikes using this family of motor kits. One using the same motor that Lekkie use for this kit, and one using the big brother 1000W version (on a full suspension mountain bike for off-road use only!). They are a great value way of using either a bike you already have, or one you really want as an e-bike. I've racked up over 5000km on my commuter, and there are no signs of it stopping any time soon. I've got a 40km round trip with a long, steep hill at the ends (down going to work and up again going home), and the e-bike conversion just makes it sustainable on a daily basis.
This kit has a "PAS sensor" so that it starts giving assistance when you start pedaling (at whatever assistance level you set), but it doesn't have a "torque sensor" like some of the more expensive drives. A torque sensor means the harder you push on the pedals, the more assistance it gives. This kit is more like a switch when you start pedaling. Not quite as smooth, but I have no problem with it at all.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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