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“It’s the RAV4 of e-bikes,” said one tester, meaning it did everything with no fuss, wasn’t as flash as some, and didn’t cost the earth. The Shimano STEPS motor felt a bit “rough and ready” compared to the more refined Bosch and Brose systems, but it was a strong performer up hills and had a near-faultless interface. The bike handled solidly uphill and down with no surprises and, despite having a somewhat inexpensive feel, the parts that mattered (gears, brakes, suspension) all worked faultlessly. We’d happily commute on this bike and it would be very capable of tackling cycle trails at the weekend.
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)
10 Oct 2017, Alice
Product use: 1 month or less
Great quality bike, versatile (road or trail), well balanced.
Came with rack, fenders and integrated lights.
Control system is intuitive and easy-to-use.
Good range of gears.
Hydraulic disc brakes are powerful.
Motor can get up really steep hills.
The motor will not assist over 25.9km/h.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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