Updated 28 Sep 2017

Merida

eBig Tour 300 EQ

Bottom line: The Merida eBig Tour 300 EQ is a very good bike with a good motor system. It's great value and very capable for all types of riding, including cycle trails.

eBig Tour 300 EQ
Consumer recommended
82
Avg price

$3790

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Test results

Overall score
Very good
82
Motor system
Good
7.6/10
Bike style
Very good
8.9/10

Good points

  • Good motor responsiveness.
  • OK motor assistance at speed.
  • OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Excellent display and controls.
  • Good battery.
  • Bike is excellent to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has very good to slow speed balance.
  • Bike is excellent on rough surfaces.
  • Has rear rack, metal mudguards and a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Has a suspension fork.

But

  • Motor only assists to 25 km/h.
  • Doesn't have a frame lock.
  • Comes as a full frame only.

Extended review

“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.

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
$3790
Type
Trail
Frame style (and alternate)
Full frame
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
(MD) / LG / XL
Wheel size
27.5 inches
Motor
Shimano STEPS
Motor location
Mid
Power (W)
250
Battery (Wh)
504
Battery location
Down tube
Removable battery
Key
Max assist speed (km/h)
25
Hand throttle
no
Tyre width (mm)
51

More test results (/10)

Motor - Responsiveness
7.7
Motor - Hill climbing
6.5
Motor - Interface
10.0
Motor - Speed assistance
5.8
Motor - Battery
7.5
Bike - Slow speed
8.3
Bike - Riding fast
9.0
Bike - Rough terrain
10.0

Features

Mudguards
Metal
Kickstand
Rear mount
Rear rack (l x w cm)
36 x 13
Rear wheel (Frame) lock
No
Gears
9 / Trigger
Suspension fork
yes
Suspension seatpost
no
Lights
yes
Brakes
Disc (hydraulic)

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