Updated 28 Sep 2017

Merida

eSpresso Tour 600 EQ

Bottom line: The Merida eSpresso Tour 600 EQ is a good bike with a good motor system. It is more suited to riding around town or commuting and not particularly suitable for cycle trails.

eSpresso Tour 600 EQ
Consumer score
76
Avg price

$3800

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Test results

Overall score
Good
76
Motor system
Good
7.6/10
Bike style
Good
7.6/10

Good points

  • Good motor responsiveness.
  • OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • OK motor assistance at speed.
  • Excellent display and controls.
  • Good battery.
  • Bike is very easy to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has very good slow speed balance.
  • Has rear rack, metal mudguards and a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has a frame lock.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Has a suspension fork.
  • Comes in full and mid step frames.

But

  • Motor only assists to 25 km/h.
  • Bike is just OK on rough surfaces.

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
$3800
Type
Commuter
Frame style (and alternate)
Mid-step (full frame)
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
46cm / (50cm)
Wheel size
700mm
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)
40

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
8.3
Bike - Rough terrain
5.0

Features

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

More Info

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