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The Moustache Samedi X-Road 3 was a close runner-up for the best commuter-style bike. The Bosch Performance motor system was almost as well-liked as the Brose fitted to the Turbo Vado, but limited by a 25km/h assist-speed. The ride position and tyres make this e-bike more capable than the Specialized on rough trails, so it would make a great weekend partner as well as a fine daily commuter and urban workhorse. One tester loved the matte blue finish and chunky look, calling it very "now".
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)
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