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The Samedi X-Road 3 Open does everything: it’s at home in the city, commuting during the week, or on a rail trail at the weekend.
Moustache says it was designed as an off-road bike that would work on roads, and we agree – the bike gave our riders a feeling of confidence, no matter the surface. Its power and balance when riding up hills and at slow speeds impressed us, while it was also stable and comfortable when speed increased.
The previous version of this bike we tested had motor assistance to an awkward 25 km/h. The Bosch motor in this, and all Moustache bike available in New Zealand, now assists pedalling up to 32km/h. It’s an increase our testers really appreciated.
The Moustache is excellent quality, with exemplary frame design and finishing. It has a wide 10-speed gear range and hydraulic brakes, a plush suspension fork, built-in lights, a full complement of mud and chain guards, and a rear rack. The Moustache feels like a highly versatile, high-end bike. If you can live with the motor speed limit, you won’t be disappointed.
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No obvious bad points.
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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Handlebar - central
10 / Trigger
Have had my Moustache for over 2 years, and I use my bike around town a lot, but have just completed the Timber Trail which DOC say is for mountain bikes not trail bikes, and it did it easily - no worries with the guards, (altho the track was dry) plenty of battery life, reasonably comfortable with suspension, just a great all round good bike.
Yes, I recommend this product.