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Moustache

Samedi X-Road 3 Open

recommended

82

Avg price

$5595

Member Reviews

  • Type

    Tour

  • Frame type

    Mid step

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.  

Test results

  • 79
    Motor system
  • 85
    Bike style
  • 85
    Motor - Responsiveness
  • 70
    Motor - Hill climbing
  • 75
    Motor - Speed assistance
  • 90
    Motor - Interface
  • 83
    Bike - Slow speed
  • 90
    Bike - Riding fast
  • 80
    Bike - Rough terrain

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Good points

  • Very good motor responsiveness.
  • Good motor assistance climbing hills.
  • OK motor assistance at speed.
  • Excellent display and controls.
  • Bike is excellent to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has very good slow speed balance.
  • Bike copes very well 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.
  • Comes in full and mid step frames.

Bad points

No obvious bad points.

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 (40% of motor system score)
  • hill climbing assistance (30%)
  • controller and display (20%)
  • high-speed assistance (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%).

Model

  • Avg price

    $5595

  • Type

    Tour

  • Frame type

    Mid step

  • Alternative frame type

    Full frame

  • Sizes available

    S / M / L

Specifications

  • Motor

    Bosch Performance

  • Motor location

    Mid

  • Power

    250W

  • Max assist torque

    63Nm

  • Max assist speed

    32km/h

  • Battery size

    500Wh

  • Battery location

    Down tube

  • Control location

    Thumb

  • Display location

    Handlebar - central

Features

  • Wheel size

    27.5"

  • Tyre width

    53mm

  • Tyre tread

    Mixed-terrain

  • Mudguards

    Metal

  • Kickstand

    Rear mount

  • Rear rack (l x w cm)

  • Gears

    10 / Trigger

  • Suspension fork (travel)

    Suntour 80mm

  • Suspension seatpost

  • Lights

  • Brakes

    Disc (hydraulic)

Member reviews

1 Member review

Great bike!

Pros

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.

Cons

No cons.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Katherine H.

Used 6 months or more