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The Samedi Xroad 2 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 – all our riders were confident on this bike, 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 at faster speeds (the Bosch Performance motor assists pedalling up to 32km/h). For 2020, Bosch have improved the motor feel at the speed cut-off, we barely noticed its assistance reducing.
The Moustache is excellent quality, with exemplary frame design and finishing. It has a wide 9-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 is a highly versatile, high-end bike. This model is also available with a larger 625Wh battery ($5850).
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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)
S / M / L / XL
9 / Trigger
Also available with a larger 625Wh battery ($5850). The Xroad 3 model ($5995) also has a 625Wh battery and comes with 10-speed gears and a suspension seatpost.