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Moustache

Xroad 2 (2020 model)

recommended

87

Avg price

$5495

Member Reviews

  • Type

    Tour

  • Frame type

    Low step

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).

Test results

  • 85
    Motor system
  • 89
    Bike style
  • 90
    Motor - Responsiveness
  • 75
    Motor - Hill climbing
  • 85
    Motor - Speed assistance
  • 90
    Motor - Interface
  • 87
    Bike - Slow speed
  • 90
    Bike - Riding fast
  • 90
    Bike - Rough terrain
  • 90
    Bike - Practicality

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Good points

  • Excellent motor responsiveness.
  • Good motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Very good motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to 32 km/h.
  • Excellent display and controls.
  • Bike is excellent to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has very good slow speed balance.
  • Bike copes excellently 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

    $5495

  • Type

    Tour

  • Frame type

    Low step

  • Alternative frame type

    Full frame

  • Sizes available

    S / M / L / XL

Specifications

  • Motor brand

    Bosch

  • Motor model

    Performance

  • Motor location

    Mid

  • Power

    250W

  • Max assist torque

    65Nm

  • Max assist speed

    32km/h

  • Assist settings

    4

  • Walk mode

  • Thumb throttle

  • Battery size

    500Wh

  • Battery location

    Down tube

Features

  • Wheel size

    27.5"

  • Tyre width

    53mm

  • Tyre tread

    Mixed-terrain

  • Mudguards

    Metal

  • Kickstand

    Rear mount

  • Rear rack (l x w cm)

  • Gears

    9 / Trigger

  • Suspension fork (travel)

    Suntour 80mm

  • Suspension seatpost

  • Lights

  • Brakes

    Disc (hydraulic)

More info

  • Notes

    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.