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While Sinch is a new kid on the New Zealand e-bike block, its founders have a long record of making bicycles – they were behind the Avanti brand.
The Jaunt 2 hits a price point significantly below top-end bikes and, while there are compromises with some of the parts, its performance doesn’t suffer much for it. The step-through design is well-suited to urban riding, but it also handles well at speed and is efficient to pedal.
The bike uses a Shimano drive system that has lots of “oomph”, but it feels a bit unrefined and “pulse-y” unless you turn the pedals smoothly. We didn’t want for power on hills, though, and the assistance kept pushing up to 32km/h. The motor interface is one of the best we tried – the display is clear and thumb controls are very easy to use.
Despite the lower price, you get 9-speed gears, hydraulic disc brakes, a suspension fork, mudguards, a kickstand, built-in lights and a rear rack. Though there’s nothing flashy about the Jaunt 2, there are no weak links either – it’s a bike that should rack up many kilometres without trouble.
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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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