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electric bike on hill

Smartmotion

eCity

score

60

Avg price

$2995

Member Reviews

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

Test results

  • 59
    Motor system
  • 60
    Bike style
  • 53
    Motor - Responsiveness
  • 50
    Motor - Hill climbing
  • 85
    Motor - Speed assistance
  • 60
    Motor - Interface
  • 67
    Bike - Slow speed
  • 57
    Bike - Riding fast
  • 50
    Bike - Rough terrain

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Good points

  • Excellent motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to over 40km/h.
  • OK display and controls.
  • Has a hand throttle control.
  • Bike is OK to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has OK slow speed balance.
  • Low step frame is easy to mount and dismount.
  • Has rear rack and plastic mudguards.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has a suspension fork.

Bad points

  • Just OK motor responsiveness.
  • Just OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Bike is just OK on rough surfaces.
  • Centre-mount kickstand is awkward to use.
  • Only has cable-operated disc brakes.
  • Bike comes in one size only.

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

    $2995

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

  • Alternative frame type

    No

  • Sizes available

    One size

Specifications

  • Motor

    Bafang

  • Motor location

    Rear

  • Power

    300W

  • Max assist torque

    Not statedNm

  • Max assist speed

    40+km/h

  • Battery size

    561Wh

  • Battery location

    Rear rack

  • Control location

    Thumb

  • Display location

    Handlebar - central

Features

  • Wheel size

    26"

  • Tyre width

    48mm

  • Tyre tread

    Road

  • Mudguards

    Plastic

  • Kickstand

    Centre mount

  • Rear rack (l x w cm)

  • Gears

    8 / Trigger

  • Suspension fork (travel)

    Suntour

  • Suspension seatpost

  • Lights

  • Brakes

    Disc (cable)

Member reviews

4 Member reviews

Good solid performance in hilly city

Pros

Has enabled me to commute around Dunedin for three years reliably and comfortably. I have been able to carry heavy loads as well as shopping easily. Nothing more than minor problems in that time.

Cons

As many e-bikes, it is heavier than non-assisted bikes.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Pim A.

Used 6 months or more

Great for commute and up roads on hills too!

Pros

The throttle makes startup/takeoff so easy, especially at traffic lights, and handy for quick manoeuvering (things my partner can't do easily as his ebike has no throttle). The built-in wheel lock is super handy for those quick stops outside stores. Amazingly good for getting up all but the steepest of roads on hills in Tahunanui, Nelson. Makes life a breeze!

Cons

As with all e-bikes: heavier than an ordinary bike. and slightly more top-heavy (especially if you overload the back carrier with the week's groceries!)

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Jean Edwards

Used 6 months or more

Great commuting bike.

Pros

Good speed and acceleration from intersections. Definitely suited to commuting. Excellent battery life.

And it looks good!

Cons

Once the light indicator starts showing lower battery, it gets low pretty quickly.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Julie S.

Used 6 months or more

Good commuter bike

Pros

Top speed of 30kmh. Maneuverable, easy to use. Controls are easy to use. Very solid and stable feeling. After over 12 months of commuting two days a week I haven't had a flat tire (it has heavy duty tires). Sturdy kickstand.

Cons

Having the hub and battery at the back makes it very back heavy. Once when I used the throttle a bit hard to get moving at the lights the front tyre lifted off the ground due to the uneven weight. I can't lift it on my own therefore can't put in on a bike rack myself. The step-through version needs an adapter to put it on a regular bike rack. I got this for free with the bike but if you forget the adapter there's no way you can get it on. I saved money by getting the lower capacity battery but after a year it wouldn't get me home on my 32km journey. I take the charger to work now to charge.

Recommend it?

Maybe, it depends on what you're after.

David H.

Used 6 months or more