Updated 28 Sep 2017

Smartmotion

eCity

Bottom line: The SmartMotion eCity is a just OK bike with an OK motor system. It is more suited to riding around town or commuting than on cycle trails.

eCity
Consumer score
55
Avg price

$2799

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Test results

Overall score
OK
55
Motor system
OK
5.6/10
Bike style
Just OK
5.4/10

Good points

  • Excellent motor assistance at speed.
  • Unlimited motor assistance speed.
  • OK display and controls.
  • Has a hand throttle control.
  • Bike has OK slow speed balance.
  • Has rear rack and plastic mudguards.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has a suspension fork.
  • Has a frame lock.
  • Comes as a low step frame.

But

  • Just OK motor responsiveness.
  • Just OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Just OK battery and charging.
  • Bike is somewhat difficult to pedal quickly.
  • Bike is just OK on rough surfaces.
  • Only has a centre-mount kickstand.
  • Only has cable-operated disc brakes.

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 (30% of motor system score)
  • hill climbing assistance (30%)
  • controller and display (20%)
  • high-speed assistance (10%)
  • battery and charging (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%).

Key data

Model

Avg price
$2799
Type
City
Frame style (and alternate)
Low step
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
(One size)
Wheel size
26 inches
Motor
Bafang
Motor location
Rear
Power (W)
300
Battery (Wh)
561
Battery location
Inside rear rack
Removable battery
Key
Max assist speed (km/h)
unlimited
Hand throttle
yes
Tyre width (mm)
51

More test results (/10)

Motor - Responsiveness
4.7
Motor - Hill climbing
5.0
Motor - Interface
6.0
Motor - Speed assistance
9.5
Motor - Battery
5.0
Bike - Slow speed
5.7
Bike - Riding fast
5.3
Bike - Rough terrain
5.0

Features

Mudguards
Plastic
Kickstand
Cental mount
Rear rack (l x w cm)
46 x 19
Rear wheel (Frame) lock
Yes
Gears
8 / Trigger
Suspension fork
yes
Suspension seatpost
yes
Lights
yes
Brakes
Disc (cable)

More Info

Notes
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