Updated 28 Sep 2017

Smartmotion

Pacer

Bottom line: The SmartMotion Pacer is an OK bike with an OK motor system. It is more suited to riding around town or commuting and not very suitable for cycle trails.

Pacer
Consumer score
59
Avg price

$3599

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Test results

Overall score
OK
59
Motor system
OK
6.2/10
Bike style
OK
5.6/10

Good points

  • OK motor responsiveness.
  • Excellent motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to 40km/h.
  • OK display and controls.
  • OK battery and charging.
  • Bike is OK to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has OK slow speed balance.
  • Has rear rack and plastic mudguards.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.

But

  • Just OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Bike is poor on rough surfaces.
  • Only has a centre-mount kickstand.
  • Doesn't have a suspension fork.
  • Doesn't have a frame lock.
  • Comes as a full frame 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 (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
$3599
Type
Commuter
Frame style (and alternate)
Full frame
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
(SM) / LG
Wheel size
700mm
Motor
Bafang
Motor location
Rear
Power (W)
300
Battery (Wh)
522
Battery location
Down tube - built-in
Removable battery
Key
Max assist speed (km/h)
40
Hand throttle
no
Tyre width (mm)
51

More test results (/10)

Motor - Responsiveness
6.7
Motor - Hill climbing
5.0
Motor - Interface
5.5
Motor - Speed assistance
9.5
Motor - Battery
6.5
Bike - Slow speed
6.3
Bike - Riding fast
6.0
Bike - Rough terrain
3.0

Features

Mudguards
Plastic
Kickstand
Cental mount
Rear rack (l x w cm)
47 x 17
Rear wheel (Frame) lock
No
Gears
10 / Trigger
Suspension fork
no
Suspension seatpost
no
Lights
yes
Brakes
Disc (hydraulic)

More Info

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