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Smartmotion

Pacer GT

score

67

Avg price

$4795

Member Reviews

  • Type

    Commute

  • Frame type

    Full frame

Test results

  • 63
    Motor system
  • 71
    Bike style
  • 60
    Motor - Responsiveness
  • 55
    Motor - Hill climbing
  • 80
    Motor - Speed assistance
  • 65
    Motor - Interface
  • 67
    Bike - Slow speed
  • 69
    Bike - Riding fast
  • 70
    Bike - Rough terrain
  • 90
    Bike - Practicality

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Good points

  • Good motor responsiveness.
  • Excellent motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to over 40km/h.
  • OK display and controls.
  • Bike is OK to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has OK slow speed balance.
  • Bike copes well 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.

Bad points

  • Just OK assistance climbing hills.
  • 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 (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

    $4795

  • Type

    Commute

  • Frame type

    Full frame

  • Alternative frame type

    No

  • Sizes available

    S / L

Specifications

  • Motor brand

    Bafang

  • Motor model

    Not stated

  • Motor location

    Mid

  • Power

    300W

  • Max assist torque

    Not statedNm

  • Max assist speed

    40+km/h

  • Assist settings

    5

  • Walk mode

  • Thumb throttle

  • Battery size

    522Wh

  • Battery location

    Down tube

Features

  • Wheel size

    27.5"

  • Tyre width

    51mm

  • Tyre tread

    Road

  • Mudguards

    Metal

  • Kickstand

    Rear mount

  • Rear rack (l x w cm)

  • Gears

    Hub CVT / Twist

  • Suspension fork (travel)

  • Suspension seatpost

  • Lights

  • Brakes

    Disc (hydraulic)

More info

    Member reviews

    1 Member review

    Hard ride

    Pros

    Lights built in

    Cons

    Poor on suspension hard juddery ride uncomfortable to ride over longer distances

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Veronique

    Used 1 month or less