Updated 28 Sep 2017

Smartmotion

Pacer GT

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

Pacer GT
Consumer worth considering
67
Avg price

$4799

×

Choose what’s right for you with confidence

Join today and get instant access to all test results and research.

Join Consumer Now

Test results

Overall score
OK
67
Motor system
OK
6.3/10
Bike style
Good
7.1/10

Good points

  • Good motor responsiveness.
  • Excellent motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to 40km/h.
  • OK display and controls.
  • OK battery and charging.
  • Bike is easy to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has OK slow speed balance.
  • Bike handles well on rough surfaces.
  • Has rear rack, plastic mudguards and a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Has a suspension fork.

But

  • Just OK assistance climbing hills.
  • Doesn't have a frame lock.
  • Comes as a full frame only.

Extended review

Our testers had a love/hate relationship with the SmartMotion Pacer GT. As a high-speed, long-distance commuter, it was brilliant. It felt solid and stable at speed, the motor-assisted pedalling up to 40km/h and the ride position made it comfortable to pedal, the 522Wh battery was bigger than average, and we generally liked the continuously variable manual gears. However, climbing hills was a different story, where it felt underpowered, heavy and sluggish. Testers also thought the overdetailed display was poorly positioned on the frame top tube, and the harsh-feeling suspension fork with uncontrolled rebound did more harm to the ride than good.

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
$4799
Type
Commuter
Frame style (and alternate)
Full frame
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
(SM) /LG
Wheel size
27.5 inches
Motor
Bafang
Motor location
Mid
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
7.0
Motor - Hill climbing
5.0
Motor - Interface
5.5
Motor - Speed assistance
9.3
Motor - Battery
6.5
Bike - Slow speed
6.7
Bike - Riding fast
7.8
Bike - Rough terrain
7.0

Features

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

More Info

Notes
-