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Turbo Como 3.0 Low Entry

recommended

79

Avg price

$5100

Member Reviews

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

The Como uses the same drive system as the Vado, but fitted to a more upright bike with a step-through frame. Don’t be fooled by its relaxed aesthetic, we thought the Como rode better at speed than many full-frame models, and you wouldn’t be limited to gentle jaunts through town.

The riding position is comfortable and all our testers felt confident on it. It’s an imposing bike, which helps command space on the roads and shared paths, but doesn’t get unwieldy in tight spaces. The motor pushes you smoothly to 40km/h, and the Como’s stiff frame and comfortable riding position make it a pleasure to pedal up hills. There’s no suspension fork, but its large-volume tyres help cushion the blows from rough paths. 

The Como doesn’t come with mudguards or a luggage rack, which is a disappointment, but these can be fitted at extra cost. The motor controls are simple and very easy to use. You can even pair the bike to your phone and use an app to adjust assistance settings and record your rides. Some of our testers picked this as their favourite bike due to its funky good looks, excellent drive system and all-round versatility. 

Test results

  • 83
    Motor system
  • 75
    Bike style
  • 90
    Motor - Responsiveness
  • 75
    Motor - Hill climbing
  • 80
    Motor - Speed assistance
  • 80
    Motor - Interface
  • 80
    Bike - Slow speed
  • 78
    Bike - Riding fast
  • 60
    Bike - Rough terrain

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Good points

  • Excellent motor responsiveness.
  • Good motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Very good motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to 32 km/h.
  • Very good display and controls.
  • Has a useful app to adjust motor settings.
  • Bike is good to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has very good slow speed balance.
  • Bike copes OK on rough surfaces.
  • Low step frame is easy to mount and dismount.
  • Has a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Comes in full and low step frames.

Bad points

  • Doesn't have a rear rack or mudguards.
  • Doesn't have a suspension fork.

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

    $5100

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

  • Alternative frame type

    Full frame

  • Sizes available

    S / L

Specifications

  • Motor

    Turbo 1.2 E (Brose CB)

  • Motor location

    Mid

  • Power

    250W

  • Max assist torque

    50Nm

  • Max assist speed

    32km/h

  • Battery size

    460Wh

  • Battery location

    Down tube

  • Control location

    Thumb

  • Display location

    Handlebar - central

Features

  • Wheel size

    650mm

  • Tyre width

    58mm

  • Tyre tread

    Road

  • Mudguards

    No

  • Kickstand

    Rear mount

  • Rear rack (l x w cm)

  • Gears

    9 / Trigger

  • Suspension fork (travel)

  • Suspension seatpost

  • Lights

  • Brakes

    Disc (hydraulic)