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The Como uses a lower torque version of the drive system fitted to the Vado 4.0, but on 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 32km/h, and the Como’s stiff frame and comfortable riding position make it a pleasure to pedal up hills, thopugh the lower motor torque means it needs more rider effort than the Vado. 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.
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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)
Bike (50% of overall score)
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