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This e-bike had the best motor system we tested. It was smooth to start and ride, and assistance stopped the instant pedalling ceased. All testers appreciated the assistance up to 32km/h and thought the ride position was “just upright enough”. The Turbo Vado was easy to pedal and glided up hills with minimum rider effort. It was stable and balanced coming back down, with smooth and powerful disc brakes and an excellent suspension fork to soak up the bumps. The controller and display are excellent to use. $5500 isn’t cheap – you certainly pay for quality and attention to detail – but we thought it was worth it. The only real negative to note is the small rear rack platform.
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)
02 Feb 2018, Stephen D.
Product use: 6 months or more
The Vado 3 is a really well balanced bike and suits my 20km round trip off road on road commute every morning.
Components are generally good quality. Brakes have very good modulation & I really appreciate the 15mm front axle and forks.
The bike feels well planted on the road at speed and inspires confidence. Slow speed balance is excellent and whether its stationary traffic or trails. I've found I choose the hills wherever possible as you can fly down the other side. The motor take-up is progressive, smooth and quiet. It's by far the best of all the ebikes I tried.
Tyre selection is very limited due to the 47mm width. But the Triggers it comes with are great for the street & dry trails. Not so good on wet trails.
Mine came with a 40T front chainring. I swapped this for a 48T along with the rear cassette for an 11/42 Deore as the bike does 43km/hr. Much smoother.
The App still hasn't arrived over 6 months after the bike was launched. But I'm not overly worried about that.
Yes, I recommend this product.
28 Oct 2017, Daniel M.
Product use: 1 month or less
I tried several ebikes and Vado's Brose motor was my favourite. It was quiet, smooth, and had plenty of torque. The motor will now assist to 45 km/hr and I found I could comfortably cruise at 43 km/hr. Bike rides fine with power off (useful when need to go slower on congested cycleways). The componentry on this bike is great. The ride is comfortable with a low centre of mass and it handles unsealed roads with ease. Having a motor is great when are commuting and want some extra speed, have a head wind, or are feeling tired!
In contrast to some other mid-drive systems, there is no reduction in motor torque when shifting gears. Hence need to ensure that pedal torque is very low when changing gears to avoid "smashing" of chain and gears. It is what you usually do when riding a normal bike but is more important due to the added torque of the motor. Even being careful, there will be more wear of the drive system with this bike than an ebike with a hub drive. Also need to get the motor serviced every 15 000 km (they will swap with another motor).
Yes, I recommend this product.
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