The second year of the exhibition confirmed that the electric bicycle is really revolutionising the bike market. All these innovations are providing every cyclist with the chance to ride a bike and have fun, from people who are not into sport to big cycling fans.
For the occasion Moustache pulled out the stops: free tests for four days lasting 1 hr 30 mins with licensed cycling instructors (MCF instructors).
According to the height of the test riders and their level, the brand provided different models from the range with details about all the bike’s features.
We tried out the Moustache on Saturday 27/09 at the FS Race 5 2016:
Practical information: Enduro / Aluminium frame
Fork: Rock Shox Yari 150mm
Shock absorber: Moustache 150mm
Wheels: Alex MD27 – Front 29 / Rear 27.5 – Double-walled aluminium – Reinforcement rings
Front tyre: Continental Mountain King 29×2.40
Rear tyre: Continental Mountain King 27.5×2.40
Brakes: Magura MT4 4 pistons
Seat post: telescopic
Transmission: Sram GX 1×11
Battery: Bosch 500Wh powerpack
Engine: Bosch Performance CX 250W
Total weight: 22.30 kg
A unique feature of the Moustache is that the 29” front wheel has a great capacity for overcoming obstacles and the comfort of the 27.5” rear wheel optimises torque and makes the bike more dynamic.
In terms of features, the bike is equipped with a small screen attached to the stem, with the following features:
- Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo modes or OFF plus speed
- USB port to recharge devices
- Battery level
- Options: GPS, temperature, altitude difference, calories burnt…
Data provided by Moustache concerning the MTB’s autonomy:
50 to 160 km on a level road (for a rider weighing 70 kg) in eco mode.
40 to 80 km using different modes and with climbs.
Our own experience in terms of autonomy was quite positive. In fact, by varying the mode used for the hour and a half (but often in turbo mode), and setting off with the batteries fully charged, we came back from our 25 km trip with around 55% of battery life, which is fairly logical.
A very upmarket, fully equipped bike with top-quality, highly reliable components on a bike weighing 22kg.
Time for the ride:
For the ride, the instructor chose a range of climbs and descents, and different types of terrain so that we could really put these new generation bikes to the test.
We started off with road climbs in Tour mode, and then Sport mode. These modes don’t use much energy and are recommended for simple climbs with good road holding. We immediately realised the bikes’ capacities – very responsive, stable and above all dynamic during climbs. From the first few hundred metres on the road in Turbo mode (the most powerful mode) the sensations are immediate: the motor is responsive, the torque is impressive. It’s worth noting however that it’s very important to anticipate gear changes or else you could quickly wreck the transmission when in Turbo mode.
The Bosch performance CX engine is well integrated into the bike and provides real sensations of speed with a maximum of 75nm of torque (in comparison, a 125cc motor bike has on average 50nm of torque and a car has 200nm).
The battery is fitted to the frame and is quite user-friendly, with no effect on the ride, although it weighs 2.7 kg. In fact, we had a lot of preconceptions before trying out the bike, particularly regarding difficulties controlling the bike during descents or finding that the battery would get in the way when cornering. It’s true you need to anticipate your braking and sudden changes in direction (the bike does weigh 22 kg, so there is a risk of losing control or not being able to change direction quickly), but it handles like a « regular » MTB.
It is very important to have all the information about the batteries and the engines on these bikes because they are quite expensive and highly concentrated forms of technology that require a lot of care. Bosch batteries are among the most efficient on the market: in fact, Bosch announced at the beginning of the year that they aim to be the leaders in powering two-wheelers by 2021. We might recall here that Bosch is the world leader in safety systems on four- and two-wheeled vehicles.
Bosch batteries include all the know-how of a major company: the batteries can be charged and charging can be interrupted at any time because the lithium-ion cells do not contain a memory. It is also worth noting that it is unnecessary to completely discharge batteries before recharging them again. But it is recommended to charge the battery to 60% if the bike has not been used for a long time to maintain the battery’s capacities. It is also recommended to store the battery in a dry, temperate place.
While developing its batteries Bosch also created the BMS system (Battery Management System), which automatically controls the lithium-ion cells and protects them against high temperatures and over-charging (leaving the battery to charge when it is at 100% may damage a battery).
The lifespan of the battery is guaranteed by Bosch for two years or 500 complete charge cycles.
Bosch has been chosen by KTM, Lapierre, Haibike, Canondale… and many others!
To sum up:
The Cycletyres.com team was won over by this new bike by Moustache! A real electric Enduro bike!
Electric bikes are very important for the bike market, but also for a society aiming to reduce pollution.
Give an electric mountain bike a try and let us know what you think!
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