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Four electric bikes to the test

Since the beginning of the déconfinement, the electric bike has the wind in its sails. To accompany your choice, we tested four models that meet the expectations and different budgets.

The Moustache Friday 27 FS, between city and countryside

It has beautiful look, this bike Moustache came from the Vosges, built to tackle just about everything that a bicycle can be feared. The model Friday 27 FS plays the quiet strength and laughs at the potholes as of its latest rut. The ten speeds are more than sufficient. All the more that the cyclist always has the ability to modulate the effort made in selecting the mode of power assist: eco, tour, sport and turbo. In this respect, only the modes sport and turbo have convinced us. The other two seemed to poussifs with regard to the weight of the machine. Like all electric bikes, this one is very heavy. This is always a problem if we must go up and down stairs to put it away in his apartment.

The Friday exists in several versions. Jean-Christophe Marmara/JC MARMARA / LE FIGARO

The weight of the engine is made to forget as soon as the electric motor really fills his office. It then evolves without ever forcing between 25 and 30 km/h. In “turbo” mode, the feeling of acceleration is almost intoxicating. The ascent to the Sacred Heart of Montmartre -the only real pass of the capital — is s to 20 km/h without cramp in the calves. Suggestion: if you use this bike in an urban environment, it is probably wise to swap the tires too wide to be proposed by the manufacturer against other more purposes that will give less the impression to tear the tarmac with every turn of the pedal. Even equipped with tyres less imposing, the machine will remain comfortable. The superb suspension fills his office -one jumps the sidewalks with ease — all passages are written off. The bike offers a good position and multiple settings. We also note the presence of disc brakes are very powerful must be well controlled. A pressure sore measured on the front brake and the passage over the handlebars is guaranteed. A big downside however to the saddle which lack really comfort. What is not in the spirit of this beautiful machine. The Moustache Friday 27 FS is charged eur 4 299 with the battery 500 Wh; 4 999 euros with the big battery 625 Wh.

The +: the comfort, the look

The -: the heavy

The Haibike SDuroTrekking S 9.0, for roll mechanical

This is the model the more sporty of the selection. If its template is that of a bicycle, the presence of the license plate, we immediately understand that we are dealing with an extraterrestrial. Due to its technical characteristics, the SDuro Trekking S 9.0 responds to the regulation of mopeds 50 cm3. Its use, this can be a barrier to some, therefore, requires, in addition to the registration, insurance and the presence of a rear-view mirror while the cyclist must wear gloves and a helmet. Top model of the subsidiary of the German Winora, this bike rides like a moped but the bar longitudinal, positioned high enough, does not facilitate the transaction. The position is curved, like on a mountain BIKE, which may not be suitable here everyone in town. Often referred to as "Speedpedelec", the SDuro Trekking can be described as a Ferrari of the electric bike-path. One realizes this from the first pedal stroke.

The Haibike SDuro Trekking offers amazing performance. Jean-Christophe Marmara/JC MARMARA / LE FIGARO

With 350 watt rated continuous, the motor Bosch Performance Speed, powered by a battery, Bosch 500 Wh, pushes you quickly and without noise up to a speed of 40 km/h on the "turbo" mode of the electric when the electric assistance of the other models stops at 25 km/h. In forcing on the calves, the VTC of a new kind, it will hold about 45 km/h. Heady. Even in the rise of the street of the Martyrs, we are above 35 km/h without too much effort. And on the descents, we could flirt with the 60 km/h when The brakes are shown at the performance level of the machine. To exploit the full potential of the engine, it will be necessary to play with the 11 reports of the transmission. The SDuro Trekking can count on its wide tires to move off the beaten track. You will then be able to play the field with a rare facility. This bike is billed 3 999 €, which is disproportionate compared to the Mustache and in light of its benefits and its qualities. A beautiful object with no real competition.

the +: performance, versatility

the -: the weight (26 kg), the constraints of a moped.

The Bike Mad, outstanding price / performance ratio

It looks beautiful, the Bike Mad, and without a doubt, one of the most superior in its class. A eye non-expert would see a pretty bicycle classic, tailored to swallow kilometers at a good pace. Moreover, this machine-made in the Manufacture Française du Cycle (Loire Atlantique) are one of the few who are thought to be used without assistance, that is to say without battery. Other quality, a light weight (18 kg) that gives its user the impression of handling a bicycle and not a scooter. Nothing is missing: It is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, with a Shimano Tiagra, saddle and grips Brooks. Question maintenance, the Bike Mad should scare anybody. The lack of suspension (which was offset with wide tires) and wiring outside limit the difficulties of intervention. The bicycle is equipped with a sensor system of pedalling, very reactive and therefore suited to the urban environment.

The Mad profit of a price-performance ratio very attractive. Jean-Christophe Marmara/JC MARMARA / LE FIGARO

charging The battery (BMZ 375 Wh) 80 % is done in 1 hour 30. Once charged to 100%, its range is 50 km. in sport mode, the more energy-efficient. And then there's the price, 1890 €. A beautiful performance tariff when most of the equivalent models are often 1000 € more. The secret? The lack of shops. The Velo Mad to order online, directly to the factory, which is shipped to the customer. And the brand offers just two products: an athlete who appeals to the 20-40 years and another more transgénérational. The one who wishes to perform a test prior to purchase, you must contact ambassadors of the brand who will make him try the machine. The Bike Mad is a nice concept thought by Guillaume Adriansen and Charles Hurtebize, real melted bike that have created their company in 2007. A success.

the +: the look, the price, weight

the -: the absence of shops

Peugeot eT01 Belt PowerTube, comfort and maneuverability

Last-born of the range of electric bikes of the brand with the lion, the bike eT01 Belt PowerTube bears the stamp of Peugeot Lab, the design studio depending on the office of style Peugeot. Its attractive design is in tune with the times. Manufactured in France, in Romilly-sur-Seine, this bike has an electric motor Bosch 40 minutes housed in the bottom bracket available in several sizes and is offered in the model a man or a woman.

Peugeot has been designed by the studio design Peugeot Lab. Jean-Christophe Marmara/JC MARMARA / LE FIGARO

The ease of support of the hands is immediate. His first asset: a belt replaces the chain, a token of comfort and reliability. Finished the trousers full of grease. Another plus: you can select each of the eight-speed to the stop. If you stop at a light or at a stop and in failing to downgrade, just turn the handle of the selector from the transmission. In absolute terms, two to three extra gears would be welcome, especially on the flat or downhill where it gets a little bit short, but this Peugeot bike perfectly fulfills its mission. As comfortable as it is handy, he shows himself truly in his element in the city. If the autonomy varies according to the capacity of the battery, the weight of the cyclist, the slope of the road, the level of assistance used, the pressure of the tyres and the force of the wind, this Peugeot boasts in the best case, an autonomy of 110 km before recharging the battery of 400 Wh on a decision. Its price is 2 999€.

the +: the look, the belt system, the general accreditation

the -: the gear ratio is too short

The editorial team conseilleÀ each his bike électriqueSujetsVélo électriqueVélos To Support ÉlectriquePeugeotMoustache19 commentairesZnarfy_Znarffle 28/05/2020 at 08:28

They are beautiful, they are expensive. We note that they are all equipped with the Bosch... The germans they are very strong.

Arnaud_cannesle 28/05/2020 at 06:32 pm

I'm delighted with my haibike 500w bought it used for € 1500 1 year ago... I'm doing 30km/j for a/r job without a track bike.. and without sp95..

rom3791le 28/05/2020 at 05:49

this is the perfect example of anything crazy today electric bikes for boomers or slackers that have nothing of ecological, well to the contrary that in their hands are dangerous (how many elders have already difficulties with a simple vé Paris it becomes laughable...) but it is convenient for the old and them like pigeons buy simple bicycle with a battery at the price of a scooter ...pigeons, but they are happy to tell you about their anything crazy like said Audiard...they dare all this is that we can recognize a BOOMER

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