Moustache Friday 27.5 Review

Moustache Friday 27 5 Electric Bike Review
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Moustache Friday 27 5 Vp Alloy Pedals Motor Skid Plate
Moustache Friday 27 5 Hidden Power Battery Cover
Moustache Friday 27 5 Bosch Intuvia Display Ergo Grips
Moustache Friday 27 5 Supernova E3 V6s
Moustache Friday 27 5 Suntour Mobie25 Suspension Fork
Moustache Friday 27 5 Brooks B17 Leather Saddle
Moustache Friday 27 5 Spanninga Pixeo Backlight Alloy Fenders
Moustache Friday 27 5 Bosch Performance Motor
Moustache Friday 27 5 11 Speed Shimano Slx Plastic Chain Cover
Moustache Friday 27 5 Ortleib Q3l Rear Rack
Moustache Friday 27 5 Four Amp Bosch Ebike Charger
Moustache Friday 27 5 Electric Bike Review
Moustache Friday 27 5
Moustache Friday 27 5 Vp Alloy Pedals Motor Skid Plate
Moustache Friday 27 5 Hidden Power Battery Cover
Moustache Friday 27 5 Bosch Intuvia Display Ergo Grips
Moustache Friday 27 5 Supernova E3 V6s
Moustache Friday 27 5 Suntour Mobie25 Suspension Fork
Moustache Friday 27 5 Brooks B17 Leather Saddle
Moustache Friday 27 5 Spanninga Pixeo Backlight Alloy Fenders
Moustache Friday 27 5 Bosch Performance Motor
Moustache Friday 27 5 11 Speed Shimano Slx Plastic Chain Cover
Moustache Friday 27 5 Ortleib Q3l Rear Rack
Moustache Friday 27 5 Four Amp Bosch Ebike Charger


  • A sleek, utilitarian, and comfortable electric city bike designed in France, custom-made tubular fenders stay quiet and pair nicely with a sturdy plastic chain cover, swivel handle bar saves space
  • Available in three frame sizes for optimal fit, stock kickstand and pedals are great, quality 11-speed drivetrain with the Shimano one-way clutch for reduced chain bounce, stable and comfortable Super Moto-X tires with puncture protection
  • Premium integrated lights that run off the main battery, the Supernova headlight offers 165 lumens and is mounted on the handlebars for reduced bounce and better visibility, Ortlieb QL3 compatible rear rack, swept-back handlebar and ergo grips
  • Beautiful motor integration, Class 1 ebike with 20 mph top speed from the Bosch Performance Line mid-drive, hidden power battery design keeps weigh low and looks great, three bottle cage bosses, thru-axle with quality suspension fork and a seat post suspension

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Friday 27.5



Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Year Comprehensive, 5 Year Frame and Fork


United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

57.4 lbs (26.03 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.8 lbs (2.63 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 T4 T6 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16.14 in (40.99 cm)18.5 in (46.99 cm)20.87 in (53 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 47 cm Frame Measurements: 18.5" Seat Tube, 22.25" Reach, 28.5" Stand Over Height, 26.5" Width, 72.5" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Gun Metal Mat

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour MobiE25 LO Spring, 63 mm Travel, Compression Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Preload Adjust, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 15 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 Shimano SLX Derailleur with One Way Clutch, SunRace Cassette 11-40T High Tensile Steel Sprockets

Shifter Details:

Shimano SLX Triggers with Dyna-Sys and Two-Way Triggers on Right


Aluminum Alloy, Reinforced Forged, 170 mm Length, 17T Chainring


VP Aluminum Alloy Platform, Wide, Black


FSA Tapered, Sealed Bearing, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2"


Moustache "Quick-Park" Adjustable, Aluminum Alloy, 9° Angle, 90 mm Length, 31.6 mm Clamp Diameter


Moustache Ergonomic Round, Alloy 6061 DB, 660 mm Length, 45° Backsweep

Brake Details:

Shimano M395 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Front Rotor and 160 mm Rear Rotor, Dual-Piston Calipers, Shimano Two-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach


Ergonomic Rubber, Locking


Leather Brooks B17, Black

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy Suspension with 30 mm Travel

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm


Alex MD21, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 21 mm Width, Reinforcement Eyelets, 32 Hole


Stainless Steel, 14G, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Super Moto-X, 27.5" x 2.4" (62-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

Performance Line GreenGuard, 30 to 55 PSI, 2.0 to 4.0 Bar

Tube Details:

Presta Valve


Moustache Hidden Power Paint-Matched Plastic Battery Cover, Integrated Supernova E3 E-Bike V6S Headlight (165 Lumens), Integrated Spanninga Pixeo Fender-Mounted Backlight, AXA Solid Plus Cafe Lock (Keyed Alike to Battery), Moustache Alloy Tubular Super Stable 65 mm Wide Fenders, Moustache Alloy Rear Rack with Ortlieb QL3 Compatible Mounts, Full Length Plastic Chain Cover, Pletscher ESGE Flex Adjustable Kickstand (25 mm Bolt Spacing), Flick Bell on Right


Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack with LED Charge Level Indicator, 1.7 lb 4 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line Cruise

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

63 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

70 miles (113 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Intuvia, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Grayscale, Backlit LCD, (Hold Reset and i for Settings Menu)


Battery Level (1-5), Assist Level (Eco, Tour, EMTB, Turbo), Speed, Odometer, Trip Distance, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Range, Shift Assist Recommendation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback on Left, 5 Volt 500 mA Micro-USB Port on Display

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 50% 40 Nm, Tour 120% 50 Nm, Sport 190% 55 Nm, Turbo 275% 63 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Moustache is a French electric bike company that was started by two friends in 2011… they only build around the Bosch drive system, and their newer models are some of the most beautiful and thoughtful products that I have seen reach the US. For this review, I looked at the Friday 27.5 but we also had the Samedi 27 XROAD 5 on hand to compare. The names, Friday and Saturday, may speak to the intended use… and with the Friday, you get slick tires vs. knobby and a coil fork vs. air. Usually, I find myself criticizing spring forks for being heavier and cheaper, but that is not always the case. With the SR Suntour MobiE25 you get progressive compression adjust with lockout, preload, and rebound dials. Springs don’t leak air over time and won’t change performance as much if they experience a lot of movement and heat over the course of a ride, but they cannot be sagged the way that air can be (lower air pressure for lighter riders). Regardless, this 63 mm travel fork has beautiful black anodized stanchions and sports a stiff 15 mm thru-axle that you’d expect to see on a mountain bike! Pair that with the tapered head tube, and you’ve got a sturdy overbuild urban front end. The higher volume 2.4″ wide Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires provide comfort and stability, enough float and traction to handle packed trails, and puncture resistant integrated liners (Performance Line GreenGuard). One of the coolest upgrades that this e-bike has received, aside from the tightly integrated motor and battery, are its two-layer tubular aluminum ally fenders, custom made form Moustache. They 65 mm widths that cover more of the big tires, won’t rattle like plastic, won’t rust like steel, and the rear fender was made to support the cargo rack. Notice how this rack is positioned further back, so the saddle can come all the way down. Notice the Ortlieb QL3 mounting points, so you can have panniers with flatter backsides and sturdier, quieter connections. There is so much to love about this electric bicycle, and I feel that it delivers something really special at the $4k USD price point. Yes, it does weigh a bit more than average at ~57.4 lbs, but this is to be expected with a coil fork and complete accessories. The plastic chain cover, integrated premium lights, swept-back handlebar with 45-degree pivot stem, seat post suspension, and classy leather Brooks saddle finish it off. I’ll dig into the major components and describe how they rate against others in the space below.

Driving this bike is mid-motor that brings industry-leading technology and compromises between power and efficiency. It’s the Bosch Performance Line Cruise… not the high-torque CX or the high-speed “Speed” drive, just the high-performance. It offers up to 63 Newton meters of torque, maximum RPM support of 120 (while many competitors hit ~100 or fade out before 120), shift detection to reduce drivetrain wear, and leading warranty support and service centers worldwide. The Bosch Performance Line motor is relatively compact, and has been tilted back to reduce chain stay length and raise ground clearance… while looking cooler, in this case. It weighs ~8.8 lbs, which is a bit above average, and features minimal plastic casing here. The downside to this motor is increased noise when used in higher power modes and higher speeds, and some friction drag when unpowered or pedaled beyond the supported 20 mph (25 km/h in Europe). This drag is caused by a reduction gearing system that converts each pedal stroke into 2.5 chainring rotations… that’s why the chainring is 17 tooth vs. the equivalent ~42. I found that it worked wonderfully during our test rides through Brooklyn, New York, in combination with the 11-speed Shimano drivetrain. You get an SLX level derailleur here, which is fine for urban riding, and it has been upgraded with Shadow Plus (positioned closer to the wheel and under the right chain stay vs. sticking out). There’s a one-way clutch built in that can be activated by clicking into the up position, to tighten the derailleur spring and reduce chain bounce. This is a feature you’d usually only see on e-mountain bikes and speed pedelecs, it’s an overbuilt part that compliments the beefier fork, and there’s not a lot of downside to having it. SLX is a step below XT, but still great for the type of riding you’d probably do on the Friday 27. I love the sturdy plastic chain cover that comes stock with this bike, the larger stiffer VP alloy pedals, and the rear mounted kickstand. However, I didn’t see a sticker slap guard below the chain (to protect the right stay), so there could be some chips over time if you ride on rough terrain. This is one of my few minor gripes about the bike… So many other details have been dialed in.

Powering the bike is a Bosch Powerpack 500 battery that is uniquely situated inside the lower portion of the downtube. Moustache has been a leader in frame design with their “hidden power” plastic cover concept, and it began with electric mountain models like the Samedi 27 Trail 6. In the States, people have often wanted stealthier ebikes with concealed batteries for riding off-road, so people wouldn’t question or hassle them. I’m excited to see this design concept trickled down to urban models because I think it looks beautiful and improves weight distribution on the bike as well as battery protection and mounting strength. The downsides however, are that the battery takes a bit more balance and dexterity to mount and dismount, and the plastic cover does not lock in place. So, if you’re parked at a public rack, it’s possible that someone could steal the plastic portion… or you could take it off, but then dirt and water could get into the battery compartment. Yes, Bosch batteries and mounts are well sealed against water, but other debris in here would just feel messy and be difficult to clean out. Charging can be done with the battery dismounted or left on the frame and the Bosch charger delivers faster 4 Amp charging (or you can get the slightly lighter 2 Amp travel charger aftermarket). I appreciate how compact and lightweight the stock 1.7 lb charger is, and that Bosch has made a proprietary plug that cannot easily be confused or inserted incorrectly. All of the rubberized plug covers for the battery port and key slot on this frame insert easily and seem to provide good protection, they are all located on the left side of the frame. This battery offers above average capacity and is relatively lightweight at ~5.8 lbs, you may ask why Moustache did not go with the latest Powertube battery, which is fully frame integrated, but I think the Powerpack is preferable in many situations. It’s lighter, probably less expensive, and can be purchased, rented, and borrowed all around the world. The same dimensions and mounting interface was used for the older Powerpack 400 as the 500, so you can even use your old ebike battery to extend range on this bike, carrying it along in a bike bag or pannier. I love that this single batter is used to power the bike, both the front and rear light, and the big display panel… which also has a Micro-USB port on the side for maintaining other electronics on the go. It’s a great design all around.

To activate the Moustache Friday 27.5, you first need to charge and mount the battery. It’s worth highlighting that the battery locks to the frame with a sturdy cylinder and has a metal ledge that clips in, so it shouldn’t rattle loose, break, or be stolen easily. There’s also a frame lock (cafe lock, that disables the rear wheel) with an AXA locking core built onto the seat stays. Both the battery lock and frame lock use the same key, so you don’t need to deal with added clutter, and you could purchase an AXA compatible cable lock to compliment the frame lock without adding a second key or much additional weight. Back to the control systems and activating the bike, just press the little power button near the lower left corner of the Bosch Intuvia display panel, and it blinks to life in seconds. I love this display because I am near sighted, and it is large. You can swivel it forward and back to reduce glare, operate it with a remote button pad (located within reach of the left grip), charge your phone from it using a Micro-USB cable, and even remove the display completely for protection. Other display-mounted buttons include Reset (to clear trip distance), i (to cycle menus), and lights. Having a dedicated light button is useful with an ebike that actually has built-in lights like this, it’s a lot simpler to use than the smaller Bosch Purion display in this sense. Both of these LCD displays have always-on backlighting so you can read them in dark conditions. The headlight produces an impressive 165 lumens, and can be aimed, it’s more than just a “be seen” light that cheaper ebikes tend to use. The really cool thing about all of these control systems is that they are designed with use in mind. You can get to the point where activating the bike, turning on the light, and then riding along and changing power levels is second-nature. I have learned to click up or down to change assist (0-5 levels) without even looking down. The control pad has a nice clicking sound and tactile feel, with a rubberized i button in the middle. It’s clear where your finger is at, and that lets you click and shift gears with the trigger shifters on the right, while you focus on traffic or enjoy the scenery and riding company. The trigger shifters here offer two-way action for high gear changes and multi-shift for lower gear changes. As you shift gears, you empower yourself as well as the motor, and that’s the final special feature that the Bosch Intuvia offers that almost no other display currently does. It gives you hints on when to shift, with little up and down arrows. This is called shift assistance, and it can help you maximize range by supporting motor RPM performance.

In conclusion, this is one of the nicer urban or city oriented electric bikes that I have reviewed in recent years. I feel that you get excellent value for the ~$4k price point, compared to ebikes with similar specs, and the same drive system. I like that Moustache kept the standard Performance Line motor vs. going with the CX, because it’s quieter and more efficient. The difference between the mountain motor’s 75 Nm of torque vs. 63 Nm hasn’t been noticeable to me in urban riding conditions. The bigger question for US customers might be whether they need the Speed motor, which can reach nearly 28 mph assisted. There are some aftermarket solutions to make this motor go faster, but they will void your warranty. For people who commute or want to do long range trekking and touring, the Moustache Friday 27.5 could be an excellent option because of its unique upright geometry and multiple frame size options. Both wheels have quick release for on-the-go fixes and Brooks saddles are known for becoming more comfortable as the miles wear on. For people who want to add non-Ortlieb QL3 bags, it looks like you can remove the circular knobs from the rack and use QL2 (or other systems). Coming back to the drive system for a moment, the Bosch motor controller is measuring rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque, over 1,000 times per second, and is one of the most responsive and sometimes zippy ebike motors I have tested. One of the trade-offs from the standard Performance Line back to the CX is that you do not get eMTB mode, which is more of a torque sensing level (that replaces the third step, Sport mode). I love that Moustache has not disabled walk mode here and that they included comfortable ergonomic grips and a bell! Big thanks to Moustache for partnering with me on this review and to Chris from Propel Bikes in Brooklyn for his support, bringing multiple models to ride on our adventure and providing some input about why he chose to carry the brand… and of course, for wearing a fake mustache with me during the video :D


  • Beautiful battery and motor integration here, Moustache designed an inset area on the downtube to lower battery weight and developed a plastic cover to hide it, it uses a simple spring to stay in place and does not rattle
  • I love it when ebikes make room for bottle cage bosses and the Friday 27.5 has them on the seat tube in the main triangle and just below the saddle as well as below the top tube! The rear set of bosses on the seat tube could be used for a folding lock like the ABUS Bordo or a mini pump like this
  • By using the Powerpack 500 instead of the new Powertube from Bosch, the batteries are lighter weight, less expensive, and easier to find while traveling (so you could ship the bike and rent a battery on site)
  • Made in three frame sizes for optimal fit and comfort, this is especially important with a high-step frame design
  • Comfortable high-volume and high-quality tires smooth out the ride and shouldn’t get flats as easy because they have Performance Line GreenGuard puncture protection
  • Custom tubular alloy fenders are stiffer and stronger than single layer fenders, they won’t rattle as much as plastic or rust like steel, I like how the rear rack is connected to the back fender to be minimalist in design, and that it’s positioned out of the way of the saddle if dropped way down
  • This is more of a commuter style ebike and the slick tires are efficient but you get comfort from the higher air volume, suspension fork, suspension seat post, and leather saddle from Brooks, the handlebars are also swept back and have ergonomic grips… it feels great
  • Unique adjustable stem swivels 45-degrees so you can squeeze the bike into tighter spaces and maybe not bump doorways as much, imagine stacking multiple bikes next to each other and having that extra space at the rack
  • I love the Bosch Intuvia display panel because it’s big and easy to read but also removable for safe storage (just like the main battery), there’s even a Micro-USB port on the display for charging or maintaining portable electronics like your phone, the display mount is compatible with the COBI smartphone mount that Bosch now owns
  • In addition to fenders, the Friday 27.5 also comes with a tight chain cover to keep your pant legs clean and snag-free, it’s a little touch and it’s done very well here
  • Excellent Shimano SLX drivetrain with 11 speeds for navigating a wide range of surfaces and terrain, the bike seems made mostly for pavement and the tires are slicks but the 2.4″ width makes them stable and capable of light off road use, the one-way clutch design on the derailleur will tighten the derailleur spring and reduce chain slap if you do find yourself on bumpy terrain
  • I love the integrated lights, the headlight is mounted way up high on the handlebars and is aimable, it won’t bounce around as much as fork-arch mounted lights, the rear light stays clear of the rack and all cargo you might add and both lights run off of the main battery and are controlled through the display so they cannot be left on accidentally
  • Good Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, the front rotor is larger at 180 mm to improve stopping speed and disburse heat more quickly
  • Decent kickstand (positioned where it should be, towards the back to support the rack and stay clear of the left crank) and nice stock pedals (larger, stiff, good traction)
  • The AXA frame lock is good for quick errands and can be paired with an AXA Defender Cable to secure to posts and racks easily
  • Both wheels offer quick release and the front uses a sturdy thru-axle which will be more responsive, it helps to support the weight of the bigger tire as well
  • Very nice rims, notice the reinforcement eyelets to spread weight and force from the spoke and reduce cracking, nice black paint job with matching black spokes vs. silver
  • Since this ebike is running hydraulic brakes, you can adjust the levers for reach (making them easier to use for small and large hands alike, or gloved hands)
  • Even though I love air suspension because it tends to weight less and offer sag adjustability, this is a really nice coil shock that should be very durable and perform consistently throughout a ride, I love that it has compression clicker with lockout, preload, and rebound adjust with black anodized stanchions!


  • The “hidden power” plastic cover is great, but doesn’t really lock to the bike frame which means it could be tampered with or stolen when you’re parked at the bike rack
  • The ~57.4 lbs weight for the medium sized frame is a bit on the high side, but that’s probably due to the fenders, rack, cafe lock on the rear wheel, lights and spring suspension vs. air
  • I could see how many commuters would be interested in faster Class 3 Bosch Performance Line Speed motor vs. the standard Performance Line, but this one should get better range and doesn’t require special licensing (in Europe), it’s allowed almost anywhere a normal bicycle would be
  • Minor gripe here, I’d love to see reflective sidewalls on the tires since this is more of an urban ebike, they would compliment the integrated lights nicely, consider adding reflective stickers like this or this to the sides of the wheelset and frame to stand out more or wear reflective clothing
  • Another minor consideration, I’d love to see Supernova update their E-Bike E3 V6S headlight to have side cutouts so it would shine out a bit and create more of a visual footprint for the bike than just forward
  • Because the Bosch Performance Line motors use a proprietary smaller chainring, they spin at 2.5x per pedal crank revolution ad there’s a reduction gear at work, this creates some friction when pedaling unassisted (if the bike is off or you’re pedaling beyond the 20 mph top supported speed)
  • Very minor complaint here, but there didn’t appear to be a sticker slap guard on the right chainstay… you probably won’t see the chips because of the plastic chain cover, but the chain could still take wear and the frame might get scratched up a bit because there’s no protection


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1 month ago

Thank you for this thorough and entertaining review. Your passion and work ethic is infectious and I hope sets a standard for others across many areas of interest.

I’m wondering if you might care to speculate on which use cases a manufacturer might choose the Performance Cruise motor over the CX or the Performance Speed?

This review of the Moustache Friday 27.5 reminds me of another of your excellent reviews on the Ohm Sport. I’m wondering if, having ridden so many bikes, and maybe putting the stats on back burner a bit, you might be willing to share thoughts on the difference in your own shear 7 year old kid again biking pleasure when it comes to good quality hub v. mid, fast v. less fast, quiet v. less quiet?


1 month ago

Hi Rene, thanks for the compliment! I think the Performance Line is quieter, and less power hungry than both the CX and Speed. The CX offers up to 75 Nm of torque output while the Speed is only 63 Nm (like the standard Performance) but higher speeds tend to drastically cut down on range because of air resistance. You can always use a dongle to make the standard Performance Line motor faster if you really want to, though this voids the warranty. The CX motor may also be slightly heavier, but it offers the neat eMTB mode which replaces Sport for a fluid “no hands” operation, primarily using pedal torque to determine output. It’s a great setup, and I think this is why we see it on so many urban bikes (especially cargo and heavy duty builds).

Regarding your last question… there’s something awesome about the near-silent BionX D-Series motors and their throttle option. I dislike how they look, but appreciate the nice display and regeneration modes and regen braking. It truly is fun going above 20 mph, but I find that 20 is good enough for regular real-life use. It feels a bit safer, definitely lets you ride further, and allows the bike to be used legally in more spots (like off-road). Mid-drive motors are satisfying and make the best use of power, it seems like they get more than twice as much range for the same pedal effort, and I appreciate how they position weight on the frame for improved handling. You do wear through the chain, sprockets, and derailleur faster, and my Uncle talked about that in this video interview from a while back. My personal approach is to get a very cool and comfortable mountain bike, then have it be electric so the knobby tires and suspension inefficiencies are overcome. I find that I ride more when I’m comfortable :)


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2 days ago

The Swedish Bike Show in Stockholm this weekend wasnt much to write home about.

It was the big swedish retailers showing off their bikes and only some ebikes from standard brands like Scott, Merida, ecoRide, Wallerang, Crescent, Monark etc.

No smaller retailer with any for me more exciting and interesting brands where there like Bulls, R&M, Haibike, Stromer, Cube or Moustache.

I will go to Elovelo (ebike store in Stockholm) this week and test ride and compare R&M and Moustache.

The search continues!

Chris Nolte
5 days ago

The Mobie forks are more trekking style. They Aion is a little more burly actually, but for a short travel ebike for they are really nice. Some are coil, but most in seeing spec’d are the air versions.

6 days ago

@ris Nolte do you have an idea yet of how the Mobie stacks up against the other ebike forks from Suntour such as my Aion? I thought in Court's video on one of the Moustache models he said it was not an air fork which surprised me. I had been hoping for more info since the fork is a new model.

1 week ago

Thank you very much for your insightfull post. A lot of information to digest.

A high speed pedelec is not an option for me. They are available in Sweden but requires license plate, insurance etc.

I will look into the different forks used by my preferrd bikes.

I definitely have to test ride the bikes to get a feel for them.
I think my final choice comes down to which one has the best overall premium quality feel and best level of component specification.

I have started on a Excel spreadsheet comparing different bikes.

1 week ago

I was going to point out the ability for dual battery as one of the biggest differences in the bikes you listed (New Charger and Haibike Trekking 9.0 will have this and Moustache not). But you mentioned you don't need dual battery.

Your R&M choice was the GT Touring (20 mph in the US) but do you perhaps have an high speed options in Sweden? Because R&M should have a New Charger HS variant with the Bosch speed motor whereas the other two bikes will only have the CX motor option. The CX motor will be great for those hills by the way but you might prefer a higher speed bike.

The suspension forks I believe are all Suntour but different models. The Mobie (Moustache) is new and in one of Court's recent videos I thought he said it was not an air fork (but not positive about this). I don't know if you'll find a lot of info on the varying specs of the forks but it might be something to get an opinion on. Personally I prefer the Suntour fork that came on my Haibike over the Suntour Aion that came on the R&M.

Also the stock tires are different. The R&M and the Haibike are the Schwalbe Super Moto X which are a very stable and reliable tire with more of a road tread. I am commuting on these on my R&M and my Haibike and so far (knock on wood), no flats despite rolling over plenty of broken glass. The Hutchison Pythons on the Moustache are knobbier and might give more light trail capability. I don't know about their puncture protection.

As for the battery integration: The intube design is nice but the Moustache option offers a good blend of integrated design which still allows a lot of flexibility to quickly remove the battery and throw it in a backpack. I take my batteries with me when I lock up at work and a good thing about the external mounted style is that ability to quickly remove. I think Court also said the Powerpack 500 is slightly lighter.

You have a good problem however: 3 great bikes you've included on your list. I think they are all quality with only minor/subtle spec differences. So it will come down to which is the best fit for you and hopefully you'll get to test ride them.

Personally, I am really attracted to the Moustache and if I bought it I might switch the tires to the Super Moto X. I might pass on it however if that suspension fork isn't an air fork. But, if I were purchasing one of these now, I think I'd lean towards the ability to have the dual battery as an option (the R&M or the Haibike). Maybe at some point you might find yourself taking some longer journeys and the ability to piggyback a Powerpack 500 on top of the downtube might come in handy.

1 week ago

I have to read up more on it, I’m still a beginner in this area.

Regarding specifications I was referring to the Wallerang bike. I was a bit unclear.

Do you have any suggestion or input on what bike to choose? R&M, Moustache, Haibike or maybe a Cube?

1 week ago

Good suggestion. The Bosch Powertube on the Haibike is a very attractive solution. I don´t think i will need dual batteries though.

Moustache solution is kind of integrated but not as much.

The subsidy is nice. It has increased the sales of ebikes in Sweden a lot!

1 week ago

Thank you for your input. I will definitely try to test ride the bikes i listed above as this will be my first ebike.

What Haibike model did you buy?

Nova Haibike
1 week ago

I have no opinion about which you should choose; I am sure each is up to the task. Just from my own perspective, I always think rightly or wrongly that R&M bikes are too expensive. But if I had money to burn, I would love to have the new Supercharger GX Rohloff HS. The only thing that would make it better is it is magically weighed half the weight. LOL. I like the look of the Moustache. I just bought a different model Haibike, but the 9.0 just looks cheap to me...I don't like the color. LOL.

I usually recommend to people to test ride bikes, because even if they made be similar in specifications, they can feel different because of geometry and fit. I did not follow my own advice. LOL. But I have ridden hundreds of bikes so I kind of know what to expect.

Lastly, I wish I could get a subsidy!!!

1 week ago


Thank you all for making this a great forum!

Im looking for advice on what bike to buy.

37 years old in good physical condition.

My commute:
I have a 11 Km (6,8 Miles) x2 commute with three major hills.

I plan on commuting from Mars through October.

Bike alternatives:
I have narrowed down my search to three possible alternatives:

What do you think of these? Which one should i choose and why? Have i missed a better alternative?

I have no problem paying a premium for a good quality bike. The Swedish government also subsidies the purchase of an ebike with 25% or a max amount of 1200 USD.

Thank you in advance!

Ann M.
3 weeks ago

Court travelled to London to visit Fully Charged, a phenomenal electric bike shop. Started 4 years ago by Ben, looking for alternative way to get around, this London shop is located in a unique building full of charm & history and a kick butt coffee shop. Many of the top brands that we know and some American brands like Vintage Electric grace the showroom with lots of test ride bikes.

Fully Charged has been selling electric bikes in London (and other parts of the UK) since 2014. We were invited to visit their main stor and take a tour. In this video, I fly from Denver Colorado USA to London, take a train, and meet Ben at the store to look at some of their ebikes and film reviews. The very first Fully Charged outlet was in a tube station (the subway) and they have since expanded and brought on more brands.

Fully Charged carries the following brands:
- Riese & Müller
- Moustache
- Vintage Electric
- Raleigh
- Tern
- Gocycle
- Urban Arrow
- A2B
- Haibike
- Butchers & Bicycles
- BH Easy Motion
- Coboc
- Desiknio

After a tour around the shop, we visited the London Bike Show and met Dan Parsons who was the first employee of Gocycle (doing quality and safety testing) and has been working in the ebike space since 2008. He is head of operations now and will be helping with the Fully Charged Barge initiative, a floating demo station that will give people in London a way to discover and test electric bikes in 2018. Official Website is: Instagram: @FullyChargedUK Shop Address is: Globe House, 37 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3JW The music used in this video is from Be Svendsen, used with permission. You can visit their Soundcloud page to listen to more tracks at:

3 weeks ago

Hi Alaskan. I thought long and hard about which bike to get. This is my first ebike and apart from this problem i am well pleased. I love in France so there were plenty to choose from as ebikes are becoming very popular here, Moustache, Orbea, Giant, Lepaire, and others. I will call shop tomorrow and post final outcome on this forum. Thanks for taking time to contact me. Rick500sl

3 months ago

Moustache Friday 27.5 went to suspension fork for 2018 .

3 months ago

Moustache Friday 27.5 (probably a 2017 model):

Ellery J
3 weeks ago

Moustache = funny. Could you start adding the cost of an extra battery in your reviews. Looks of mid and top of line e-nikes have specialized batteries - so the cost of a new one in 2-3 years is important. I bike everyday - including in subzero and snow weather.

Bayard Taylor
3 weeks ago

Yes but I do know my rear end, and that would not be comfortable

Richard Day
4 weeks ago

only 20 mph ?

4 weeks ago

Attractive, very robust, and cushy balloon tires. However $4K for the annoying Bosch whine, only 500Wh (36v x 13.8Ah ), and limited to 20mph means it may only be interesting in Europe.

Ian Mangham
4 weeks ago

"John has a long moustache" je repete "john has a long moustache" ?

frank doster
1 month ago

Can give Mustache rides, doh, lol

Bayard Taylor
1 month ago

That saddle looks very hard and uncomfortable

G Bo
3 weeks ago

And you looks like someone who know nothing about saddle. That's a Brooks B17.

Bayard Taylor
1 month ago

Rad rover is the best e bike for the money 1499. 4K. Really.

Bayard Taylor
1 month ago

What is that on your lip

Bayard Taylor
1 month ago

Might want to think about doing your review away from a busy highway

Tamas Varga
1 month ago

What a gorgeous bike...

1 month ago

Who can afford 4, 5 or 6 thousand dollar bikes (you know bicycles)? You can almost buy electric motorcycles for that kind of money. How about reviewing bikes for normal hard working people, not "fan-boy" wanna-be's, I.E. doctors, lawyers, gay "road bikers" that think they own the road, etc...

2 weeks ago

He reviews a ton of bikes that cost a third of this. Did you not check before posting this rant? lol

G Bo
3 weeks ago

Anyone with a proper job can afford this. My Honda Civic cost me 5 times more than this bike. Am I rich ? No. Your comment is nonsense. You can find bikes on craiglist for 50 usd, so I guess everything above that is a waste of money for you ? Not electric so....but why using electric motor while you have legs to pedal, for free ? Sorry to be such an A.H. but I hate that kind of poor little cry-baby comment. Are you also complaining when guys are testing Tesla cars ? Most cheap ebikes are crap...heavy, badly made, noisy, ugly, and they died quickly because they have bad motor and battery. And please, show me an electric motorcycle at 4K...

1 month ago

Thumbs up, 'cause I think you do a great job with your reviews, not necessarily because of the bikes..

Anne Noir
1 month ago

the mount on the suspension fork is better. I use a front bag with rixen Kaul klickfix for Bosch intuvia e and with the light up that high its difficult to mount..

Jacob Gomer
1 month ago

Hey, what do you Think is the best e- bike for around $2,000 for riding on road and off road. Im Thinking about the FLX trail?

Steve T
1 month ago

Look at Rad Rover from Rad Power Bikes. I love mine.

Muddy Waters
1 month ago

As others have stated handsome bike and very well built.
But unfortunately is the price...hopefully bikes popularity and competitive demand can drive prices down so we can Eventually all on afford one

1 month ago

Plenty of low cost options - just not as well-designed as this bike Can buy ebikes on eBay/Alibaba starting around $500. Lots of choice of decent ebikes btw $1-$2K. Price climbs with better design/motor/equipment/batteries. Many bikes are Chinese/Taiwanese designs and almost identical bikes can be bought on Alibaba for a lot less than rebadged/marketed bikes from your local bike shop. Of course, no support/service, so you get what you pay for. European bikes seem way ahead wrt design/aesthetics, while US often have bigger motors/batteries as laws aren't as strict in many places.

1 month ago

They kinda look same as Winora Yakun Urban with Yamaha PW-X. It would be nice to have a comparison with it. I'm thinking about getting a 27.5 ebike in this spring, but I feel that there arn't many options with the Yamaha PW-X or Bosch CX.

Ivan O
1 month ago

If you had to pick only 1 bike to use in a hilly state, for around $2000, which bike would you buy?

David Bradford
1 month ago

That is a nice looking machine

james eagle
1 month ago

This looks like the haibike sduro urban plus thats on sale for way less.

Wayne McCourt
1 month ago

Sold. Where can I buy near Philadelphia. Can not find on their website