Momabikes Ebike 28.2 test: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

Momabikes Ebike 28.2 test: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

Editor Rating: 3 out of 5

Comfort and ergonomics

Unlike the Pro version, the classic Ebike 28 has a much less polished look. Its open aluminum frame adopts the “swan neck” style. An easy bike to step on and therefore practical when you’re not wearing an outfit that lends itself to lifting legs. On the other hand, the Momabikes E28 does not make any special effort in the integration of its electrical components.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

However, we can recognize that the choice to place the battery just behind the seat tube is a good thing for the balance of the bike. Since the motor is already in the rear wheel hub, fitting the battery to the luggage rack would have been tricky. However, this positioning of the battery has drawbacks, starting with its removal. To slide the battery out of its housing, you need to lift the seat with a small lever and then unlock the battery mount with the key. The battery does not slide easily on the rail that holds it on the axis and it is necessary to loosen the seat post so that the mechanism does not hinder the exit. It is certainly not the most practical solution we have seen, but the battery has the merit of being able to be charged separately.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

In general the finishes are very basic. The mounting of the fenders does not inspire much confidence in its durability. They still adequately protect the pants from splashes. The front fender could have been a bit longer to also protect the shoes from dirt. The chain guard is also very basic and not very bright, but it covers the chain and prevents grease from getting on the pants.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

The Momabikes electric bike offers a relaxed riding position with a straight back and the handlebars higher than the saddle. The stem allows you to adjust its inclination if you want to obtain a more or less dynamic posture. The curved hanger ends in sufficiently comfortable ergonomic handles.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

The comfort is correct for the city on the handlebars of this Ebike 28. The saddle is wide and quite comfortable. The suspension fork and 50mm of travel are enough to smooth out small bumps in the road. Its contribution is more limited on the roads. The 28-inch diameter Kenda tires with a 1.5-inch section are, however, more comfortable on the asphalt.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

The headlight allows you to be seen by other road users, but it still lacks a bit of power. It is not possible to circulate only with this additional light in the absence of street lighting. The rear light attached to the luggage rack is clearly visible.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

Editor Rating: 2 out of 5

Conduct

Momabikes does not communicate the torque of its 250 W motor. Its positioning on the rear wheel and the absence of a torque sensor offer unnatural pedaling. The assistance starts as soon as a turn of the pedals is detected. However, the low power of the motor has the advantage of not creating too violent jerks, even at maximum assistance level.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

It is possible to choose between five levels of assistance that deliver more or less power. On the flat, you can easily drive with assistance level 2 or 3 and reach 26 or 27 km/h. At its highest level, the assistance propels even beyond 25 km/h. The behavior is surprising, since with a full battery, the Ebike 28 assists us up to 28 or even 29 km/h. Once the battery is below 50%, the assistance cuts off at around 26 km/h.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

Worryingly, the Shimano seven-speed drivetrain lacks the depth to really pedal past 15 mph. It’s a shame, because the bike and its rather thin tires seem to be tending towards good performance. The entry-level stream does a decent job, as long as it’s not under too much load. Gear shifting is smooth, even if you need to go through a derailleur adjustment when riding the bike.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

The engine is not very responsive in general and requires quite a flexible drive. There is a frustrating side though, when you slow down at the start of a hill, for example, and have to wait for the speed to drop to 14 or 14mph for the assist to return.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

The lack of torque is felt in the ribs. The Momabikes Ebike 28 climbs small climbs without too much difficulty, but it suffers a lot on steeper slopes. Despite a fairly light rider (65 kg) on ​​the back, the limits are felt and we even find micro-cuts in the assistance that, in a fraction of a second, make us lose what little momentum we may have. Therefore, it will be better to reserve this VAE for outings on the floor.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

The assistance is adjusted from a couple of arrows on the side of the screen. The latter shows the minimum: instantaneous speed, distance traveled, battery indicator and electric assistance. The screen can be read correctly, even in direct sunlight.

Momabikes Ebike 28.2: an affordable electric bike designed for the city

Good news for an entry level electric bike, the hydraulic disc brakes are the ones to bring the machine to a stop. These brakes are supplied by Nutt and they do an honest job. They offer a good bite, but they lack a bit of precision to be truly satisfying.

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