If a morning cup of espresso isn’t sufficient of a lift to get you biking to the workplace, perhaps a 500Wh battery will do the trick. That’s what powers the Momentum Transend E+, an electrical bike purpose-built for commuters.
The sub-brand of appropriately-named biking powerhouse Big is a little more style-conscious, providing a spread of colors that mix in completely with the East London fixie crowd, and a alternative of typical and mid-step frames.
It additionally understands not everybody is aware of the distinction between derailleurs and disc brakes. So whereas it’ll fortunately help your pedalling for as much as 100 miles, you received’t must be a motorbike mechanic to road-worthy. However is simplicity at all times the perfect strategy, when rivals provide extra options for comparable (or much less) money? We’ve been discovering out.
Design & construct: within the body
With its battery built-in right into a chunky mid-frame, it’s instantly apparent the Transend E+ is an electrical bike. The straight handlebars are clearly geared toward leisure riders reasonably than severe tourers, too. It’s not as delicate as say, a VanMoof S3, with partly-exposed gear and brake cables and a visual chain, albeit with a guard to maintain it away out of your shins.
The hidden gear hub, hydraulic disc brakes and mid-drive motor make for an general clear look, as do the dearth of mudflaps or rear rack – issues we’d anticipate for a devoted commuter bike. That makes this one thing of a good climate trip, except you’re going to splash out on aftermarket package.
A built-in kickstand is a welcome contact, being sturdy sufficient to maintain the bike upright on smooth floor and in opposition to average wind gusts. The chunky tyres are made for street driving, with a tread sample that ought to assist it cope in all situations. Not that we had the possibility to check the idea, what with the UK going by way of a very dry summer season.
Easy doesn’t must imply fundamental. Certain, there’s no suspension right here, and the gearset has a mere seven speeds, however that’s actually all you want for a commuter bike.
Options & battery: plug and play
One other indicator this isn’t the bike for individuals who genuinely care about break up occasions and private bests is the dearth of LCD display. The one signal you’re pushing tougher than the electrical motor is its lack of tempo when you breach 15mph.
Momentum has as a substitute gone for a extra fundamental management unit, with a handful of buttons and scattering of LEDs that point out remaining battery life and the energy of the help being dished out. Assisted stroll mode is a helpful inclusion, given this isn’t an particularly mild bike: flip it on and the bike rolls ahead with minimal effort in your half.
There’s additionally a button only for turning the lights on and off – however the Transend E+ doesn’t have any fitted. There are apparently cables pre-wired inside for including an OEM package later.
The unit has ANT+ help baked-in, which pairs to Momentum’s smartphone companion app for extra in-depth battery stats, route planning, and firmware updates. It’ll recognise exterior LCDs if you wish to match a motorbike pc, and even has Strava help, so you possibly can ping your rides straight to social media with none additional package. GPS accuracy will depend on your cellphone, however continues to be a really helpful inclusion.
You want a key to launch the battery, so no-one can pinch it whereas the bike is chained up, and so that you don’t have to lug the entire bike inside simply to cost it. An 80% top-up takes roughly two hours utilizing the bundled energy brick, which is about as hefty as one you’d use to maintain a gaming laptop computer juiced up. Count on 4 hours for a whole recharge.
Help vary varies relying on terrain and the way a lot provide help to’re after. On the highest stage, we noticed between 40 and 50 miles per cost, which is about half that of Momentum’s claimed most – however nonetheless lots to deal with the common two-way commute.
Trip & efficiency: take it to the restrict
As quickly as you set off you’ll be impressed with the Transend’s silence. An inner hub means no chain noise or derailleur rattle as you pedal, and the street noise from the large tyres is sufficient to cowl up what little hum comes from the electrical motor.
When the facility kicks in, a half-rotation or so after you begin pedalling, there’s the slightest of lurches. It’s troublesome to note in any respect on the decrease energy settings, and also you don’t get full beans till you’re slightly extra on top of things. The highest energy stage calls for little or no effort, even when tackling steeper inclines, however you possibly can dial it again if you happen to nonetheless need to give your legs a little bit of a exercise.
Altering gears utilizing the twist shifters isn’t on the spot, and may make the pedals go slack or freewheel for a second. It got here as a shock the primary few occasions, however we shortly leaned to ease off on the pedals, shift after which resume for a smoother trip.
The tyres are particularly grippy, and assist soak up bumps and rougher surfaces than the street bike we had been driving beforehand. The saddle takes some breaking in, although, feeling greater than slightly agency for the primary couple of rides.
Momentum Transend E+ verdict
You don’t must be a motorbike knowledgeable to understand the Transend E+. It’s intentionally easy, sticking to the necessities that can assist you get from A to B in consolation – and with minimal effort once you aren’t feeling a sweaty commute.
That additionally means it’s not essentially the most complete bundle round, with no LCD, no built-in lights, and no mudguards as commonplace. All-weather cyclists would possibly ask slightly extra from a motorbike costing almost £3000.
For a extra leisurely trip, although, the chunky tyres, clean gearset and efficient electrical motor all ship.
Momentum Transend E+ technical specs
|Motor||250Watt Mid Drive|
|Prime velocity (assisted)||15mph|
|Vary (assisted)||105 miles|
|Cost time||4 hours|
|Shifters||Shimano Nexus 7 Velocity RevoShift|
|Brakes||160mm Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic discs|