Mate X electrical bike assessment: How I broke the unbreakable journey
With its sturdy body, big fats wheels and highly effective 250 watt motor, the Mate X electrical bike appears unbreakable.
This can be a bike that’s rated for riders as much as 150kg, an all terrain monster that may energy up the steepest of hills – and have you ever flying down them at unbelievable speeds.
My teenage son is true into biking, so once I instructed him we might be getting one to assessment, he could not wait. However we did.
It took a while earlier than our assessment unit lastly arrived however when it did, the frustrations over the delay had been blown away by the massive smile on his face.
I took it for a fast spin after it was delivered by a really pleasant Mitchel Lee from Redcliffe-based Journey Electrical.
He was raving in regards to the X Mate and what it needed to supply individuals who needed to get into electrical bikes.
Thankfully, the bike was already arrange for me, and charged, so it was only a matter of hitting the street.
Round our place there are many hills, so the Mate X was actually going to get a exercise transferring my plus dimension physique across the place.
To begin out, it is only a matter of turning it on after which selecting the extent of help you need – from 0 to five.
Using down from the highest of our driveway, I used to be flying so no help required, however after turning the nook and into the primary hill, I switched it on from 1 to 2 after which additional because the hill turned harder.
In addition to the 5 ‘cheat’ modes to work with you could have an eight gear shifter.
More often than not, I left the shifter in eight, as I flew alongside.
With 20 inch wheels, the bike is extra like a cruiser than the rest. Tremendous comfy to journey, however not really easy to show sharp corners.
After some time, nevertheless, you get used to it and so long as you intend your strikes, you possibly can actually soar alongside.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than my son was taking it for a whirl round our property, up and down hills, with speeds of greater than 60km/h.
The highest motor pace is about 25km/h whereas the 48V battery can energy you for as much as 80km.
The great thing about an electrical bike is that you simply do journey lots additional.
I discovered myself exploring locations I might by no means journey to on a traditional bike, conquering hills that I would not even ponder taking over.
After all with all that pace, you desire a first rate braking system.
The Mate X has upgraded toTektro disc brakes, which had been greater than ample to carry me to a halt, even after a steep hill.
Using round, what you discover laborious to recover from is the facility the bike has.
It simply zooms alongside, which means you possibly can easy cruise at good pace whereas watching the neighbours’ ‘what the’ expressions.
The bike I reviewed had a throttle lever as nicely which meant that you would merely push the lever and off you went.
I took on a few big hills and did not fairly make it to the highest, however even pushing the bike up a hill was made lots simpler by having the ability to push the lever and kick in help.
The Mate X options and LCD show in the course of the deal with bars which reveals your pace, battery stage and the extent of help you are on. It’s also possible to see how far you could have travelled.
It is not the brightest of display screen so in direct daylight it may be somewhat laborious to learn.
The bike additionally had and entrance and brake mild and even indicators which made me really feel somewhat safer as I navigated visitors by our city and negotiated loads of roundabouts.
With the tyres so vast, you possibly can simply go offroad whether or not it’s zooming throughout the neighbourhood park or into the filth or gravel.
I did not get an opportunity to take it on the seaside however with laborious sufficient sand, I am positive it might not have been an issue.
The bike additionally comes with a rear rack which implies you possibly can strap some cargo on the again after heading dwelling from the commute to work.
The Mate X electrical bike can be foldable, which means you possibly can put it behind a automobile or maybe take it on the practice.
However be warned, it isn’t the lightest bike so that you may need hassle lugging it too far.
Our last testing for the Mate X got here on one of many hottest weekends.
As a part of my quest in direction of madness, I believed to myself, let’s take a look at this factor to the restrict.
I am going to go for a couple of rides in the course of the day. It felt like 40 levels but it surely was about 36.
The primary journey went fantastic.
I conquered an enormous hill and got here flying down the opposite aspect.
My subsequent outing wasn’t so nice.
After using round city, I began heading again up a hill in direction of dwelling.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than I had misplaced energy and appeared to my show to see what was happening.
I had an error message.
At first I believed the battery or motor will need to have bought overheated.
Given the climate, and my dimension, and the hills, I wasn’t shocked.
So I jumped off and pushed it alongside, hoping that it might quiet down.
I jumped again on and began going once more.
However it wasn’t lengthy earlier than it misplaced energy once more.
After some sweaty pushing up and down hills dwelling, I jumped onto the pc to seek the advice of Physician Google over the error.
Seems I wasn’t alone.
A Mate X discussion board web page had 14 entries from folks in search of solutions on the identical drawback.
“We’ve been ready since November 20 for this controller to repair error 21,” one wrote, explaining that the repair to the 21h error entails opening the motor and glueing down some free connectors.”
Others complained of ready months for a brand new controller.
After all with new expertise, and a comparatively new firm, you all the time take a threat.
With a price ticket in Australia starting from $2200 to about $2700, you’d wish to ensure you trust in not solely the maker, however the particular person promoting the bikes.
MATE X was launched in 2018 by MATE.BIKE, based by two Danish siblings Julie Kronstrøm and Christian Adel Michael by way of a crowdfunding platform.
The model turned one in all Europe’s largest-grossing crowdfunding marketing campaign in historical past. From their movies they appear first rate sufficient folks, although there have been loads of complaints about delays in getting bikes or components.
The corporate has offered 14,000 plus bikes worldwide and is hoping to get loads of Australians open the most recent providing within the subsequent yr. You can check out the Australian pricing here.
X Mate has teamed up with Smartmotion, a number one community of electrical bike retail shops, to supply stable native assist, ought to something go incorrect.
MATE X SPECS
- 250W excessive efficiency hub motor.
- 48V 11Ah Lithium-ion battery.
- 8-speed gear.
- 20-inch fats tires.
- Pc dashboard.
- Entrance and rear suspension