Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

Power comes from a 250-Watt, 40Nm hub mo­tor by Span­ish bike spe­cial­ist eBike­mo­tion. The bat­tery is built into the down­tube and charged in situ. Sen­sors in the hub de­tect the rider’s power and speed and de­ploy help as re­quired. The sys­tem is con­trolled by a but­ton on the top­tube and is a lit­tle fid­dly to op­er­ate on the fly. Like the Cube, 250W of max power makes hills a dod­dle, though there is a mo­men­tary lag be­fore it’s felt. It’s not as quiet as the Cube ei­ther – the hub mo­tor whirrs. But a big plus is the bat­tery life – the Orbea did two two-hour, hilly com­mutes on full power be­fore the sys­tem was flash­ing red. The Cube only man­aged half that. The re­laxed ge­om­e­try of the Orbea gave it a cruisy feel that was at home in coun­try lanes. It might be alu­minium, but the bike is still lighter than the Cube and the dif­fer­ence could be felt on hills when the power is turned off. Bosses for mud­guards and racks, gen­er­ous tyre clear­ance, ex­cel­lent bat­tery per­for­mance and the high spec make this a ver­sa­tile ma­chine for club runs and com­mutes.

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