Trial Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - AR­TI­CLE: JONNY

Hav­ing wit­nessed the ar­rival of the elec­tric pow­ered chil­dren’s tri­als ma­chines quite a while ago, I have fol­lowed the progress of them with much in­ter­est. The move to pro­duc­ing full-size adult ma­chines has been ham­pered by the size, weight, price and per­for­mance of the bat­ter­ies which in turn af­fected the re­tail price of the ma­chine, mak­ing them too ex­pen­sive to mar­ket. Progress waits for no man though, with de­vel­op­ments in this area of the bat­ter­ies and their per­for­mance go­ing for­ward at a very rapid pace. Spain’s Jordi Mila is putting the fin­ish­ing touches to his new elec­tric brain­child, the Me­cate­cno T14, and he in­vited Trial Mag­a­zine over to Spain to wit­ness the ma­chine in ac­tion be­fore he fi­nally pushes the but­ton on the im­mi­nent pro­duc­tion.

Atrip to

Spain and in par­tic­u­lar Barcelona is al­ways very wel­come as in cer­tain small re­gions of the area the bulk of the world’s tri­als ma­chin­ery is pro­duced. I was in the com­pany of Me­cate­cno UK im­porter Caro­line San­di­ford and the fam­i­lies of the young test rid­ers, who had been in­vited along to eval­u­ate the new elec­tric ma­chine and give it a ‘Shake­down’ test be­fore pro­duc­tion com­mences.

Very proud of the com­pany she has cre­ated in the UK, Caro­line’s prod­uct knowl­edge is sec­ond to none and on the flight over to Spain I soon had the re­quired in­for­ma­tion from her. She needs no in­tro­duc­tion to the tri­als scene as her fa­ther be­fore her, the late Jim San­di­ford, was the suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man who started Mon­tesa on its global suc­cess story in the early seven­ties. This is where her con­nec­tion with Jordi Mila be­gan when he came over to ride in the Scot­tish Six Days Trial in 2008 – nat­u­rally on a Mon­tesa.


Af­ter the in­tro­duc­tion of the smaller Me­cate­cno elec­tric ma­chines, the T8 and T12, Jordi had his sights on the pro­duc­tion of a phys­i­cally big­ger ma­chine to at­tract a larger po­ten­tial mar­ket to the elec­tric ma­chines. The T14 came to fruition just over twelve months ago and has seen ex­ten­sive test­ing over this pe­riod.

An in­dus­trial de­sign en­gi­neer by trade, his dreams be­gan to come to life as he started to use the dy­nam­ics of the ac­tive mind to de­sign and then de­velop his ideas into the new ma­chine.

First he started with the frame de­sign to op­ti­mise the lo­ca­tion point of the most im­por­tant com­po­nents: the bat­tery and the mo­tor. A tubu­lar frame was fab­ri­cated to en­sure max­i­mum stiff­ness with the min­i­mum weight. Var­i­ous pro­to­types were tested be­fore the present de­sign was ar­rived at.

He is very proud of the fact that all the com­po­nents are sourced in Europe. The next job was to find a suit­able elec­tric mo­tor and bat­ter­ies to con­nect to it. A high per­for­mance Span­ish-made Doga mo­tor with its 1,500W, 48V, IP 67 per­for­mance was ideal and it also came as a fully wa­ter­proof unit. Af­ter ini­tial test­ing this unit was deemed to be ideal. Once again it was a home prod­uct from Spain that would pro­vide the power to the mo­tor. The Lithium bat­tery’s per­for­mance was in­cred­i­ble as it of­fered 48 Volts with 20 Am­pers per hour.

The de­sign of the frame also al­lowed for an easy and fast bat­tery change. All this was run through a Span­ish man­u­fac­tured mo­tor con­troller, which was CNC ma­chined from alu­minium to al­low for bet­ter heat dis­si­pa­tion whilst also of­fer­ing nine dif­fer­ent per­for­mance maps.


On fur­ther in­spec­tion the whole pack­age looks very neat, to say the least. The rear sin­gle-shock sus­pen­sion sys­tem uses one of the pop­u­lar Olle branded hy­draulic units found on many adult ma­chines, is con­nected di­rectly to the swing­ing arm and is fully ad­justable to suit the rider’s weight re­quirments.

It’s the same at the front end with hy­draulic forks of­fer­ing com­pres­sion on one side and re­bound on the other for a su­pe­rior per­for­mance. Alu­minium fork yokes, which ac­com­mo­date ‘Fatbar’ style han­dle­bars, com­plete the sus­pen­sion pack­age.

The brak­ing sys­tem is Shi­mano and us­ing, once again, a home sourced Span­ish brand, NG, for the front and rear discs en­sur­ing that it has max­i­mum brak­ing per­for­mance in all con­di­tions. On the ma­chine we had to eval­u­ate the styling was not 100 per cent fin­ished, but it cer­tainly re­flects the flair of its en­thu­si­as­tic Span­ish de­signer!


By the time you read this ar­ti­cle the ma­chines should be rolling off the pro­duc­tion line with a tar­get of pro­duc­ing a limited run of only 200 units in 2014. The bat­tery comes with a twelve-month war­ranty and the ma­chine a twoyear one, to give the po­ten­tial cus­tomer the peace of mind nec­es­sary when pur­chas­ing the ma­chine that it’s not go­ing to give any prob­lems.

Af­ter vis­it­ing the new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity and wit­ness­ing at first hand the enthusiasm of the team be­hind this new ma­chine how long will it be be­fore we see a full-size adult elec­tric ma­chine from this Span­ish brand. We will see!

Pro­to­type frames lie on the bench Pro­duc­tion is im­mi­nent T12 – Su­per­moto!

Ryan Shep­herd – Age 9: “I be­lieve the new T14 will be ex­cel­lent. The steer­ing and the dy­nam­ics of the ma­chine cer­tainly gave me con­fi­dence and in­spired me with good us­able power.”

The Team with, on the right: Jordi Mila and Caro­line San­di­ford

Mor­gan Shep­herd – Age 7: “I can cer­tainly win on this ma­chine. It gives the rider a good pos­i­tive feel, and what I liked was the fact that the sus­pen­sion can be tuned to suit each rider’s weight. This was a su­perb op­por­tu­nity to test the ma­chine be­fore...

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