Moustache All Rounder with Upgrades
The Moustache Samedi 27 Xroad 5 has been redesigned for this year and sports some new features as well as a few upgrades over the excellent Xroad 3. This one has the Closed / Crossbar frame – the Open / Step-through version is here. The colour is a stunning metallic green. This is a bike that is as happy on roads and it is on tracks and bridleways, on a weekday commute as much as a weekend adventure.
Moustache are a great, innovative company based in the beautiful Vosges region of France. They have gown rapidly in the nine years since they have been established and are undoubtedly one of the best e bike specialists in the world. (We are quite keen on them!).
Bosch Motor and Electric System
The motor is the new Bosch PerformanceLine motor. This motor is a significant step forward from the previous version and offers the following improvements:
- Weight – now lighter at 3.2 kg
- More powerful – the torque has increased to 65 Newton Metres.
- No resistance – the front chain ring is now a normal size, meaning no gearing in the motor and so no friction.
- Quieter – now one of the quietest motors on the market.
The battery is the new 625 Wh PowerTube. This is integrated into the downtube but still removable with a key, so that it can be charged on or off the bike. This is now the largest capacity battery Bosch produce and will give a range of about 60 miles – this is a real-world estimate, in average conditions using different levels of assistance. Settings available are Eco, Tour, Sport (or eMTB) and Turbo. The assistance level varies from 55% in Eco to 300% in Turbo. These levels of assistance are added to the rider’s input and the motor comes in as soon as power is applied to the pedals.
The Samedi 27 Xroad 5 has a Shimano SLX drivetrain with an 11-speed, 11-42 tooth cassette. The brakes are Shimano MT400 hydraulic disc with 180mm rotor front and 160mm rear.
The front forks are Suntour, Mobie 25 Coil, with preload adjustment (to suit rider weight) and a lockout function (when you don’t want any suspension). Travel is 80mm on the forks with an additional 40mm of comfort in the form of a suspension seatpost.
The bike is equipped with uprated Spanninga LED lights that run from the main battery and switchable from the Bosch Intuvia handlebar display. On the front is an Axendo, 80 lux headlight and on the rear it’s a Presto2Guard. There is an AXA frame lock that locks the rear wheel and uses the same key as the battery release.
The new rear rack still has QL3 mounts that take the excellent waterproof Ortlieb bags and now adds compatibility for MIK bags/accessories.
What makes the Moustache bikes stand out is the thought that goes into the detail. They start with a clean slate and no pre conceived assumptions. This means that the end product is unique and designed specifically for a purpose with no compromises. The mudguards for example are Moustache’s own innovation, which unlike other mudguards do not move around and are made of aluminium. The slightly swept back handlebars are another Moustache innovation, which is where the name comes from.
We love the Moustache bikes and their versatility, comfort and style. If you are looking for this and a very good spec level, then this is a great bike for you.
The Moustache bikes come with a 5 year warranty on the frame and 2 years on the electrics.