What's new?Moustache has been secretly working on the 'Hidden Power' project for two years now. Testing and developing revised frame geometries that integrate the Bosch 500Wh battery into the downtube whilst keeping the centre of gravity low and improving overall visuals. The challenge was not only to integrate the battery, but also to minimise volumes for 2017. They had to optimise every angle, every radius, every millimetre. They also had to overcome the limitations of hydroforming technology by increasing the pressure beyond what was previously possible in order to control each cm2 of tube! Greg Sand, Director of Moustache Bikes said:
Since Moustache started developing Bosch electric mountain bikes they have always paid special attention to the bikes centre of gravity. Already low on previous models, they have been able to lower it further still for 2017 and also to move the centre of gravity backwards, thanks to the new battery integration and rear shock linkage.On top of all of this Moustache went one step further by introducing the new 27.5+ wheel size into all of the Trail and Race series eBikes. Moustache also designed their own new 35mm wide PLUS wheel rim for 2017 allowing further refined levels of grip and comfort meaning for a smoother and more fun overall ride. Couple this with new gear setup's where Moustache use a 14t front sprocket and chain guide to optimise both climbing and descending ratios and a revised crank set for a stiffer ride, the overall machine is really fun to ride! Oh, one last thing. They made 2 full carbon models too! Enough chat, let's take a look:
We worked hard at integration & aesthetics, aesthetics that we wanted both neat & dynamic as well as a great ride feeling. An impossible project, hard work for 2 years. How to fit a Bosch battery in a tube? Difficult, almost impossible. But we did it!
Trail SeriesThe new Trail series for 2017 consists of 3 models built for everyday mountain biking, with 140mm travel and tight frame geometry. Built for efficiency for both climbs and descents!
Moustache Samedi 27 Trail 6 2017The Trail 6 is the entry-level model within the new Samedi Trail range. Built on base spec with 140mm travel, hidden power technology integrating the Bosch CX and 500Wh battery pack.
Price: £3749 | Read the full specification here - Samedi Trail 6 2017 eBike
Moustache Samedi 27 Trail 8 2017The next model up in the Samedi series is the Trail 8. Built on the same chassis but with updated Sram GX 11 speed drivetrain and Fox Float 34 140mm travel front forks.
Moustache Samedi 27 Trail 9 2017The Carbon model in the Moustache Samedi Trail range. Built on similar components as the model above, but now on a new lighter weight full carbon chassis and uprated groupset.
Moustache Samedi Trail Limited 2017The Trail limited is exactly what it says on the tin! The top spec limited edition model comes kitted up with a Carbon frame, RockShox Carbon RS1 forks & Sram Eagle 12 speed drive train.
Race SeriesThe new Race series also consists of 3 models, 2 alloy frame and of course a top spec model in the newly formed carbon chassis, built on 160mm travel for all-mountain, trail & enduro.
Moustache Samedi 27 Race 6 2017The entry level Race bike in the Samedi series. The Race 6 is built on a 160mm alloy frame with the Bosch Performance CX motor and 500Wh integrated Bosch battery. All for sub £4k!
Moustache Samedi 27 Race 8 2017The new Samedi Race 8 is built on the same system and frame as the Race 6 model, but now with upgraded front Fox 36 160mm travel suspension forks and improved 11-speed gearing.
Price: £4599 | Read the full specification here - Samedi Race 8 2017 eBike
Moustache Samedi 27 Race 9 2017The top spec model in the Moustache Samedi Race range. Built on similar components as the model above, but now on a new lighter weight full carbon chassis and uprated groupset.
What do we think?
We had the exclusive chance to ride these bikes 10 days ago on the continent and we can honestly say that out of all the bikes we rode that day the Moustache felt the most balanced and manoeuvrable. The Plus size tyres certainly makes for a really fun and comfortable ride.
The bikes handled well, considering we are used to riding eBikes, the Moustache range come up on top when it came to riding feel. In fact, they look great too... It's perfect!
We expect the carbon frame models to be most popular with the reduced weight and considering the component build the pricing is a lot less than we thought it'd be.