Review submitted on previous model: The Motus: a lovely bike with quality fittings. The riding position is quite upright which suits me fine, back not strained and the wrists don't have to carry much weight.
The ten gear ratios are nicely spaced and make easy riding on the flat or decline - up the inclines I definitely switch the motor on. ECO - mildly helpful to TURBO - minimal effort demanded, but you can still put your normal effort in and get the same fitness gain, you just get there faster. The clincher for me was the range from a fully charged battery, 100 miles on ECO that's just fantastic. Its main purpose is road miles but I don't shy away from tracks and cycle paths. Down at my local beach there is a shingle path from the lower to upper car park I used to groan at the thought of pushing my cycle up it but on the Motus, alright in TURBO, I rode up without undue effort, I was so pleased I did it twice. All I need to do now is persuade my wife to get one so she can keep up; she did have a short try out on mine and was suitably impressed, she remembered the adjective 'marvellous' and repeated it several times in case I had missed it. The lights are brilliant (in both senses) and need adjusting so as not to dazzle oncoming traffic. I did have a small concern about the rear light which stayed stubbornly on despite all switches being off, I imagined the battery slowly running down to flat. But as the light is an LED it stays lit for some time just from the residual charge in the wiring, it does fade and die eventually.
Caution. I had my MOTUS delivered to my home and it arrived in its sturdy cardboard shipping carton. No problem there the carton was strong and protected the bike well with strong packaging. Only select this option if you are happy to use spanners, allen keys and screw drivers because it is a bit more than just attaching the pedals. I had to take the handlebars off to untangle the wires and cables from around the headstock, the bars are turned through 90 deg to fit in the carton. I flipped them over so the gear selector was on the RHS and the Assistance Mode Switch on the LHS then I knew they were the right way round. I fear dropping and losing the small screws and washers so I took my time and worked slowly. Next the brake levers and other controls have to be positioned for comfort to suit how you sit. The handlebar grips are those ergonomic sort but needed to be rotated so my palms rested on the flat section, this required a lot of brute force to twist them round. The saddle needed a simple adjustment to suit my leg length and I slid the saddle backwards at the top of the seat post. Fitting the pedals was by far the easiest part of the procedure and then it was ready for its first outing.