Mate City review


This charming Danish-designed commuter e-bike is powerful as well as stylish

two minute review

The Mate City is a new revision of the original electric bike from Mate Bike, which was first launched in 2016. Its powerful 36V, 250W battery, which can deliver up to 50 miles on a single charge, is great for commuting or traveling in your local area. We found the five-level power assist to be particularly appealing as we took off on hills and flatter roads, topping out at about 20 mph, significantly reducing our commute times.

The Danish design, with clean lines, gives it a unique look, and our pink version definitely had heads turned. The LCD display was easy to use, it had control buttons on its side, and the non-grip handlebar gave it a stable feel.

However, if you want a lightweight bike that you can easily turn and climb stairs, this is not the point. Its weight, at around 50lb, is clearly heavy for a commuter bike and it was difficult for one person to turn the main frame.

If you’re looking for a powerful bike that’ll grab your attention and don’t mind investing a little extra, the Mate City is perfect for you—but it’s not a great model for limited storage or if you’re a lightweight. Expecting commuter bike.

Price and release date

The Mate City electric bike was first released in 2016, and the updated model here was released in 2021. Prices start at $999 / £1,299 (about AU$1,300). It’s available directly from Mate Bikes and from various third-party retailers.

design

Mate Bike is a Copenhagen-based startup founded in 2016 by siblings Christian Adele Michael and Julie Kronstrom Carton to help combat traffic congestion and climate change. That Danish heritage can be seen in the design of the Met City, with its clean, sleek finish.

The brand is popular with celebrities, and we can see why; Our review model’s bright pink frame (also available in three other colors) garnered a lot of attention as we drove it through London—and we loved standing out from the crowd. The frame is made of aluminum alloy, which though looks lightweight, it doesn’t hold up when you’re trying to take it up and down stairs – while overall the bike weighs around 50lb.

The Mate City being a foldable bike, it took some effort to swing it due to its weight. The handlebar was easy to turn, with just a lever twist, but the same cannot be said about the core of the bike. To begin with it took two of us to fold and unfold, with the clip a little sticky to hold it all together. If you are hoping to travel with this bike and you lack arm strength, you will find it difficult to fold and carry. It’s relatively large once folded, so you’ll need space to store it.

However, the Met City is easy to set up. We easily changed the handlebar and seat height, but while the padded black saddle was just as comfortable for short rides, it started to get uncomfortable on longer trips.

The anti-slip handles were great for keeping us steady—but the extra cushioning would mean less rub on the thumb. The small Intelligent LCD computer display, which sits on the left side of the handlebar, was discreet but easy to use and displayed battery life, time and distance traveled.

The battery is housed inside the frame, the bike can be taken out once folded, charging through a small hole in the frame just below the seat – meaning you don’t have to charge it Do not open the bike.

Display

A powerful, stable ride, even without power – it performed well on all terrains and in a variety of weather conditions. It was very easy to turn on the power; Simply press and hold the Power button on the LCD display.

The display starts automatically when you ride the bike, your speed is greatest on the screen, while the position of the acceleration level button sits right next to the screen allowing you to change the speed as you go up and down hills .

We tested the bike on roads we’d normally struggle to cycle on, and with its five levels of pedal assist we were impressed with how fast it got us up hills. We had to be careful, when at full power, that we didn’t accidentally speed up on busy park routes – one of the most powerful and impressive motors we’ve ever used on an electric bike.

The bike has a 250W motor and 36V battery – with a capacity of 13Ah. Once fully charged (which takes about two hours), we found the battery to last up to 50 miles, allowing us to go on long bike rides without any fear. We charged the battery only once, but we believe that if we use it regularly, then for travel, we need to charge it once a week.

The seven manual gears on the right handle are also handy to use if you run out of battery during the ride – but like most bikes, won’t get you up hills so easily. We loved the power of the Tektro disc brakes, which performed well when braking rapidly and going down hills to maintain our momentum.

The bike pedals could be clicked on for storage, but we sometimes found it difficult to click them back into place. Overall, we found it to be a powerful electric bike, and one of the best we’ve tried, with an impressive battery and motor.

First reviewed June 2021

buy it if

You want an e-bike that gets you up the hills
Mate City’s five levels of paddles help you climb hills with barely any effort.

You want a long lasting battery
Once charged, the Mate City keeps rolling for hours, so even if you forget to charge it every time you go on short trips, you don’t have to worry about it running flat.

you want to stand out

With bright colors like pink and blue, you’ll catch the attention of other riders.

don’t buy it if

you want a light bike

Weighing 22.5kg with the battery (that’s about 50lb) the Mate City isn’t easy to carry up and down stairs, whether folded or not.

You need a small bike for storage

Even when folded, this bike takes up a lot of space, so you’ll need a designated space or a spacious flat.

You want an affordable e-bike for commuting
The Mate City doesn’t come cheap, but we predict it will last for years, and it’s a good investment if you use it daily.

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