Fiona from the Mail on Sunday takes the Obree out for a spin around the Scottish borders.
Shima is ExtraEnergy Test Winner for Lifestyle Pedelecs
Test Winner - Category Lifestyle
ExtraEnergy's 2013 testing of European electric bikes has seen A2B's Shima come out on top of the Lifestyle category, it was announced last week.
The announcement included the following report on the 'best in class' speed pedelec:
THE MINI POWERHOUSE
This compact S-Pedelec weighs more than any of the other bikes on test – but it goes like a train.
The A2B Shima is striking: exuberant design, technical flourishes, and huge fun to ride. But this compact S-Pedelec on 24” wheels weighs in at a full 32.3 kg. And yet it’s an eager performer, with the rear motor driving the Shima on gutsily.
For a commuter pedelec, the Tour range of almost 44 km is respectable. The heavy battery does, though, result in a heavy rear and correspondingly agile front end. The control unit is an eye-catcher: it starts the bike via a transponder key. But the turn and click knob is awkward to operate as you ride
The powerful motor on the A2B Shima gives top assist levels, and along with the bold design this makes it the test winner in the Lifestyle category.
RIDE RATINGS: TOUR
Range 43.9 km
Power assist factor 2.01
RIDE RATINGS: HILLS
Range 26.1 km
Power assist factor 1.62
RIDE RATINGS: CITY
Range 29.6 km
Power assist factor 1.25
Ride quality with/without motor 2.1/3.3
Ease of use 3.5
Test ride in Munich at ISPO BIKE 2013
Extra Energy is hosting test ride experiences with the Shima and other award winning pedelecs at ISPO Bike 2013 held in Munich at the end of July.
A2B will be present at the expo and a number of other exhibitions thorughout the rest of the year showcasing the newly extended A2B eBike range to both dealers and customers keen to experience the latest developments in the range.