French e-bike firm, Moustache, has released what it colourfully-and-clunkily describes as, “a big brother endowed with two Bosch batteries.” The Friday 27 FS Speed is a speed pedelec that is available in single or double battery versions.
The first thing to highlight here is that speed pedelecs – or S-pedelecs – are 45km/h e-bikes. They’re legally classed as mopeds in the UK, which means you have to have a driving licence and the vehicle needs to registered, taxed and insured.
The process to accomplish this at the minute is… well, we’ve got to be honest, it’s a bit of a ball-ache.
Okay, now that we’ve made that clear, here’s the lowdown on the bike.
The full suspension aluminium frame of the Friday 27 FS Speed is fitted with a Bosch Performance Line Speed motor. This offers a maximum torque of 85 Nm and it can get you up to 45km/h.
Moustache bill the bike as ‘faster than a car’ in urban conditions. Perhaps betraying their French origins just a touch, they say: “Your journey time stays constant whatever the traffic conditions... or even if public transport goes on strike.”
The motor’s powered by one PowerTube 625Wh integrated battery and also a PowerPack 500Wh external battery. They reckon this could get you 120km or more – although, as ever, much will depend on terrain and how you use the power.
You also get Magura disc brakes and a Shimano XT 11S drivetrain.
The Friday 27 FS Speed is priced at €6,299 for the single battery version and €7,199 for the dual version. Both are out in early April.