French firm Moustache make a big range of electric bikes from the everyday to the esoteric: check out their collaboration with Philippe Starck for some good examples of the latter (especially the snow bike with the fur frame cover). The Lundi is probably the most recognisable of their designs, using a custom low-step-through frame to their own design.
The Lundi frame uses a wide box section down tube that has two internal walls, separating the tube into three longitudinal sections. This is to increase the stiffness of the frame and allow a very low step through without the bike being too flexy.
The head tube uses a similar rectangular profile and the custom fork and handlebar give the bike a unique look. It’s certainly a striking beast. The Lundi bikes use Bosch’s Active line motor with a 400Wh rack-mounted battery, and there are three gearing options. We were riding the Shimano Alfine 8-speed version; there’s also a 10-speed Shimano Deore derailleur option, or you can have Nuvinci’s variable ratio hub if you prefer. The Alfine bike uses Shimano’s Di2 controller and remote shifting button, which plays nicely with the Bosch motor: you can display the current gear, and the Intuvia display will also show you an arrow (up or down) when it recommends you change gear.
The bike is available in a range of colours. We rode a yellow one!
There’s no suspension save for a suspension seatpost, so you’ll be glad of some capable, big chamber tyres. Moustache spec the excellent Schwalbe Fat Frank tyres, which at 2.35 inches should give plenty of cushioning over rough surfaces. You get a plush Brooks B17 saddle to sit on, too.
A Brooks saddle is a nice touch
Dave says: The riding position of the Lundi, coupled with the design of the bike, makes for lordly progress. This is a really good-looking bike and everything about it feels considered. The unique frame design works well: there’s plenty of stiffness in the main frame in spite of the low step through, and the fork gives precise steering with good feedback. The custom handlebars are heavily swept for a nice upright position that’s great around town.
Bosch’s integration with Shimano’s Di2 hu gear works well. The Bosch motor eases off the power when you change gear to make shifts smoother, and when you’re at a standstill it’ll shift you down into a lower gear for an easy start once you get going again. The Bosch Active Line motor gives smooth and quiet assistance and the Intuvia display gives you plenty of ride data, as well as an accurate range prediction.
The Schwalbe Fat Frank tyres are excellent over a wide range of surfaces, to such an extent that the suspension seatpost is probably surplus to requirements; especially seeing as you have a quality Brooks saddle to sit on. It’s good to see full mudguards and integrated lights, as well as a frame lock that allows you to secure your bike if you’re popping into the shops. The standard rear rack will take a normal pannier to allow you to cart your shopping home.
I really enjoyed riding the Lundi 26. Overall as a package, it’s one of the nicest e-bikes I’ve ridden. The styling is unique and interesting, and that’s backed up by a good ride and quality components. You’re paying a premium price, but you’re definitely getting a premium product here.
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