Momabikes Ebike 28 Pro test: Affordable VAE engine with high-performance engine
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Momabikes Ebike 28 Pro test: Affordable VAE engine with high-performance engine

Mombikes is a brand that manufactures muscle and electric bikes in Spain. Moma models are well represented among web merchants, which is somewhat rare in a market that still operates primarily through physical stores.

The Momabikes Ebike 28 Pro benefits from very correct finishes.

The Momabikes Ebike 28 Pro benefits from very correct finishes.

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The Ebike 28 Pro is by far the most high-end model of Mombikes in the urban segment. Sold for around €1,400, it has good taste to offer a more advanced integration of electricity than what we usually encounter at this price. Where many settle for batteries in the rack, the 28 Pro opts for downtube integration. With a capacity of 624 watts. The motor is positioned in the rear wheel hub and still delivers 55 Nm of torque, which is an extraordinary value at this price. The 7-speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain, on the other hand, aligns with the bike’s Momapikes lineup.

Open frame for easy getting on and off.

Open frame for easy getting on and off.

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For the rest, the equipment is present: hydraulic disc brakes, suspension fork, luggage rack, mudguards, crutches or even a large control screen. On paper, the Ebike 28 Pro combines a lot of qualities at a price tag. How does this translate in the face of harsh street law? I answer immediately.

Let’s start by specifying that the Mombikes Ebike 28 Pro comes partially assembled. You have to assemble the handlebars, front wheel and fenders. Steps that are far from inaccessible to even beginners which are also well explained in the videos that guide us in achieving them. On the other hand, a visit to a specialist can be helpful to set the course if you are not comfortable with this very important step for your comfort.

Built-in battery in the frame, rather rare at this price.

Built-in battery in the frame, rather rare at this price.

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Like many urban e-bike models, the Mombikes Ebike 28 Pro adopts the open-frame bike features. Its aluminum frame is actually free from the top tube, which makes it easier to get up and down the bike. A true asset to use in a commuting environment where you don’t necessarily dress in a way that easily lifts your leg. The black point on the other hand, this bike is only on one tire sized to fit users from 1.70m to 1.95m. So the little ones will go on their way.

Flat pedals are fairly wide.

Flat pedals are fairly wide.

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Few e-bikes offer this inexpensive battery integration. Most competitors choose a battery in the luggage rack or simply place it on the frame. Here, the 624W battery is beautifully integrated into the frame. It is located in the lower tube and can be extracted by opening a lock with a key. We haven’t had any issues with extracting or inserting. Overall, without being fancy, the frame’s finishes are still of a good standard.

Steering wheel slightly curved.

The steering wheel is slightly curved.

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The Ebike 28 Pro opts for a slightly curved handlebar, attached to a stem whose tilt can be adjusted. It is enough to give a good compromise in a dynamic and comfortable position. The ergonomic handles are quite comfortable, but the cockpit is somewhat warped by entry-level and unwieldy Shimano Tourney shifters.

The control of the derailleur is not great.

The control of the derailleur is not great.

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Comfort is partial with this Mombikes bike that’s clearly for the city at this point. Sure, the Suntour suspension fork offers minimal cushioning. On the other hand, the Kenda’s 28-inch diameter and 1.5-inch-wide tires filter out the roughness of the road a bit. These entry level tires don’t give much confidence in their puncture resistance. Finally, the saddle offers a look that’s more suited to rolling than a comfortable seat. A different profile than a bike like the Ebike 28 Pro.

The saddle is completely stable.

The saddle is completely stable.

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Basic urban equipment is present. The Momabikes electric bike can count on a luggage rack, a kickstand installed in the rear chainring bracket, a bell and a pair of plastic mudguards. These have a barely acceptable finish and protect the pants, but not the shoes. Good point, flat pedals have a broad and somewhat grippy surface.

Headlight and suspension fork.

Headlight and suspension fork.

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light

Editor's Rating: 2 out of 5

The Mombikes Ebike 28 Pro lighting is suitable for night outings if in addition to urban lighting. The low power of the headlight is not enough to light the road on its own. This headlight, like the taillight, makes it possible to be seen by other users.

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

Procedure

The motor located in the rear wheel hub develops 55 Nm for a power of 250 watts. That torque is rather high for an electric bike that sells for less than 1,500 euros. It is enough that it promises you great performance both on startup and on the slopes. The electric assist can be set to five modes, for more or less power.

Put the engine in the rear wheel hub.

Put the engine in the rear wheel hub.

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It was to be expected that, in the absence of a torque sensor, the assist makes you lose the natural pedal. The assistance begins as soon as the crankshaft rotation is detected. It is better not to use the strongest mode, especially in the city, risking losing control at times. However, power and torque are welcome when it comes to hill handling. The engine helps us out nicely and allows us to maintain a good pace, without shedding a drop of sweat.

The control screen is particularly large.

The control screen is particularly large.

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Support management is very simple. The small control box is located just under the thumb of the left hand and allows you to switch between power levels. The screen provides a large display surface for data that can be read easily, without too many reflections.

Shimano Tourney 7-speed limited transmission.

Shimano Tourney 7-speed limited transmission.

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This vital stops at the same time as the assist, at 25 km/h. Once this speed is exceeded, it becomes difficult for even a flat to ride a bike faster. The difficulty is partly due to the entry-level Shimano Tourney transmission which has only 7 speeds and gives limited sophistication. Obviously, the passage between the gears lacks fluidity, which slightly breaks the dynamism while driving.

The fenders do their job well.

The fenders do their job well.

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An issue we could find more noticeable when climbing, but the torque repels the adventurous speed at the top of the gearbox. A bad habit forces the engine to work harder and leads to premature wear of transmission components. But between speeds that seem to threaten to blow the chain off at full power and excessive consumption, the choice is made quickly.

Unreassuring brakes.

Unreassuring brakes.

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The Ebike 28 Pro has the advantage of offering a pair of hydraulic disc brakes. However, no indication was given of its origin, which complicates its maintenance or replacement. But the latter can quickly be put on the agenda, since the effectiveness of these brakes is relative. It takes more than 4 meters to stop when traveling at 25 km / h.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

independence

It is very rare to find a 624W battery on an electric bike that sells for less than 1,500 euros. In fact, the price of this compound is generally between 600 and 900 euros. We wouldn’t complain about finding such a large capacity at such a good price, as it allows the Momabikes Ebike Pro 28 to offer very good endurance. The brand promises an autonomy of 120 km both in economical mode and in favorable conditions. For our eBike test, we always choose the highest assist mode and ride on an elevated trail. Thus we were able to cover 69 km on a single charge, with a pilot 65 kg and on a route that included 700 meters of altitude increase. Since this bike is intended for purely urban use, you will likely encounter flatter roads and using the lower assist mode will definitely save a few kilometres.

The battery can be removed from the frame.

The battery can be removed from the frame.

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Since its charger is only capable of delivering 2 amps, the Ebike 28 Pro, on the other hand, requires patience to refill its battery. It took us about 6 hours to fully charge it.

Momapikes offers a spare battery on its website. The 624 Wh model is sold for 399 euros. However, the said battery is not available at the time of this writing.

strength point

  • Successful integration.

  • Big Screen.

  • powerful engine.

  • independence.

  • Well equipped for the city.

Weak points

  • Uneven finishes.

  • Entry-level transmission.

  • brake average.

  • Single frame size.

conclusion

international mark

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

How does grading work?

All in all, the Mombikes Ebike 28 Pro fulfills its mission as an urban e-bike. Its equipment is quite numerous and the performance of its electric assistance is present. On the other hand, we feel the brand has gone economizing on certain components (derailleur, brakes, mudguards, etc.), which can quickly generate additional costs. If you plan to ride VAE every day, we highly recommend replacing the brakes with a more popular, even entry-level, model from a recognized brand like Shimano. For occasional trips, the Ebike 28 Pro would do just fine, without breaking the bank.

Sub Notes

  • Comfort and ergonomics

    Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

  • Procedure

    Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

  • independence

    Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

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