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M1 Schwabing Belt Drive - Lifestyle Very Good, Business Good

A trend-setting cracker with unusual frame geometry. A clear “Very Good” in the lifestyle pedelec group.

The Schwabing M1 is a real eye-catcher among the bikes on test, and its carbon frame with interrupted seat tube gives it a unique, unified look. The Brooks saddle is the perfect accompaniment, along with the beige tyres and the classy smooth leather grips. But what at first glance looks like a cruiser turns out to be more of a hurricane of a bike, just as soon as you start pedalling. After a brief start-up phase the 500 watt cleanmobile motor assists your ride aggressively, and it unleashes its power distinctly audibly, too – it throttles back detectably only while shifting gears. You’re swiftly whisked up to the power assist speed limit of 45 km/h. At such high speeds, however, some test riders remarked that the stiffness of the frame could be greater. Thanks to the substantial, and hard to remove, battery pack, the M1 achieved solid range figures despite its high motor power. The rest of the specification is the finest available: NuVinci transmission, Gates belt drive and top quality disk brakes are all fitted to this classy lifestyle pedelec as a matter of course.

>> Photo Gallery M1 Schwabing Belt Drive (flickr)

+ high power assist Tour/Hills/City 
+ start and push assist 
+– insurance and number plate compulsory
– high purchase price 
– noisy motor

Measured Values & Prices
Range Tour: 48,7
Ø Speed Tour: 35,4
U-Factor Tour: 2,6

Range Hills: 28,1
Ø Speed Hills: 32
U-Factor Hills: 2,13

Range City: 36,7
Ø Speed City: 19,9
U-Factor City: 1,63

Vehicle Weight: 27,9 kg
Battery Weight: 5,7 kg

Vehicle Price: 7099 € 
Battery Price: 999 €
Sensor Type
Torque, shift and braking sensors
Start and push assist, rear stand, balloon tyres, Gates belt drive
M1-Sporttechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Am Weiglfeld 15
83629 Weyarn
>> Photo Gallery Test 03/17 (flickr)

Text and Image:

Online Publication: Bruno Brandão

4 May 2017



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