What’s the deal?
Fit bikers go faster, for longer. Geek bikers can do just that, without (some of) the sweat and tears. The 250W Bosch motor on this 29-inch wheeled KTM adds power to your pedal – yes, you do have to pedal – to get you up to speed and help maintain it. It has four modes: the breezy ‘eco’, range 75 miles, up to the brawny ‘speed’ mode which will nail the battery in 40ish. Charge time, via a standard plug, is three hours.
And in practice?
There’s a downside, of course – the Macina weighs nearly twice that of a similarly-priced racey mountain bike. But, as we’d expect from KTM – which makes world-class motorbikes – the bike is well-balanced. And the motor really does give it a wicked burst of speed, as well as 30kph cruising on the flat. It’s better than any other electric bike we’ve tested. Worth the weight.
KTM Macina Race 29
A little heavy, but well worth it for that healthy injection of speed when your legs need a break