Riding a pedelec like the STEVENS E-Lavena, equipped with the new Bosch Active+ motor held a few surprises, says eMTB News in their extensive test report about the new touring pedelec. ”The motor is incredibly silent. So silent in fact, that you do not take notice of it while riding. You feel though that the motor support your pedalling effort, yet it’s not as ”pushy” as you are used to from Bosch.”
The most pleasant thing about the new motor was that you absolutely don’t feel it disengaging when going faster than 25kph (15mph) – no stuttering, no feeling of sudden slow-down, instead ”you can accelerate the bike easily to over 30kph (19mph) with just a few pedal strokes.”
The editors further pointed out that with this motor it’s important to match the respective gear of the 10-speed shifting to the current speed and terrain - especially when going uphill - so the motor can deliver efficient support. Similar to one’s usual bike. ”You are assisted by a little arrow on the Intuiva display which indicates if you need to shift up or down.”
The display also controls the lights. The LED headlight from Busch&Müller provides a large and bright cone of light, the tail light is neatly integrated into the pannier rack. Despite the display, the remote control and all the necessary components like brake/shift levers, the handlebar looked very tidy. This was due to the bundled-up shift and brake cables and surely also because of the ”Oi” bell from Knog that is placed nicely between the right handlebar grip and the remote control.