The Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ is Moustache’s answer to those who want a trekking ebike for epic adventures but with all the accessories to perform just as well as an everyday commuter. Can the full-suspension ebike bridge the gap between these two worlds with its Bosch Performance Line CX motor and dual-battery system?
Traffic jams are becoming increasingly common, and the infrastructure of most cities is no longer capable of handling the number of cars on the road. Shouldn’t the car rather stay in the garage? That’s probably what Grégory Sand and Emmanuel Antonot thought. The two founded the all-electric bike brand Moustache eleven years ago. They got their inspiration for the brand name from the so-called handlebar moustache. The model name Samedi Weekend, i.e. Saturday weekend, suggests that this full-suspension trekking ebike is designed for long weekend tours and it promises to perform just as well on everyday commutes thanks to a host of convenient accessories. Moustache have long partnered with Bosch eBike Systems to help develop ebike technology, so their bikes are exclusively available with Bosch motors. On the Samedi, they’ve chosen to go with the powerful Bosch Performance Line CX model, which has been beautifully integrated into the frame. You get two batteries to keep the motor supplied with electricity on long tours, making the ebike less dependent on a well-developed charging infrastructure. The main 625 Wh battery is integrated into the down tube whereas the second, 500 Wh battery sits on top of it. When the batteries need recharging, you can leave them attached to the bike or remove them to do so and they can be locked in place to prevent theft.
The frame shape offers clean lines and makes for a nice looking silhouette. The weld seams at the head and seat tube have been smoothed out, resulting in flowing transitions. Unfortunately, Moustache didn’t do this with all the weld seams, leaving those around the bottom bracket and the rear end looking less refined. The large number of cables originating from the cockpit are bundled using cable ties and then neatly routed into the frame behind the head tube. Weighing in at 28.1 kg in size L, it’s not lightweight, but that isn’t to be expected with a dual-battery system. Instead of weight savings, you get a long range and it can be yours for € 6,999.
The Nyon has earned every scout badge there is – The connectivity of the Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ
To guide you through unknown territory, the Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ comes equipped with the Bosch Nyon Display, providing an integrated navigation function. Additionally, the system calculates the available range based on the support mode you’ve selected as well as the length and elevation profile of the route. So, you can relax knowing that the batteries won’t run out midway. Once you’ve planned your tour on Komoot or in Bosch’s eBike Connect Portal, transferring it from your smartphone to the Nyon display couldn’t be easier. The Bosch Nyon display is comfortable to operate while riding thanks to the well-position handlebar remote. If you’d like, you could even connect fitness tracking devices such as a heart rate monitor via Bluetooth. The premium Lock function acts as a theft deterrent by deactivating the motor as soon as you remove the display. Only your Nyon display will be capable of reactivating the motor, similar to your car keys.
Fully equipped – The accessories of the Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ
In case you get caught in the dark, the integrated, 235-lumen Supernova headlight will light up the path ahead while the Spanninga taillight keeps you visible to traffic approaching from behind. You can switch the lights on and off via the Nyon display. No need to worry about recharging or replacing the batteries for the lights as they’re connected directly to the ebike’s dual-battery system. The sturdy aluminium fenders don’t rattle and will help you stay dry and clean when riding in wet conditions. With a carrying capacity of up to 27 kg, the rear rack can be used for a child seat and is compatible with the MIK and QL3 standards. When taking a break, you don’t have to find a wall or tree to lean the bike against as it comes with an adjustable side stand. Unfortunately, the stand isn’t stable enough to deal with a fully loaded rack, in which case the bike could fall over. Moreover, the stand tends to rattle when riding over bumpy terrain.
Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ
Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 85 Nm
Battery Bosch PowerTube + PowerPack 1,125 Wh
Display Bosch Nyon
Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL 130 mm
Rear Shock Moustache Magic Grip Control 120 mm
Seatpost KS 900 I 150 mm
Brakes Shimano BR-M6120 200/200 mm
Drivetrain Shimano DEORE M6100 1x12
Stem Moustache 60 mm
Handlebar Moustache 740 mm
Wheelset Moustache Just Aluminium 27.5"
Tires MAXXIS Rekon 2.6"
Size S M L XL
Weight 28.1 kg
Perm. total weight 150 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 121 kg
Kickstand mount yes
The geometry of the new Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ
The Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ is available in four sizes ranging from S to XL, promising to accommodate riders between 154 and 205 cm tall. Our test rider Simon with a height of 180 cm, felt most comfortable on size L.
A whole weekend with no pit stops required – Riding the new Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ in the city
To climb aboard the bike, the top tube means you have to lift your leg up high. However, the 150 mm dropper post makes things considerably easier. When you’re flowing with the traffic and stop at a red light, you can get your feet on the ground by simply dropping the saddle, allowing you to stay seated. When you’re back up and going, the riding position aboard the bike is upright and comfortable. However, you don’t feel like you’re sitting atop the bike but at one with it instead, and you’ll remain pain-free even after several hours of riding. The steering is predictable through long, open corners, though the handling of the Samedi Weekend is somewhat cumbersome when trying to navigate tight alleys, which is due to its weight and long wheelbase.
The Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ on tour – Riding off-road
When the traffic comes to a standstill, there’s nothing to stop you from taking a detour along country roads since the Moustache handles potholes and bumps like a pro. Big hits get absorbed by the 130 mm travel RockShox fork and Moustache’s in-house Magic Grip Control shock, offering 120 mm travel at the rear. Smaller vibrations are dampened by the voluminous tires. When the gravel road turns into singletrack, the Samedi Weekend will instil you with the confidence to charge on. The slack head angle and long wheelbase keep the bike composed at high speeds. The low centre of gravity provided by the motor and batteries only adds to the bike’s stability. As long as the conditions are dry and hard-packed, the 27.5” MAXXIS Rekon tires offer plenty of grip. However, this isn’t the case when things get wet or loose. In that case, not even the powerful four-piston Shimano brakes and big 203 mm rotors can help. If you attempt any steep climbs, the weight of the batteries will keep the front wheel planted. As such, you can stay seated upright as you pedal, taking full advantage of the motor’s assistance. The smart eMTB support mode helps control rear-wheel traction by unleashing only as much power as is needed. Even with the additional weight of 10 kg panniers on the rack, the bike doesn’t get unsettled, staying calm and composed.
Our conclusion of the new Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ
On long tours, the Moustache Samedi Weekend 27 FS Dual EQ won us over with its long-range dual-battery system, powerful Bosch Performance Line CX motor and feature-rich Nyon display. Thanks to the upright riding position, you’ll remain comfortable for hours on end. The everyday accessories make the bike a good allrounder, performing just as well as a commuter or a pack mule on extended tours. However, if you’re looking for a quick and agile bike, this isn’t the one for you.
- very comfortable
- feature-rich Bosch Nyon display
- high-quality frame
- side stand gets wobbly when the bike’s loaded
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Words & Photos: Mike Hunger