With the Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11, the French manufacturer enters the race with their flagship eMTB model, which comes equipped with a Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System motor, 750 Wh battery and an in-house shock. Can the € 8,999 Frenchman prove itself against the competition both up and downhill?

Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 | Bosch Performance Line CX/750 Wh | 170/160 mm (f/r)
24.5 kg in size L | € 8,999 | Manufacturer’s website

French manufacturer Moustache are fully committed to the electric cause and offer a wide range of motorised bikes that includes everything from sporty eMTBs to city commuters and even electric tandems! The Samedi 29 Game 11 is Moustache’s most powerful eMTB, a versatile companion for all sorts of missions, from relaxed tours to rowdy trail sessions. For the collectors amongst us, Moustache have released a limited special edition of the Trail and Game series, which feature the new Bosch Performance Line CX Race motor.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best eMTB of 2023 – 30 models in review

In da house – What sets the Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 apart from the competition?

All Moustache bikes have one thing in common: a robust aluminium frame. While most of the bikes in this test rely on a modern design language, the € 8,999 Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 boasts a classic frame silhouette with old-school flair – all lovingly dipped in a discreet black paint finish. The weld seams in the head tube area are smoothed out, ensuring a clean look, which unfortunately isn’t the case with the welds on the motor mount and swingarm. Another striking detail is the cable routing: both the brake line and shifter run through the top tube and re-emerge at the transition between the top tube and seat stays. This prevents the cables from kinking but causes them to rattle in rough trail sections. Moreover, the cables disappear into the frame through the top tube, making for a rather crowded cockpit area. Given that Moustache have been Bosch’s development partners for many years, it comes as no surprise that Samedi 29 Game 11 features an 85 Nm Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System motor, which draws its power from a 750 Wh battery. To secure the battery to the frame, the French rely on their own fixation system, employing a simple bolt catch that allows you to remove the battery quickly and easily without the need for tools – awesome! The charging port is easy to access for internal charging, and provided with an additional rubber seal that prevents water from penetrating into the system. A Bosch Kiox 300 display shows the battery charge status and current support mode, but sits right in front of the stem, where it’s exposed to impacts in the event of a crash.

Moustache have been Bosch’s development partner for many years, so it comes as no surprise that the Samedi 29 Game 11 comes equipped with an 85 Nm Bosch Performance Line CX motor.
Simple and fast
Moustache’s proprietary battery fixation system relies on a simple thumb bolt, allowing you to remove the 750 Wh battery quickly and easily.
The Moustache Magic Grip Control air shock might only offer a few adjustment options but is quick and easy to adjust also thanks to the SAG indicator.

Moustache also rely on their in-house solutions for some of the components, including the Magic Grip Control air shock, which controls 160 mm of travel and was designed to ensure perfect harmony between the motor and rear suspension. The shock comes standard with all models in the Game range, from entry-level to top-spec. The few adjustment options and removable SAG indicator make it easy to set up your suspension, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned mechanic. Moustache also produce the carbon handlebars and carbon wheelset in-house. As usual, the French manufacturer relies on MAXXIS tires, fitting grippy ASSEGAIs front and rear. Unfortunately, both tires come in the puncture-prone EXO+ casing and hard MaxxTerra rubber compound. To protect the expensive carbon rims against nasty impacts, we recommend upgrading to more robust tires with the tougher Doubledown casing, which ensures better puncture protection and allows you to run lower air pressures for more traction and better damping qualities. While you’re at it, you should use a front tire with the softer MaxxGrip rubber compound too.

Elegant solution
The smooth head tube seams ensure a tidy look. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the welds around the motor mount and swingarm.
The brake line and shift cable are routed through the top tube and reappear for a brief moment before disappearing into the seat tube.

Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11

€ 8,999


Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 85 Nm
Battery Bosch PowerTube 750 Wh
Display Kiox 300
Fork FOX 38 Factory FLOAT GRIP2 Kashima 170 mm
Rear Shock Magic Grip Control 160 mm
Seatpost Kind Shock LEV INTEGRA 180 mm
Brakes Shimano XT 200/200 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XTR/XT 1x12
Stem Moustache 45 mm
Handlebar Moustache Carbon 780 mm
Wheelset Moustache Carbon 29"
Tires MAXXIS ASSEGAI 3C MaxxTerra EXO+/MAXXIS ASSEGAI 3C MaxxTerra EXO+ 2.5/2.5

Technical Data

Size S M L XL
Weight 24.5 kg
Perm. total weight 140 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment) 115 kg
Trailer approval no
Kickstand mount no

Specific Features


Tuning tip: More robust tires with tougher Doubledown casing and softer MaxxGrip rubber compound at the front

Comfort miracle – What is the Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 capable of on the trail?

If you’ve planned a long tour on the weekend, you’re in good hands with the Moustache, because the relaxed, comfortable pedalling position is suitable for long days in the saddle. When climbing on uneven fire roads, the plush suspension allows you to make your way to the trailhead in comfortable fashion. While on steep, rough climbs, the suspension tends to sit quite low in its travel, but the progressive tune prevents it from sinking excessively. This might sound confusing but it’s a quite unique feeling that takes some getting used to. Unlike most conventional shocks, the Magic Grip Control shock doesn’t have a full lockout mode. Instead, the lever on the shock adjusts both the compression and rebound damping depending on the position. Even on steep climbing sections, the front wheel remains planted on the ground and, in combination with the powerful Bosch motor, it makes the Moustache a very decent climber – provided you’re using the closed damping mode.

Flying carpet
The comfortable pedalling position and plush suspension make the Moustache suitable for longer rides.
Give me a break
The Moustache favours leisurely speeds over Mach 10 bolting and quickly reaches its limits on fast descents.

As soon as you drop into a trail to make your way back down into the valley, the Moustache doesn’t integrate you as deeply into the frame as its opponents. In open corners, you don’t have to actively weight the front wheel and the suspension generates good traction despite the firm rubber compound of the tires. The efficient rear suspension comes at the expense of agility, and as a result, spontaneous direction changes require more physical effort. If you roll through rock gardens at moderate speeds, the plush suspension absorbs impacts reliably, but at higher speeds it reaches its limits and feels undefined, especially with an active riding style. Although the Moustache’s suspension still ranked amongst the best in our last group test, in our 2023 eMTB group test it struggles to match the same excellent responsiveness as its top-tier competitors.

The Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 convinces with good climbing characteristics, partly thanks to the powerful Bosch motor.

Size S M L XL
Top tube 590 mm 620 mm 645 mm 670 mm
Seat tube 390 mm 420 mm 450 mm 490 mm
Head tube 100 mm 110 mm 130 mm 140 mm
Head angle 65.0° 65.0° 65.0° 65.0°
Seat angle 76.0° 76.0° 76.0° 76.0°
Chainstays 462 mm 462 mm 462 mm 462 mm
BB Height 350 mm 350 mm 350 mm 350 mm
Wheelbase 1,225 mm 1,257 mm 1,286 mm 1,313 mm
Reach 433 mm 461 mm 481 mm 504 mm
Stack 628 mm 638 mm 655 mm 664 mm
Helmet Troy Lee Designs A2 | Glasses uvex MTN Classic P | Hip Pack Thule Rail 2
Jacket Leatt Race Vest | Jersey Troy Lee Designs Sprint Ultra
Pants Troy Lee Designs Skyline | Shoes Five Ten Hellcat Pro | Gloves Bluegrass Union

Who should take a closer look at the Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 and who should look elsewhere?

The Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 is not a bike for rowdy trail shredders with an aggressive riding style and a penchant for KOM hunts. It’s a good choice for Moustache riders who prefer to take it easy on the trail and want a bike that gobbles up bumps. The powerful motor, comfortable riding position and plush suspension also make it an interesting option for tourers. Old-school nostalgics will love the robust alloy frame and retro look.

Even in open, loose corners, the suspension of the Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 generates good traction in combination with the grippy tires.

Riding Characteristics


  1. unbalanced
  2. coherent


  1. cumbersome
  2. clever


  1. flop
  2. top


  1. low
  2. high


  1. demanding
  2. intuitive


  1. boring
  2. lively

Intended Use

Gravel roads

Technical climbs

Flowtrail descents

Technical descents

Conclusions about the Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11

The Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 stands out with an old school look and high-quality spec, which also includes several in-house components, like the Magic Grip Control shock. Unfortunately, the suspension limits the bike’s potential on fast descents – there are better alternatives for fast, active riders out there. Relaxed trail riders and tourers will enjoy the powerful motor and comfortable suspension.


  • Rear suspension generates plenty of traction
  • Flying carpet feeling on tours


  • Crowded cockpit
  • Cables rattle in the frame
  • Undefined rear suspension downhill

You can find out more about at moustachebikes.com

The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best eMTB of 2023 – 30 models in review

All bikes in test: Berria Mako Hybrid GT LTD (Click for review) | Bulls SONIC EVO SL EN-1 (Click for review) | Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT1 (Click for review) | Flyer Uproc X 9.50 (Click for review) | Focus SAM² 6.9 (Click for review) | Focus JAM² 6.9 (Click for review) | Focus Jam² SL 9.9 (Click for review) | Forestal Siryon Diōde (Click for review) | Giant Trance X Advanced E+ Ltd (Click for review) | Haibike Lyke CF SE (Click for review) | Ibis OSO (Click for review) | KTM Macina Prowler Exonic (Click for review) | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 975 (Click for review) | Mondraker Crafty Carbon XR LTD (Click for review) | Moustache Samedi 29 Game 11 | Orbea Rise M-Team (Click for review) | Orbea WILD M-LTD (Click for review) | Pivot Shuttle SL Pro X01 (Click for review) | Pivot Shuttle LT Team XTR (Click for review) | Radon Deft 10.0 (Click for review) | Rotwild R.X735 Ultra (Click for review) | Santa Cruz Heckler MX XO1 AXS RSV (Click for review) | SCOTT Lumen eRide 900 SL (Click for review) | Simplon Rapcon Pmax TQ (Click for review) | Specialized Turbo Levo Expert (Click for review) | Transition Repeater AXS Carbon (Click for review) | Thömus Lightrider E Ultimate (Click for review) | Trek Fuel EXe 9.9 XX1 AXS (Click for review) | UNNO Mith Race (Click for review) | Yeti 160E T1 (Click for review)

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Words: Mike Hunger Photos: Peter Walker

About the author

Mike Hunger

From slopestyle and landscape photography to enduro and action shots. Mike enjoys trying new things and loves action. He also loves craftsmanship, regularly going on road trips with his VW Syncro van, which he restored and converted himself. Of course, his bike and his camera are always with him so that he can ride the finest trails from Italy to the Alps and capture the most beautiful moments. Thanks to his training as an industrial mechanic, his experience in cycling and his photographic skills, he can apply his know-how perfectly as a bike journalist, testing the latest bikes and components and documenting his findings. As a photography nerd, he also captures the reviews with his camera and ensures that the magazine features only the best images.