Two minute review
The Mate City is a new makeover of the original Mate Bike electric bike, which first hit the market in 2016. Its powerful 36 V 250 W battery, which can travel 80 km after charging, is ideal for commuting or relaxing around you. We found the five-level power assistance especially appealing as we were flying up hills and reaching speeds of around 20 mph on flatter roads, which cut our commute time significantly.
The Danish design with clean lines gives it a unique look and our pink version definitely caught the eye. The LCD display was easy to use, with control buttons on the side, and the grippy handlebar made it feel stable.
However, if you’re looking for a lightweight bike that you can easily fold up and climb stairs, this is not it. Its weight of nearly 50 pounds is significantly high for a commuter bike and the main frame was difficult to collapse for one person.
If you’re looking for a high performing bike that will grab attention and don’t mind investing a little more, the Mate City is perfect for you – but it’s not a great model for those with limited storage space or if you’re hoping for a light commuter Bicycle.
Price and release date
The Mate City electric bike was first launched in 2016, and the updated model here was released in 2021. Prices start at $ 999 / £ 1,299 (approximately AU $ 1,300). It is available directly from Mate bike, as well as from various third-party providers.
Mate Bike is a Copenhagen-based startup founded in 2016 by siblings Christian Adel Michael and Julie Kronstrøm Carton to help ease traffic congestion and climate change. This Danish heritage is evident in the design of the Mate City with its clean, slim finish.
The brand is popular with celebrities and we can see why; The bright pink frame of our test model (also available in three other colors) attracted a lot of attention on our drive through London – and we loved standing out from the crowd. The frame is made from an aluminum alloy, which while looking lightweight, isn’t if you’re trying to carry it up and down stairs – while the bike weighs nearly 50 pounds in total.
The Mate City is a foldable bike that, due to its weight, took a few tries to get it going. The handlebars were easy to fold with a twist of the lever, but that doesn’t apply to the main body of the bike. To begin with, it took us two of us to fold and unfold it, with the clip being a bit sticky to close. If you want to commute on this bike and you lack arm strength, you will find it hard to fold and carry. Once folded, it is also quite large, so you need space to store it.
Setting up the Mate City is easy, however. We changed the handle and seat height with ease, but while the padded black saddle was just as comfortable for a short ride, it got uncomfortable on longer rides.
The non-slip handles were great for keeping us stable – but extra cushioning would mean less friction on the thumbs. The small, intelligent LCD computer display on the left-hand side of the handlebars was quite subtle, but easy to use and showed battery life, time and distance traveled.
The battery housed in the frame can be removed when folded and can be charged through a small hole in the frame directly under the seat – so the bike does not have to be unfolded for charging.
A powerful, smooth ride, even without an electric drive – it performed well on any terrain and in different weather conditions. Switching on was very easy; Just hold down the power button on the LCD display.
The display starts automatically when you ride your bike, with your speed at its greatest on the screen, while the acceleration level buttons are positioned perfectly off the screen so you can change the speed as you go up and down hills.
We tested the bike on roads that we usually struggled to get up on, and with its five-level pedal assistance, we were impressed with how quickly it accelerates us uphill. One of the most powerful and impressive motors we have ever used on an electric bike – at full power we had to be careful not to accidentally accelerate on busy parking routes.
The bike has a 250 W motor and a 36 V battery – which has a capacity of 13 Ah. After fully charging it (which takes about two hours), we found that the battery would last forever, up to 50 miles, so we could go on long bike rides without worrying about running out of it. We only charged the battery once, but assume that if we used it regularly, we would have to charge it once a week for commuting.
If you run out of battery while on the move, the seven manual gears on the right handle were also easy to use – but like most bikes, they won’t get you uphill as easily. We loved the power of the Tektro disc brakes, which worked well when braking fast and going downhill to keep our speed going.
The bike’s pedals could be clicked into place for storage, but we found it difficult to snap them back into place at times. Overall, we found it to be a powerful electric bike and one of the best we’ve tried, with an impressive battery and motor.
First review in June 2021
Buy it when
You want an e-bike to take you uphill
The Mate City’s five levels of pedal assistance help you speed up hills with ease.
You want a long-lasting battery
After charging, the Mate City keeps rolling for hours. Even if you forget to charge it on shorter trips, you don’t have to worry about it running dry.
You want to stand out
Get other drivers’ attention with bright colors like pink and blue.
Don’t buy it, though
You want a light bike
Weighing 22.5 kg with the battery (that’s nearly 50 lb), the Mate City isn’t easy to carry up and down stairs, whether it’s folded or not.
You need a small bike for storage
Even when folded, this bike takes up a lot of space, so you need a designated space or a spacious apartment.
You want a cheap e-bike for commuting
The Mate City isn’t cheap, but we expect it will last for years and if you use it every day it’s a great investment.
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