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NCM Milano Electric Bike Review

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NCM make high quality, but affordable electric bikes, in this review I will explain why I believe the NCM Milano is the best electric commuter bike for the money.

About NCM Electric bikes

NCM electric bikes is owned by Leon Cycle GmbH a German company based in Hanover. Their e-bikes are designed in Germany and manufactured in China.

Specification

The centre piece of this Electric bike is the X15 geared rear hub motor: This reliable 250W rear electric motor is known for its durability and high torque output, enabling the rider to maintain 15.5mph for long periods of time. There is no compromise in handling with the small motor centred in the rear hub.

NCM Milano electric bike photos of saddle, rear wheel and handlebar grips

48v13ah Lithium battery pack with USB charging port for mobile devices: Bulky battery packs take up a considerable amount of space, but the Milano’s battery is integrated in to the down tube of the bike, keeping weight low and central, which helps to improve stability. The manufacturers claimed maximum range of 75 miles seems a little optimistic. The total battery energy capacity is 624wh (watt hours), so if you were consuming 20wh per mile, your range would be 31 miles. My friend owns one of these bikes and gets an average range of around 40-50 miles.

NCM milano electric bike view of battery

This bike is built for comfort: The Schwalbe touring tyres, Suntour front suspension, adjustable handlebar stem, Selle Royal ergonomic grips and saddle with suspension post all make for an incredibly comfortable ride, even over longer distances. The Shimano 7-Speed gears, index perfectly – shifting is crisp and precise.

photos of the ncm milano tyres, display panel and front light

Fully function control panel display: The Das-Kit LCD display gives you all the information you would expect from an e-bike display. including journey time and mileage. It also has 6 power levels of pedal-assist, so you can fine-tune the power output to suite your ride.

NCM Milano electric bike lcd display

Excellent build quality: The NCM Milano is designed to look great, but with no compromise on functionality and safety. The Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors provide adequate braking and the brake levers incorporate motor cut-off switches to ensure a safe riding. The front and rear lights work off the battery and provide an extra level of safety – especially when riding in the winter. Internal cable routing finishes off the package neatly and not only looks great, but protects the cables from the elements.

NCM milano electric bike dimensions

Summary

In my opinion the NCM Milano electric bike offers exceptional value for money. It is unusual to see such a high quality, well made e-bike at this price point. What’s more the specification is excellent. The 48v13ah battery will certainly provide users with a realistic range of between 30-45 miles, or 31 miles using the 20wh per mile calculation. The claimed range of 75 miles may be a little optimistic for every day use – it really depends on how much you use the electric assist.

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Tektro Mechanical disc brakes should provide adequate stopping power, while the Schwalbe tyres will provide a reasonable amount of puncture protection.


The attention to detail on this bike is great. The internally routed cables and the integrated battery pack make for a very clean finish, something you only usually find on more expensive e-bikes.

The fact that this bike has mudguards, pannier rack, lights and a kickstand fitted, mean that it is excellent for the daily commute in all weathers, or perfect for some weekend touring. The inclusion of a gel saddle and suspension seat post make this bike a truly comfortable and versatile all-rounder.

If you are in the market for an incredibly versatile and affordable e-bike this definitely ticks all the right boxes

The Ride

A friend of mine purchased one of these back in the Summer and he was kind enough to let me take it for a spin. I can honestly say it was a revelation! The gel saddle was incredibly comfortable and the small X15 hub motor was quiet and smooth. It produced a lot of power for such a small motor, making climbing the steep Cornish hills a doddle! The brakes and front suspension were more than adequate for the back lanes of Cornwall.

Conclusion

I really cannot recommend this bike enough. It has to be one of the best value e-bikes on the market at the moment, and the specification is great.

The great thing about this e-bike, is that it is a true hybrid – it is equally comfortable being ridden on tarmac or unpaved surfaces. It can even be used for some light off-road riding.

If you are in the market for an incredibly versatile and affordable e-bike this definitely ticks all the right boxes.

Incidentally, NCM’s other 48v 250w bike is called the NCM Moscow, I will be reviewing this bike in the near future. I have personally worked on and ridden a Moscow, and it is on a par with the Milano for ride and build quality. In fact it uses identical electric components, but in a mountain bike style frame. All of NMC’s bikes feature in my list of best electric bikes for sale.

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NCM Milano Electric Bike

9.7

Value for Money

9.0/10

Comfort

10.0/10

Reliability

10.0/10

Pros

  • Excellent Value for Money
  • Versatility
  • Very comfortable

Cons

  • The front forks are not suitable for heavy off-road use
  • The brakes felt a little vague.

10 thoughts on “NCM Milano Electric Bike Review

  • June 25, 2020 at 5:24 pm
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    Hi Tony
    Thank you for the reviews. They are very informative. I need a bike for commuting which includes some hills and I love the sound of the NCM Milano Max Trekking E-bike. However, I would prefer the brakes to be hydraulic. Can you recommend a bike that has the specification of the NCM Milano but which also has hydraulic brakes. I understand it will be more expensive. If possible, but not essential I would prefer if I could buy it on the cycle to work scheme. Thank you.
    Stephanie

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    • June 26, 2020 at 8:13 am
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      Hi Stephanie,

      I would take a look at the Raleigh Motus electric bike. I took delivery of one recently on behalf of a friend and was very impressed with the build quality. The motor is a Bosch Active Line and is very smooth and quiet, it also has hydraulic brakes which work very well. Here is a link to the Raleigh Motus on Evan’s cycles website – they support the Cycle to Work Scheme.

      If you need any more advice, please let me know.

      Regards,
      Tony

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    • September 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm
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      Value for Money

      10

      Comfort

      10

      Reliability

      9.5

      The NCM Milano Plus has hydraulic brakes as well as a larger battery

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  • May 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm
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    HI Tony,
    I live in hilly country near Cowbridge South Wales. I weigh approx. 12 st 7 lbs and am about 5 ft 5 inches tall.
    I noted the max payload stated 125 kilos , sadly I am not that light.
    do you think this NCM Milano would be ok for me .
    Also is availability ok given the C19 pandemic.
    Thanks
    John

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    • May 22, 2020 at 7:39 pm
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      Hi John,

      You will be fine on the Milano. I weigh 17.5st and it coped with me well enough! The motor should provide enough assist on all but the steepest hills, there is a 1 in 4 near where I live and I still had to put in a fair bit of effort to get up that, but all the moderate hills (6%-12%) it handled just find. I’ve just checked eBay and they still have 4 in stock – here is the link (as far as I know there aren’t any major delays in shipping).

      If you need any more advice, please let me know.

      All the best,
      Tony

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    • May 23, 2020 at 5:09 pm
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      Sorry….I am 82 kilos so ok after all !!

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  • May 11, 2020 at 10:24 am
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    Hi Tony. I’m very tempted to make the Milano my first electric bike but, based in Devon, I worry about the problems that I might have in terms of servicing or dealing with mechanical problems for a bike supplied from Germany (warranty not withstanding). Will it be a problem to find someone here to do such work and should I consider a UK sourced bike (and what should I look at?)?
    Thanks, Mike

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    • May 11, 2020 at 12:15 pm
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      Hi Mike,

      As it happens I’m not far from Plymouth (near Saltash), there’s also a guy in Newton Abbott who services / builds e-bikes. I’ve worked on NCM electric bikes in the past and they’re nice and easy to work on.

      I know a few people who own NCM’s and I haven’t heard of any persistent reliability issues. Plus if you buy from eBay you are pretty well covered, and to my knowledge Leon Cycles are good at honouring warranty claims.

      If I were to recommend a UK sourced bike, the Carrera Crossfire E from Halfords is decent enough bike, although it’s more expensive, has a lower battery capacity and doesn’t come with mudguards and pannier rack.

      If you have any more questions, please let me know.

      Cheers,
      Tony

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      • July 6, 2020 at 10:12 pm
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        hello, i’ve just ordered a milano plus trekker from their Ebay shop. Can i call on you should i have any troubles in the years to come? I live down in St Eval.
        al the best
        toby

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        • July 7, 2020 at 7:47 am
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          Hi Toby,

          No worries, I’m only about an hour from you. Give me a shout if you have any problems in the future, I can get hold of the parts easily enough.

          Cheers,
          Tony

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