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NCM Moscow 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 Moscow is without a doubt the best electric mountain bike for the money.

About NCM Electric bikes

NCM Bikes, founded in 2014, have quickly become one of the largest electric bike brands in Europe, the parent company, Leon Cycle GmbH is a German company based in Hanover. Their e-bikes are designed in Germany and manufactured in China.

Update August 2019 – the US version NCM Moscow Plus 500w

This great ebike is now available in the US with a higher power output 500w motor and a top speed of 20mph. The NCM Moscow Plus has a high capacity 48v 16ah battery, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and Suntour XCM forks with 100mm travel.  This model uses the more advanced C7 LCD display with increased functionality and has 24 speed gears with Shimano Crankset and Acera 8-speed rear mech. There is also a throttle fitted.

I have ridden the EU spec version and that was fairly nippy, so I would imagine with double the power on tap this US version is an absolute joy to ride!

EU Specification

The centre piece of this Electric bike is the DAS-Kit X15 geared rear hub motor: This durable 250W rear electric hub motor is known for its efficiency and high torque output. It offers a reduction ratio of 1:5 and a maximum torque of 55 Nm, which is excellent for such a small motor. This German designed hub motor definitely punches above its weight and it is refreshing to see such a high quality unit on an affordable ebike.

das-kit x15 250 watt electric bike hub motor

48v13ah Lithium battery pack with USB charging port for mobile devices: Usually, electric bike battery packs take up a considerable amount of space in the frame, but the Moscow’s battery is integrated in to the down tube of the bike, keeping weight low and central, which helps to improve stability. The claimed maximum range of 75 miles seems a little optimistic, but possible if the pedal assist is used wisely. 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.

48v 13ah lithium battery pack fits neatly into the ncm moscow's frame and has a usb charger for mobile devices

This is a rugged bike built for the road less travelled: This is an excellent bike for weekend adventures on trails and gravel tracks. The Suntour XCT front forks have 100mm of travel, which is more than adequate for light off-road riding, and the excellent Schwalbe Smart Sam all-terrain tyres provide grip where its needed. The gel saddle is comfortable enough, and the Velo ergonomic handlebar grips not only look great, but feel great too!  Gearing is the dependable Shimano Altus 21-speed, and all the gears indexed perfectly as expected.

ncm moscow electric bike review

 

Multi-function LCD display: The Das-Kit LCD display gives you all the information you would expect, 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 needs.

NCM Moscow electric bike lcd display

Excellent build quality: One thing that has always impressed me with NCM Electric bikes is the consistency of the build quality. The NCM Moscow is no exception. It looks great, but there is no compromise on functionality and safety.  The Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors provide predictable braking and the brake levers incorporate motor cut-off switches to ensure a safe riding.

NCM Moscow electric bike dimensions

 

Summary

The NCM Moscow electric bike offers exceptional value for money. I have tested NCM’s other bikes and this one is no exception. They all offer a lot for the price. The specification is excellent and it is good to see a 48v battery fitted to a 250w bike. This battery is the same capacity as the Milano I reviewed previously and a realistic range of between 30-45 miles, or 31 miles using the 20wh per mile calculation, should be expected. The claimed range of 75 miles may be a little optimistic for every day use – but it really depends on how much you use the electric assist.

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The Tektro Mechanical disc brakes provide adequate and predictable stopping power, while the Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres will provide sure-footed grip on a variety of surfaces, as well as a reasonable amount of puncture protection.

It is good to see an integrated battery pack on an e-bike of this price, it really does finish the bike off nicely.

As far as electric mountain bikes go, the NCM Moscow is excellent. Not only is it well-made, but it has a decent battery and an excellent motor.

The Ride

I serviced one of these for a customer last Summer and had to take it for a short test ride.  I was impressed with the way the small motor effortlessly handled the steep Cornish hills. The beefy 29er tyres handled the pot holes and bumps of the back lanes with ease.

I had previously ridden the Milano model and there are a lot of obvious similarities. The Milano is definitely made with the daily commuter in mind, whereas the Moscow is geared more to the recreational rider, who will be venturing off-road more often. If I had to choose between the two, I would go for the Moscow, simply because it has that ‘go anywhere’ feel, and if you decided to use it as an every day commuter bike, there are provisions to fit mudguards and a rack.

quality shimano altus 21-speed gears fitted to the ncm moscow

Conclusion

As with all the other NCM bikes I have reviewed, I really rate this bike. It has to the best value electric mountain bike on the market at the moment.

The great thing about this bike, is that the build quality is excellent. It feels very rugged and durable, although I would err on the side of caution when taking it off the beaten track. It is not a high end mountain bike and isn’t designed to take the rigours of extreme downhill riding. The suspension forks are fine for rough surfaces and a few small potholes, but nothing too harsh like rocks an logs.

If you are in the market for an affordable off-road e-bike, then this definitely ticks all the right boxes.

If you are looking for a more commuter-orientated bike check out my review of the Milano. If you budget doesn’t quite stretch to the NMC Moscow, It would be worth looking at the NCM Prague Electric Mountain Bike.

The complete range of NMC bikes feature in my list of the best electric bikes for sale.

The NCM Moscow is available to buy from Amazon in the following countries (subject to availability) USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain.

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NCM Moscow ebike

9.3

Value for Money

9.0/10

Comfort

9.0/10

Reliability

10.0/10

Pros

  • Excellent Value for Money
  • Good for trail riding
  • Decent battery range

Cons

  • The front forks are not suitable for heavy off-road use

10 thoughts on “NCM Moscow Electric Bike Review

  • May 30, 2020 at 2:03 pm
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    I recently purchased a 29″ for myself and a 27.5″ for my wife. Fun and comfortable to ride with very good battery range and the components seem solid for the affordable price. Fast shipping from Leon Cycle and easy to assemble. The 27.5″ is too big for my 5′ 5″ wife so we will be replacing hers after a fall. The drink holder is not optimally placed. LIGHT off-road is good, but more than that and I feel as though I am ruining this bike. Analogy: Jeep and Mitsubishi both make a 4X4, but you will destroy the Mitsubishi if you treat it like a Jeep.

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    • May 30, 2020 at 2:38 pm
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      Hi David,

      Thank you for sharing your experiences of the NCM Moscow, much appreciated!

      All the best,
      Tony

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  • May 14, 2020 at 11:04 am
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    This bike looks almost exactly like the magnum peak. A lot of the components are exactly the same with some minor differences. Plus it is about $400- $500 dollars less! I am def going to buy this bike. Thanks for a great review.

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    • May 14, 2020 at 8:09 pm
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      Hi,

      Yes, I agree. I had a look at the Magnum Peak and it looks almost identical, even down to the tyres. Glad you liked the review.

      All the best,
      Tony

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  • May 3, 2020 at 4:12 am
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    Value for Money

    10

    Comfort

    10

    Reliability

    10

    Just bought a 2020 Moscow plus 29, The guy I bought it from is a avid Mtn Biker but not into e bikes, So it had 1.8 miles on it! I love the bike so far in Southern Oregon, But 1 thing concern I have is the head stay seems loose, I had to force the handle bars down to apply pressure to the collars so it stays tight. I am looking further into this. I would love to see an exploded view of the arrangement of the bearings, collars etc.

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    • May 3, 2020 at 8:40 pm
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      Hi David,

      The manufacturer Leon Cycles have a USA specific website: https://www.leoncycle.com/ it might be worth contacting them for a diagram (if they have one). When I tested the bike it looked to have a regular 1 1/8″ threadless headset although I’m not sure if it uses a sealed bearings or the older type caged bearings. Here’s a link to the user manual: https://www.leoncycle.com/mwdownloads/download/link/id/7/

      All the best,
      Tony

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  • April 12, 2020 at 10:58 am
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    my ncm moscow bike the power is cutting in and out when pedaling along , battery is charged , any ideas what it could be the problem

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    • April 12, 2020 at 3:49 pm
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      Hi Peter,

      When the power is cutting off, is the display shutting off or are you just loosing pedal assist? If it is the latter it sounds like a fault with the pedal assist sensor. The sensor should be located between the left pedal crank and bottom bracket (if it’s the same configuration as the one I tested). On some models the pedal sensor may be on the crankset side (with a magnetic sensor ring attached to the inner chainring).

      If it is on the left hand side, you will need a large Allen key and crank puller to remove the pedal crank, and if the sensor is the same as on my friends Moscow you can purchase a new one from Leon Cycles Australia(the manufacturer and distributor of the NCM Moscow). The sensor simply unplugs from the motor controller box which is located on the downtube underneath a cover (where the downtube meets the bottom bracket shell).

      It would be worth double checking with them which sensor you need for your particular bike. If it’s not the pedal sensor then the problem may lie with the controller itself, if the bike is still under warranty they should replace it. If the warranty has expired they aren’t too expensive.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Tony

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  • April 5, 2020 at 3:42 pm
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    Value for Money

    10

    Comfort

    10

    Reliability

    10

    I recently purchased this bike, and it is brilliant.
    I love the attention to detail, the stand, the bell, a full range of gears and it gives you power when you need it – I recommend this bike to my friends, and they will change to it soon.
    It looks good, it handles well, and it is a smooth power delivery.
    Its my first ebike, but many of my friends with ebikes rate this one over theirs.

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    • April 5, 2020 at 3:52 pm
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      Hi James,
      Thank you for sharing your experience of the NCM Moscow with us. Glad you’re enjoying your first ebike.

      Cheers,
      Tony

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