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Bosch Gepida Ruga 1000


  • Voltage
    36 volt

  • Drive System
    Bosch Classic+ (inverted) Mid Drive

  • Battery
    36V 11.1Ah (400Wh)

  • Torque
    50Nm

  • Pedal Assist System
    Torque Sensor

  • Weight
    22.5kg

Our Rating

This overall rating is based on the review by our experts

8.4
  • Appearance 7 / 10
  • Electronics and Performance 10 / 10
  • Battery and Charger 9 / 10
  • Build Quality 9 / 10
  • Comfort 7 / 10
  • Accessories 9 / 10
  • Safety 9 / 10
  • Value 7 / 10
Bosch Gepida Ruga 1000 – by , May 24, 2014
84/ 100
The Ruga’s well built frame, components and the Bosch mid drive system has set a new benchmark for electric mountain bikes in Australia for 2014.
Pros Cons
  • Responsive and natural feeling torque sensor
  • Superb climbing ability
  • Attractive and functional LCD
  • Great brakes
  • Quick charging time
  • Efficient system maximising range
  • Obvious you’re on an electric bike
  • Pricey battery upgrade
  • Requires you to know when to shift gears to get the most out of the Bosch Drive System
  • Standard pedals offer limited grip
  • Fiddly standard seatpost

The long wait for the Bosch to be available across Australia was well worth it. The Ruga’s well built frame and components, bundled with the Bosch mid drive system sets a new benchmark for legal electric mountain bikes in 2014


Bosch Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13423940085/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Bosch Gepida Ruga 1000

Introduction

The wait for Bosch equipped electric bikes to be readily available from dealers across Australia is finally over. Eurocycles, a company based out of Sydney are now bringing in the Gepida Line of Bosch equipped bikes, and times ahead are looking very exciting.

For the Australian ebike market, this is huge news.

Gepida bikes are made by Olimpia Bicycle Ltd, a company based out of Budapest, Hungary, and they’ve been building non-electric bikes since 1993. It was in 2004, when entry into the European Union market brought along stiffer competition, which led Gepida to begin developing electric bikes in 2006. In 2008 the company launched its first electric bike and several years later, we’re standing in front of the Gepida Ruga (pronounced “Roo-gah”) 1000, equipped with the 2013 Bosch Classic+ system.

For the Australian ebike market, this is huge news. Bosch, the most popular mid-drive system in Europe, has won hundreds of awards internationally for its innovation and design. The entire Gepida Pedelec range are Bosch equipped and we will begin seeing these available across Australia as the dealer network spreads (dealers in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle have Gepida bikes in stock as of writing this review).

When we first met with Eurocycles, we questioned where the bizarre names came from. What we didn’t know is that we would be in for an interesting history lesson. The names are based in the fog of Dark Age Central Europe, around the fall of the Roman Empire. This was a time of great migrations of tribes and nations of nomadic peoples, displaced by war and diminishing resources and opportunities for conquest. Gepida itself is named after a tribe of peoples known as the Gepids who, related to the Goths, spoke a Germanic language and originated in Southern Sweden. Ruga (also known as Rugila), an uncle of Attila the Hun, was a warlord who was a major factor in the Huns early victories over the Roman Empire. In 432 AD, Ruga was mentioned as the sole ruler of the Huns and in 435 ravaged Thrace in a campaign that was ultimately unsuccessful. Ruga died being “struck dead with a thunderbolt” and his remaining army perished due to a plague epidemic.

Ruga died from a thunderbolt and we’re about to test an electric bike named after him …

It’s not the best ending to a story, and probably not the happiest history to be associated with a mountain bike, especially when Ruga died from a thunderbolt and we’re about to test an electric bike named after him. But we tried to be positive and what we took from it was we got to test an electric bike named after a nomad Warlord.

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Appearance

The first question we had when we saw the Ruga was why would you make a mountain bike with this much white? The touches of green throughout are nice, but with white handlebar grips and a white saddle we knew it wouldn’t remain this clean for long. On closer inspection there’s quite a lot of detail on the colour coding. For example the quick release seatpost clamp is green, as well as the handlebar caps. The rim walls also have touches of green as well as the chain stays and seat stay. For those that don’t plan to ride too much offroad, the white won’t be hard to keep clean. But for EBR, the bike is clearly designed for the tough and dirty stuff.

We actually found a strange sense of enjoyment seeing a white bike so dirty

On our first lot of test rides the weather was terrible with the track covered in mud. The bike did get dirty and knowing we could use a hose to spray down the mud was reassuring (make sure you don’t use high pressure around the motor casing). Though even with hosing down the Ruga, the saddle and handlebars still looked dirty. If you’re fussy about keeping things clean, you will likely use some form of spray and wipe cleaner which should do the job. Otherwise the white is going to be hard to keep clean from a simple hose down especially if you enjoy going out in the rain like we do. We actually found a strange sense of enjoyment seeing a white bike so dirty, and apart from the chain and derailleur, we haven’t cleaned it since we first washed it down.

The Bosch systems are in no way discrete or hidden like some other integrated hub drive systems. It’s going to be obvious you’re on an electric bike which is common on all the Bosch bikes not just for Gepida, but for all manufacturers. Even if the battery was mounted on a rear rack, which is common on Bosch equipped city bikes, you still have the drive unit at the crank which is easy to spot. Having said that we were stopped multiple times onroad and offroad and complimented on its looks and asked several questions from curious mountain bikers.

The Bosch unit itself is inverted to provide enough clearance going over the rough stuff. All the Gepida frames are designed with the Bosch system in mind from the ground up and you can tell from how neatly the Bosch drive sits within the frame. The wiring is all hidden too with the battery close by, so you won’t actually see any cables running along the downtube. Outside of Gepida, not all Bosch equipped mountain bikes have an inverted motor, so it’s good to see Gepida are doing everything they can to protect it from heavy rock strikes or bottom outs.

In the cockpit is the main Intuvia LCD unit mounted in the centre with the small thumb control unit on the left. Both units are nicely designed and visually pleasing. The Intuvia unit provides plenty of feedback to the rider with the thumb control unit allowing you to toggle between several readings which will be discussed in detail later. The Bionx LCD was our favourite looking LCD for some time, but the Bosch Intuvia definitely snatches the top spot in terms of appearance. The Intuvia LCD also features a blue tinged backlight which is quite bright. It’s turned on and off via the light switch on the Intuvia unit, the same button that can activate the front and rear lights if fitted.

It’s physically the smallest battery per watt hour when compared to other bikes we’ve tested

The battery fitted is physically small for what it is and yet packs 400 watt hours thanks to its dense cells. It’s physically the smallest battery per watt hour when compared to other bikes we’ve tested, and that’s important to consider for weight if you want to carry a spare.

We tried to imagine if the drive unit and battery had both been colour coded the same as the bike to allow for a more discreet package and if it would’ve improved its looks. But none of us did well in arts and design so we just couldn’t imagine it would have. The black does give it the sense of aggressiveness which is a comment we received frequently. Too much white would have it looking like a wedding horse and carriage.

Though this is quite beautiful I would have to say. Though this is quite beautiful I would have to say.

The bike sits quite high thanks to its 29×2.25″ tyres, also giving the sense the bike is quite large. We had a medium 17 inch frame, but there’s also a small 15 inch frame and a large 19 inch frame available.

Overall we liked the look of the Ruga. The large black tyres, and white frame with touches of green really help improve the looks of the bike, even though it’s obvious it’s electric. The Rugas wiring is very well integrated with only the hydraulic brake lines visible when looking at the bike.

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Battery

The Ruga we have in for review is fitted with a 36v 11.1ah pack giving 400wh. When purchasing the Ruga you have the option of purchasing the standard 36v 8.3ah 300wh pack or the 36v 11.1ah 400wh pack for an additional cost. These battery sizes may seem small in their capacities compared to most of the electric bikes we’ve tested so far, and they are. However the Bosch system works very different to hub drive setups in terms of battery efficiency which will be discussed later on in the review.

Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424650674/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Battery inserted
Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424072325/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Battery removed

The battery is secured on the downtube through two separate mounting points, and it’s extremely basic to fit and remove. There’s also very little you need to align for the battery to lock into place. There are two keys provided with a serial tag in case you lose them. Eurocycles also store this serial tag number in case you lose your keys and didn’t write it down.

The battery itself can only be charged when it’s removed though, which shouldn’t be an issue considering how small it is.

The battery comes with a 5 bar charge LED indicator on its side, as well as a one touch power button. You can switch the system on from the battery itself when it’s fitted to the bike by pressing the power button. The battery itself can only be charged when it’s removed though, which shouldn’t be an issue considering how small it is. The 400wh battery weighed in at 2.6kg. Carrying a spare one of these in your backpack would be no issue at all (spares are readily available for purchase from dealers who stock the Gepida range of electric bikes). When the battery is charging, the LED indicator on its side shows what level the battery is currently at which in turn shows how much bars are left to charge. Each of the 5 bars corresponds to 20% of the battery capacity. When charging, a flashing LED indicates charging of the next 20%, with all LED’s lighting up when the battery is fully charged.

If there’s a charging error, LED 1, 3, 5 or LED 2 and 4 will flash. When this happens is best to take it to your dealer to see what’s wrong.

A feature we loved and used frequently during our tests was the ability to know what level the battery was charged at without having to plug it in the Ruga.

The charger makes no noise when charging, and the only indication it’s working is the flashing LED’s on the battery. The charger will switch itself off automatically when the battery is fully charged. However if the battery remains connected to the charger, trickle charging is activated automatically in regular intervals. With some other electric bike batteries, if you happen to leave the charger plugged in, you will still experience voltage drop after a few hours, as the charger automatically switches off when the battery reaches 100% capacity. This means there is no more trickle charge to keep topping the battery up from voltage drops after it’s reached 100%. We’ve experienced as much as 5km drop in range and 3km/h drop in speed with the BH Neo bikes being left on the charger several hours after it’s finished charging, compared to taking the battery on a ride directly after its finished charging. With the Bosch batteries, you can be assured that every time you remove the fully charged battery from the charger it’ll be at 100%, irrespective if you’ve left it on there for 5 hours or 24 hours.

A feature we loved and used frequently during our tests was the ability to know what level the battery was charged at without having to plug it in the Ruga. Sometimes we didn’t have enough time to fully charge the battery, so knowing when the bike had 3 bars of battery without having to connect it to the bike was great especially since the bike wasn’t stored close to the location of the battery. Another positive for this feature is from experience we knew that 3 bars of battery would get us at least 25km, which may have been all we needed for our ride.

There’s a secured carrying strap on the top of the battery which helped with the removal and transportation of the battery pack. We were using this frequently without realising how convenient it actually was to have. It’s the little things here that have not been overlooked.

Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424194233/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Battery port on bike

The battery itself is properly sealed apart from the single connection point the charger plugs into which is the same port that connects it to the bike. So there’s no need for a secondary port for charging. This really helps when the manufacture only has to protect one port from water ingress. During our tests in the rain, we didn’t find any issues with water seeping into the unit. Having said that, the connection port on the bike wasn’t submerged, but there was definitely water splashed all around the unit with no negative outcomes.

The Intuvia LCD displays a 5 bar battery indicator. When the last bar of battery begins flashing, the battery is depleted, with assistance completely unavailable. However there’s a battery within the Intuvia that keeps Intuvia on, providing all the feedback you would normally get, such as speed, time, distance and so on.

The battery took 3 hours and 13 mnutes to charge from absoulute full depletion using the standard Bosch charger, which has an output of 36v@4A. This is really impressive to see, since it’s actually better than Bosch’s claim of 3 hours and 30minutes for a full charge. It also took 2 hours and 22minutes to charge to 80%. These charge times are quick, and it’s good to now see manufacturers adopting 4A chargers. Spare chargers are available from your local Gepida dealer if you need to keep one at work.

The Bosch batteries do not have a memory effect and so can be partially charged as required.

The Bosch batteries do not have a memory effect and so can be partially charged as required. There’s no issue from interrupting the charging process and you won’t damage the battery. Bosch claim a guaranteed service life of 500 full charge cycles. For example, if the battery is depleted to 50% twice, and then charged to 100% each time, this would be classified as one charge cycle.

The charger itself is silent, compact, and black, with a simple Bosch logo embossed on it. Eurocycles have gone to the effort to have the Bosch charger certified for use in Australia, which is a very expensive exercise. Bosch would usually do something like this, but since they do not have an office in Australia for their drive systems, Eurocycles have taken it upon themselves to have it properly tested and certified.

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Range

From our range test using turbo assist (highest assist setting), a 96kg rider, the weight of the bike of 22kg, an average speed of 22km/h with a maximum speed phase cut out beginning at 25km/h, tyres pumped to 35psi, we achieved 55km on a paved test loop. Offroad with an average speed of 19km/h we achieved 39km which included several steep grades, two above 30%. Like previous electric mountain bike reviews, the reason the range achieved offroad is lower, even with a lower average speed is because more power and torque is needed when offroad to tackle steep gradients, which require climbing over weeds, rocks etc. This is actually the case for general off road riding where battery consumption is higher as the surface isn’t smooth.

We’re often asked what controls, testing equipment, elevation etc we have in place during our range tests, and this information is found in our FAQ. If you’re lighter than 96kg, and don’t always use the highest assist setting you can expect more range than what we achieved.

If offroad range and performance is what you want, the Bosch drive systems are the most efficient systems we’ve tested so far

Both the range results are very impressive, and that’s a big thanks to the way a mid-drive drive system works with a torque sensor, making the systems performance more efficient requiring you to be in right gear. But what impressed us the most was the offroad range using the highest assistance level. The BH Neo Jumper with its 36v 9Ah (36vx9ah = 324 watt hours) battery achieved 24km on our paved test loop using its highest assist setting. This translate to about 13.5 watt hours per km of usage. Even if the larger BH 12Ah battery had been used, which has 432wh, we would have only achieved 32km on the Jumper, and that’s on a paved surface. The 48V Bionx KTM achieved 19km offroad using a 48V 6.3Ah (317wh), which means we were using about 16watt hours per km. In comparison, using the Bosch 400wh pack I managed 10.2wh per km for offroad usage and 7.3wh for on-road usage, both results the lowest out of any offroad electric bike we’ve tested so far.

If offroad range is what you want, the Bosch drive systems are the most efficient systems we’ve tested so far, really making the most out of the battery.

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Comfort

The Ruga comes in three sizing options which is a small 15inch, a medium 17inch, and a large 19inch. I found being 183cm tall the medium fit right. The bike looks big but when riding it doesn’t feel big. It comes with a 90mm stem which is a tad long, but considered normal for a bike like this. You will find yourself leaning slightly forward, and you can see that my elbows aren’t really bent as they should be because of the length. This could be adjusted from the saddle, as I had it pushed all the way to the nose.

Fitted up front are the Rock Shox Recon Silver forks which were quite plush and had minimal sag when locked out. You get a reversed pop lock on the left handle bar, which allows you to lock or unlock the suspension while you’re riding without the need to stop. You may find you need to tighten the lockout after some initial riding, as it’ll loosen up a little making it hard to lock the suspension, especially while you’re riding. You should only have to do this once and find it lasts a few hundred km’s before it needs more tightening. This is a common occurrence with the forks we’ve tested which were fitted with a lockout such as on the KTM Lycan and the BH Neo Jumper.

The sag on the forks from my weight was also dialled in, and braking under power didn’t cause too much suspension sag. However we didn’t find a noticeable difference between the extreme adjustments for rebound. The forks are setup for quite a bit of dampening, so if you’re using these forks for some simple fire trails or paved surfaces you’ll be pleased with their performance. If you plan to ride more technical trails which may include rock beds or steep drops you’ll want to upgrade.

Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424275265/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Reversed pop lock
Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424269125/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Lockout and air

The saddle is a Selle Royal Mach and though it provides some cushioning, being a hard tail offroad a lot of the shock will come up through the seat even running tyres at 35psi. What usually makes the ride more uncomfortable is now that you’re on an electric bike you’re travelling faster over rocks and roots. If you’re not standing up off the seat, a lot of that quick impact shock will come through the rear of the frame and resonate through the saddle. For example on a test run while offroad with no assistance we averaged 15km/h on a straight with minimal grading and the ride felt very tolerable. The motor is fitted with a freewheel and has no resistance when it’s switched off. So every pedal stroke feels like a normal bike (with the addition of the weight of course). Travelling on the same straight using turbo assist we averaged 26km/h with a lot of that shock amplified from the speed. Do we see this as a major problem? No. There are many options out there to improve comfort such as better saddles, suspension seatposts, pedal technique or following the right line.

… we sometimes forget to follow these lines because the power you have on demand means you can get over most obstacles with ease.

When it comes to following a line when you’re on an electric mountain bike you will seem to forget that your best bet is to stick to it both on open trails and single trails. On most trails, especially ones used heavily by mountain bikers, you’ll see a line or groove you can follow which is usually clear from large rocks and weeds. The line becomes like this as bikers continually follow it making it hard for anything to grow. If it’s a maintained trail the track will be inspected and the lines cleared from any major debris. There are still rock beds or other terrain which don’t have these lines of course but that’s another story. On electric mountain bikes we sometimes forget to follow these lines because the power you have on demand means you can get over most obstacles with ease. It also means you can easily over power through a corner or a tight section finding yourself off the line. What happens is, when you find yourself off the line on a trail filled with rocks, roots etc, even though you’re clearing your way through and at speed, you’re bouncing all over the place, possibly causing discomfort as well as draining your battery faster from going over these obstacles. So we recommend to stick to the line to improve your comfort and battery consumption.

For those that will use this bike for a mix of offroad and onroad you will likely change the seat to something with more cushion as well as change the tyres to something with less rolling resistance. You may even add a Thudbuster to improve comfort. All these things will still allow you to go offroad to some degree while dramatically improving comfort and rideability onroad.

Being a mountain bike being used offroad, most the time we’re off our seat, and even when we’re not, we’re making sure our pedals are carrying some of the weight of our body through each pedal stroke to help levitate some of that weight off the seat and reduce discomfort.

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Build quality

The Bosch Effect is when someone walks into an electric bike store and asks for a Bosch bike.

There are thousands of threads, reviews, and news pieces all over the Internet and in magazines worldwide, discussing the build quality of the Bosch system, to the point where there’s now something called the Bosch Effect happening all over Europe. The Bosch Effect is when someone walks into an electric bike store and asks for a Bosch bike. Bosch don’t actually make the bikes, they only create the drive system. So it’s vastly different to Australia where there may only be one type of bike supplier with Bosch equipped bikes in store. In Europe Bosch equipped bikes are everywhere and from many different bike manufacturers. So what happens is the drive system itself has been proven, but because the build quality and parts on a bike vary from one manufacturer to the next, the buyer generally hasn’t thought about it as much as they should have. But they know the Bosch system itself has a great reputation and performs well, so they walk into a store and ask for a ‘Bosch bike’, when Bosch bikes don’t actually exist.

There’s also minimal effort required for changing the front and rear tyre with both wheels equipped with a quick release.

The drive system itself is integrated into the frame with several mounting points specifically designed for the Bosch System. It’s not easily removed as you may think, and its obvious Bosch don’t want their users removing the motor for any reason. The cables are routed through the frame where possible, and there are very little signs of wiring. The outside casing is made of plastic, but still held up when we were caught in heavy rain and with the bike being dropped on its side several times. The stone chip guard has two open holes at the top, but these don’t actually lead anywhere into the gearing. I thought they may be there for cable routing in other electric bikes. The brain of the system, including the gearing, controller etc is in another casing within the outside casing, and this is likely why we didn’t have any issues with water ruining the electronics and gearing. Bosch do say the unit has splash water protection to IP54, but this does not mean it’s water tight.

Because of the centre mounted motor, you get a short wheel base and a low centre of gravity which vastly improves the handling characteristics for an electric mountain bike. There’s also minimal effort required for changing the front and rear tyre with both wheels equipped with a quick release. During our testing when climbing some steps, we ended up with snake bite on the rear. Within 15 minutes of using a repair kit, we were back up and running. Had it been a rear hub setup, taking the rear wheel nuts off would require the proper tools, and it would never have been a simple task. This is one of the greatest benefits of a mid drive setup.

You also get the option to upgrade gearing if need be since there’s no rear hub motor. However if you wish to remove the chainring or crank for servicing, special tools are required.

The pedals aren’t the greatest quality, and numerous times we found our feet slipping off when conditions got a bit wet and rough with small drops. They simple don’t provide enough grip.

The pedals are double sided, but like the BH Jumper’s pedals, the reflectors snapped off after one day of offroad riding. This isn’t really an issue on a mountain bike, but still, the pedals weren’t impressive at all.

Eurocycles will be offering upgraded pedals on purchases through their dealer network, which you may want to consider, especially if you plan to ride some trails.

The bottom battery mount is a metal cage mounted above where the bottom bracket would usually go. It’s mounted by three screws, and we thought it was well secured and didn’t vibrate or shift at all during our tests. It’s not secured onto the water bottle mounts like other systems but has specific positions which have been drilled into the frame from factory.

One thing you will also want to watch out for is getting mud or dirt on the key cylinder which unlocks the battery. When we had the Ruga out in the mud, without noticing, we inserted the key to remove the battery, which pushed some tiny bits of sand into the key socket. We had to spray the key socket with a high pressure hose, because once the dirt got in there it made turning the key quite difficult which stopped us from removing the battery. Once again, if you’re not riding in the mud or dirt, this won’t be an issue, but if you are it’s something to pay attention to.

The Ruga also comes with a quick release clamp for the seatpost. We found the rubber strip that sits behind the QR lever and the square head of the clamp dry off and crack after we went riding in the rain. This rubber strip is quite thin, and avoids the QR lever directly touching the head, which helps with tightening the clamp. Once this broke off, we needed to readjust the tightening screw on the QR as the seatpost began shifting. It would have been nice to see metal used here, as this is quite often used as the clamping pad on many aftermarket seatpost QR clamps.

The seatpost itself uses a one bolt system for adjusting the fore, and aft, as well as the angle. It’s quite fiddly, and it took us a few attempts to get it right. This is one thing we would likely change to something that uses a two bolt system such as the Thomson, which is much quicker to adjust and much more precise in doing so.

The Bosch system is quite advanced when it comes to servicing.

The Bosch system is quite advanced when it comes to servicing. When you first purchase the bike, Eurocycles will supply you with a service report, which details things such as the serial numbers of the hardware, battery pack status, error codes, manufacturing information, and much more. An example of Ruga’s report is attached here for you to look at. It should be common practice that when you have the dealer service your Gepida, you get this report printed. The report serves as a log book, similar to your car, which can assist in monitoring your bikes performance, and if any issues were to arise, you would have the reports to back you up in a warranty claim. Service reporting in Europe for electric bikes is quite common however not vastly utilized by dealers in Australia. Gepida dealers will be offering this service to all its buyers (Eurocycles ship all their Gepida bikes with the bike’s first service report).

The Bosch system is not available as a kit for retrofitting to a non-electric bike, and it’s obvious why it isn’t with the amount of frame customisation a manufacturer has to go to for fitting it.

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Electronics and Performance

Just because you’re buying a mid drive does not mean you’re getting the same performance of the Bosch system …

The Bosch system is the first mid drive system we officially review, but it isn’t the first mid drive system we’ve ridden. It must be noted that not all mid drives are the same. Just because you’re buying a mid drive does not mean you’re getting the same performance of the Bosch system described below. There are also a lot of graphs available on various supplier websites showing why a particular mid drive outperforms a hub drive on all gradients. This isn’t necessarily true, and there are plenty of excellent performing hub drives. For example, my first bike was the legal specified Zoco Rosa Mid Drive (also known as the Tonaro bighit in the USA). My second bike (now sold) was the BH Neo Jumper. The Jumper had vastly better power and climbing ability (torque) than the Zoco in all gears and climbing situations. Their torque capabilities are worlds apart. Our advice is to take graphs on a supplier’s website with a grain of salt. Your best bet is to go out and compare hub drives to mid drives. If you’re set on getting a mid drive, then you should compare mid drive systems to mid drive systems as not all of them have the same performance.

Now to try and explain the difference between both systems, mid drives work completely different to hub setups and there’s been debate on which system is more efficient and which system is a better performer in the 200w/250w category. Both systems have their pros and cons, and it really comes down to the individual’s needs with what system will best suit them. Our tests using the Bosch drive were mainly offroad, and because we’ve ridden several rear hub setups on the same track, we were able to compare the systems we’ve tested in their power, climbing ability, handling, efficiency, and so on.

… you get the most accurate and natural feeling assistance system we’ve ever ridden.

Mid drive systems supply assistance directly through the bottom bracket axle/chainring. This means you’re getting power directly through each one of your pedal strokes when riding. The torque assistance from the Bosch drive acts directly on the bracket shaft, and there’s no drive sprocket as such. Bosch also uses an advance torque sensor built into the drive unit, which utilises 3 sensors to measure torque (your pedalling force), your pedalling frequency, and speed (cadence). Using all three measurements you get the most accurate and natural feeling assistance system we’ve ever ridden. The instant you put your foot on the pedal you get assistance. The instant you stop pedalling assistance completely stops. No phase out, no lag. We saw on the BH Neo Jumper, BH Neo Carbon, and BH Neo City that when you stop pedalling assistance doesn’t always cut out straight away and there can be slight lag at times. The issue was overcome by pressing the brake slightly as you stopped pedalling, which disengaged the motor. Having assistance from the motor engage and more importantly stop exactly when you want it to, is very important on tight technical trails. If it’s your first time riding an electric bike on a tight trail, you may want to start off with no assistance then work your way up as you gain more confidence.

The Ruga doesn’t come with an ebrake sensor that disengages the motor when you press the brake levers. This actually isn’t a requirement under EN15194, however was commonly bundled with other electric bikes which may or may not have had throttle. The BH Neo series was one of those bikes, and it used a torque sensor situated on the rear dropout. Once the chain moves and the dropout flexes, you got assistance. This was a problem at traffic lights if you didn’t have the brake levers pulled down and had placed your foot on the pedals, which made the bike suddenly accelerate. The torque sensor in the rear only measured exactly that, torque.

The computer accurately measures up to 100 readings per second which makes sure you’re actually trying to move so you don’t get unanticipated acceleration.

On the Ruga, because the torque sensor is measuring three different bits of data, it requires more than you just placing your foot on the pedal to make the bike accelerate away. Multiple times we had our foot resting on the pedal while we were stopped, and the bike didn’t accelerate away. If the pedal moved forward then the bike would accelerate. The computer accurately measures up to 100 readings per second which makes sure you’re actually trying to move so you don’t get unanticipated acceleration.

The torque output on the Bosch also feels very different to hub drives. On rear hub drives we’ve tested, you can ‘feel’ the power coming from the rear of the bike. Likewise for front drive hubs we’ve ridden, you feel like the bike is being pulled forward. The Bosch system is definitely something that’s best ridden and compared with hub drives then explained through a review. The power is felt through the crank in every pedal stroke, as long as you’re in the right gear (more on that later).

The Bosch drive Classic+ system has a max torque of 50N.m, while Bionx has 40N.m, and although BH don’t advertise their max torque rating, it feels very similar to that of the Bosch system on a flat grade. Previously, the BH Neo Jumper was the best electric mountain bike we had tested offroad, and its climbing ability was excellent. On our offroad test track, there are some sections which peak at 33% grade with several over 20%. These offroad climbs are covered in humps, roots, and rocks. It should be noted in all our hill climbs during our tests, we never stand and are always sitting, putting more emphasis on the motor to assist us getting up the hill.

When we attempted these climbs using the Jumper, we really had to consider quite a few things, not because of the lack of torque, but where the power was coming from and how the weight was balanced on the bike. On most steep offroad climbs in the Jumper (>25% grade), we found we had to have the front and rear suspension locked as adjusting for less dampening didn’t make too much of a difference. We tried to do this is to maintain as much downforce as possible in steep climbs so we avoid losing traction. The downfall to locking the suspension is slowing down your momentum and possibly stalling if you hit a rock or something high enough. Where things get tricky is when you have to climb over decently stacked obstacles. If you attempt to lift the front, you’ll flip the bike in no time because of the torque produced from the rear hub. When we tried to balance ourselves by keeping weight on the forks, we’d lose traction on the rear, even with the weight of the hub. So there was a perfect position we had to be in to put enough weight on the back and front while also having the correct pedal stroke to get up the hill. The hub drives we tested did require technical ability, and correct suspension settings to climb rough tracks steeper than 25%.

Where the Bosch system excelled above and beyond Bionx and the BH Neo series is in how it delivered its torque …

Where the Bosch system excelled above and beyond Bionx and the BH Neo series is in how it delivered its torque as well as the balance of the bike. Even though the BH Neo Jumper feels like it has very similar torque on flat grades, the way the Bosch system delivers power through the cranks in combination with its low centre of gravity allowed us to climb grades we hadn’t previously succeeded in climbing on any legal electric bike we’ve tested. The Neo Jumper performed exceptionally well in most climbs and is not to be mistaken for an electric bike lacking torque. It’s quite the opposite actually, but the Ruga just took it to a whole new level.

On the steepest of climbs, the Ruga only required me to slightly lean forward. Even if we didn’t get our positioning right it was more forgiving and still got me up the hill without losing traction. The weight of the bike was centred low and in the middle of the frame and this is also where all the power came from. I was able to climb with unlocked suspension, and although I put in a decent amount of effort, I made it up a 33% grade without stalling or losing traction.

I had the ability to lift the front without worrying that the bike would flip on me. I didn’t have to think about having to perfectly balance my weight on the front and back, I didn’t have to worry about what suspension settings I needed. All I had to do was pedal. The Ruga definitely climbs easier when compared to Bionx and the BH Neos. It’s a much more forgiving bike in technical ability when climbing, and it allowed us to go further and explore more of the track we hadn’t seen before.

It’s extremely similar to driving a car with manual shifting …

If you’ve ridden hub drives you’ll know that you don’t necessarily have to be in the right gear to feel the power from the motor. The first time you ride a Bosch equipped bike, if you happen to be in the wrong gear you’ll think you’re on a very underpowered electric bike which isn’t true at all. So although you get excellent climbing ability, to get the most out of the Ruga, you definitely have to be in the correct gear. If you’re in the right gear there won’t be a hill you can’t climb. It’s extremely similar to driving a car with manual shifting in this sense.

If you’re in the wrong gear you will simply stall on most occasions, like any other non-electric bike.

If you’re in the wrong gear you will simply stall on most occasions, like any other non-electric bike. This may take some getting used to if you haven’t ridden a bike for quite some time, but for those who already do, gear changing will seem like second nature. The Bosch system almost forces you to be in the right gear to get the most out of the motor. It’s best compared to driving and shifting a manual car, and it almost feels the exact same way. By being in the right gear, the motor is able to perform at its most efficient level. This means it doesn’t need to over exert power because you’re in the wrong gear. It also means you’re forced to change gears or you’ll bog down and stall, just like a manual car. You end up literally ‘powering’ through the gears, and with the precise shifting of the Ruga, it’s quite an exhilarating feeling.

You then get more range out of the battery as the system is more efficient in how it drives the unit. This is why you see a relatively small 400wh pack get close to 40km’s offroad and 55km’s on our test loop using the highest assist setting. For us, being in the right gear at the right time is something that can be learnt if you don’t already know it, and we’re more than happy to treat the Ruga like a normal bike with gear changes, if it means getting better climbing ability, and much more range out of the battery.

The Bosch drive system is definitely less forgiving for those who may not be used to quick gear changes depending on the terrain they’re tackling or those who are unfamiliar with what your cadence should be at what particular speed. There’s no doubt you have to get your shifting right and always look well ahead to know what gear you need to be in otherwise you’ll either stall on a climb or at the very least make it very difficult for yourself.

The Ruga performed exceptionally well in its handling, and even without its power, I would think I’m on any good quality hard tail 29er. It felt large enough in the sense I could roll over anything being a 29er, but light enough that I could throw it around and that’s with it weighing 22kg. On tight single trails, I did struggle taking sharp turns because of the wheel diameter, but that’s expected, and best to proceed with caution if you’re used to riding elbow to elbow trails.

The frame felt very stiff and you’ll notice that the top tube isn’t actually circular. It’s quite wide towards the top, then narrows down towards the seatpost.. That’s thanks to the Hydroforming with the ability to shape the frame to make it a much stiffer component where it counts. We’re seeing this quite a lot on non-electric bikes so it’s good to finally see on an electric bike.

The Ruga has a 42T crankset and uses a Shimano SLX 10 speed. The maximum torque of 50N.m is independent of what type of gearing is fitted to the bike. Gear changes felt great and just locked into place on demand. When shifting, it is recommended to unload the motor for a split second while the change is happening so you take torque off the motor, and this is especially the case if you’re in a climb. The gear lever also features a double tap, which allows you to shift down two gears from pushing the lever in a little further than normal till you hear a second click.This feature has been around for quite some time and is on hundreds of thousands of bikes. We used this excessively with changing terrain and the Bosch drive never missed a beat in terms of timing of the torque put through the chain and when the chain locked in. The best indication you’re in the right gear is from the noise the motor makes as well as the assistance indicator on the intuvia. The more assistance you get, the louder the noise becomes. We didn’t mind it at all, but it’s likely other cyclists right beside you would hear it, especially if it’s assisting you a considerable amount.

When going down some steep and rough trails, I experienced the chain pop off towards the inside of the crankset two times. There’s a guard to protect it from popping outwards, but because it comes off inwards there is a chance it can get jammed between the chainring and the bottom bracket if you keep pedalling after it comes off. If this happens, you’ll likely need a flat head screwdriver to pop it out instead of risking pulling and breaking the chain. Luckily for me it didn’t get jammed, and within a few seconds I had the chain back on.

Up front we have the Intuvia LCD, which not only looks great but supplies useful and accurate information. The Ruga can be powered on from the Intuvia or the battery power button. The Intuvia also has a built in battery. This means it can be powered on without being installed on the bike. It doesn’t have wireless transmission so you’ll only be able to see your last recorded range, max speed, time and so on. If the intuvia is already on and you install it on the bike, the system will automatically power up. You cannot see the speed or control your assistance level with the Intuvia removed and the system itself shuts down once the Intuvia is removed.

On the Intuvia LCD is a reset button, and keeping your finger on this for 3 seconds or more while viewing the trip distance readout will reset your trip settings. There’s also the info button which toggles between readings such as trip time, clock, range etc. Then you have the light button, which doesn’t actually do anything on the standard Ruga apart from activating the LCD backlight. You can however have a dealer fit up a front or rear light to the control unit if you please.

The voltage and current the Bosch system provides for the front light is 6V and a max of 450mA, while the rear is 6V and 50mA. Not all lights will work, and it’s best to check with your Gepida dealer before purchasing any lights.

You get 4 levels of assistance, from Eco (lowest level), Tour, Sport, and Turbo (highest level), with their corresponding assistance levels below.

  • Turbo Mode: At 100 % personal pedal power, the motor contributes an additional 250 %
  • Sport Mode: At 100 % personal pedal power, the motor contributes an additional 180 %
  • Tour Mode: At 100 % personal pedal power, the motor contributes an additional 100 %
  • Eco Mode: At 100 % personal pedal power, the motor contributes an additional 30 %
  • Off: No power assist

Our tests were carried out on Turbo, but we did try all the assistance settings. The step up in assistance levels is spot on, and even using Eco, you can definitely feel just enough assistance making the bike feel lighter than it is.

You can achieve the maximum assisted speed of 27km/h on any one of these assistance levels if you wish. So the level itself is not reflective of the maximum speed you can achieve as such, but rather how much help you want from the motor based on a percentage of human input. To reach 27km/h on the lowest gear would likely require an impossible cadence of 150rpm or more which would tell you you’re in the wrong gear. So you’re likely to be in gears 6, 7, 8 9 or 10 when hitting the maximum assisted speed.

The Ruga’s speed is limited through a phase out, so once you hit the legal limit of 25km/h, the assistance will slowly taper off till you hit 27km/h. After 27km/h you’re pretty much on your own without the system giving you any assistance.. There’s also the no-assist setting which I tried for about 6km’s. Pedalling on grade less than 10% on the lowest gear is manageable, but once you’re above this and not using any assistance, you definitely feel all 22kg requiring you to stand up off the saddle to pedal up inclines above 10%. It’s not something you would like to do.

The range readout we absolutely loved.

The thumb accessory also lets you change assistance levels as well as allowing you to scroll through feedback available on the Intuvia such as clock, trip distance, average speed, max speed, trip time and range. The range readout we absolutely loved. The computer calculates how much range is remaining as an estimation based on the assistance level you’re on, how hard the motor is working, and how much you’re pedalling. If the terrain, cadence, and gears are constantly changing, you would expect your range to also fluctuate, which was the case. I found the range readout most accurate when I rode repeated terrain with my cadence and assist level not drastically changing.

Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424138053/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Turbo Mode
Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424141143/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Sport Mode
Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424144643/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Tour Mode
Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/13424030395/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Eco Mode

On a relatively flat grade, we found it quite easy to get up to 25km/h, and the phase out at 27km/h was a nice gradual step down in assistance without feeling like a sudden jerk from assistance turning off.

What we then did was source an unlocking dongle for some off road fun. Bosch and the supplier of Gepida bikes recommend against any aftermarket unlocking speed dongles, and rightly so, as it voids warranty and can’t be used on any public roads in those States allowing the use of 250w pedelec bicycles built to the EN15194 standard.

The unlocking dongle I installed was activated via the light switch on the Intuvia and completely hidden inside the drive unit. Offroad on private land I was able to hit 47km/h with a cadence of 87rpm. On a small -2% grade I was able to hit 50km/h with a cadence of 92rpm.

Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/14234759562/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> 47km/h
Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/14050378049/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> 50km/h

Travelling at this speed while offroad was quite frightening, as theres unexpected rocks, holes and bumps which wouldn’t be fun if hit at speed. Having said that the unlocking dongle works by halving the frequency being sent to the controller. This means that the Intuvia speed will readout half the speed you’re actually doing, so if it reads 20km/h, you’re actually doing 40km/h. Torque remains at 50N.m, so essentially it’s only a speed change and your climbing ability will remain the same as without the dongle. The dongle really shows the speed the Bosch systems are easily capable of. With a cadence around 60rpm, a speed of 34-36km/h was easily achievable.

EBR do not encourage the use of unlocking dongles in any public place, and our test was purely to see how much speed you could get out of the Bosch systems on a private offroad track.

It’s quite common that riders on legal electric mountain bikes, or generally any legal electric bike are called cheaters.

I often get stopped when I’m on the trails, by curious mountain bikers who were never aware that electric mountain bikes existed. I’m always happy to share my thoughts and let them ride around on the bike we’re currently testing. Some say it’s cheating, others have gone on to buy an electric bike shortly after they’ve test ridden one. It’s quite common that riders on legal electric mountain bikes, or generally any legal electric bike are called cheaters. It’s evident from our offroad tests that my heart rate is never ‘resting’. I’m always putting in some sort of effort, and most the time it’s a decent amount of effort. In actual fact I’ve hit my ‘max’ heart rate of 195bpm, which probably isn’t sane at all. I’m no Brian Lopes, nor is my fitness level anywhere near that. However I cannot see myself ever hitting the trails if I didn’t have an electric mountain bike.

What an electric mountain bike does is give you the confidence to get out and tackle terrain you never thought you could on a standard bike, especially if your fitness isn’t up to scratch.

What an electric mountain bike does is give you the confidence to get out and tackle terrain you never thought you could on a standard bike, especially if your fitness isn’t up to scratch. It encourages you to get out, knowing that if you’re completely buggered after an hours ride, you have assistance to help you along the way and get you home. An electric bike without throttle means you’re pedalling to get any sort of assistance working, they do not do all the work for you. There’s also a no-assist function on every electric bike we’ve tested so far, essentially making it like a normal bike plus the extra weight.

Even without the unlocking dongle, Ruga’s performance offroad excelled beyond any legal electric mountain bike we’ve tested so far. There’s no doubt in our minds that the Ruga offers the best legal electric mountain bike package currently available in Australia. The Neo Jumper held the top spot for the best legal offroad electric mountain bike for over a year, and rightly so. It was a well integrated, full suspension electric mountain bike that offered great performance. The Bosch mid drive system and the Ruga’s components, even with the bike lacking rear suspension, has definitely snatched the top spot. The Ruga really pushes electric mountain biking to a new realm with the way it delivers its torque and its battery consumption. We’re only imagining how much improvement can be made in this category when we see a full suspension Bosch powered bike.

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Safety

The first time we took out the Ruga we had horrible weather. The Ruga is fitted with 180mm rotors front and back, and it comes equipped with Shimano Deore brakes. The trail was covered in mud and rain was coming down quite hard with river crossings flooded with up to 10cm of water. It was probably the best day to test a mountain bike for safety, though not the best day to be the rider.

One of the first things I noticed when riding the Ruga apart from its excellent acceleration was its superb stopping power, even in some terrible conditions. The brakes have a lot of bite, and the only time you’ll need more stopping power is when racing downhill, which you won’t be doing on this bike. Even at speed in the mud and with wet conditions, they still performed well without any obvious fade after heating up quite a bit. They’re one finger brakes, which means you really only need one finger to engage them enough to pull you up. The more pressure you apply the harder they’ll bite. The brakes didn’t squeal at all even covered in water, nor did they lock up when I needed them the most. Descending down slippery loose rocks and gravel at 30% grade was a big test with the weight of myself and the bike. I was really impressed with both the grip of the tyres in combination with the braking power with so much weight being thrown forward. They’re not the most expensive pair of brakes by any means (roughly $300rrp including rotors), but their performance was superb. Even when I used the dongle and got up to some fast speeds, using the brakes excessively didn’t cause any degradation to the callipers or rotors. They still continued to perform exceptionally well after sustained abuse.

Misjudging a river crossing is always fun, and when I found the Bosch system partly submerged I thought I would be walking the bike back to the car. I was extremely surprised to see it come out the other side and continue to provide assistance. How does this relate to safety? Well if the Ruga survived being rained on quite hard, plus being partly submerged, as well as the Intuvia being absolutely soaked, you can be assured it’ll survive commuting in the rain. Commuting on an electric mountain bike is quite common, and for some, this may be their only bike used offroad and onroad. The bike is fitted with Schwalbe Rapid Robs in 29×2.25 as standard with a recommended psi between 26 and 54. On our tests we ran them at 35psi after trying 27psi which was too soft and hitting rocks quite hard didn’t help, while 40psi was a little too stiff resonating shock through the rear. Having found the right psi the Rapid Robs performed well offroad in the dry and wet. Though when things got muddy I began losing quite a bit of traction. They’re not a mud tyre but I was still curious to see how they would perform in these conditions.

Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/14250432695/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Losing control in mud

At speed and offroad, the Rapid Robs performed well in everything except mud, including cornering in excess of 30km/h. Not once did I ever feel out of control or losing traction because of the tyres as long as I avoided mud. You do have to be careful using these tyres on pavement and cornering at speed if you’re running less than 40psi. You’ll get quite a bit of vibration and wobble taking corners in excess of 25km/h running such a low psi with a large tyre width. In addition to wanting to reduce rolling resistance on road this is why Eurocycles offer the option of fitting 700c Marathon Plus tyres on this bike as standard if you only plan to use it for commuting.

The bike comes standard with a bunch of reflectors, a bell and other bits and pieces you’re likely to rip off when using this bike offroad. If you’re looking at centre mounting your aftermarket front headlights you won’t have a chance with the centre mounted Intuvia. Our front light had to be fitted to the right with the thumb accessory occupying room to the left. Our front lights battery pack straps were also stretched a bit because of the wide hydroformed top tube.

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Accessories

Gepida Ruga 1000 • <a style="font-size:0.8em;" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebikereviews/14249247061/" target="_blank">View on Flickr</a> Micro USB port on LCD

For those looking at owning this bike for commuting during the week and light trail riding on the weekend, you’ll need to find panniers able to fit a 29inch/700c wheel. These should be available at your local bike shop or online. You may also want to charge your phone while you use it to navigate, which the Bosch system allows for. On the side of the Intuvia is a USB port which supplies 5v@0.5A. Although the amps aren’t all that high, it was enough to charge my phone if I didn’t use navigation.

Eurocycles really love their products, and rightly so, it’s an excellent piece of engineering. However, it doesn’t stop there in the sense that they don’t just bring in the bike, assemble it, and then forward it on to their dealers. Eurocycles are always looking at improving the bikes themselves by offering different parts such as batteries, gearing, seat posts, and brakes as optional upgrades. These upgrades aren’t actually available directly from Gepida, instead Eurocycles have taken it upon themselves to offer these upgrades while assembling the bike right here in Australia. This means you’re dealing with a supplier very familiar with their products and what components make up the product. They also carry parts and spares in their warehouse, for both the Bosch drive system itself and all the componentry on their bikes. It means you won’t be caught waiting for weeks and without a bike waiting for the supplier to sort out issues with an overseas manufacturer. Spares will be sent right from the warehouse in Sydney, which is a big plus.

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Conclusion

The Bosch equipped Ruga 1000 is by far the nicest packaged electric mountain bike we’ve tested so far. When you get the gearing right, its ability to climb steep gradients greater than 30% even if you’re a novice, while delivering on demand torque is unmatched against any other legal offroad electric bike currently available in Australia. This isn’t to say its competitors are poor performers, the Ruga just does it the best, really taking electric mountain biking to a whole new level.

Forget the thunderbolt and forget the epidemic. If this is the start of things to come out of Gepida, Australia has a lot to look forward to.

Let’s not forget the efficiency of this system achieving 55km on our paved test loop and 39km on the offroad track using a 400wh pack while using the highest assist setting, and with a rider’s weight of 96kg. It doubled the range of other offroad mountain bikes we’ve tested. It also carries our new favourite LCD, with the Intuvia providing plenty of feedback all controllable at the touch of your fingertips.

But let’s not get too carried away by the Bosch effect. The hydroformed frame of the Ruga really held up well and felt extremely rigid when thrown around tight bends at speed. It’s bundled Deore brakes really stood out in the wet and muddy conditions, and it’s a pleasure hearing nothing but the sound of rain and mud flicking everywhere instead of your brakes. Its forks could do with some improvement, but unless you’re riding rock gardens or racing downhill, it’s unlikely you’ll need to upgrade. The large 29 inch wheels allow you to roll over large obstacles, while the Bosch system gives you a huge boost of acceleration off the mark to get you rolling.

Forget the thunderbolt and forget the epidemic. If this is the start of things to come out of Gepida, Australia has a lot to look forward to.

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Update [23-08-2014]

We’ve had the Ruga for quite a while now and have clocked up several hundred kms made up of mainly off road riding. An update of our experience can be found here.

Bosch Gepida Ruga 1000 - Specs

Bike Specifications

  • Current Model Current Model
  • Superseded By Superseded By
    Gepida Asgard 1000 29"
  • Release Year Release Date
    2013
  • Style Style
    Hard-tail Mountain Bike
  • Wheel Diameter Wheel Diameter
    29er
  • Frame Frame
    Gepida Hydroforming – 6061 Alloy
  • Frame Size Frame Size
    38cm (small), 44cm (Medium), 48cm (large)
  • Frame Colour frame-colour
    Pearl white
  • Rear Derailleur Rear Derailleur
    Shimano SLX 10-speed
  • Chainring Chainring
    Bosch Classic+
  • Crank Arms Crank Arms
    Miranda 42T/175 MM
  • Shifters Shifters
    Shimano Deore
  • Freewheel/Cassette Freewheel/Cassette
    Shimano HG62-10
  • Suspension Fork Suspension Fork
    Rock Shox Recon Silver 29”, remote poplock
  • Bottom Bracket Bottom Bracket
    Bosch Classic+
  • Chain Chain
    Information not available
  • Rim Rim
    Rodi (Portugal) Excalibur CNC, Alloy, 36 spoke
  • Spokes Spokes
    Mach 1 (France) Stainless
  • Front Hub Front hub
    Shimano M-475
  • Brakes Brakes
    Shimano Deore Hydraulic Disc Brake 180mm
  • Handlebar Handlebar
    Gepida Alloy, 640 MM
  • Head Set Head Set
    Gepida Integrated
  • Stem Stem
    Gepida / Tranz-x JDST-57A 90mm
  • Saddle Saddle
    Selle Royal Mach
  • Seat Post Seat Post
    Gepida Alloy, 31, 6×400
  • Tyres Tyres
    Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29×2.25”
  • Bike Weight Bike Weight
    22.5kg
  • Standard Accessories Standard Accessories
    None
  • Optional Accessories from Manufacturer Optional Accessories from Manufacturer
    500wh Battery Upgrade
  • Warranty Warranty
    2 years on Frame and components. 2 years or 500 charge cycles (whichever reached first) for Bosch Battery

Bike Overview

  • Type Motor Type
    Mid-Drive
  • Manufacturer Manufacturer
    Gepida
  • Model
    Ruga 1000
  • Pedal Assist System Pedal Assist System
    Torque Sensor
  • Nominal Power Output Nominal Power Output
    250w
  • Maximum Power Output Maximum Power Output
    500w
  • Maximum Torque Output Maximum Torque Output
    50Nm
  • Range (claimed) Range (claimed)
    50 - 90km
  • Rider Weight during range test Rider weight during range test
    96kg
  • Average Speed during range test Average speed during range test
    22km/h
  • Range (tested) Range (tested)
    55km
  • LCD LCD
    Bosch Classic+ Intuvia backlit display with built in battery allowing independent operation to the main battery. The LCD displays battery level and speed and allows you to change between assistance output, clock, trip time, trip distance, max speed, average speed, range remaining, and assistance level. It's removable and can be powered on for basic user feedback. It also featured a USB charging port for 5v@500mah.
  • Thumb Controller Thumb Controller
    The thumb controller allows you to change assistance level, as well as allowing you to scroll through feedback available on the Intuvia.
  • Assistance Levels Assistance Levels
    4
  • Assistance Phase Out Begins Assistance phase out begins
    25km/h
  • Max Assisted Speed Assistance stops (max speed)
    25.6km/h
  • External Charge Port External Charge Port
  • Battery Capacity Battery Capacity
    36V 8Ah (300Wh), 36V 11.1Ah (400Wh)
  • Battery Mounting Battery Mounting
    Downtube
  • Charger Power Output Charger Power Output
    42V 4A
  • Charge Time Charge Time
    3 hours, 13 minutes
  • Weight Weight
    22.5kg
  • Price (RRP) Price (RRP)
    $3,980AUD
  • Price (model tested) Price (model tested)
    $4,330AUD w/ 400Wh battery

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