NCM Moscow M3 Electric Bike Review

ncm moscow M3 review

About the brand:

NCM is an electric bike brand that has been in Australia since 2014 and is one of the largest electric bike brands in the world. NCM is a company based in Germany that produces different bike models including Moscow M3 that I will talk about. 

NCM Moscow M3 x NCM Moscow (previous model):

NCM Moscow M3 arrived in Australia in December 2020 and is the upgraded version from the old NCM Moscow. Listed in the table below are the differences between the two models: 

 MOSCOW M3 MOSCOW
MOTOR
48V 250W, max speed 25 km/h
48V 250W, max speed 25 km/h
BATTERY
Das-Kit, I6, 48V 12Ah, 576Wh
Dehawk, I5, 48V 13Ah 624Wh 
DISPLAY
Das-Kit L7, LCD Display
Das-Kit L7, LCD Display
CHARGER
Das-Kit, 48V 2A
DC483DE 48V 3A
FORKS
SUNTOUR XCT
SUNTOUR XCT
PEDAL
WELLGO, B087
WELLGO, B087
RANGE
110KM
120KM
WEIGHT
25KG
28/29KG
BRAKING SYSTEM
TEKTRO DISC
TEKTRO MECHANICAL DISC
GEAR SELECTOR
SHIMANO ALTUS 7 SPEED
SHIMANO ALTUS 7 SPEED
FRONT DERAILLUER 
SHIMANO ALTUS TRIPLE
SHIMANO ALTUS TRIPLE
REAR DERAILLUER
SHIMANO ALTUS 7, SPEED
SHIMANO ALTUS 7, SPEED
SADDLE
NCM VELO, VL-3410
NCM VELO, VL-3410
TYRE
ARISUN MOUNT CRONOS
Schwalbe, Smart Sam 27.5×2/25 
HANDLE GRIPS
Velo, VLG-118903
Velo, VLG-1189D3 139mm
FRAME
Alu. 6061 26" *460MM | 27.5" *480MM | 29" 520MM
Alu. 6061. 19/20* 480/510MM

  

The new Moscow M3 is equipped with wider tires and a lighter frame that brings more comfort for the rider and also more grip during the ride. 

 moscow m3 review

  

Another improvement is the built-in front light that runs using the bike battery and can be turned on through the display screen.

moscow m3 front light

The battery on the new model is more integrated to the frame that gives a lighter design aestethic to the bike and also a better attachment for the battery.

 

moscow m3 review frame

The only downside to the new model is the reduced battery size; 13Ah to 12Ah however the reduced battery size doesn’t compromise the distance you can ride on the bike too much. The maximum range was reduced from 120km to 110km. 

 

Sizing chart:

The bike comes in three different sizes to comfortably fit riders from 160cm to 193cm tall.

 

 The new model still uses the same gear system and breaks as the previous model, which function really well.

 

Possible bike upgrades: 

Rear rack and rear light 

moscow m3 rear rack

The rear rack is a very good option for people who want to carry pannier bags or also install a rear basket. Is recommended to also install a rear light attached to the rack.

. Off-Road Display including throttle and 500W motor (Strictly for Off Road Use Only)

 

moscow m3 off road display

 

Upgrading your bike with an off-road display will enable cyclists to ride using the throttle and also increase the speed limit up to 45 km/h. The original 250w motor delivers enough power to reach around 32km/h.

 

If you are aiming to reach speeds higher than 32km/h, it is possible to upgrade the motor for a 500w that will deliver enough power to reach around 45km/h. 

Reminder that these upgrades are for off-road use only.

 

Bike Maintenance:

NCM electric bikes are very reliable and is very easy to find spare parts because the brand is the most popular in Australia. Although not frequently an issue, fixing any electronic problems will be reasonably priced and many e-bike shops will have sufficient knowledge to repair.

 

Owning a NCM e-bike you can expect to spend similar amount on upkeep maintenance as you would with a standard bicycle; the main difference is that you may need to change the brake pads more frequently than a normal bike; around every 600km to 900km depending how you ride and how heavy you are.

 

Lucas Toledo

Move Bikes Sydney - Electric Bikes

640 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

0450 591 881