Mate X x Boondoo

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Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Wednesday, 28 August 2019

We recently got to have a play on the MATE X bike and, well, it’s a different breed. It’s a BEAST of an e-bike. BIG CHUNKY  4″ tyre, 20″ Wheels, BIG CHUNKY frame and very very fast! Their website states that Big is Beautiful. They’re not wrong at all! They’re right. Very very right!

The MATE X bike is very different to all the other e-bikes that we’ve tested. As as soon as you lay eyes on this machine you can immediately tell just how commanding the bike is. It’s HUGE! The features definitely match is size too. You can go off the regular road and into the beat and track. Thanks to the bigger frame and all terrain wide rim PHAT tires. It’s also built beautifully and comes equipped with a ton of state of the art features and components. The most suprising thing about this beast? It can fold. Yes it can fold. Simply fold the frame and the steam, adjust the seat post and it is done! Furthermore the MATE X will take you wherever you like – up to 75 miles (120 km).



MATE X Quick Features:


The Mate X Bike – The coolest E-Bike

The MATE X bike may look big and chunky but the design is very minimal and has a very very clean look. To complement this look the way that you shift gears is made very simple. They’re built into the grips, so simply twist your wrist to change gear! Not only that the brake levers are easily accessible.

Want to know how fast you are going? How much battery life you have left? How far you’ve travelled? Simply refer to the impressive water and dustproof LCD backlit display on the front of the bike. You can even customise it to your liking! Plus the bike has up to 6 different speeds too. Starting at 0 which gives riders no help at all, moving all the way up to 5 which is full assist. There’s even a built in USB charger! The innovative new speed charger allows for quicker charging, efficient battery consumption!

The Ride

The ride on the MATE X bike is silky smooth too. That’s thanks to the front and rear suspension of the bike. The suspension is very smart as it has an adjustable preload to match the weight of the rider and their riding style. The suspension even has a mechanical lock out for riding smooth roads!

The wide tyres are huge which also help with improved control and handling. The 4″ tyres help reduce the risk of puncture and improves safety on the road. Need to stop safely? The Tektro mecanical disc brakes help with that and only require a single finger to operate, giving the user very strong braking power! Don’t press too hard otherwise you’ll fall off! Ease on that brake!

The bike itself may look big and heavy but it only weighs 50lbs (26kgs), the frame itself is only 6lbs (2.7kg) too! Most of the weight comes from the huge battery:

  • Powerful battery – 48v of lithium ion battery with built in handle and fuse for easy removal from frame.
  • 48v 14.5 aH model (696Wh) offers assited travel of up to 40-60miles
  • 48v 11Ah (528Wh) offers up to 30miles with full electrical assistance
  • It has a plug and play wiring system, allowing easy servicing, maintaining, replacement and repair very easy! Even connect lights and other accessories through it!

(Mate X)

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Volt Bikes

Volt’s Slogan is “The Best Electric Bikes” and we’re inclined to believe them! We’ve been testing a couple of Volt electric bikes this week and we’re pleasantly surprised!

They strive to be the best on the market whilst also advancing the boundaries of e-bike technology and we’re certain that they’re well on their way to achieving their goal if our tests are anything to go by!

Each of our bikes and the bikes available come with a speedometer, front and rear lights, Shimano gears, kickstand, pannier rack and mudgards. They even came with an inbuilt lock which we thought worked really well. It’s solid metal and never leaves the bike. No longer can you forget to buy a lock! The locking system is incredible too! Firstly the locking system locks around the wheel then a chain, loops around itself and securely connects to the lock itself. No one is getting into that!


The Spintech drive system is able to harness the best features of both hub and mid-drive e-bike systems which deliver a system which is very responsive and a lot smoother than most. The system will only release power when you need it the most or when you are telling it too!


Each bike comes equipped with a 250 watt Spintech Motor, which ensures no resistance as you switch between assisted and non assisted riding. The bikes can go at either ‘Normal’ which is no electricity at all, low, and high. Which differentiate how much power the motor is giving you, thus affecting how fast you can go on the bikes. With some of them going as fast as 15mph!

The lightweight and durable motors were tested by Volt at 30,000 miles and they are still going strong! The motor is maintenance free as well as being silent too!

LCD Display

The LCD display offers clear visualisation of various information such as power setting, speed and distance. Not forgetting charge either! Each of the settings also monitor your riding style too. You can even see real time effort vs the bikes assistance! On some bikes there’s even a little lever which offers a quick head start boost to help you along the way.


The Spintech Battery management system is powered by 96V of Panasonic power. Volts largest battery gives riders a total of 95miles! While the standard and large batteries give distances of 60-80miles on a single charge respectively. The Spintech Battery Management System also is able to distribute power effectively between bike and rider. Therefore making a much more natural ride. The system is so intelligent it is able to distribute power whilst make best use of it as it will monitor how it’s rider is using the bike and adjust accordingly.

Volt: Metro

We tested the Metro, which is a folding electric bike which is perfect for commuters! Whether that be on the train or scooting around town we found it very easy to use! Whilst it may be a little bit big for the underground (though you can use it in the underground, folded, not open, we don’t encourage using the bike in the actual underground, fold it up first!). It’s perfect for the overground. However, the bike is so powerful, we’re doubtful that you’d even want to take this bike in the underground anyway!

The Bike has one of the easiest folding systems we’ve even seen and you’ll be folded up and dragging the bike along in no time at all! A simple flick and clip system is all it take to fold the bike. No more difficult levers!

The bike has an 8 speed gear settting, 16″ aluminium frame, weighs 18kg, wheel size of 20inch, can come in either a standard or large battery size (400kwh/400miles or 646kwh/60miles) and of course comes with a Spintech Motor.

Please see below a gallery of the bike we used!

Volt: Pulse

We also tested the Pulse bike, the flagship electric Bike from Volt. It comes equipped with the top of the range frame, a metallic finish and the latest electronic technology.

With this bike from Volt you can choose a 19″ frame with 26inch wheels or a 20.2″ frame with 28″ wheels. The standard battery will give you 400kwh/40miles of power and the large battery will give you 646kwh/60miles of power. It also comes with Shimano gears and brakes.

Please see below a gallery of the Pulse Bike below:

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ShredMate Moutain Bike Computer

The ShredMate is a really cool mini computer for all the mountain bike enthusiasts out there. The ShredMate easily and quickly connects to your smartphone via bluetooth and tracks your ride. Simply attach the device to your bike via the forks and the magnet on the wheel. Then allow it to track a whole library of different aspects of your riding. These aspects include, jump tracking, g-force tracking, rough trail detection, speed, distance and mapping.

ShredMate. Tracking genius.

Landings and air time are tracked extensively. Riders then check the ShredMate app to see how they do during rides and adjust accordingly. Therefore allowing a user to ultimately become a smoother rider. The device detects speed and the map changes colour based on this. So for example, red will be fast and green is slow. The accompanying app even gives you little achievements or awards as your ride to encourage you to become a better rider! Plus you can keep on riding for 6months until the battery needs changing so eradicates the need to stress over if you have charged the device or not!



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BeeLine is a simple navigation device that attaches to your bicycle, tell it where to go via the app, from there Beeline simply points you in the generatl direction that you need to go and tells you the distance to it, no instructions are given, much like a compass.

Leaving you to be stress free regarding navigation and just have a quick glance at the Beeline, leaving you to focus on the road and not street names or deciding if you’re actually meant to turn.

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Garmin Varia Vision

The Garmin Varia vision is a Heads Up Display for cyclists that attaches to the side of your favourite sunglasses and provides you with vital information without obstructing your vision!

  • Feather weight device easily attaches to either side of your favourite sunglasses to put ride information right in your line of sight
  • Displays performance data, directions and more from compatible Garmin edge cycling devices
  • Pairs with varia rear-view radar to notify of vehicles approaching from behind
  • Provides vibration alerts for key performance, direction, radar and call/text prompts
  • Convenient touch panel eases transitions between data screens, even if wearing gloves

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Strava Running and Cycling GPS

Millions of runners and cyclists use Strava to record their activities, compare performance over time, compete with their community, and share the photos, stories and highlights of their activities with friends.

Track Your Runs and Rides for Free
Activity Tracking: During and after activity, get key stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burned, as well as an interactive map of your activity
Personal Challenge: Participate in monthly Challenges designed to push you further
Segments: Runs and rides can get long — see how you fared on sub-sections of your activity with Strava Segments

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Episode 208 Strava / Drive Now