They don’t just need a bike with
good range; they need something
rugged enough to withstand industrial use. Anthony’s solution was the
SmartMotion eDrive system. It took
two years of collaboration with Reiker
and the NZ Post to test components,
upgrade and redesign the system until
it was robust enough to meet the needs
of postal delivery.
IN DOG YEARS?
A year of postal delivery is tantamount to 10 years of what a typical
bike endures. Postal carriers in New
Zealand ride 250 days a year, through
sunny days, rain, hail and everything
in between. They carry heavy loads all
the time with lots of stop-and-go riding.
The bikes take the abuse, and there
are some that have been in use for four
to five years already, still on the same
motor and battery. This points to reli-ability, for sure.
Are they built in New Zealand? No.
Like most bikes, they’re made in China.
Clyde carefully sourced a factory that
met his specifications for delivering
quality. The bike is unique, with a
great-looking frame built from hydroformed aluminum, and an integrated
display screen on the flat top tube that
drops low enough to step through but
high enough to not give men pause
when climbing onto it.
The bike looks great and is well-spec’d, with a comfortable enduro
saddle, Shimano Deore components,
a very sturdy rear rack, fenders and
lighting. The ergonomic grips feature
bar ends, which make it look a little
dated, as it resembles the bigger version from mountain bikes in the 1990s.
They do offer you respite from sitting
in the same position on long rides, but
in our opinion they look a little goofy. If
you don’t like them, you can swap them
out; however, they cannot be removed
without replacing the grips.
The display on the top tube is gorgeous and big. It’s bright enough to be
seen in full sunlight, and it’s in color,
making it easier to see all the elements
arranged in a dial format. It’s properly
out of your way while riding, but provides easy-to-read information—from
power level and battery level to range,
power currently being used, speed,
average speed, max speed and trip
info. When you switch it to Night mode,
the white background on the display
changes to black and is easy to read
without blinding you.
We first saw the
Pacer at Interbike last
year. In fact, it was
hard to miss, as it was
mounted on a rotating
The charge port and a USB charge port for your phone
are hidden under a ;ap on the top tube, just above the
display. That display is one of the best designs we’ve
seen, extremely easy to read and use.