First ride with the Gravel-Commuter

First look: the Moustache Dimanche Gravel 29.4 EQ with full everyday equipment in our initial review


To launch the brand new Dimanche line-up, Moustache gave selected media outlets the opportunity to test the new bikes on an extensive ride around Munich. A good opportunity to briefly summarise the first impressions of the new bike here.

The Gravel 29.4 EQ spec is pretty exciting, as it combines the basics of a gravel bike with equipment suitable for everyday use. Loose ground, gravel and mud are no problem with the fat Maxxis Rambler tyres with a width of 50 mm, which is also clearly visible in the photos after the test ride 😉 The mudguards ensure that you still arrive at your destination clean: specially manufactured by Moustache for the bike, they are not only impressive with their width, but also with their stability. The pannier rack integrated into the rear wheel, which is compatible with Ortlieb’s QL3.1 system, is just as stable. However, the corresponding attachment points can also be removed if a different system is used. The bike’s equipment is completed by a lighting system with the Lighthammer 80 headlight from Trelock, which is mounted inconspicuously in the centre of the handlebars, and the rear light from Spanninga on the rear mudguard.

Thanks to the fairly light weight, the Bosch SX drive has an equally easy job with the Dimanche: the bike reacts wonderfully agile to the rider’s input, especially in the progressive riding modes — such as Tour+ mode — and accelerates the bike up to the 25 km/h limit in no time at all. There, the motor gently cuts out and you continue to accelerate manually — no problem thanks to the wide range of the SRAM Apex XPLR derailleur!

In addition to Eco, Tour+ and Sport, the new Sprint mode was also activated on the test bike, which offers the greatest support at a high cadence. In general, the new SX motor is designed for higher cadences and really gets going from 65 rpm. This makes it the ideal partner for the sporty Dimanche. The drive is operated via the system controller on the top tube, and the easily accessible mini remote is also installed on the handlebars. And the centrally mounted Kiox 300 display is large enough to be able to see the information even on a rough ride.

The position of the charging port on the new Dimanche is unusual: it is concealed under a large flap at the lowest point of the bike, and the plug has to be inserted upwards after opening the flap. Obviously, we had no opportunity to find out how well this works in everyday use during our short test ride.

Another special feature is the new Antishock stem, which offers up to 20 mm of travel. Its function was definitely noticeable on the test ride — however, the preload and elastomers of varying hardness offer even more scope for fine adjustment. The comfort package is complemented by the 75 mm dropper post suspension, which not only performs well on rough surfaces. Even when stopped — for example when waiting at a red light — it can be very practical to lower the saddle to keep both feet on the ground.


Already after our short test ride, we can say that Moustache has created a great bike with the Dimanche Gravel 29.4 EQ ridden here. The agile drive fits well with the sporty character of the bike, while the everyday equipment makes the Dimanche surprisingly suitable for everyday use. We have featured the entire line-up of the new Dimanche series in this article and, of course, the Moustache website also offers further information.




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