Already at the presentation of the sporty Dimanche series in spring it was foreseeable that Moustache developed a versatile frame design, which would also be a good basis for urban bikes. And it came how it had to come: At this year’s Eurobike the new 2020 Urban Bike series named Friday 28 was unveiled, which is based exactly on the same concept.
The integration of the battery is remarkable: Moustache doesn’t use the popular and fully integrated battery—instead uses Bosch’s conventional PowerPack battery. This is attached to the down tube from below and covered by a black plastic cover. Together with the black carbon fork, the result is a harmonious look and the down tube appears narrower than it actually is due to it’s two-color finish. A pleasant additional effect of this design is the relatively light total weight of the bikes: this is between 18.6 kg and 20.8 kg, which is quite good considering the commuter components and the still quite heavy powertrain.
The new Friday 28 ebikes are powered either by Bosch’s Active Line Plus motor or by the new Bosch Performance Line (2020). We can already say that Bosch has made a big breakthrough in the urban bike sector with this motor, which is also used in similar models from Cannondale, the Schindelhauer Bikes, the SD1 Urban from HNF Nicolai and some ebikes from Cube (Cross/Touring Hybrid).
All bikes are equipped with a Shimano Tiagra 1×10-speed derailleur and hydraulic disc brakes (Shimano UR300) with 180mm front and rear discs. The Continental Contact Speed tyres are comfortably wide at 42 mm, and the Brooks C17 Cambium saddle is used as a standard.
While the entry-level model Friday 28.1 comes as a naked urban bike without further components, the models Friday 28.3, Friday 28.5 and Friday 28.7 are equipped with full commuter features: Headlights, QL3 Light pannier rack, mudguards with taillight and kickstand are a part of the package. In terms of powertrains, the two budget models 28.1 and 28.3 are equipped with the Bosch Active Line Plus, the two top-models 28.5 and 28.7 with the Bosch Performance Line (2020).
The Friday 28.7 is a bit out of the ordinary due to the combination of the commuter components suitable for everyday use and the racing handlebars. The recent test of the similarly designed Coboc TEN Torino shows that this currently very trendy mixture has its charm for sporty commuters—and Cannondale has also launched a similar ebike with the Synapse Neo EQ for 2020.
Truly clever are the bikes in the detail: Some models are equipped with a rotatable stem, which allows the handlebars to be turned sideways for space-saving parking. Baramind’s Flexbar handlebar is also featured, absorbing minor vibrations for additional ride comfort. The top models also use Bosch’s new smartphone hub: On the one hand, it can be used as a smartphone holder to control the powertrain via an app. As a further feature, the hub also has it’s own small display that shows basic information when no smartphone is used. This doesn’t really look very pretty, but it is handy.
With the exception of the 28.7, all the bikes of the new Friday series are available with a classic high entry frame and a comfort low entry frame. Prices start at 2,999 Euros for Friday 28.1, Friday 28.3 and Friday 28.5 cost 3,399 and 3,899 Euros respectively and Friday 28.7 costs 4,399 Euros. All further information on the respective models can be found on the Moustache website.