NCM Prague Electric Mountain Bike
- Under $1000, the price tag is hard to beat for an electric mountain bikes
- Lightweight and easy to transport
- A powerful motor and battery make for a crisp ride
- Many parts are entry-level tier
- Tires are not as puncture resistant as those on pricier models
Specifications: NCM Prague Electric Mountain Bike
|Class in the US||
6 level pedal assist
Bafang 350W rear-hub
18", 19", 20.5"
|Recommended Rider Heights||
5'4" – 6'4"
Matte Black, Matte White
NCM is an electric bike brand based in Germany. Their product range covers all segments of electric mountain bikes, city bikes, trekking bikes, folding bikes, and cruisers. Currently, NCM manufactures most of their bikes in Germany and Asia. While NCM does offer a full range of bikes, today we’ll be focusing on the highly affordable NCM Prague Electric Mountain Bike.
The first thing you’re likely to notice about the NCM Prague Electric Mountain Bike is the low price tag. At just $899.99, this is a bike priced thousands lower than competitor options from Rad or Trek. With two color options (black and white) and two frame sizes (26” and 27.5”) this is an excellent value electric mountain bike that even novice riders can afford.
This budget-friendly bike is powered by a proven Bafang 350W rear-hub motor and a 36V 13ah DeHawk lithium Ion Battery with an added Das-Kit LCD Display. While Bafang may not be as well known as Bosch, they are a market leader in electric bike technology.
This 350W hub motor is reliable and efficient, reaching top speeds of 20 MPH without compromising safety or reliability. The added LCD display offers a generous six levels of pedal assist, starting from zero (no assist) through six (full power). One can quickly tune the pedal assist to suit whatever trail you are on. It is worth mentioning that most high-end e-bikes only offer around four levels of assist.
Built on a lightweight 6061 alloy frame this bike is not quite as hefty as pricier counterparts but still offers the weight of the average electric bike. Despite the heft, the Prague Electric maintains all of the handling expected in a regular mountain bike. This is largely because the battery pack is mounted low on the down–tube, centralizing the mass to give the bike a nice balanced feel.
In terms of suspension, the NCM PRague Electric offers a Suntour XCT fork that brings around 100mm of travel. These are entry-level forks but worthy for the price tag. They come with an adjustable setting and the damping is just fine for lighter trails. Just know that these forks do have some limitations. For tires, Schwalbe offered 29” Smart Sam tires that are designed to grip the road and offer efficiency on all conditions. They don’t have the amount of puncture resistance as pricier models, but it is a fair trade off for the price.
For a gear system, the NCM offers an entry-level 21 speed Shimano gear system. While not the best, it is a good quality system for the price. Gear changes are precise and a triple crankset on the front is useful for off-road rides. Included Tektro mechanical disc brakes work as intended and provide enough stopping power to feel good no matter what the terrain.
Would we recommend the NCM Prague Electric Bike? Yes, especially if you’re on a tight budget or just dipping a toe into the electric bike market. If you’re an avid rider, you’ll probably desire something with a bit more splash.