Magnum Voyager (and Navigator)
Possibly the most comfortable urban ebike I’ve ridden, this is a reboot of the popular Metro Plus. It has a companion step through companion named Navigator, which is identical apart from the frame design. I predict that both will be hugely popular. I’d probably buy the Navigator because I don’t always feel like swinging my leg over and it’ll likely be the top seller – though for me the Voyager is the better looking sibling.
The outgoing 48V Plus and Metro Plus models were hugely popular, and the first ebike for many people. They were well priced and powerful, with a build kit that matched their price point. Many buyers purchased theirs through work purchase schemes or Mercury customer discounts, making them exceptional value. These are no different, although the RRP has gone up $100 to $2999. What you get extra is a nicely integrated battery and great looks.
This newest Magnum is very confident handling, especially compared to the previous model which had skinnier tyres. The wheels are 27.5″ compared to 26″ for the Metro and 28′ (but skinny) for the Plus. You notice this sure-footedness most on surface changes, such as when you need to transition to the footpath over a driveway crossing at an acute angle. This common manoeuvre is always a bit nervy with skinny tyres but no problem with these fatter tyres and good geometry.
The front suspension is a bit plusher than before but still ‘budget ebike’ coil sprung Suntours. The frame is great with comfortable geometry that is good to pedal. When I overestimated the battery capacity I used a lot of my own power and really didn’t mind — it felt good to pedal.
I’ve said it before on previous models and I’ll say it again, I’m disappointed that Magnum don’t have a front light that turns on and off with the bike, and a rear light that also has to be turned on/off manually but also needs it own battery. What the heck Magnum, it’s 2020 and wires exist!
I loved the rack. It is sturdy and can take two panniers and still have space for a child seat or trunk bag.
The controller has three factory modes (Power, Normal, Eco) and 6 levels of Power Assistance within those. I received the bike in Power mode which was a bit ludicrous – altogether too much power even on PAS 1. I popped in to Electrify where they showed me how to change settings to Normal and Eco. I thought Eco was great as there was a decent difference between PAS modes. In PAS 1 it would provide power up to 20kmh, and beyond that it was all me. It also didn’t surge away from a stop when the power kicked in. There was still plenty of top end power and hill climbing on the higher PAS settings in Eco.
The thumb throttle is useful for taking off and all bikes with cadence sensors should have one due to the slight delay between pushing on the pedals and the power coming on. It is an on-off throttle so not much good for controlling speed without the pedals.
On my test ride I rode 65km on a single charge. For the first half I thought I had more battery capacity (614Wh) than I needed, so I was mucking about overtaking roadies with my feet up on the forks using only the throttle, doing about 40kph on the flat. Turns out the battery indicator isn’t an accurate measure but the voltage is the real measure. The display is easy to read and controls were obvious. Brakes and gears worked well. Comfort-wise, I liked the Selle Royal saddle which had a minor amount of suspension and the hand grips felt nice when dry. I reckon they’d be slippery when wet.
Overall weight is around 25kg and rated to carry up to 120kg. The standard warranty is 2 years and well supported through Electrify. Also available from many other outlets.
Who is the Magnum Voyager and Navigator for?
- Urban riders who want a powerful and fast bike
- Voyager for riders who prefer a diamond frame
- Navigator for riders who prefer a low-step
Who isn’t it for?
- Riders looking for a more sophisticated ride that you’ll find at twice the price