Momentum Voya e+ 3 reviews

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Momentum Voya e+ 3: Specifications

Weight: 39.7 pounds
Motor: SyncDrive Move rear hub, 30Nm torque, 250W
Battery: 250Wh Panasonic EnergyPak, non-removable
Maximum assist speed: 20mph
Maximum advertised range: 45 miles
Loading time: 3.4 hours
Transmission: MicroShift Advent 9-speed
Brakes: Tektro hydraulic disc
Controller: RideControl Go, top tube mounted

The wide range of e-bike styles run the gamut from cargo-style bikes to small portable mobility units more akin to scooters. Momentum’s Voya e+ 3 e-bike sits firmly in the middle of that spectrum. Its lines resemble those of a traditional bicycle, and at first glance it is precisely what you think it is.

The battery is hidden in the downtube, which isn’t as big as many other e-bikes in this class. It might fit like a simple bike on the rack outside the grocery store, but it hides a pedal-assist motor in the rear hub that provides plenty of power for running errands around town. It’s a fun bike to ride and it feels solidly built.

If you are looking for one of best electric bikes that doesn’t look or feel like an e-bike, the Voya e+ 3 is a good choice. But you’ll be missing out on some conveniences like an LCD handlebar display and built-in lights.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 review: price and availability

The Voya e+ 3 costs $2,400 and can be purchased directly from the Momentum website. You can choose from three sizes: Small, Medium and Large. Momentum outlines the bike that would be best for you, based on your height, on its website.

The bike will not be delivered directly to you; instead, it will be shipped to a Momentum dealer so it can be professionally assembled.

You can have the bike delivered directly to your home once it has been assembled for an additional charge, although this service depends on whether or not your local dealer participates in this service.

Momentum also offers free returns within 14 days of the invoice date. You will need to return the bike to an authorized Momentum dealer.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 review: Design

At first glance, the Voya e+ 3 barely looks like an e-bike. The only indication is the slightly fat downtube and widened hub. The bike otherwise feels like any svelte commuter bike you would pedal on your own.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 on pavement

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The frame and fork are aluminum. The Voya e+ 3 comes with a mounting bar with just a slight rise. It keeps the rider in a generally upright position, although it’s still low enough that you don’t feel like you’re on a beach cruiser.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 handlebar

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The seatstays are lowered slightly; this means that they attach to the seat tube lower than the junction with the top tube. This allows for some fore-aft flex in the seatpost and seat tube, providing a comfortable ride.

Momentum Voya e+ 3-seater

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The Voya e+ 3 is equipped with powerful hydraulic disc brakes from Tektro. They offer plenty of braking and modulation power. If you’ve never used hydraulic disc brakes before, be sure to give them a few test applications so you get a feel for how strong they are.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 front wheel

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A 9-speed MicroShift transmission offers enough gearing options to pedal the Voya with the engine off if desired. The bike weighs just under 40 pounds, so riding without the motor is entirely possible and even enjoyable.

Momentum Voya e+ 3-speed shifter

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You activate the pedal-assist motor with a button on the top tube. LED indicators show which of the four assist modes you’re in, as well as your remaining battery life.

The 700c wheels are best suited for city riding, but with the 38mm wide tires you can certainly ride the Voya comfortably on gravel roads as well.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 review: Performance

A well-designed bike has a certain feel, something that makes it both strong and supple. The Voya e+ 3 has it in spades. The steering is quick and responsive without worrying about jitters, and the frame is solidly built and supportive without sending all road vibrations directly to the rider.

The Voya ultimately looks like a well-designed commuter bike that’s been fitted with a motor to add the convenience of pedal assist. That’s not a bad thing at all; in fact, in this case, the bike shines precisely because it looks like a bike you’d like to pedal without a motor.

Of course, you sacrifice a few amenities for the Voya’s sleek look and feel. For starters, the power/control knob is mounted on the top tube of the bike, just behind the head tube. That means you don’t get a handlebar-mounted LCD screen like most other e-bikes.

Downtube Momentum Voya e+ 3

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This is a problem for two reasons. First, it means you have to take your hands off the handlebars to set the assist mode on the fly. This is a difficult position to reach and it can affect your steering stability.

Second, it means you don’t get information like your speed, distance, distance traveled, battery life, etc. The button on the top tube has LED lights to indicate power mode and battery life, but these are harder to interpret on the fly than just looking at a screen.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 battery gauge

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You can pair your phone to the Giant RideControl app to access this information and more. You can even upload your rides to Strava. So it is indeed possible to mount your phone on your handlebars and get real-time driving information.

But in general, I think this setup is much less practical than just having a dedicated display mounted to your handlebars. For starters, you’re more likely to use these features and information if they’re displayed all the time. I’m not particularly good at remembering to pull out my phone, pair the bike to the app, and mount my phone to my bars, where it can be damaged by the elements or an accident. (Reminder: make sure you’re wearing one of the best bike helmets.) It feels less practical and ultimately less user-friendly.

The Voya also lacks integrated front and rear lights. It’s a common integration on many high-end e-bikes and it’s surprising not to see them on the Voya. If you’re buying this bike, you’ll also want to invest in a set of the best bike lights.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 inner tube

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The pedal assistance is smooth and immediate as soon as you start pedaling. The rear hub motor provides enough power to keep you rolling smoothly around town, especially when starting from a clean stop at stop signs. But like most rear hub motors I’ve tested, the Voya feels slightly underpowered when it’s time to pick up from a dead stop on an incline.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 rear hub motor

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Not a problem on most inclines until the incline gets quite steep. And that’s certainly not a dealbreaker, as it’s not an issue for most journeys you’ll likely take with the Voya.

You also get a 9-speed transmission, which offers a wide range of gears for different terrains. You can always shift to the easiest gear on the steepest grades to ensure you can get going quickly and easily.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 review: Autonomy and battery life

The Voya e+ 3 is equipped with a 250 Wh Panasonic battery. It is thin and integrated into the down tube of the bike. However, it is not removable, so you will need to contact Momentum if the battery needs to be replaced. Momentum indicates that the battery will reach a full charge after 3.4 hours.

Battery Momentum Voya e+ 3

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The maximum range, according to Momentum, is 45 miles. This of course depends on the level of assist you are using, as well as the terrain and conditions you will be traversing.

In testing, battery life appears to be within the advertised range. After 8 miles of driving, the battery life indicator still hadn’t moved from the fully charged LED pattern.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 on pavement

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It’s a little harder to gauge the accuracy of battery life claims, however, because there’s no display on the handlebars (common on most e-bikes) to show your mileage. total, mileage, speed, battery life, etc. .

Momentum Voya e+ 3 Review: Accessories

The Momentum website shows the Voya e+3 configured with several accessories such as front and rear racks and fenders. But it’s not immediately clear how or where you can buy these accessories. The accessories section of the website takes you to a range of accessories specifically designed for another Momentum bike, the PakYak.

I contacted Momentum about accessories for the Voya, and there are indeed several that have yet to be added to the website. They should be available soon on the site.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 review: The competition

The closest competitor to the Momentum Voya e+ 3 is Cannondale’s Quick Neo SL 2, which costs a bit more at $2,550. Both bikes feature a 9-speed drivetrain and rear hub motor. And like the Voya, the Quick Neo SL 2 has no display on the handlebars and instead features a top tube-mounted power button.

The Cannondale also lacks integrated front lights, but it does include an integrated tail light. And you’ll get a carbon fork on the Cannondale (the Voya’s fork is aluminum), which saves a bit of weight and dampens more vibration for a comfortable ride feel.

Battery Momentum Voya e+ 3

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The VanMoof S3 is also around the same price as the Momentum Voya – and looks just as stylish – but has an integrated headlight and taillight. It also has minimal reading and also connects to a smartphone app for a more detailed view.

Momentum Voya e+ 3 review: Verdict

The Voya e+ 3 is a great commuter bike for someone who wants a pedal-assist bike that doesn’t look or feel like an e-bike. It’s fun to ride, smooth and comfortable.

But if you like the conveniences of integration – including front and rear lights and an easy-to-read handlebar-mounted LCD screen – the Voya might disappoint. It is more difficult to adjust the power modes on the fly due to the location of the power button on the top tube.

Still, the Voya offers versatility, as it’s practical and fun to drive even with the engine completely off. It looks cool, feels solid, and it’s fun to ride.

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