Eskute Polluno Pro Review

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It’s rare to see a decent step-through e-bike using a mid-drive motor for under £2000 these days – Eskute are a relatively new brand who sell affordable electric bikes. In this Eskute Polluno Pro review I’ll take a closer look this latest model to see how it stacks up against the competition.

Summary

Eskute e-bikes were unknown in the UK until the spring of 2021, when they launched their Wayfarer and Voyager electric bikes. Due to a combination of good quality and value for money, Eskute have become a popular and successful brand in a relatively short period of time.

More recently they’ve added two new models to their line-up – the Netuno Pro and Polluno Pro. Both of these new models share the same basic frame design as their hub motor counterparts but with a Bafang mid-drive motor, improved Samsung battery and better gearing.

eskute polluno pro step through electric bike

At the time of writing there’s not much choice when it comes to buying a mid-drive commuter e-bike for under £2000, so it’s refreshing to see Eskute have taken advantage of a gap in the market.

Electric components

The Eskute Polluno Pro benefits from several significant upgrades when compared with the original model. These include the Bafang M200 mid-drive motor and more powerful Samsung-celled lithium battery.

eskute polluno pro motor

Bafang M200 motor

The Polluno Pro uses the excellent Bafang M200 mid-drive motor. For those of you unfamiliar with Bafang, they are one of the largest manufacturers of e-bike motors in the world and have been involved in e-mobility since 2003. The M200 motor produces pedal assist using a torque sensor which measures the force being applied to the pedals by the rider. This translates into a very smooth and natural assist feel which increases the connection between rider and bike.

bafang m200 e-bike motor
The Bafang M200 produces 65Nm of torque

This motor isn’t just smooth though, and the M200 produces considerably more torque (65Nm) when compared to an equivalent hub motor. What this means in real terms is climbing even the steepest of hills will seem considerably easier.

eskute polluno pro bafang m200 motor

The M200 is part of Bafang’s ‘City’ range of motors meaning they are specially developed with urban riding and commuting. Weighing in at just 3.2kg, the motor is light and incredibly efficient. Performance-wise it’s on a par with the Bosch Active Line Plus motor.

A quality Bafang display unit is used which gives the rider 5 pedal assist levels, battery range, speed and trip computer. You can also switch the lights on and off using the display.

eskute polluno pro display

Battery

Eskute have opted for high quality Samsung lithium cells in this battery with a total energy capacity of 522Wh (36v 14.5Ah) –  the claimed range of 80 miles could be achievable using the lowest assist level. But, I would say for the average e-bike rider around 50 miles is going to be more realistic. Samsung cells are used throughout the e-bike industry and are usually found on more expensive brands.

eskute polluno pro battery
A 522Wh battery with Samsung cells should give a range of 50 miles

Bike components

The frame has been changed (from the Wayfarer) and is now a full ‘step-through’ design, making it even easier for the rider to get on and off the bike. Step-through e-bikes are perfect for commuters and in particular city riding. Cables are routed internally and the battery pack neatly fits into the downtube.

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Gearing

There’s 9-speed gearing with a wide-range cassette and trigger shifter. This will give the rider more than enough gear range to tackle steeper hills if needed. The gearing is perfect for urban riding, country riding and even a bit of light off-road riding.

Brakes

I was a little disappointed not to see hydraulic brakes on the Polluno Pro. The Wayfarer Pro model it replaces did use hydraulics, although they were from an unknown brand.  The mechanical disc brakes fitted are from Zoom (which is a known brand) and they should provide decent enough stopping power for leisure riding and commuting.

eskute polluno pro brakes

Wheels and tyres

Double-walled alloy rims with cup and cone hub bearings should be robust enough for city riding and mild off-roading. The Kenda tyres have a Kevlar puncture resistant belt and come in a generous 28″ x 2.1″ size.  High volume tyres like this are especially good for negotiating pot-hole strewn city streets or back lanes in the country.

eskute polluno pro wheels

Front suspension

The Zoom coil sprung suspension fork has a basic lock-out function and can be adjusted for preload. These are quite basic, entry level forks but will provide enough shock absorbing for most leisure riding.

eskute polluno pro front suspension

Frame, finishing kit and accessories

A step-through frame ensures a low standover height, making the Eskute Polluno Pro suitable for both men, women, young and old. The cables are neatly routed internally which not only looks tidy but protects wires and cables from the elements.

eskute polluno pro saddle

As you’d expect on a city / trekking e-bike, there’s a whole host of accessories including full-length mudguards, lights, pannier rack and kickstand.

Who is the Eskute Polluno Pro aimed at?

The Eskute Polluno Pro is going to make the perfect daily commuter bike, in fact I’ve put it at the top of my list of best electric bikes for commuting in 2022, simply because it offers so much for the price. It has comfort orientated geometry with a nice and upright riding position. The motor is smooth, quiet and efficient and you have all the extras you’d need for a daily commuter bike. It would also be great as a ‘his and hers’ weekend leisure e-bike – perfect for exploring the countryside and bike trails.

Conclusion

I really do think the Eskute Polluno Pro is a thoroughly decent electric bike for the price. At a time when the big guns are all increasing their prices, it’s refreshing to see a quality e-bike in the £1500 price range.

I have a lot of experience with Bafang motors and my personal view is they’re pretty good. Bosch have this reputation that they go on forever, but in reality that’s not always the case. The fact of the matter is if a Bosch unit packs up out of warranty, you’re likely to be left with a hefty bill. If a Bafang motor packs up, they can usually be repaired or replaced for a fraction of the price.

Performance wise, the Bafang motor is on a par with the Bosch Active Line Plus – you’ll struggle to find an e-bike fitted with one of these motors for less than £2200.

I like Eskute as a brand. They are a young company and have everything to prove. I’ve owned an Eskute Voyager for a few months now and it’s proven to be a good, reliable workhorse. Based on what I know about the Eskute Polluno Pro, the electric components, frame and design I would have no hesitation in recommending it.

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Eskute Polluno Pro

9

Value for Money

10.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Battery Range

8.0/10

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Bafang mid-drive motor
  • Good choice for commuting

Cons

  • Only available in one size

Tony

Passionate E-Bike advocate and enthusiast since 2016. Riding an electric bike helped me to lose weight, get fit and reignite my passion for cycling!

One thought on “Eskute Polluno Pro Review

  • Value for Money

    8.5

    Performance

    8.5

    Battery Range

    7.5

    Recently purchased an Eskute Wayfarer pro ebike. Beautiful machine to look at, excellent quality finish. I am still new to this type -assisted- pedal power, which feels ‘jumpy’ and uneven at times. But my main gripe is the stability of the machine, especially when turning sharp, in confined space and at junctions. I believe this weight of bicycle ‘needs’ a BAR for stability. Actually I find the bike scary in its – what I term , instability. It feels as if the weight of the back ( wheel/ gears etc) versus the front, is causing this? I appreciate Eskute are attempting to make one machine ‘unisex’ to cover larger population of potential customers, but their mountain / off road range have support bar (under saddle to under handlebar ) for stability. Why not on the Wayfarer pro? These machines will be a target for thieves, so I would welcome the option to purchase – as an option- integrated locks, which can be heavy and unsightly if not considered in the design? The front suspension I expected to be more supportive, and battery removal needs practice. But value for money, all things considered ( beside above quibbles) it’s a beautiful machine.

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