New Gazelle Model – Small Size and Excellent for the hills
We think that this new Gazelle e-bike is going to go down a storm.
There are a few things that we think make this a very attractive bike especially for the UK market.
- It comes in a smaller frame – as small as 45 cm and has 26″ wheels (as opposed to 28″, which the majority have). This means that it is suitable for someone not much more than 5′ tall. The bike is also ideal for the slightly more nervous rider who wants to have their feet more firmly planted on the ground.
- It has a very wide, low step through making it easy to get on.
- It is considerably lighter than some of the other models (21.2 kg ex battery, compared to the Orange C7+ which is 23.5 kg)
- It has a more powerful motor than the new Bosch Active line motor – 50 Newton Metres. This makes it more suited to the hills in the UK.
- The wider, puncture resistant tyres, mean that it is more suited to tow paths, track etc.
As with nearly all the Gazelles, the bike has an enclosed chain case with Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub gears, making the bike almost maintenance free. The hub gears are easier to change than derailleur and you can change gear when stationary which is a useful feature.
It has a bright LED front light and a rear light at the back of the rack, both of which are powered by the battery. The bike is fitted with a Dutch style AXA rear wheel lock or cafe lock. This means if you are just popping to the shop, then you can use this simple lock rather than have to carry about a monster lock. However if you are leaving the bike for more than just a few minutes an additional lock is always advised. A plug-in lock can be added as an option so that the bike can be secured to a stationary object.
The ride is very comfortable because of the soft, gel saddle and the seat suspension post which will take the bumps (or most of them) out of the road. It also has ergonomic grips which take the pressure off your wrists. Of course, as with nearly all Dutch bikes, the comfort is enhanced by the upright position when riding that they are renowned for. While the bike zips along at a great pace you feel that there is no need to hurry, rather just relax and enjoy the riding. If you do need to stop in a hurry the stopping power is ensured by the Magura hydraulic rim brakes that are fitted to a number of the best electric bikes.
The motor is the Shimano Steps E6000. This has the advantage over the Bosch in that it has more torque than the new activeline motor. This is more suitable for the hills in the UK. The Bosch is fine and will give assistance up the hills but if your reason for getting an ebike is to get more help up the hills then we would certainly advise looking at the Shimano system.
Unlike many other brands you can choose the appropriate battery size for your needs. The price includes a 400 watt hour battery. This has a range of upto about 70 miles. For an additional £170 you can get the 500 watt hour battery – range up to about 90 miles. Bear in mind these ranges are under ideal conditions with a relatively light rider and the bike ridden in eco mode. With the battery supplied we think that a reasonable estimate of about 40 miles is the range that you can expect. This assumes that you will use it with varying levels of assistance and on variable terrain – i.e. not a best case scenario. Remember also that the larger the battery capacity the longer it will last because over time the capacity will reduce.
Colours and Sizes
Colours are Jeans blue (as pictured) or grey.
Sizes available are 45cm, 51 or 57.
Gazelle’s confidence in the quality of their bikes is backed up by a 10 years warranty on the frames, 5 years on suspension front forks and 2 years on all other components – including the battery and motor.