Excellent value Dutch Electric Bike Royal Dutch Gazelle
This is one of our favourite bikes and we are confident that you will love it too. It is very similar to the Orange C7+ HMB with the following differences:
- It has a different display. The C7+ has the Intuvia – this comprises a large display on the centre of the handle bars and a separate control unit on the side.
This bike has the Purion, which is a display and control all in one unit on the side. Although smaller than the Purion the digits are actually larger and easier to read.
- The motor on this bike is the Active Line 2.0. This is the earlier version of the motor but is actually more powerful than the one on the C+. To some extent this bike is therefore more suited to the ups and downs of the English landscape and the Surrey Hills.
- The colour choices are a little different – see below.
As with nearly all the Gazelles, The bike has an enclosed chain case making the bike almost maintenance free. 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 even more comfortable because of the padded saddle and seat suspension post. Of course the comfort is enhanced by the upright position when riding that the Dutch 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. The stopping power is ensured by the Magura hydraulic rim brakes that are fitted to a number of the best electric bikes.
The Dutch are rightly proud of their bikes and we are very pleased to have a dealership with their biggest bike company. The bikes are beautifully made for a nation that enjoys its cycling. We really like these brakes; they are at least as good as hydraulic disc brakes and the pads last really well.
Unlike many other brands you can choose the appropriate battery size for your needs. The price includes a 300 watt hour battery. This has a range of upto 65 miles. For an additional £150 you can get the 400 watt hour battery – range up to 90 miles and for £300 the 500 watt hour battery giving upto 112 miles. Bear in mind these ranges are under ideal conditions with a relatively light rider and the bike ridden in eco mode. Remember also that the larger the battery capacity the longer it will last because over time the capacity will reduce.
This bike is available in just 2 colours – Aluminium Grey (actually a lot nicer than it sounds, with blue trim on the rims) and iced blue/premium white (essentially a bluey white!). See the images alongside here.
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.
The video below is of the C7+ model – see above for the differences between this and the C7.