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The BikeRide Guide to Choosing the Best Class 1 Electric Bike

What is an Electric Bike?

Electric bikes use an electric motor, along with pedals and some of the gearing of a traditional bicycle. This helps riders to travel longer distances and up more hills, than would otherwise be possible with their own energy.

Electric bikes are great for anyone looking to travel further than they could on an unpowered bike. This makes ‘e-bikes’ suitable for commuters, senior cyclists, delivery workers and riders with compromised ability.

The uses for an e-bike are as varied as the uses for regular bicycles.

Definition of a Class 1 E-Bike

Class 1 e-bikes are ‘Pedal Assist’ e-bikes. The electric drive of the bike must be activated through pedaling. The motor will then ‘kick in’ and provide an extra boost.

On Class 1 e-bikes in the United States, assistance from the motor will cut out at 20 mph. Any further acceleration past this speed, will be due to the rider’s own effort.

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Most Class 1 e-bikes are sold without a throttle. They may be equipped with a throttle, but this can only operate while the rider is already pedaling. It will not work when there is no input from the rider.

Class 1 e-bikes are permitted to be used in the same areas as regular ‘push-bikes’; streets, bike lanes, bike paths and off-road trails.

Pedal Assist

In many countries, pedal assist e-bikes are the only e-bikes that can be ridden without a license or registration.

In the United States, these are categorized as ‘Class 1’ and ‘Class 3’ e-bikes. The motor kicks in when you begin pedaling.

On the best Class 1 electric bikes, this feeling is intuitive. It should allow you to maintain a desired level of input and fitness, according to the level of assistance that you choose.

Most e-bikes have 3 to 5 levels of pedal assist available. They’ll also give you the option of disabling the motor. With no pedal assist, your e-bike acts like a regular (but heavy) push-bike.

Types of E-Bikes

Commuters and Urban / City Bikes

The most popular types of e-bike are commuter and urban bikes. Many riders are looking for an e-bike that can get them to work over long distances without working up a sweat.

You’ll want all the features that you would seek in a pedal-powered commuter, plus a moderately powered motor and battery capacity (unless you are commuting exceptionally long distances).

Tough U-locks and a removable battery are essential if you are locking up your e-bike in a public area.

Electric Road Bikes

Electric road bikes allow riders to ride for longer at faster speeds. They assist less-able or older riders to maintain pace with their riding group.

Most electric road cyclists prefer to pedal actively throughout a ride. For this reason, most road e-bikes are Class 1 electric bikes, being configured to rely on active pedal-assist.

Most of these bikes are lightweight and are equipped with streamlined motors and batteries that are smaller than those found on other electric bikes.

Because e-Road bikes are so lightweight, the decrease in motor size and battery capacity does not necessarily translate to less power or battery range.

Most electric road bikes are Class 1 e-bikes

Folding E-Bikes

Folding e-bikes are also popular as commuters. They suit a multi-modal work commute that also involves using a train, bus, car or ferry.

For some riders, they can be used in conjunction with travel, to suit being transported by car or stored in a mobile home or boat. A folder may suit you if you live in an apartment.

A good folding bike is small, light and often used for shorter distances. This means that you can get away with a less powerful motor and a battery of moderate capacity. These factors help to lower the overall weight of an electric folding bike.

Electric Mountain Bikes – ‘E-MTBs’

Electric mountain bikes (e-MTBs) are available in both hardtail (front-suspension) and full-suspension varieties. They are ideal for avoiding exhaustion on all-day rides, by hauling riders to the top of downhill runs.

Fat Tire E-Bikes

Hauling heavy tires through snow, mud or sand can get tiring and limit rides to shorter distances.

The extra boost from a pedal-assist system can allow riders to carry more and ride further. A powerful motor and high capacity battery are important here.

But electric fat bikes are not just a niche choice.

Many first-time e-bike buyers head straight for a bad-ass, do-anything, monster-truck look and floaty ride style.

This can only be provided by a big bike with balloon tires. There are many models to choose from, in all price ranges.

Gravel

A recent sector of e-biking has appeared with the emergence of e-Gravel bikes. You’ll be looking for all the usual gravel bike bike features available in your price range, plus a few specific to the electric bike world.

Gravel is more of a performance sector. High-speeds, long distances and efficiency are priorities. As such, you might look to light-weight builds with high-capacity batteries.

Cargo

Electric cargo bikes offer an exciting alternative to the family car. Some families have even sold their second or only vehicle after purchasing a versatile cargo e-bike. High quality specimens can be configured to carry two children, in conjunction with a load of groceries.

For anyone employed in the delivery business, electric bikes provide a cheap means of transporting cargo, especially in urban areas. Running costs are low. Also, an electric bike can easily wend its way through heavy traffic and won’t need a parking spot when it reaches its destination.

Electric cargo bikes are usually quite heavy. In conjunction with the big loads that they’re expected to lug, the drain on batteries can be considerable. Look for a high capacity battery or a dual-battery system. You’ll also need a reasonably powerful motor and a system that expresses considerable torque.

Rehab and Limited Ability

For whatever reason, you may have a limited ability to cycle. This could be due to age, injury or a physical disability. E-bikes can be a great way to supplement or rebuild strength.

Depending on your intended use, you’ll have different requirements concerning motor wattage, battery capacity, torque, build and configuration.

Retro

For some, a retro-styled e-bike is the way to go. If this is the direction you’re heading, then performance and speed probably aren’t your top priorities.

On your old-school roller, you can get away with a moderately-powered motor expressing average torque.

Even so, some of these frames are large and heavy. So you’ll need at least enough battery and ‘oomph’ to reach optimum cruising speeds.

Before you can make sense of the e-bike options available to you, it’s helpful to get a basic understanding of e-bike terminology.

Terms

Sometimes, approaching the world of e-bikes can be daunting. Even if you are a clued-up cyclist and bike aficionado, the additional knowledge needed to make a discerning e-bike purchase can be bewildering. But it needn’t be. You don’t have to be an electrical or electronics engineer, but it’s handy to have a few terms under your belt.

Watt Hours (Wh)

On your e-bike, ‘Watt hours’ is a measure of available energy. This is probably the most important measurement to look for in your e-bike specs. It will be abbreviated as ‘Wh’ and is the most reliable measurement of your bike’s battery capacity.

In gas-guzzling terminology, think of it as the size of your fuel tank. In simple terms, the higher the number of Watt hours, the more range that is available to you. The amount of energy that your battery has available is known as its ‘capacity’.

Watt hours can be calculated if you have access to the voltage and amp hour figures for a bike’s battery. It’s a simple calculation.

  • 24V x 20Ah = 480Wh
  • 36V x 10Ah = 360Wh
  • 36V x 11Ah = 396Wh (≈ ‘400wh’)
  • 48V x 17.5Ah = 840Wh

So what does it mean, this term ‘Watt hours’ ? A ‘Watt’ is a unit of power. ‘Watt hours’ is a measurement of power used over a period of time and represents a measure of ‘energy’.

In terms of what you need to know, regarding your e-bike purchase:

A 250Wh battery can deliver:

How does this translate to your ride? If you are really working higher assist levels, your battery will last half the time that it would if you were running the battery at half of its capacity. Simply put, if you lay off the juice and contribute more pedal power, your battery lasts longer.

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A bigger battery will take you further, but can add considerable weight.

“But how far?”, I hear you ask. This varies according to a number of factors, including:

  • Bike weight
  • Rider weight
  • Elevation
  • Rider input (pedal power)
  • Wind speed (and direction) – this can dramatically affect energy consumption

One expert puts it like this:

“On a lightweight electric bike, on typical fairly flat roads, not much wind or none at all, while barely pedaling… not working up a sweat, on pumped tires, typical 200lb or less rider, expect burn rates of 17 watt hours per mile on average… It can be much more or much less depending on countless factors but this is a realistic number to start with.” 10

Therefore, as this same expert goes on to say, “A 36V 10Ah battery pack with 360Wh of capacity would… in theory provide 22 miles (36km) of range, from a full 100% charge.”

These calculations are much more straightforward if you pay attention to the kilometer figures in the calculations (and convert them to miles). From this info, you can easily work out what battery would be suitable for you. Is your commute longer or shorter than 22 miles, return? If so, and you were using the battery mentioned above, you wouldn’t have to charge at your destination.

In reference to an e-bike’s battery and on manufacturer’s specifications, ‘Amp hours’ should always be listed.

For the buyer of a new bike, Amp hours is useful in calculating Watt hours.

This is done by using the aforementioned formula:

Voltage x Amp Hours = Watt Hours

Amp hours will almost always be within the range of 8Ah to 28Ah.

Voltage

Voltage relates to the entire system on an e-bike. Voltage pushes the flow of energy and generally relates to speed. The higher the voltage, the faster your e-bike can go. A 36V system won’t necessarily use a battery that’s exactly 36V, but it will be close.

Usually, new e-bike systems sit between 24V and 48V. There are also 52V options.

Torque

To simplify, torque describes the amount of power available to you at lower revolutions (RPMs). In straightforward on-road terms, the benefits are two-fold. A motor with higher torque will give you more power from a dead stop. It will also help you climb hills at a faster speed, for a longer period of time.

Torque is measured in ‘Newton Meters’ and you’ll see it listed in e-bike specs, using the abbreviation ‘Nm’. Lighter bikes require less torque, so 40 to 50Nm should be plenty, while e-mountain and cargo bikes need more torque to overcome heavier loads and troublesome terrain. Expect figures up to and beyond 75Nm.

This mid-drive motor claims up to 160Nm of torque

Range

We’ve discussed how technical factors relate to range, but what should you expect when you’re shopping around? If you are consulting a seller about your needs, they should be able to give you advice based on a few factors. It’s a good idea to either consult an expert (who can give you trusted advice), or use the information available (to assess the specifications listed for new e-bikes).

The reason for this, is that some vendors and manufacturers may overstate range expectations.

Using either of these methods, an expert or yourself should assess your needs based on:

  • Your genre and style of riding (commuting, mountain bike, gravel, cargo etc)
  • The amount of pedaling you’ll contribute vs. the amount of pedal-assist that you’ll require
  • Your own weight

The average range of an e-bike, using moderate levels of assist, is around 20 to 35 miles. Do you need more than this in a day? For most riders’ commuting needs, this is ample.

For bigger cargo needs, you may need more power and a bigger battery. Previously, we mentioned how range is affected by a number of factors including; wind, elevation, pedal effort and the combined weight of you and your cargo.

Your range is also influenced by how you use the motor. A lot of stop-starting will tear through juice in a Rapid fashion.

The resistance of muddy, slippery or snowy surfaces will require more effort from your battery to overcome.

One of the factors that is mostly outside of the rider’s control, is the outside temperature. Both extremes of weather can lead to deficits in battery capacity. First in the short-term, then eventually degrading the capacity on a long-term basis.

Now that you get the basics, let’s look at the important components that make up an e-bike.

Electric Bike Components

Batteries

The battery-pack you see on e-bikes looks like a singular unit. It usually takes the appearance of a long, black box.

Within this ‘battery pack’, a number of smaller battery units are connected together in succession (as a pack).

Once you’ve got the basic technical factors sorted, you can understand your battery needs. The experts advise to seek out a battery that offers slightly longer range than what you’ll usually need. This will cover you when you inevitably get lost on a lonely, unlit highway, far from home.

Many first-timers aim for a huge battery, in an effort to cover the longest possible ride. The problem here is that large batteries add considerable weight. This extra weight slows you down and requires more power to overcome, creating a Catch 22 situation. In any event, ‘slightly more than what’s needed’ is a good yardstick.

Some bikes come pre-configured to accept a dual-battery setup. This means that you can keep weight down and use a single battery on less-demanding trips, while having the option to slot in a second battery on epic quests and trips to the lumber yard. A second battery means double the range, but double the weight.

Many bikes come with a lockable battery. You will be provided with a key that allows you to lock your battery pack to your bike’s frame.

Almost all modern battery packs are removable. This allows you to charge the battery wherever a convenient outlet is located.

Just as importantly, it allows you to remove the pack to prevent theft. But if you’re just spending two minutes to dash into the bodega for a loaf of bread, it could be more convenient to lock the pack and leave it where it is.

Battery Life

Most batteries are expected to last for 300 to 1000 charge ‘cycles’ or for around 3 to 5 years. After this period, your battery will not last as long as it did when box-fresh. It’s natural for battery life to reduce over time.

Most major brands give their batteries a 2-year warranty.

Temperature extremes can be detrimental to battery capacity

Experts advise e-bikers to seek a battery that has a two year warranty, at minimum. Other factors that affect battery life include:

  • Storage
  • Maintenance
  • Use with heavy cargo loads
  • Exposure to extremes of temperature
  • Frequency of charging (a battery should be charged at least every three months)

It’s a good idea to make every effort to prolong your battery’s life, as they can cost from a few hundred to as much as 1500 to replace.

Chargers Charging

Manufacturers will often state how long it takes to fully charge the battery on an e-bike model. This information can be invaluable. If you’re someone who has a long commute, you might need to charge-up for a few hours at your destination. Or, you might not have this opportunity.

Charging times vary according to the capacity of your battery and the amperage of your charger. 2-amp and 3-amp chargers are common stock options that are often sold with new e-bikes.

If your e-bike comes with a 4-amp charger, you’re in luck. This is considered to be a ‘fast charger’.

It’s possible to charge a battery at either a fast or slow rate, though persistent ultra-fast-charging will lessen the life of your battery.

This device is the brain of your e-bike. It’s connected to your bike’s battery and motor. It controls the movement of power from the battery to the motor, by pulsing on and off very quickly. This function is known as ‘Pulse Width Modulation’ (PWM).

It prevents excess stress and overheating of your battery, as well as ensuring that your motor doesn’t overheat.

The controller sets a limit of how many Amps are allowed to flow to the motor. This is known as the controller’s ‘maximum amp rating’.

The ‘maximum amp rating’ can radically affect how much power is available to you.

Motors

Many sellers will advertise their e-bike models according to the motor’s wattage. Mostly, you’ll see 250, 350, 500 and 750-watt e-bikes. At first, this may come across as a straightforward way to determine the power of your desired e-bike. However, wattage means very little on its own. It’s important to take into account your battery’s voltage and the maximum current (in amps), that your e-bike’s controller can handle.

An e-bike with a 36-volt battery and a 15-amp controller is capable of putting out 540 watts at peak power. 36 x 15 = 540. This is the case, even if it’s advertised as having a ‘250 watt’ motor. So you might be getting more power than you originally expected.

The intricacies of e-bike power ratings can become very detailed. You can find resources online to satisfy your deepest level of curiosity. For now, let’s go into the other characteristics of e-bike motors.

There are two main types of e-bike motor, each being positioned differently on your new e-bike. They both have benefits and drawbacks.

Hub Motors

Hub motors are situated within the hub of an e-bike’s rear or front wheel. On new e-bikes, rear hub-driven motors are common. They are the most affordable option available. Front-driven hub motors are becoming less popular and are usually found on electric conversions of standard bicycles.

There are two main types of hub motor:

Geared hub motors use internal nylon gears to reduce the motor’s output to optimal speed and efficiency. This makes them more complicated but lighter than direct drive systems.

They offer more torque and are a bit noisier than direct drive systems, which are simpler, more reliable and more powerful. But they’re heavier and larger than geared options, resulting in more demand on your battery.

A geared hub motor
  • Hub motors are usually the cheaper option
  • As a reliable, self-contained system, it requires minimal maintenance
  • If your chain breaks, you can ride home solely on the power of the electric hub
  • If your hub motor fails, you can pedal home using your bike’s drivetrain
  • Hub motors put less stress on the bike’s other gearing components

Things to Consider

  • Hub-driven systems can overheat on long, steep climbs
  • They’re heavier than mid-drive options
  • Tire changes can be complicated, involving disconnecting motor wires
  • Direct-drive motors don’t have any internal gears
  • Geared hub motors have a single gear ratio
  • Having a heavy hub motor on the rear or front wheel can imbalance an e-bike
  • Spokes are more likely to break, due to the weight of the hub in the wheel
  • The width of a hub motor may limit cassette gears to seven speeds
  • Tire widths are limited by the rim that’s attached to the hub motor
  • Hub motor cadence sensors may result in lurchy or awkward motor timing

Rear wheel hub motors may place too much weight at the rear of your e-bike.

Front hub driven systems have decreased in popularity. With minimal weight on the front-end of most bikes, riders can easily spin-out under torque, on wet and slippery surfaces. This has led to a number of wipe-outs.

Mid-Drive Motors

Mid-drive motors are situated between the cranks of your e-bike. These motors require a specific kind of frame, that accommodates a motor in place of a regular bike’s bottom bracket. What’s the skinny?

  • A central location leads to even weight distribution on your e-bike
  • They are typically lighter and smaller than a hub motor of comparable power
  • Direct pedaling input leads to more range, especially across climbs
  • Tire changes are unaffected by mid-drive motors
  • A torque sensor accurately meters out assistance according to pedal power
  • Riders generally report a smoother ride quality
  • Tackles steeper hills for longer than a hub motor of similar power
  • open to different set-ups that use standardized bike components

Things to Consider

  • They’re usually the more expensive option
  • These motors depend on more rider input, through pedal-power
  • Mid-drives wear harder on chains and cassettes
  • They are more complex and require more maintenance than hub motors
  • Most brands don’t offer repair options outside of warranties
A mid-drive motor on an electric mountain bike

Choosing a Motor

Hub-Driven Motors offer maximum assistance for less pedal effort. This suits senior riders or those with a disability, as well as anyone seeking physical rehabilitation for an injury.

But they’re also great for anyone who’s a less-experienced or less-frequent cyclist. If you’re a new rider or returning to cycling, a hub-driven e-bike may be for you.

Mid-Drive Motors suit riders who want a boost, but who still want to stay fit. They are the preferred option for experienced cyclists. Riders who know how to change gears will be able to attain an efficient ride and extend the life of a mid-drive e-bike.

  • Direct-drive hub motors have less torque than geared hub motors
  • Geared hub motors are the choice for more torque, from a hub-driven option
  • Mid-drive motors in low gear, can climb steeper hills for longer than a similarly powered hub motor

Brakes

There’s nothing unique about e-bike brakes. But with consistently high speeds and extra weight (compared to a regular push-bike), you’ll be seeking ample stopping power.

Almost all e-bikes use disc brakes. Mechanical disc brakes are reliable and easily adjusted. Hydraulic disc brakes are more powerful but may require professional adjustment and repair.

Some cheaper e-bikes come fitted with rim brakes, usually as V-brakes. You may also find drum brakes on a rear wheel, sometimes used in combination with a front wheel rim brake. Be wary of the increased stopping distance and foresight that these brakes will require.

A hydraulic disc brake and rear hub motor

Weight

Electric bikes are heavier than their pedal-powered counterparts. That’s just a fact. Maybe one day, this won’t be true. But for now, it’s unavoidable. A motor, battery and cabling all add up to decent heft.

Eventually, most e-bikers run into the unexpected situation where they run out of battery. It’s important to consider how heavy an e-bike is to pedal unpowered. Some e-bikes are relatively easy to propel on flat ground, without juice. Others can be a real slog.

There is another situation where the weight of your bike can have heavy implications.

If you live in an apartment or walk-up, carrying some e-bikes can be almost impossible. Others aren’t too much of a problem.

Here’s a rough idea of e-bike weight ranges:

Commuter, City and Hybrid Bikes commonly sit somewhere between 33lb and 55lb, but can get as heavy as 100lb. ‘Moped-style’ e-bikes can reach 120lb.

Full-Suspension e-Mountain-Bikes: Lighter, more expensive models can be as svelte as 37lb, which aids maneuverability on technical trails and jumps. Full-suspension fat bikes can weigh up to 100lb. Retro-style e-Bikes may have large, sweeping frames. They suit a casual riding style that isn’t radically affected by extra bulk. They often weigh between 55lb and 65lb.

E-Road Bikes are the lightest of all, with an overall weight as low as 19lb. Most sit somewhere between 28lb and 31lb. These trim figures are reflected in the high of these bikes.

Electric cargo bikes present the heaviest options, weighing in above 70lb. But these rigs may be capable of carrying as much as 440lb in extra baggage.

Cost

500 to 700

At this price, expect e-bikes with a hub-driven motor in a configuration that may be similar to an e-bike conversion. You can source bikes at this price from big-box retailers. Componentry and gearing will be similar to the level of a low-cost big-box bike. Some folding e-bikes come in at this price range.

Most bikes in this range are urban commuters or present as ‘mountain bike-style’. Some will have mechanical disc brakes. Others are set up with rim brakes (V-brakes) or even drum brakes. Heavier aluminum and steel frames can be expected.

On low cost bikes, front suspension is not unheard of. At this price, it can offer limited benefits and durability. It’s possible that cheap suspension will only add complexity and weight, without real benefits. 36V motors are affordable in this price range.

The price savings you receive from online retailers are due to the fact that many of these manufacturers don’t have to pay for a ‘middleman’ or storefront. Your e-bike will be partially assembled for packaging and transport. Keep in mind that any warranty that’s offered may be contingent on having your e-bike professionally assembled by your local bike mechanic.

After-market servicing and parts may or may not be locally available.

700 to 1400

Motors at this price range are mostly hub-driven. Frames are usually mid-range aluminum.

Componentry may be similar to that found on a 250 to 500 pedal-powered bike. Most bikes in this range are commuters and city bikes.

1400 to 2500

In this arena, quality shoots up a notch. Known brand-name mid-drive systems enter the fray, including Bosch and Shimano. Frames may be of a lighter, higher-quality aluminum construction.

Handy extras include racks, mudguards and lights that are integrated into the bike’s electrical system. Many of these bikes are still urban/city/commuter types but some lower-end and flat-bar road bikes also become available.

A few mid-range, hardtail e-MTBs can also be found. Hydraulic disc brakes are now common.

2500 to 3500

In this range, your dollar gets you a more powerful mid-drive motor and a higher-capacity battery.

Hydraulic disc brakes should be standard. Integrated lights and accessories can be expected, while name-brand components are a given.

At the least, frames should be high-quality aluminum.

3500 to 10000 and Beyond…

In this corner, we have full-suspension electric mountain bikes, high-end commuters, performance e-Gravel, drop-bar e-Road bikes and reliable cargo machines.

Components are lightweight, high quality and durable. Racing rigs are fast and light, with concealed batteries and inconspicuous motors. Many are made from carbon fiber.

Motors will be powerful and batteries are high capacity. Some options come ready-built to incorporate a second battery in a dual setup.

Accessories

It pays to consider the inclusion of extras and integrated accessories as part of the cost of your new e-bike.

Some e-bikes come fitted with front and rear lights. The best systems are connected to your e-bike’s battery and can be operated from a switch on the handlebar.

Other e-bikes are equipped with fenders and racks. A chainguard may be integrated into the design of your e-bike. It’s a sure way to keep your clothes grease-free on commutes.

These accessories can cut costs and make things easier, because your bike is ready-to-go from new.

E-Bike Classes and Laws

In the United States, electric bike laws vary massively from state to state. In many areas, electric bikes are classed into three categories. This affects where you can ride your chosen e-bike and how fast you can ride it.

Class 1 and Class 3 e-bikes can not be operated by a throttle without applying pedal-power. This feature is reserved exclusively for Class 2 bikes.

Please refer to our other guides, for more information on Class 2 and Class 3 e-bikes.

All classes are limited to a motor size of 750 Watts.

It’s best to check your local laws before purchasing an electric bike. This is especially true when you are ordering a bike online, as it may be tuned to match the laws of another state or country.

E-bikes are not illegal and you needn’t fear that you’re flouting the law by buying and owning one. Local governments and authorities are also users of electric bikes.

Staying Current

In the last decade, cyclists have realized that e-bikes are a great way to ride for longer distances and at higher speeds. Electric bikes allow many cyclists to make that long-distance commute to work, while leaving their car in the garage.

In times past, e-bikes were sometimes seen as exclusive to a less-able or less-motivated rider base. Some competitive cyclists looked down on them. This is no longer the case. They even have their own dedicated professional racing events.

In recent years, e-bikes have revealed themselves as one of the fastest-growing transport solutions in built-up metropolitan areas, worldwide.

Whatever your reason for choosing to go electric; shop around, choose wisely and ride on!

Owen Jesse Owen has spent decades building and riding bikes; as a messenger, photographer and for an environmental non profit. He’s volunteered teaching others to fix their bikes and loves a genre busting bike build.

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In ons assortiment vind je altijd veel tweedehands Gazelle e-bikes. We hebben de volgende modellen:

Je kiest zelf de kleur van je fiets. Hierbij kan je denken aan grijs, zwart, blauw/wit, beige/grijs, blauw/grijs of een combinatie van meer excentrieke kleuren zoals rood of wit. We hebben ook altijd fietsen op voorraad met een lage instap.

We hebben zowel herenfietsen als damesfietsen van het merk Gazelle op voorraad.

Kom langs in onze showroom

Kom eens gezellig langs in Bladel. We hebben altijd een ruime voorraad van tweedehands elektrische fietsen in de showroom staan. Het maken van een proefrit is geen probleem.

Onze fietsen worden door onze service afdeling helemaal gecontroleerd en wij bieden op alle fietsen volledige garantie (ook op de accu) zodat je zeker weet dat je een goede fiets koopt. De prijzen voor onze tweedehands Gazelle fietsen beginnen al bij €599,-. Dat is een fractie van de nieuwprijs.

Gazelle Electric Bikes Review: Complete Lineup Review and Buying Guide

Gazelle Bikes is a Dutch company steeped in history in the region. You won’t walk more than 200 feet in a Dutch city without passing one of their bicycles.

Since the emergence of e-bike technology, Gazelle electric bikes have also become a large part of the brand’s portfolio. In 2017, Gazelle opened a headquarters in North America, an opportune moment to begin serving that fast-growing market.

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As of 2023, Gazelle offers 11 eBikes in Canada and the US, focusing almost solely on the electric market, in contrast to the primarily traditional bike market in Europe.

This Gazelle Bikes review will discuss the brand and its history, some standout features of Gazelle e-bikes, and each model in detail.

About Gazelle Bikes

Gazelle Bikes is one of the world’s oldest continuously running bike manufacturers, celebrating its 130th year in 2022. Although it has been operating since 1892, the brand continues to innovate and grow its offering.

Gazelle bikes are jam-packed with features that make urban riding and commuting fuss-free. (Image source: Gazellebikes.com)

Gazelle’s mission is to make stylish, comfortable, and long-lasting products built to handle the demands of everyday life. It’s clear that they are achieving this goal, given their international popularity.

The primary Gazelle factory is located in Dieren in the Netherlands. Between the factory, Innovation and Production center, and the testing and assembly building, the company employs over 450.

The current capacity is around 300,000 bikes a year, and with that, the brand opened a North American headquarters in Santa Cruz.

The entire Gazelle range in the US and Canada consists of fully-equipped city bikes, eleven electric and one standard model.

Standout Features of Gazelle Electric Bikes

A commitment to quality is evident to anyone who has ridden a Gazelle e-bike. At the assembly center, Gazelles mechanics perform 129 tests on each bike, ensuring the highest standards possible.

Gazelle electric bikes come in three frame designs, including low, mid, and high-step. In addition, each model has between one and three color options.

Fully-Equipped for Urban Riding

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All the e-bikes in the range come with puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires and a fully-equipped setup of battery-powered lights, a rear-mounted rack, fenders, a wheel lock, and a kickstand.

These components make urban life convenient and safe, and because they come preinstalled, you won’t have to worry about adding them after purchase.

Bosch Electronics

All Gazelle e-bikes feature Bosch electronics, including mid-drive motors, batteries, displays, and controllers. (Image source: Gazellebikes.com)

As of 2023, each Gazelle e-bike uses a mid-drive Bosch motor with 40, 50, 65, or 85 Nm of torque. Apart from the Medeo T9 and T9 City (400 Wh), all models use a 500 Wh battery. Max ranges for each model are from 55 to 70 miles depending on the motor’s power.

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These premium electronics ensure the most natural and efficient ride quality possible, providing plenty of power for tackling hills, hauling cargo, or going fast. The standard e-bikes are Class 1, and the ‘Plus’ builds are Class 3.

Comfort and Durability

Dutch electric bikes are designed to be comfortable, putting the rider in a relaxed position ideal for zipping around the city. While the three families have different geometries and componentry, each provides a smooth and comfy ride using fork suspension, large balloon tires, upright geometry, and soft touchpoints.

Gazelle e-bikes are ideal for senior riders and urban commuters who look for comfort, practicality, and day-to-day reliability. (Image source: Gazellebikes.com)

With over 130 years of experience, Gazelle is incredibly experienced in designing and manufacturing reliable urban bikes that stand the test of time and regular use. Their electric bikes are no different.

Brand-name components, high-end frame design, and rigorous testing mean superior durability. Pair this with the belt drive and internal gearing seen on many of the company’s e-bikes, and you have one of the longest-lasting bikes on the market.

Gazelle Electric Bike Lineup

The Gazelle e-bike range includes eleven different models across three families. Each family has specific characteristics, although the difference between them isn’t drastic (they are all essentially fully-equipped urban e-bikes).

  • Ultimate – Comfort, functionality, and high-performance electronics
  • Medeo – Reliability, affordability, and functionality
  • Arroyo – Style and comfort

Eight of the eleven Gazelle electric bikes are Class 1 e-bikes with 20 mph top speeds, and the rest are Class 3 (Plus) with 28 mph max speeds. The differences between the standard and the Plus builds are minimal, as you’ll see below.

Gazelle Ultimate C380/C380

MRSP: 4,249 / 4,999

The Gazelle Ultimate C380 electric bike is the brand’s most advanced, consisting of one Class 1 and one Class 3 build (C380). These Gazelle bikes feature premium components in every area.

The Ultimate series blends sporty electronics and comfort geometry with a sleek, fully-integrated design and plush touchpoints. The main differences between the C380 builds are the motor power, top speed, saddle, and suspension.

The C380 has Bosch’s Performance Line 65 Nm motor that gets 25 to 70 miles of range, while the C380 has the Performance Line Speed 85 Nm that gets 20 to 55 miles. Both builds use 500 Wh batteries integrated into the downtube.

Each C380 has fork suspension, but the standard one has 40 mm integrated into the headtube, while the C380 has an 80 mm telescoping fork.

Shared features include 1.75″ Schwalbe Energizer Plus puncture-resistant tires, a premium Gates Carbon belt drive, Enviolo’s stepless 380% Trekking hub, and Shimano MT420 hydraulic discs.

If you want the best Gazelle e-bike on the market, choose the Ultimate C380 or C380.

Gazelle Ultimate C8

  • Cheapest Ultimate e-bike
  • 70-mile range
  • Belt drive and Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub

The Gazelle Ultimate C8 is the most affordable in the five-model family, with lower torque, less powerful brakes, and a Shimano internal hub.

The Gazelle C8 bike uses the same Gates Carbon belt-drive system as the other models, except paired with a Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub, which doesn’t have as much range and isn’t as smooth as Enviolo’s, but still performs well for this price.

Gazelle chose a set of Shimano MT200 two-piston hydraulic disc brakes for this model, which are perfectly adequate. As a Class 1 e-bike, the C8 can reach top speeds of 20 mph. Its electronics include a Bosch Active Line 50Nm motor and a 500Wh battery.

Aside from that, this Gazelle bike has the same fully-equipped setup, the Ultimate family’s active yet comfortable geometry, and 40mm of headtube-integrated suspension. Finally, you can choose between two colors and three sizes on a low-step frame.

Add the Gazelle C8 bike to your shortlist if you want one of the best belt-drive e-bikes on the market right now.

Gazelle Ultimate T10/T10

MRSP: 3,999 / 4,499

The Gazelle e-bikes Ultimate T10 and T10 are almost identical to the corresponding C380 models, except for the fact that they come with a traditional drivetrain instead of a belt drive and internally geared hub. The ‘T’ in T10 stands for transmission.

By using a mid-tier Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain, Gazelle cut the price of these bikes by 500, substantial savings for those not interested in the belt-drive system.

That said, the upfront savings will balance out through increased repair costs and maintenance requirements in the future. Belt drives require little to no maintenance and last three to four times longer.

The other major difference between the C380 and T10 models is the weight. These bikes are roughly five pounds lighter, weighing 50.7lbs and 51.1lbs, respectively.

Choose the Gazelle Ultimate T10 or T10 if you want performance, comfort, and style without needing a belt drive.

Gazelle Arroyo C7

The Gazelle Arroyo is the comfort-optimized series, and the C7 is the cheaper of the two models, using a 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub.

This Dutch electric bike has a relaxed upright position, low-step frame, swept-back handlebars, 40mm of fork suspension, and a sprung seatpost to provide a comfortable ride no matter where you go in the city.

The Arroyo C7 uses a belt drive with internal gearing to ensure smooth and long-lasting operation. Gazelle also equipped this bike with a chain guard for extra protection.

Many of the components on the Arroyo C7 are a slight step down from the Ultimate series, such as the Tektro HD-T280 hydraulic disc brakes, which aren’t as powerful or consistent as Shimano’s.

This bike is powered by a Bosch Active Line Plus 50Nm motor and 500Wh battery that returns up to 70 miles of range.

Overall, the Arroyo C7 is a solid comfort-focused electric city bike that offers great value for money.

Gazelle Arroyo C8

The Arroyo C8 Gazelle electric bike is the higher-end version of the two, primarily due to the wider-range 8-speed hub and improved touchpoints.

One unique feature of this bike is the Gazelle Fendervision 50-lux LED light integrated into the front fender.

The C8 sticks to Shimano Nexus but has 8-speed gearing rather than 7-speed. In addition, you get a Selle Royal Loire saddle and luxury leather handlebar grips instead of the plastic ones used on the C7. Otherwise, these two bikes share the same components and design features.

Choose the Gazelle Arroyo C8 if you want unbeatable comfort and functionality from your city bike.

Gazelle Medeo T10/T10

MRSP: 3,299 / 3,799

The Gazelle Medeo family is highly functional, reliable, and designed with an active geometry and responsive ride feel.

The two premium models, the Medeo T10 and T10 use the same high-end Bosch electronics seen on the Ultimate C380 and T10 builds. These include a Performance Line 65Nm motor with a 70-mile range and the Performance Line Speed 85Nm with 55 miles max.

A more forward, touring-style geometry makes the Medeo T10 more efficient over longer distances, and the Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrains will help you find the right gear on varied terrains.

The other differences between the T10 and T10, besides the motor, top speed, and range, are the standard T10 only has two-piston hydraulic disc brakes, 50mm of fork travel, and more small gears (38t chainring). In contrast, the T10 has four-piston brakes, 63mm of fork travel, and more big gears (52t chainring).

The Medeo family has two notable differences compared to the Arroyo and Ultimate. These include wider 2″ Schwable Big Apple tires and a 35-lux headlamp.

All things considered, the Medeo T10 Gazelle e-bikes are excellent options for riders who demand speed and versatility from their city bike without sacrificing comfort.

Gazelle Medeo T9/T9 City

MRSP: 2,499 / 2,799

The Gazelle Medeo T9 e-bikes are the cheapest and lightest in their lineup. This weight is saved by using a smaller 400Wh battery and mounting it outside the frame to save frame material.

Even with the smaller battery, these bikes still get impressive max ranges of 65 and 60 miles, respectively, a very slight drop from the 500Wh batteries.

The cheaper T9 city has a 9-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain, MT200 hydraulic disc brakes, and a 40Nm Bosch Active Line motor. In contrast, the standard T9 has a 9-speed Acera drivetrain and a 50Nm Active Line Plus motor.

Another key difference is the placement of the battery. The T9 City has a rack-mounted battery, and the T9’s is downtube-mounted. The downside of a rack-mounted battery is the extra weight in the rear can negatively impact handling.

For less than 2,800, you won’t find many better options than the Gazelle Medeo T9 e-bikes.

Warranty and Service

Gazelle prides itself on its industry-leading warranty and customer service excellence. All Gazelle electric bikes come with the following:

  • Frame – 10-year warranty
  • Fork and paint – 5-year warranty
  • Battery, motor, and display – 2-year warranty
  • Other parts – 2-year warranty

Gazelle e-bikes are available from dealers across the US and Canada; they do not sell their products online.

FAQs

How good are Gazelle bikes?

Gazelle bikes are excellent choices for urban riders and commuters. Their electric bikes are designed with keen attention to detail and well built, and they use reliable brand-name components in every area. In addition, they offer great warranties to back up their promise of quality.

What is a Gazelle bike?

A Gazelle bike is a bicycle from a Dutch manufacturer named Royal Dutch Gazelle. All of their bikes are based on the traditional Dutch bicycle, with upright, relaxed geometry, a rack, and fenders. Gazelle bikes are ideal for riders who need a bike for urban transportation, running errands, or commuting.

Where are Gazelle bikes made?

Gazelle bikes are made in the company’s factory in Dieren, the Netherlands. Design, manufacturing, assembly, and testing all happen in the various facilities located in the area. This impressive fact sets Gazelle apart from most of its competitors, most of whom outsource manufacturing to factories in Asia.

How heavy is a Gazelle bike?

A Gazelle bike weighs anywhere from 47 to 56lbs, including all the extra components. The lightest electric bikes in the brand’s lineup include the Medeo T9 and T9 City, and the heaviest bikes are the C380 and C380. Gazelle bikes are slightly lighter than the similarly-priced competition.

Is a Gazelle bike worth it?

Yes, a Gazelle bike is worth it. Gazelle e-bikes are some of the best quality options on the market for urban riders and commuters. All the components are from big-name manufacturers, and the bikes are proven reliable, long-lasting, and enjoyable to ride.

Are Gazelle bikes good on hills?

Yes, Gazelle bikes are good on hills. All of the Gazelle electric bikes use mid-drive motors, which are best for tackling steep gradients. In addition, the brand has a range of high-torque options (up to 85Nm); the more torque, the faster you can take on steep inclines.

Do Gazelle bikes have a throttle?

No, Gazelle bikes do not have a throttle because throttles are illegal on electric bikes in the European Union, where Gazelle’s e-bikes are manufactured. For this reason, they only manufacture bikes without throttles. However, they do offer high-speed Class 3 electric bikes with 28mph assisted speeds.

What is the lightest Gazelle bike?

The lightest Gazelle bike is the Medeo T9 City e-bike, weighing just over 47lbs. This weight includes the rack, fenders, lights, kickstand, and battery. The other bikes range from 48lbs to 56lbs. The heaviest models are the ‘Plus’ ones, which have bigger motors.

Conclusion

Gazelle bikes are some of the most reliable, well-rounded, and enjoyable-to-ride mid-range urban models out there.

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While they aren’t cheap, they easily justify the price, especially given that they are designed and manufactured in-house at the company’s factories in the Netherlands. In addition, the warranties on Gazelle e-bikes are some of the best in the industry.

With a price range from 2,500 to 5,000 and three distinct design families to choose from, there is something in the Gazelle e-bike range for most riders.

All things considered, we would undoubtedly consider a Gazelle electric bike for our next urban companion!

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Royal Dutch Gazelle | 2499-4999

Question: Who knows more about bikes than the Dutch? Answer: Nobody. Awarded the Royal title by Princess Margaret in 1992 and ISO-9001 certified in 1996, Gazelle has been building high quality, super comfortable and lightweight bikes for 125 years. With a clear FOCUS on design and technical innovation, their thought is that bikes should be a part of everyday life. These mid-drive bikes are extremely well designed/built, elegant, smooth, well equipped and intended to be ridden daily. We’d put these up against any commuter bike out there with total confidence that the Gazelle would come out on top. Come ride one.

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Haibike was the first, and for a long time the only ones, to believe in the potential of sporty eBikes, and they still do today—more than ever. At Groove E-Bikes, we feel Haibikes leads the pack in value to price ratio, which is why Haibike is our personal e-MTN bike of choice. Come ride one with us.

Tested: The Gazelle Ultimate C380

Great accessories and smooth motor assist make getting around town an absolute breeze.

Takeaway: The Gazelle Ultimate C380 is possibly the ultimate commuter e-bike that will have you effortlessly zipping along at up to 28mph.

  • Fenders, lights, and a rear rack all come preinstalled.
  • Suspension, large 700 x 47 tires, and an upright riding position make for a very smooth ride.
  • Pedal assistance up to 28mph allows you to fully exploit the powerful Bosch motor.

Price: 4,750Weight: 63 lb. (L)

From Bicycling

Style: Class 3 Commuter E-BikeMaterial: C3 Aluminum FrameWheel Size: 700cFork: Suntour Mobie 45, 80mm travelDrivetrain: Enviolo 380 Trekking CVTCranks: Miranda DeltaChainring: 55 tooth Gates CDX Belt DriveRear Cog: 22 tootBrakes: Shimano BR-MT420, hydraulic, 4-piston 180mm front / 160mm rearWheels: (F) Shimano Hub, 15x100mm thru-axle / (R) Enviolo 380 Trekking CVT Hub, Ride Dutch RimsTires: Schwalbe Energizer Plus 700 x 47Saddle: Selle Royal Essenza PlusSeatpost: Alloy Seatpost Handlebar: Aluminum, 680mm width, 15 riseStem: 90mm with adjustable angle

The Gazelle Ultimate C380 is a bit of a mouth full for a bike name, but the keyword to FOCUS on is ‘Ultimate’. Most of the time, this word is an excessive and vain addition to a product title, but it fits well for the C380. This Gazelle’s first Class 3 eBike (pedal-assisted up to 28mph), and it features a belt drive.

Pedal assistance up to 28mph might be the headline grabber, but there are many other neat features and tech that Gazelle has packed into the C380. There are the usual urban eBike features— integrated lights, fenders, rear rack— but things get more interesting with the drivetrain. Gazelle uses an Enviolo 380 internally geared hub that has stepless shifting, in conjunction with a Gates carbon belt drive. These features would be pretty cool on their own, but then Gazelle tops it all off with a reliable Bosch Performance Line Speed motor; providing 85Nm of torque and a 500Wh battery. All of this adds up to quite the ultimate city bike; a bike that makes easy work of everyday errand-running and commuting.

The Gazelle Ultimate Family

The Ultimate C380 I reviewed retails for 4,750. Gazelle also offers two slightly cheaper models for folks with smaller budgets.

The Ultimate C380 HMB sells for 4000; retaining most of the same features from the C380, including the Enviolo internally geared hub, Gates belt drive, lights, fenders, and rack. It uses an internally suspended fork with 40mm of travel ( versus 80mm Suntour fork on the C380). The main difference between the C380 HMB and the C380 comes down to the motor, with the C380 HMB having 65Nm of torque (instead of 85Nm) and a pedal-assisted top speed limited to 20mph.

The C8 HMB is Gazelles’ most economical e-bike with a Gates belt drive system. It retails for 3,500 and has a very similar spec to the C380 HMB. The main difference being a slightly less powerful Bosch motor (with 50Nm of torque) and a Shimano Nexus 8 hub replacing the stepless Enviolo hub.

There’s plenty to consider between these various models besides the differences in torque output from the motors. But it’s important to keep that in mind because if you live in a hilly area or load your bike up with a lot of groceries, a more powerful motor can be a big help. It’s also nice if you just want to go fast.

Ride Impressions

While I have ridden several bikes in the commuter or city e-bike category, the Gazelle stood out as best in class. The first thing worth mentioning with the Gazelle Ultimate C380 is that it’s a really fast bike. The Bosch Performance Line motor provides up to 85Nm of torque. All of this torque, when combined with the massive gear range from the Enviolo rear hub and pedal assistance up to 28mph, means you can get the C380 really flying on a flat stretch of road. However, even when completely wound up on turbo mode, the C380 still felt incredibly smooth and easy to control. The suspension fork and 47cm Schwalbe tires do quite a bit of work to smooth out the road. I would often glance at the Bosch display and be surprised at how fast I was going. The Gazelle made going 25mph feel effortless, even mundane.

With how fast you can get the C380 you’ll occasionally need to stop in a hurry. Shimano hydraulic four-piston brakes provided an added level of control and safety. These brakes never let me down, and I was pleased that Gazelle opted to include four-piston calipers on the C380. Four-piston calipers provide increased braking power over more common two-piston calipers often found on bikes in this category. They are particularly improved to cable-actuated disc brakes that you will sometimes see on cheaper bikes.

The drivetrain on the C380 is unique, but exceptionally well suited to use on a city bike. A Gates carbon belt drive is used instead of a chain. This makes perfect sense for a bike meant to be ridden daily with as little maintenance as possible. Unlike conventional chains, a belt requires no regular maintenance, such as degreasing or lubricating. A Gates belt will last up to about 19,000 miles before needing to be replaced, and best of all, they run almost entirely silently. The main downside of a belt drive system, and why you don’t see them on more city bikes, is simply one thing—added cost.

Gearing on the C380 is handled by an Enviolo 380 internally geared hub. The 380 in the name refers to the 380% gear range the hub is capable of providing. But the main feature of the hub is its total lack of indexing in the shift range; referred to as stepless shifting. Essentially, it means that riders can make very small, or very large, changes in their gear selection with a smooth twist of the shifter.

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