An e-bike combines the noble art of pedaling with an electric motor. There’s assistance on demand, that is, up to a speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). Their popularity just keeps on rising, it’s still booming business as usual.
Senior citizens love them, for obvious reasons. But the market has expanded, the elderly-only image is gone. An e-bike as your daily driver when your home is at a short distance from your work, or if you live in a city, why not?
This new Gazelle e-bike is a typical example of such a daily driver, fully up to the task.
Gazelle from the Netherlands was founded in 1892, officially pronounced Royal (Koninklijke) Gazelle in 1992. The company builds over 250,000 bicycles a year.
In 2011, Gazelle was taken over by Pon Holdings. Maybe the Dutch Pon family name does ring a bell; back in 1947, Pon became the world’s first Volkswagen importer. And then there was that simple drawing, the starting point for an automotive legend. On topic, Pon Holdings also happens to own Santa Cruz Bicycles.
Ever heard of a bike with a Bosch Active Line Plus 3.0 mid-engine? Well, this is it. The Gazelle features an aluminum frame and front fork.
The detachable Bosch Powerpack 500 (as in 500 Wh) Li-ion battery. It slides right underneath the luggage rack and it’s secured at the front, to be (un)locked with a small key.
There are four assistance modes. In this picture, the display shows the SPORT mode (at the upper right side); still 73 km to go, it also says.
And now the TURBO kicks in! Evidently, the range drops…
The lowest assistance level ECO should be good for a 175 km range with a full battery.
With + or – on the left side you select the assistance mode.
The bicycle has an Enviolo City stepless transmission. Enviolo was formerly known as NuVinci Cycling.
The front fork’s suspension. Furthermore, hydraulic rim brakes by Magura.
Front and rear LED lamps. Also on the sides of the rear fender, as you can see.
Just to be clear, it’s not my bike. It’s my dad’s new set of wheels, his favorite means of transport.