Kalkhoff Impulse and Bosch electric bike comparison

The Impulse and Bosch motor systems debuted around the same time several years ago and both have gone on to dominate the high quality electric bike market. They’re both highly versatile e-bike systems, powering commuter e-bikes, power-assisted mountain bikes and comfortable town bikes.

Both systems are into the second and third generations now, with increases in power as well as functional and ergonomic improvements. The latest versions even offer on-board navigation systems.

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Study finds electric bikes faster than cars for most journeys

kh_e-comfort_bild02-lpr Over 400,000 e-bikes were sold across Germany last year so the Federal Environment Agency studied their merits compared to other ways to travel. It turns out that cycling is faster than driving in your car for door-to-door journeys of up to 6 km in towns and cities. Electric bikes extend this lead – they’re faster than cars for journeys up to 10 km with the difference being marginal all the way to 20 km. When you consider 75% of journeys are under 10 km, it’s clear electric bikes have a major role to play. Continue reading “Study finds electric bikes faster than cars for most journeys”

Greatest Cycle Race in the World Sees Pedal Powered Word Premiere of New Film “Bicycle”

Bicycle” is a 90 minute documentary which has it’s Public World Premiere at the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling on Friday 4th July ahead of the ceremonial start of the Tour de France with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in attendance. Continue reading “Greatest Cycle Race in the World Sees Pedal Powered Word Premiere of New Film “Bicycle””

Electric bikes in London – what are the benefits?

Over at 50cycles, Seven Reasons to ride an electric bike in London are listed, dealing with convenience, health and wellbeing, economic advantages and independence.
An interesting point is made about the relative safety of riding an electric bike in busy traffic: 
“The power to take on hills without getting up and out of your saddle and while keeping your eyes on the road is a big advantage over an unpowered cycle. At junctions crowded with cars and cyclists it’s easier both to get to the front of the pack, to accelerate enough to clear the junction quickly and to get out of harm’s way if ever necessary. You’re also less likely to suffer fatigue towards the end of your journey, so your mind will always be fresh and fully involved with cycling safely. Finally, electric cyclists can maintain a higher average speed than most pedal cyclists so your overall time out on the road will be reduced. “

I’m not aware of any studies that look into the safety of riding an ebike compared to riding a conventional pedal cycle. Sure, there are, in theory, increased risks from travelling at a higher speed, but that same higher speed is likely to make it less likely you’ll have a collision in the first place. 
A lot of cyclist casualties in London have been caused by lorries turning into junctions and missing bicycles in their blind spot. Perhaps if those cyclists had been able to escape a junction ahead of turning traffic an accident might have been avoided. 
At the moment, we’ll have to look to countries like Germany and the Netherlands where electric bikes are in much wider use. Statistics about the relative safety of power assisted bicycles versus pedal cycles will emerge eventually.

Ex-Display Electric Bikes in London

Here is a selection of display bikes on offer at our Richmond shop. They are all in very good or excellent condition, fully functional and ready to ride away. You can test ride and purchase in our shop, order over the phone or online with the special discount code specified for each. We can deliver within 30 miles of our Richmond shop if you are unable to collect from the shop. Call 0333 900 5050 or use the online chat facility to talk to us about these bikes. We also have a similar selection in our Loughborough showroom which will be listed at a later date.
Freego Ex-Demo Freego Folder 10Ah
Condition: Good, few scratches on frame, loose bell. Click image to see larger photo.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £845 (£999 new)
To buy: use promotional code FREEGOEX after checking out via this model’s product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Gocycle Ex-Demo Gocycle
Condition: Excellent. Click image to see larger photo. 6-month warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £1095 (£1526 new)
To buy: use promotional code GOCYCLEX after checking out via this model’s product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Oxygen Ex-Demo Oxygen Emate City
Condition: Very good. White battery pack. Click image to see larger photo. 6-month warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £995 (£1395 new)
To buy: use promotional code OXYGENEX after checking out via this model’s product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Pro Connect Ex-Demo Kalkhoff Pro Connect Alfine
Condition: Excellent as new. Click image to see larger photo. 2-year warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £1595 (£1695 new)
To buy: use promotional code PROCALFEX after checking out via this model’s product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Sahel Comfort Ex-Demo Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort Alfine
Condition: Excellent as new. Click image to see larger photo. 2-year warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: £1495 (£1595 new)
To buy: use promotional code SAHELCOMEX after checking out via this model’s product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.
Sahel Pro Ex-Demo Kalkhoff Sahel Pro Alfine
Condition: Excellent as new. Click image to see larger photo. 2-year warranty.
Location: 50cycles Richmond Shop
Price: SOLD
To buy: use promotional code SAHELPROEX after checking out via this model’s product page, visit us in store or call 0333 900 5050 to order.

50cycles Electric Bikes new website launched

Our new website was switched on just in time for Christmas. It’s a major overhaul and redesign and you’ll find it faster, cleaner and easier to navigate. As well as improving its looks we’ve also filled the virtual shelves with a range of new products, including long-awaited 2011 Kalkhoff bikes, new lights, helmets and other ingenious cycling and sporting accessories. Take a look at 50cycles electric bikes online

2011 Kalkhoff electric bikes

New 2011 Kalkhoff Pro Connect S DL electric bike – boosted assistance, carbon components and very high-end Shimano XTR groupset drivetrain. Surely the ultimate high-performance electric bike when combined with Kalkhoff’s new 18Ah Lithium battery pack, the highest capacity of any production ebike battery now standard across much of the 2011 range.

New Kalkhoff Pro Connect C8 Disc electric bike – with boosted maximum assistance, the new 18Ah battery pack and a fresh design, the renowned Pro Connect is going to be one of our best sellers in 2011.

New Agattu C3

New Connect Lady C8 stylish electric bike

And Kalkhoff’s first Bionx powered regenerative electric bike, the Image B27

2011 Agattu Lite – not electric and it doesn’t even have a chain but its 11-speed Alfine hub and minimal looks make this a very interesting pedal cycle

Tunebug Shake – unless you happen to be riding through a festival or past the bandstand in your local park, listening to music while cycling usually involves blocking your ears with headphones. Not a good idea on busy city streets, or even quiet country lanes. So, as people who love music AND cycling, the Tunebug Shake is a very welcome new product. It attaches to your cycle helmet, turning the whole thing into a head-mounted surround sound speaker, wirelessly. It sounds brilliant. Turn on, tune in and ride away.

LED spoke light – we have one of these running in our Richmond electric bike shop window and it’s turned out to be a powerful eye-catcher. It relies on persistence of human vision to give an illusion of brightly lit words, numbers and geometrical patterns that appear inside the moving wheel. With 40 patterns and phrases, auto-off and low energy blue LEDs, it’s a novel and highly visible way to be seen out on the road.

Casqu’en Ville helmets – it’s been a cold Winter and there was a while yet to go. But that does not mean the prospect of chilly wind buffeting your ears should put you off cycling. Our Yakkay, Casco and Casqu’en Ville helmets all include styles that offer protection against the elements for your ears as well as the usual safety features.

Bern helmets – a great-looking, cool brand of cycle helmet from the US skate scene. Available to try on in our Richmond store.

New testimonials from customers – we’ve added a number of new reviews from recent Kalkhoff electric bicycles owners recently

Pro Connect S customer reviews

Pro Connect Alfine customer reviews

Agattu customer reviews

Finally, we’ve published some recent press reviews of the Kalkhoff electric bike range.

Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort Electric Bike Reviews

Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort electric bike
With the most striking looks of any Kalkhoff electric bicycle, the Sahel Comfort has a level of style and equipment that is unique. It shares the latest 250W high assistance motor, Panasonic Lithium battery pack and Busch & Muller LED lights with several other models, but the Brooks aged leather saddle and handgrips, couple with excellent Magura hydraulic rim brakes, are reserved for the Sahel Comfort alone.

It’s now available to test ride at our new shop in Richmond, South West London and our premises in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Owners have commented on its reliability, good looks, pulling power and feeling of substantial quality. Along with the splendid Sahel Pro Disc, it’s one of our favourite models this year. It’s all very well us saying that, but here are three customers who picked this model over any other:
I rode the Trek (Bionx Trek FX+ electric bike) and generally found it a bit disappointing – it didn’t help as much as I had hoped on any incline (and I was trying it without James and his trailer).
I then tried several Kalkhoff bikes – they were all much better and I thought the heavier build suited my trailer needs better. In the end, I purchased a Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort.
It works brilliantly with James and his new trailer – the hub gears are something which I would have avoided but they are ideal for casual riding, especially when you are forced to stop unexpectedly with a heavy load. I had also planned to ride a Cytronex bike – the company were really helpful and helped me avoid a long, long drive to try out a bike which almost certainly would have been less suitable than the Kalkhoff.
Fergus, Lancashire
Has fully met my expectations. Had no problem and found the range good, although I don’t have a long commute and might not be the ideal person to judge. Has certainly kept a few disagreeable sweat pearls away. Lang lebe Kalkhoff!
Rolf, London
I selected the bike after considerable research and it has met all of my expectations. I’m delighted with it.
Michael, Buckinghamshire
This model originally went on sale for £2195 in the UK, but is now available at our Autumn sale price of for £1750, including VAT and UK delivery. It has already sold out in the very smallest frame size, but we still have a couple left with 50cm (medium) and 55cm (large) frames.