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Hello again from the 50cycles team,It's been a few weeks and we've built up a backlog of newsbits, covering a new Winkku option, the Panasonic throttle kit, good news on 2009 Kalkhoff availability, £100 off the new Agattu F for subscribers, national recognition for one of our team and reviews of our Univega range.
Left hand Winkku coming soonThe Winkku cycle safety mirror, with its built-in lights and clever design, proved to be more popular than we expected after revealing it in the previous newsletter.If you've held out for the left-hand version, we have good news. Winkku will literally come up with the goods at the end of this month and we're taking orders for left hand units now.Order yours from 50cycles and we'll throw in postage and the 3 Duracell batteries you'll need free of charge. Read more on our site at Winkku Cycle Safety Mirror, Indicator and LightsPanasonic throttle kitDid you know it's possible to fit a throttle on your Kalkhoff pedelec bicycle?OK, it won't quite let you whizz along at the top speed of 15mph, but it will propel the bike at a brisk walking pace without any pedalling. The idea is to help you wheel the bike along, perhaps when walking the bike uphill. But of course, it can also scoot you along at a leisurely pace if you wish.Price will be £49.50 pre-fitted to a new bike or £44.50 for a DIY kit, including P&P and photo-illustrated printed fitting instructions.We want to check how popular this option is likely to be before we place an order, so just send us an email if you're interested.
2009 Kalkhoff electric bike availabilityMany 2009 Kalkhoff electric models are either in stock now for next day delivery or available within 7-10 days of your order.The latest news we've had from Kalkhoff is that all model and size variations are scheduled to be available by the end of April, with most bikes in production now or in the next couple of weeks.Early demand for 2009 versions of 'simply the best all-round electric bikes you can buy' (according to the current issue of A to B magazine) has been very strong.We expect to sell out of some bikes (notably the newTasman crossbar (left) and Agattu XXL) in the next couple of months. Any orders placed now will secure against any future price rises if the Euro continues to strengthen against the pound.Agattu F with Panasonic's hub motor systemKalkhoff's Agattu F is the first electric bike in the world to feature Panasonic's new hub motor system.The Agattu F looks like an Agattu pedelec, rides like an Agattu pedelec and comes with everything you get - lights, mudguards, rack, suspension, built-in lock - you get with an Agattu pedelec. And it also comes with a European-style coaster brake as well as the usual excellent V-brakes.This means you can apply the rear brake simply by back-pedalling, which is how most cyclists get on in Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere. Coaster brakes are not possible with the standard Agattu crank motor set up.
We have a small number of these bikes earmarked for UK customers at the introductory price of £1395 - that's £100 off the current web price and £500 off the manufacturer's recommended price! There are only about three dozen of these bikes coming to these shores. At this price, it's the least expensive Kalkhoff pedelec you'll see this year.Use promotion code agattuf100 when calling 0844 800 5979 or when checking out online. This offer is valid until midnight on 31 March 2009, or until we sell out of them!50cycles' Lloyd Clarkson selected as a rising star in cyclingWe're proud to announce that this month's Bike Biz magazine features our own Lloyd 'Eco Knievel' Clarkson (left) as one of its 30 rising stars under 30 years of age.If you call 50cycles, more often than not it'll be Lloyd who picks up the phone.The photo to the left shows Lloyd competing in last Summer's Brompton World Championship Race at Blenheim Palace. He completed most of the course on one wheel for some reason. But though he likes to make some things difficult for himself, he's good at making things easy for our customers.He doesn't wear that outfit all of the time, by the way.Did you know Univega mountain and road bikes are made in the same factory as Kalkhoff electric bikes?Kalkhoff bikes roll out of the same German factory as well known quality cycle brands like Focus, Diamondback, Raleigh and Univega.What they all have in common are high quality components, attractive design and competitive pricing. They ride like a dream and that's why we jumped at the chance to offer a selection of Univega's 2009 range through 50cycles' sister site, Univega.co.uk. We knew the Kalkhoff bikes were great and it turns out the Univegas are too.A recent review called the Univega Ram ES-970 (left) 'the dog's danglers' (that's a very good thing apparently!), impressing the reviewers with its 'spec sheet to die for' and a 'not-so-alarming price tag'.Like our Kalkhoff bikes, all Univega models are eligible for our interest-free credit and classic finance options. More and more highly positive reviews are coming in, so if you know any mountain bikers or road racers, a Univega bike is something they should seriously consider.Hold on... is that Spring in the air?The 50cycles Team