Kalkhoff are celebrating 90 years of manufacturing bicycles this year, the sort of longevity only comes from consistently staying ahead of the game and producing quality.Kalkhoff bicycle testing centreKalkhoff’s truly state-of-the-art factory in Cloppenburg, Germany produces more than 2,500 bicycles every day, the largest cycle manufacturer in Europe.Decades of cycling know-how are boosted by the latest computer-aided design, testing, manufacturing & quality assurance techniques. We have toured the facility on several occasions and we’re always impressed by the scale and quality of the operation.There are a number of factors that really set these bikes apart from any others on the market, notably the strict testing regime, use of the latest electric bike tech plus superb design and quality of finish.Testing, testing
Every bike produced in Europe has to meet certain quality and testing requirements, but there is a much higher specific requirement in Germany called DIN certification.
In addition, Kalkhoff bikes must also meet their own super-strict DCW (Derby Cycle Werk) standard.This means, for example, twice the hours spent on testing simulators than required by law. Handlebars, forks, frames, pedals, kick stands and more are all individually tested on custom-built machines.This level of quality and attention to detail is simply not available to any other bicycle manufacturer, electric or otherwise. These are the best of the best.Owning a Kalkhoff bike means buying into one of the most impressive manufacturing operations anywhere.Kalkhoff’s buying power also means they are the first to introduce many innovations. The Pro Connect S is the first and still the only electric bike to use Panasonic’s new high power unit and Kalkhoff bikes were among the first to use Busch & Muller’s latest LED light technology. Panasonic’s largest battery pack is also fitted as standard to maximise range and performance.If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in electric bicycle technology, perfectly integrated with what is a superb bicycle by anyone’s standard, electric or not, then you need a Kalkhoff bike.But please, don’t just take our word for it – please read some of the reviews we’ve received from just a few of the thousands of Kalkhoff electric bike owners in the UK.

Battery pack performance

Kalkhoff pedelec panasonic lithium manganese 26V 10A batterypackIn May 2009, A to B magazine reported:After six months of fairly intensive all-weather use, our Kalkhoff Agattu battery hasn’t deteriorated at all.
We estimate the capacity to be 272 Watt hours today, which is slightly ahead of Panasonic’s claimed capacity [260 Watt hours] and exactly the same as when we tested it last October
An electric bike needs a reliable battery to be effective. Kalkhoff electric bikes are built around the tried-and-tested Panasonic Lithium Manganese battery pack and pedelec motor combination.This is proven Lithium battery technology – safe, reliable, lightweight, easy and safe to charge and use. It’s a power source that will assist your cycling for 30-50 miles or more.50cycles began offering bikes based on Panasonic’s Lithium ion system back in 2004, the first company outside Japan to do so, and we were immediately impressed by their lightness and reliability. Some of these earliest Panasonic batteries are only now being replaced, four or more years later.The latest battery pack used in our Kalkhoff bikes is the largest available and boasts even greater battery life and more powerful performance.

Warranty

Each Kalkhoff electric bicycle comes with a no-nonsense 2 year warranty, including motor and battery.In a market where many electric bike batteries come with a shaky 6-month warranty and dealers who wash their hands of any responsibility the moment the bike leaves their premises, owning a Kalkhoff means years of trouble-free electric cycling.50cycles, UK distributor for Kalkhoff, offers email, telephone and live online technical support. Problems are very rare, so you can expect a rapid and decisive response whenever you deal with us.We’ve lost count of the number of customers who’ve bought one, two, three or more different electric bikes over the years before settling down with a Kalkhoff. One Pro Connect S owner told us recently:

Probably the best e-bike I have owned or ridden. My previous and current bikes include Giant Lafree, Ezee Torq, Ezee Quando, Ezee Forza, Wisper 905se, Cytronex Trek, Kalkhoff Agattu. read more

If you thinking of trying an electric bike, a Kalkhoff should be top of your list. Buy online, visit one of our demonstrators or come and see us in person. We are certain you will be impressed.

Big e-Bike News from Panasonic & Sanyo

Big e-Bike News from Panasonic & Sanyo 1TOKYO, Japan – Panasonic Corp. is in the process of buying Sanyo Electric Co. This is reported today at the Tokyo Stock Exchange where investors scrambled to buy shares from both companies.A merger of the two companies would create not only Japan’s biggest consumer electronics maker by revenue, but also the world’s biggest specialized component maker for e-Bikes.Buying Sanyo would strengthen Panasonic’s battery business and give it a foothold in the fast-growing solar equipment market. Sanyo’s is the world’s top supplier of rechargeable batteries and ranks seventh in solar cells. Earlier this year Sanyo Electric Co introduced an e-Bike with regenerative braking into the Japanese market. Next to complete bikes Sanyo Electric Co also offers e-Bikes systems on an OEM basis, including hub motors.Panasonic Corp. through its subsidiary Panasonic Cycle Technology Co. also markets complete e-Bike systems on an OEM basis which include bracket motors. The company switched this year to lithium-ion batteries and boosted their battery capacity from up to 8 amperes per hour to 10amh. The high quality Panasonic systems are so popular that it was said at this year’s Eurobike Show that Panasonic was already sold out for the remainder of the year.The merger with Sanyo Electric Co. will provide Panasonic Cycle Technology Co. with extra production capacity for e-Bike systems. What is also sure if this merger will be realized, is that it will provide Panasonic with a much wider product range and with the extra production will create the biggest specialized component supplier for e-Bikes.

Latest news from 50cycles electric bikes

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50cycles Advanced Electric Bicycles - latest news and offers
Hello again from the 50cycles team, As well as a new look for our email bulletin we have several new products to announce this time around.
We’re also able to offer Next Day Delivery on most Kalkhoff models if ordered on a working weekday before 1:30pm. This applies to Kalkhoff Agattus in the 45, 49 (both step-thru only) and 53cm frame size (step-thru and gents model), as well as the 53cm Pro Connect. The Kalkhoff Agattu 53cm is still priced at £1250 (compared to £1325 for other sizes), but this will increase to the usual £1325 in the very near future…

Agattu electric tricycleAgattu Pedelec Tricycle

The Agattu pedelec is renowned as one of the very best electric bicycles ever made. Now a Norwegian company has gone one wheel better by modifying the Agattu for extra stability. A warning though – it’s not cheap! Agattu pedelec trike

Agattu XXL pedelec bicycleAgattu Pedelec XXL

A question we’re sometimes asked is ‘am I too heavy to use one of your bikes?’ The answer has arrived in the shape of the XXL version of the Agattu. It’s reinforced frame, wheels and forks will happily carry a riders who weigh up to 170kg (27 stone) Agattu XXL pedelec

Ego Electric Street ScootaEgo Electric Street Scoota

The Street Scoota has had a lot of coverage lately because it offers decent electric motorcycle performance at a good price. With a top speed of 30mph and a range of up to 40 miles, it’s another smart way to get around town without costing the Earth. Ego Electric Street Scoota

Univega Tandem CompanionUnivega Tandem Companion

The factory that produces all our Kalkhoff bicycles also manufactures the Univega brand. One of the models we’ve selected is the Tandem Companion – a 24-speed two-seater for less than £700. Univega Tandem Companion

Lloyd on a Pro Connect climbing Alpe d'HuezPro Connect in Europe

Extra Energy have released annual test results of all the leading models of electric bikes for a number of years now. This year has seen their most extensive test yet, with 28 models scrutinised over 9 months.
The Kalkhoff Pro Connect was awarded the highest ‘Very Good’ rating for its range, power and build quality. The Agattu also received a ‘Very Good’ and was cited as the best value bike among all those in the test. Full results published in English soon.In other European news, Lloyd (above) of 50cycles rode an off-the-shelf Pro Connect up the infamous 21 turns mountain section of the Alpe d’Huez Tour de France stage. This involved a climb of 1,150 metres over 13 kilometres, with many hairpin bends along the way, a route that is considered a real test for professional cyclists. The Pro Connect just ate it up with no stops, even with Lloyd’s 15 stone aboard! Read Lloyd’s own account of the ascent

US deliveries

USA flag - we now deliver electric bikes to the StatesWe can now deliver Kalkhoff electric bikes to customers in the USA and Canada. Call +44 844 800 5979 or order online – once you select your country of residence, our system will automatically deduct UK VAT (local sales tax of 17.5%) and add US shipping. We’ve already delivered our first few bikes to customers in Oregon and Texas.

There’s nothing we like better than a good customer testimonial

As more and more of our electric bikes are being delivered, we’re receiving some very positive reports from new owners. So we’ve published a selection on our website. If you’re a new owner, we’d love to hear from you and add you to the hall of fame.

Pro Connect in Richmond Park sunshineRichmond Park test rides

This summer you can hire electric bikes in Richmond Park for the first time. We’ve supplied a small fleet of Kalkhoff Agattus and Pro Connects to the cycle hire facility in Roehampton Gate car park It’s open every day, with free parking. And if you try a bike and decide to buy, we’ll deduct the cost of hiring from your bill. Richmond Park electric bicycle hire

Brochure download

Download 50cycles Kalkhoff electric bike brochure as an Adobe Acrobat PDF We’ve compiled specifications and reviews for our two main Kalkhoff electric bike models into a single document for you to download, print and read in the comfort of your favourite armchair. Download it here

Panasonic system

Panasonic Logo - ideas for lifeThe Panasonic system has turned out to be the most efficient, reliable and useful electric bike power system around. Read more about the thinking behind it and why it compares so well against other systems.
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New Kalkhoff Agattu Tricycle

New Kalkhoff Agattu Tricycle 2

We now have a tandem in our line-up so the next logical step had to be a three-wheeler. What you see here is a Kalkhoff Agattu modified to become an electrically assisted tricycle. The work has been carried out by a Norwegian company. We have to admit, the 3-wheeled Agattu does not come cheap at £2,995, but with attention to detail like brakes on all three wheels and differential gearing, it’s a good idea executed beautifully.

More details on our website Kalkhoff Agattu electric trike

Kalkhoff electric bike hire in Richmond Park

Kalkhoff electric bike hire in Richmond Park 3Richmond Park’s 2,000 acres includes some of the finest cycling in the UK. Miles of roads and dedicated tracks take in rolling woodland and open grassland dotted with pretty ponds. There are panoramic views across London, roaming herds of deer and several bustling cafés. It’s a cycling nirvana. All that and now – for the first time – our electric bicycles are available to hire there. We recently delivered a number of our best-selling models to Richmond Park Cycle Hire in Roehampton Gate car park [map]. They’re open every day and easily accessible on the eastern side of the park. You’ll find the subtle yet powerful electrical assistance offered by the Kalkhoff Agattu and Pro Connect is perfect for tackling the hilly stretches and seeing the whole park in one visit. They are so simple and satisfying to use that we encourage anyone who’s curious about electric bikes to ride one in these wonderful surroundings. Please take note of the following:

  1. If you hire a bike in Richmond Park and decide to order from us, we will deduct the cost of hiring from your bill
  2. Due to the limited number of bikes, pre-booking is absolutely essential
  3. A photo ID (e.g. driving licence, passport) is required
  4. Helmets are supplied.
To book, please complete the form on the 50cycles electric bikes website
or call 07922 237 700 between 9am and 5pm.

New A to B magazine reviews the Kalkhoff Pro Connecy

New A to B magazine reviews the Kalkhoff Pro Connecy 4The latest issue of A to B magazine makes our Kalkhoff Pro Connect its cover start and includes a detailed review of the bike inside. We’ve published some extracts on the website – A great machine in a class of its own

“In the UK, where people make most of their journeys by car, electric bikes are paradoxically regarded as ‘cheating’, whereas, presumably, a Ford Galaxy isn’t. A strange attitude, and one we will need to overcome if we are to survive in the Peak Oil era. Kalkhoff’s new Pro Connect is, arguably, the perfect machine for this brave new world. At 21kg (2.5kg battery + 18.5kg bike), it’s one of the lightest electric bikes we’ve seen and really not much heavier than a fully-equipped conventional bike.”

Tour de Presteigne 2008 electric bike rally report

We’re back from our third outing to the Tour de Presteigne event.

This year’s two-day event felt busier and better than ever. The exhibition was focused around a large geodesic dome in the town’s green and pleasant industrial estate while the race was held in the town centre with a twisting, turning course centred around Broad Street.

Last year’s event was marred by persistent rain which carried on for months afterwards, threatening to sink the whole country at one point. This year though conditions were near perfect for a cycle endurance rally, dry and cool.

Tour de Presteigne 2008 electric bike rally report 5

The starting grid: Lloyd (topless), Tom (black top), Dan (red top)

The format of the race stayed the same – the winner is whoever completes the most laps of the circuit in one hour. This years rally was split into two categories for the first time – modified (ie bikes with post-production performance enhancement such as derestriction, extra battery packs) and standard (ie bikes straight out of the factory as the manufacturer intended) – with perhaps the widest range of bikes yet and possibly the most riders. Certainly the most determined and Lycra clad.

We fielded four entrants this year, all riding our new Kalkhoff bikes.

Tom Gilfedder of 50cycles rode a Kalkhoff Pro Connect electric bike stripped down to its bare essentials, leaving little more than 17kg of prime German electric bicycle.

Lloyd Clarkson, also of 50cycles, started the race on Kalkhoff Agattu electric bike he had modified himself and named ‘Project X’, something he had been secretly working on in the company’s own Skunkworks for weeks.

Dan McIslay, an upcoming track cycling star, borrowed an Agattu for the event

Emma took to the streets of Presteigne on an extra-small Kalkhoff Pro Connect step-thru electric bike (finishing the race as the first female).

Peter Henshaw glided the top-spec Tasman around the course (probably one of the more comfortable ways to tour Presteigne, and at a sensible speed).

Also, a special mention for Dave Cockroft, who piloted his own Kalkhoff Agattu successfully around the course in a good time. Nice talking to you over the weekend Dave, keep up the good work!

Lloyd and Tom got off to a flying start, hitting and exceeding 30 mph on the first lap, even lapping the back markers before the end of the first lap. Lloyd’s rather revealing race costume helped stir some excitement from the crowd, as did the wheelies he was able to pull on the much-modified ‘Project X’ Agattu. Tom’s factory Pro Connect was neck-and-neck with Project X for the first half of the race, with other makes and models struggling to make an impression on the electrodynamic duo. However, this is when things started to get tricky…

While taking part in a little crowd interaction on a particularly tricky corner off Hereford Street, Lloyd lost a battle with a ‘safety’ bump and came off Project X at high speed, injuring his knee with spectacular effect. He also picked up a puncture shortly after. Despite this, Lloyd was able to continue (averaging around 20mph even with a flat rear tyre) finally completing the course on a standby Kalkhoff Agattu (the one we use for reviews and which many customers in the South East will have test-ridden recently).

Tour de Presteigne 2008 electric bike rally report 6Meanwhile, Tom (pictured left, with 15 mins to go – it’s lonely at the front) continued his cracking pace to lead the pack by a couple of laps at this point. However, he too sustained a puncture in his front tyre (a usually impregnable Schwalbe Marathon that was beaten by a dirty great tack). Fortunately we were able to swap out the quick release front wheel from another Pro Connect within a couple of minutes (the donor Pro Connect had started the race ridden by A to B’s David Henshaw before a last-minute mod using a gear sprocket swapped over from David’s Brompton caused the chain to give!)

Despite this serious, almost race-finishing delay, Tom apparently regained and then kept his lead until the hour was up, ending the rally with a racing finish.

Some confusion over timekeeping and whoTour de Presteigne 2008 electric bike rally report 7 was where on the final lap saw Tom Gilfedder gracefully concede the overall top spot to last year’s winner and one of our customers Ian Johnson on his modified eZee Torq (pictured right, with Tom, during discussions at the finishing line)

Happily, Tom still took first place in the standard category, winning a bottle of champagne and his place in Tour de Presteigne history.

After their flying starts and breathtaking pace throughout the first two thirds of the race, Lloyd and Tom would surely have taken the top two places had it not been for a pair of pesky rusty old tacks they picked up on the course.

Lloyd has vowed to fit absolutely puncture proof Specialized Armadillo tyres to next year’s incarnation of Project X. Special congratulations to Emma for finishing first among the female entrants this year.