Kalkhoff Pro Connect X27 Video Review – Touring Electric Bike with XION Hub Motor and City Kit

Kalkhoff Pro Connect X27 Video Review – Touring Electric Bike with XION Hub Motor and City Kit


>>Court: This is the Kalkhoff X27 and the
X stands for XION, you can see right there on the hub motor. And, 27, well it’s a twenty-seven
speed bike. And this is a really cool mix of sort of performance, almost like touring.
You know, you’ve got this nice light weight shock on the front, you can see there. You’ve
got the lights, you’ve got the fenders and everything but you’ve got a wonderful drive
system here. And this is a XION system so that’s a gearless 250 watt rear hub motor
but it actually performs at a really high level. I think the peak output is 1,100 watts
so it’s, it can be kind of deceptive when you hear that. Front and back disc brakes,
because when you’re going fast and you’ve got a very capable bike like this you want
to be able to stop. The battery pack there is 36 volts with about 12 amp hours of capacity
and I love the way it’s mounted, kind of mid-frame like that. It distributes the weight evenly
across the bike. So Kalkhoff is a german bike company and they’re actually part of Derby
Cycles which owns Focus and a few others, Raleigh in Europe and they’re actually, I’m
told, going to rebrand this as a Focus ebike in 2014. So what you’re looking at here is
a 2013 version but it’s still, you kind of get the gist of what this bike offers. The
lights are actually dynamo powered and that’s a regulation in Europe right now, which is
neat because if the battery on this bike runs out your lights will still work. And they’ve
got a capacitor so when you stop, they stay light for a little while in case you’re pulled
over on a road and you know, you don’t want to get hit from behind. Riding in San Francisco,
you can imagine there are these big hills and stuff and a bike like this that offers
really good power at a relatively light weight is awesome. And of course it rains here, it’s
raining right now, and the fenders and everything are really appreciated. This bike is like
$3,500 USD and considering all of the upgrades, you know you’ve got these beautiful ergo grips
here, the fenders, everything I talked about before, the nice shock with lockout. I mean
this is just a great bike, I’m demoing this at the New Wheel and that’s what they focus
on is these hilly bikes that are capable enough to take on these hills in San Francisco. And
I’m really falling in love with the XION system. As you can see its got this nice big screen.
This was on one of the Focus bikes that I reviewed a little while ago and it’s just
great. I mean, it gives you five levels of pedal assist and this nice break out controller
here. As you can see, it actually approximates how far you can go with the different levels
of assist. So, you can’t see that real well but it’s 39 miles, 47 miles at the lowest
level of pedal assist and then you’ve got regenerative mode. Two modes of regen, so
if you’re going down a hill you can put some of that energy back in the battery pack. Which
is just super cool! And in fact this has like a speed setting so you can say “I want to
regen but I want to regen at 15 miles per hour” so it’s not completely slowing you down
which some of the other bikes do. It’s smart, it’s a smart system, it’s a wonderful bike,
it’s pretty well priced and it’s capable. So that’s the Kalkhoff Connect X27. I’ll do
a little ride test here, you can try to listen for the motor but it’s just silent. These
things are super quiet. Actually… we’ve got a car coming here, I’m going to give them
their way. Turn it on to different pedal assist mode. There we go, here we go! [wind noise]
And you really can’t hear it at all and you know, we’re climbing a hill here. I’m not
struggling, not out of breath. That’s exactly what these bikes are designed to do. You know,
if you’ve got knee issues or something. It’s a great choice, I really like it. For the
full written review on this bike and other electric bikes check out ElectricBikeReview.com
I’ll see you there.