Kalkhoff Tasman Tour C8 Premium Video Review – City Electric Bike with Mid Drive, German Made

Kalkhoff Tasman Tour C8 Premium Video Review – City Electric Bike with Mid Drive, German Made


>>Court: This is the Kalkhoff Tasman Tour
bike and it’s a pretty cool bike. I’m actually checking this out, I’m at the New Wheel in
San Francisco and we’ve got these hills everywhere. And so they focus on bikes that are capable
hill climbers. And this one certainly is. It uses a mid drive system down there. Keeps
the weight really low to the ground and it’s kind of setup to be a city bike. Let me just
jump into the features, so there’s a 250 watt geared mid-drive system right there. And it
actually pulls on the chain so you’re sort of leveraging whichever gear you’ve chosen
in the rear. That’s a Nexus 8 speed geared, internally geared hub right there. So the
cool thing about it is, you can shift that at stops, like at a stop sign. It’s a lot
more, you know it’s protected from the elements. It’s raining right now, you know, and it’s
not going to get rusty as easily. And it’s just kind of easier to maintain, so that’s
nice. And this one actually has a fully enclosed chain – you can see over there. So the chain
guard is really nice. Its got front and rear fenders, front and rear lights and they’re
actually powered by a dynamo on that front hub. This is a german bike and they have certain
laws and requirements over there so it’s top speed 15 miles per hour, a little bit lower,
but from a safety and quality perspective this bike is very legit. Its got these oversized
rim brakes right there, kind of the v-brake style. That work really, really well and give
you great stopping power but they can squeak a little bit more if you’re, if it’s wet and
stuff but very capable. In terms of powering that motor, we’ve got a 36 volt 11 amp hour
battery pack. So it’s a little bit smaller than the other Kalkhoff I was looking at but
it’s quite capable. You’re going to get decent range and because of that middrive system
I was talking about, and some of the speed limitations and the fact that this is a pedal
assist. You know, there’s no throttle on this thing. So the way it works is you just turn
it on and then you pick one of these pedal assist levels and that’s it. You know, there’s
no display or anything but there’s really nothing to get in your way. Except maybe this
bell which is kind of unique [ringing sound] the other one had a similar bell. It’s just
different style stuff. You know it’s always neat to see kind of the European take because
they’ve been doing electric bikes for a while longer than here in the US. We’ve got this
adjustable neck, so on the fly without a tool you do that and it can, you know, the handlebars
completely adjustable. And you’ve got this nice upright ride, right, where you’re not
leaning over. You’ve got your head’s up, looking for cars, you know and again, this is just
like it’s all about utility. Its even got a built in lock here for the rear so you can
kind of lock your bike down. In addition to to locking it to um, you know a bike rack
or something like that. Its got a nice rack here, so you know it’s a cool bike. It’s easy
to appreciate the utility of this thing. It’s not the fastest and not quite the lightest
either but you know, all that weight is kept low to the ground and evenly distributed.
And it’s like a $3,400 bike so you know, if you were a commuter and you were looking for
an ebike. This one has a shock, its got the lockout, it’s got the soft seat and it’s you
know, it’s a German made bike, it’s going to last. Now I should say, this is branded
as Kalkhoff right now but I’m told that they’re going to change this to Focus next year in
2014. So kind of the same bikes but for the US they will be called Focus. And they’re
part of one of the biggest, um sort of bike distributors in the US, or I’m sorry, Europe.
So their stuff is, they’ve been doing it for a while, they’re making it work. So, listen
for the motor when I put the camera down there. [soft whirring sound] You can hear it working
but it’s not that loud and we’re climbing a hill right now, for sure. I’m not really
even having to work very hard. You know, we’re in San Francisco here, it’s raining and I’m
staying dry, my pants are clean, I’m not having to over exert myself. That’s what this ebike
is about. You know, I’m pretty impressed. I’m really digging the Kalkhoff stuff. For
more info on this bike, for the full written review, comments and stuff, check out ElectricBikeReview.com
and I’ll see you there!