Review: Gazelle Arroyo Electric Bike

Review: Gazelle Arroyo Electric Bike


Hi my name is Karen Wiener and I am here at The New Wheel with the Gazelle Arroyo. This is one of the first bike that Gazelle
is bringing into the United States powered by electricity. Gazelle has a long
history of building really comfortable transportation oriented bikes. They’ve
been building bikes since 1902 and you know Holland is flat and the focus I think
has been for a very very long time just making bicycles more and more
comfortable. This is the company that innovated the adjustable stem and the suspension in the seat post was one of their big things back in the
late seventies. So they really have always believed in making bikes comfortable. Now one of the things that has resulted in is a pretty heavy bicycle so the first
time I tried this bike it was a complete revelation. I got on really not knowing
what to expect and what you end up feeling is a bicycle that is
aesthetically beautiful, referencing a lot of the the Dutch design that has occurred over the last century; unbelievably comfortable and
really fun on a flat but most importantly up a hill. The central feature of the Gazelle is its
comfort and that is attained through the combination of a lot of small details.
Everything from the touch points which are usually the very last thing that the
company thinks about when they’re building a ebike, all the way through the
frame make this bike just a pleasure to ride. Gazelle actually is the company
behind adjustable stems which allow you to pull up right here and change your
handlebar to any angle that you want or need in that moment. You can make the ride what
ever you want while you’re out on the road without any tools. One thing you
might not think about in terms of comfort is just the way that your legs
interact with the bike. So for this electric bike you can actually sit on the
saddle and comfortably reach the ground on both sides when you’re stopped but
you can also when you’re pedaling have a full extension that allows you to
put all your power into the pedal and not risk hurting your knees. With an
internally geared hub you can shift when you’re stopped which is really really
key when riding on hills: If you stop to talk to your neighbor halfway up the hill
and you need to get started again you no longer have to ride all the way down to the
bottom of the hill, get some speed up and ride back up; you
can just shift to an easy gear and start going directly up that hill. In typical
Dutch form the Gazelle Arroyo features a fully covered chain guard. Now the major
bonus here is that you never have to think about grease getting on your
clothes when you’re riding to work. The ebike uses Magura HS11 hydraulic
rim brakes which are probably some of my favorite brake around. They modulate
incredibly well they’re super low maintenance and they’ll stop you on the
drop of a dime when you need to. The rear rack allows you to do a crazy amount
with your bike. The rack is designed to be able to hang panniers on it. It’s got this
snazzy bungee which you can hook a sweater into or something like that. Fenders that are super sturdy; just not
going to go anywhere. To add to that you’ve got built in
light which give you not only visibility in the front but side
visibility, shining right through here. The backlight is situated just underneath
the battery. Last but not least you got this cool little cafe lock which is not
rated to American or San Francisco standards of security but can be really
really kind of convenient when you just wanna talk to a neighbor for a second or
your lock somewhere where you can see the bike and you’re doing something
quick. The drivetrain of the Gazelle Arroyo
combines the Bosch Active Line mid-motor with a Shimano internally geared hub
called the Nexus 8. Now this combination introduces a whole new level
of convenience to the ride experience of the bike. So you turn the ebike on, on the right you’re just going to twist to change the gear so that
your legs are communicating with the motor and on the last you can push the
plus button or the minus button or get hit your bell and you go wherever you need to go.
Bosch builds one of the lightest weight rear rack batteries on the market, if not
the lightest, and that means that you won’t even notice that you’ve got your weight
up here. In the end it just distributes the weight a little bit more
between different parts of the bike. Gazelle’s tagline is “makes you feel like cycling” and I gotta say I think they really got it right. So come into The New Wheel,
we’ve got this bike on the demo floor every day, and you really should come try
it. There is no pressure, it’s free, it’s fun and we’ll do everything we can to
make it a super enjoyable experience for you