Hi I’m Brett from The New Wheel Electric
bikes I am here with Mr. Michael Wiener Michael has worked at our San Francisco
store in sales since the very beginning basically, and he also happens to be my
father-in-law. And we are talking about the Gazelle Medeo – this is a new bike
from Gazelle. It’s a classic European city bike at a really great value and
it’s a very stylish new bike. So I’m curious to hear what your experience
riding the bike is and who you imagine appreciating a bike like this?
-Yeah I’ve been riding around town quite a bit for the past week and must say I really
enjoy it. It’s a nimble, light, comfortable bike comes with a lot of features that
you wouldn’t expect on an entry level bike. It really comes complete; it has
fenders, rack, lights, a complete chain guard, console, bell, cafe lock. Most
importantly the the hydraulic rim brakes are very, very positive, very quiet.
– I know from the service department that brakes especially hydraulic disc
brakes, if they don’t have the right pads they’re not gonna last all that long
but the rim brakes last a long time in San Francisco hills.
– Yeah I’m a real fan of these hydraulic rim brakes I mean the fact that they’re hydraulic makes all the difference. – I guess it’s a pretty typical Dutch bike in certain ways. Hhow
would you categorize that? – A Dutch bike gives me a feeling of confidence; they
don’t build bikes that aren’t 100% reliable. They’re part of life in Holland
and this bike would be a wonderful part of your life here. – And Gazelle has
a history of doing this – Yeah of course Gazelle’s been around for what almost 125 years is
called, you know, Royal Dutch Gazelle for a reason. Yeah when a Dutch person comes
in and sees that we carry Gazelle they all get nostalgic because everybody…
everybody grew up with a Gazelle in Holland. They have taken their their
heritage seriously and are still producing bikes that one can depend on
and use is a part of everyday life. – Yeah that’s one thing that’s remarkable is
even a bike at $2,500 is made in the Netherlands. Everything – I mean the frames
are not made there – but the frames are painted, everything’s assembled and
tested there… – And the the Dutch take great pride in what they make – Yeah –
Rightfully so… – How do you sit on the bike? What’s the ride position?
– You sit upright and comfortable and it’s kind of like the bike you
remember from your childhood. It’s not heavy at all; the handlebars are very
adjustable, the saddle is adjustable of course. So yeah I think one could easily
adjust it to accommodate a great number of different ride positions
– It has a new motor from Bosch… What’s the story with it?
– Well it’s noticeably quieter than any mid-drive motor I’ve ever ridden. It is
part of that forgetting your on an ebike. You simply don’t hear it.
– Does it still climb hills well? It climbs hills remarkably well. I really…I mean
so far I haven’t noticed the difference between this and any other Bosch motor.
I think part of the reason is the gearing is is nice on the bike – so you
shift down perhaps a gear lower than you would otherwise be, but it’s Active
Line and it’s got 50 Newton-meters of torque And another nice feature – ebikes
tend to be black or white. This comes in three very nice colors and three sizes
so it’s gonna cover a lot of people. But the colors are rich and deep…
– What are colors? – There’s this this blue there is a sort of a peachy red and an
off-white and a sort of ivory white. – What would be the limit to like, distance-wise,
for like how far can you go on a charge? – I think you know obviously it depends on
how much of the time you’re going on hills. In a city I think on this bike
you’d get 30 to 40 miles of range. -Um-hm…if you were setting someone up for this bike where you were getting a Medeo
yourself…how would you how would you outfit it? – It’s a comfortable bike
but I might add seatpost suspension to it. I’d definitely add a couple of panniers;
might be nice with a foam grip and a rear view mirror. – Yeah so thinking about your
customers in San Francisco like who would find a bike like this to be one to own? – It’s a wonderful commute bike I mean if you’re commuting within
San Francisco you will be very pleased with this bike.
If you’re running errands you’ll be pleased with it. If you just want to go
on weekend rides, it’s gonna be a very nice bike. I would say for anybody
returning to bicycling or anybody who hasn’t tried an ebike before, this would
be a tremendously exciting bike to try for the first time. You’ll be just
picking up where you left off on a regular bike because it feels just like
the bike you last road but it has that wonderful addition of the motor that’ll
make it so that the hills don’t matter. – Yeah. Thank you so much for the overview – Sure – We have the Gazelle Medeo here in Marin and in our San Francisco store and
so come on in you can do a test ride and we’ll go out with you maybe you’ll meet
Michael as well and he can take you on a spin thank you and he’s a boat builder oh and he worked
at the Eames office yeah no no and have you tried Anna’s daughter’s rye bread