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Everything you need to know about Kalkhoff Electric Bikes

Words by Aaron Scott

on 16/08/2017 09:51:06

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Kalkhoff, founded in 1918, have been producing bicycles in Germany at their Cloppenburg facility ever since, only halting production briefly with the outbreak of World War II. While we haven’t been selling E-Bikes here at Rutland Cycling quite as long as that, we’ve been fans of electric bikes since the very first models entered the market in the 1990s, and so it made sense for us to pick up the revered German brand who continue to deliver new electric bikes with the same technology and passion as us!

Providing a comfortable ride, long lasting power and a sleek aesthetic, Kalkhoff remain one of the worlds "go-to" brands for leisure, adventure and commuter cycling! Kalkhoff Electric bikes have been designed in such a way to make cycling feel almost effortless again which allows people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the freedom of cycling. What more could you ask for?

What can you expect from Kalkhoff bikes?

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Kalkhoff use all of this accrued experience and e-bike expertise to get you to wherever you’re going quickly and safely - whether that be to work, into town, or touring – and develop innovative technology that simply allows you to relax as you pedal. Their products are geared more towards comfort, making them suitable for cyclists and non-cyclists at all levels, with a lot of models specced with internal hub gears for ease of maintenance, and belt drives on some of the range.

Enough of the ergonomic features that make these bikes comfortable... Kalkhoff aren't slacking when it comes to the motor systems that they use. With the choice of either Bosch or Shimano motor systems, alongside a range of motor power output and battery sizes, you can be confident in finding your perfect Leisure bike concoction!

Behind the Scenes at Kalkhoff:

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The first thing that strikes you about the factory itself is its sheer size – owned by P.O.N. Holdings, Kalkhoff bikes are manufactured by Derby Cycle, the largest bicycle manufacturer in Germany and one of the largest in the world. Kalkhoff aren’t the only bikes that come out of the factory doors here – inside you’ll also find bikes from familiar brands like Focus, Cervelo and Raleigh.

Inside, there are ten production lines in operation with eight of those dedicated to producing e-bikes, indicating not only the huge growth in the electric bike market in the last few years, but also the commitment to the sector in the future. In total, somewhere between 400,000 and 450,000 bikes are produced here every year by 400 production staff, with a further 450 staff in other roles in the facility.

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Each bike spends around four to five minutes on each work station on the assembly line – being painted, having decals carefully applied, or having parts affixed – with a complete electric bike transitioning from an unfinished frame and box of parts to a finished, built, and ready to ride bike in around 40 minutes.

With such a huge output of bikes, equally vacuous storage is required to house products before they take off around the world to distributors and dealers (and into your nearest Rutland Cycling E-Bike Centre). Close to the production facility, you’ll find a cavernous storage facility which is capable of holding 150,000 bikes at any one time. This is topped up by forty truckloads of bikes which are moved from production to storage every single day.

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With one of the largest and most advanced test centres in Europe, Kalkoff have three engineers who oversee this linchpin of production, with a further four dedicated Quality Control staff on the production line all day, every day. Over a thousand parts are tested each year including frames, forks, seatposts, handlebars, stems, pannier racks, wheels, brakes, pedals, crack and so on, with reference to the DIN standard PLUS, alongside their even tougher in-house load testing standards.

This level of testing is incredibly high – testing runs 355 days a year, 24 hours a day, with 800 bikes tested to destruction each year between the German facility and a Taiwanese plant. Two days of testing in the Kalkhoff factory equates to the same wear and tear as around ten years of regular riding.

Key Kalkhoff Ranges:

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Kalkhoff Agattu

The features which makes this bike comfortable goes on forever. First of all, at the front of the bike the suspension fork soaks up all of the punishment that the UK roads can throw your way. If any shocks do make their way up the front of the bike, the curved back handlebar with ergonomic grips offer a second line of defence aswell as having the additional benefit of taking any weight off your wrists and putting you in an upright riding position. An upright riding position puts a bit more weight on the back-end of the bike, but worry not. Kalkhoff had thought of that and paired this bike with the comfiest of padded saddles from Selle Royal and their own branded suspension seatpost.

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Kalkhoff Endeavour

Ideal for longer rides and trekking adventures, the Endeavour fleet are comfortable yet powerful machine that is capable of cruising down towpaths with ease. Equipped with all the bells and whistles from straight out of the box, including pannier rack, lights, mudguards and a kickstand, the Kalkhoff Endeavour is ready to ride wherever you wish. If you wish to use the Endeavour as a commuting bike, Kalkhoff has thought of this and equipped the range with a higher amount of gears to ensure that you can flatten the hills and not break a sweat on your way too work!

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Kalkhoff Image

The sporty design, adjustable handlebar stem unit with integrated cables and Shimano e-bike drive gear hub makes the Kalthoff Image Electric bike the perfect all-rounder leisure and commuter bike, which is also great for trekking adventures! The bike comes with everything you could need to get out riding, from the integrated lighting that is powered by the ebike system, to the full-length mudguards. The bike also features a rear carry rack for all of your work/adventure equipment, as well as a kickstand to allow you to park the bike up.

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