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- Hey guys, we're taking a morning ride.

We're checking out a new one from Gazelle,

this is the Ultimate C380,

it's one of four models

that Gazelle categorizes under the Ultimate category.

They have the C8, which uses an eight-speed

Shimano Nexus internally geared hub.

They have the C380, which you see here.

And it uses an Enviolo 380 degree gear ratio,

continuously variable transmission.

So this thing is very fancy.

It weighs a little bit more

than just a traditional derailleur,

which you can see on the ultimate T10, that's a 10 speed.

So if we think about maybe the gear ratios here,

the C8 with the Shimano Nexus, that's like 11 to 36,

kind of a gear range.

And the TI0 that has Shimano Deore, that's also 11 to 36

and it has 10 speeds.

And then they have the T10+,

which uses a speed pedelec motor.

So it goes a little bit faster,

28 miles per hour, 45 kilometers per hour.

And that one has 11 to 42 gear ratio.

So this one actually is equivalent to that Deore XT

on the T10+, it's really nice.

It's a really wide range of pedal cadence options,

which is wonderful if you're climbing Hills

or maybe you're tracking,

and they do kind of categorize this

continuously variable transmission

as like the tracking model.

So it can handle up to 85 Newton meters of torque.

Now this motor only offers up to 65 Newton meters of torque.

So you're covered, like this is a little bit more durable.

They kind of categorize this as

sort of like a trekking bike maybe or touring.

You've got a suspension seat post right here,

only 40 millimeters of travel post-modern,

this thing has preloaded just in the base.

I think you just use like a little hex wrench,

you can twist to the right or the left.

There is a little bit of stiction,

which means it doesn't slide

like perfectly smoothly buttery.

It's a little bit more, and it kind of jerks

into position or out of position,

especially if it's cooler and today is a cooler morning.

So that's the case, it warms up a little bit over time

and when you set it for your body weight it works great.

Plus this saddle, this is the Loire Gel from Selle Royal.

I mean, it is really, really soft and comfortable,

a little bit wider, very nice set up there.

And then up here, we have another 40 millimeter.

This is suspension fork nonadjustable,

again, not like the heavy duty suspension on this spike,

but it's better than nothing.

It's really clean, it's really sleek looking.

And then it allows for a lighter weight,

aluminum outweigh fork, it's like a blade.

So it's pretty aerodynamic here.

You'll notice that this is black and a lot of the other

just sort of hardware,

whether it's the aluminum alloy fenders

or these mid dish rams right here, the spokes, the hub,

even this nice little aluminum alloy belt cover

that we have right here.

And this is a, it's kind of a guard

on that belt ring up there, really set up,

just love how everything is black

and especially this rear rack, this thing is awesome.

You can see how they bent it in

to act as like a pannier blocker

so that your bags won't swing back and forth

and make contact with these tires.

They used not really standard gauge tubing

on the main supports, they have it right here.

That's what I consider standard gauge.

And that's the most compatible

with like clip on panniers and stuff.

But I think this isn't so wide

that it won't limit your options.

I still think you'll be able

to clip a lot of panniers on here.

You can also use the bungee option

that a lot of panniers have

so that they won't be bouncing around.

They have an integrated double strap bungee right here

with this cool hook thing.

So it's just super fast, just boom

and you've got your jacket or whatever secured,

it's aluminum alloy and it's got this

integrated four LED light back here.

This thing is awesome.

I'm gonna show it later,

but it's just really neat to see how well protected it is

and how visible it is with the side cutouts.

I really think that the rear rack is great.

It also provides some support for that rear fender.

This fenders are like 60 millimeters wide aluminum alloy.

And with that extra support,

as well as this one that both attach that rack,

they don't rattle a whole lot.

It's really nice, and then the final

kind of the icing on the cake for this rack

is that it's rated 27 kilograms.

So it's like, most racks, it's like 50, 55 pounds.

This one was like 60 pounds.

So it's even sturdier,

a lot of options there.

So you come back to this maybe tracking or touring platform.

I think you'd get a lot of comfort.

You'd get some efficiency.

Of course, you've got safety,

you've got these reflective sidewall stripes,

you've got integrated lights.

This one also has side windows, it's 50 LUX.

This is blue line.

It's got the reflector and it's up high.

So it's still points where you're steering

'cause it's mounted to the handlebar versus way down here,

you're just gonna be a little bit more visible.

I really feel like it's an awesome bike.

The one trade-off is that,

you're given the Bosch PowerPack 500.

Now they do have like the 625, it's even higher capacity.

Maybe they did that because this bike

comes in three different frame sizes,

I'm on the middle size right now, sort of the medium size.

They all come in Step-Thru.

So you can't really get a high step version

if you want the Enviolo.

And that's the C380

that they brand this particular platform as.

So maybe it's just because they wanted

to make the frame extra stiff.

And if you've got too long of a battery pack

that wouldn't work.

I like the top mount design and I wanted to show you this

before putting the battery pack on,

there's like this aluminum alloy,

probably like a reinforcement strength platform.

And then they've got this like angled sort of tubing,

really clean, well, I'm sure this is hydroformed stuff,

but it just looks really nice.

It's a little bit fatter

and there is a little bit of frame flex on this,

but not a whole lot.

It's actually pretty good.

And then they've got this like memory foam

at the bottom here.

So it dampens any vibration.

It's pretty quiet.

So the bike with this battery pack on

with its plastic cover and everything you see here,

all the fenders and the rack and lights

and everything like that, 63.4 pounds,

which isn't super lightweight,

but it kind of has everything you need,

but it's only the 500 watt hour battery pack,

which offers something like 30 to 70 miles per charge

according to the actual range estimator tool

on the Bosch display panel.

So to me, it's like, I guess if I'm riding an Eco or Tour,

or maybe even a little bit of Sport

and you're getting 50 miles or something like that,

is that enough for touring or tracking?

I don't know.

I mean, I don't actually do a whole lot of that,

but to me that means like really long range

and lots of cargo and maybe even dual battery setup,

this just doesn't offer that.

But it does at least come with the Bosch

four amp battery charger. '

This thing weighs like 1.7 pounds, four amps.

It feels very quickly.

It's got the proprietary charging plug,

plugs right into the battery pack or the side of the frame.

I like that this is up high.

So you don't have to bend way down to plug it in.

It's nice, It doesn't need any extra dongles

or anything like that.

And then this sometimes,

it's got to line it up to really get it in there.

It's a little complaint, but it's something,

I like it when it just clicks right in no problem.

Look at how beautifully all the cables

and everything are integrated on this bike.

It's super, super clean, totally purpose-built,

you can see some welds right here again,

coming down to strength.

And then we have the battery locking core

on the left-hand side of the frame.

And you do have to like open it up,

see how there's just like a square block right there.

It's not angled, you can't just like slap the bat around.

You have to have the key.

So coming back to the battery with the cover,

this is 6.9 pounds with the plastic cover.

And if we flip it around, there's the charging port.

So I'm gonna have to carefully line this up like that

and see, I can't just push, I have to actually twist the key

and then it drops in a little bit and it clicks

and there's actually like a button here.

So if I was taking the battery off,

I'd have to unlock it

and then press this button to release it.

And that's pretty handy

for the underside mounting batteries.

And I really don't love those because you look at the fender

and everything here, it's just tight for a lot of bikes.

And then you have this like longer wheel base.

So one of the things, Gazelle set for this model

is that they match the head tube angle

with the seat tube angle.

They tried to make this more upright

and they brought the wheels together a little bit.

So it's not super long, I think it's like 73 inches

when I did the measurements and stuff.

And that's including the fender

and for a bike with 700c wheels, like 28 inch.

That's pretty good.

So it is a little bit more upright.

We've got this adjustable angle stem

negative 10 to 60 degrees.

You can really raise it up, which I've done here.

This is a little sloped back, very nice.

Just creates that like comfortable

body position if you want.

Or of course you can angle it down if you need to.

And then the three sizes,

you really get the geometry dialed in.

And I want to compliment these grips here,

I've never seen these before,

they might might be proprietary or something.

They're kind of that faux leather stitched design.

They actually feel really soft, very comfortable.

And they're locking, there's a little bolt in the bottom.

I am not used to seeing that.

Normally these like faux stitched leather ergonomic grips

are kind of the cheap ones that they're just,

the online only bikes have and they look kind of nice.

Usually they're like kind of a leather color, a Brown,

but to see these really premium locking ones,

that's a step up and they actually feel really nice.

I know you're not here, you can't feel it for yourself,

but I just wanted to compliment that

and then push the battery the rest of the way in,

there we go.

So I didn't actually hear it click, but the good thing is

because it's got that first release step,

this battery is not gonna tumble out.

And again, it's on the top.

So there's not gravity working against you.

I really like this setup.

Now we have this key from AXA,

we can take it back here to this defender.

This is a frame lock, sometimes called the cafe lock

because you can lock the bike pretty easily

and then just dash into the cafe.

And no one's gonna be able to just ride your bike away.

I mean, they could drag it away, but at 63.4 pounds,

probably not gonna happen that much.

And when I twist the key,

there we go see the metal rod like it vanishes.

And now the bike is rideable.

One drawback in my opinion though,

is that the key is now locked on the bike.

So every time you stop,

you've kind of gone a lock the bike up,

or someone could come tamper with this and steal your key

or someone lock your bike for you.

So to me, there are some other frame locks like this

from I don't know ABUS and stuff

where do you actually can take the key out.

It does come with a couple of keys.

So I don't know, keep that in mind.

And this does also add some weight.

So between the Enviolo

which has this like traction fluid inside,

and these orbs, these metal orbs

and creates this continuously variable transmission

where there's no steps, so you can shift at standstill.

You can even shift while the bike is in operation.

But I find that when motor power is being applied,

it doesn't shift super smoothly.

So kind of a trade off.

They're very durable, very quiet.

You'll notice there's no derailleur hanging down here

to get bumped and stuff, but it adds some weight.

So between that, the kickstand, the metal fenders,

the frame lock and stuff, it's a little bit heavier,

but I feel like back to the frame, the way they laid it out,

they kept the battery as low as possible

here in the down to nice and hidden beautiful.

And then the motor right there at the bottom bracket.

So this is the performance line motor from Bosch,

and it weighs about 7.05 pounds.

Again, it offers up to 65 Newton meters of torque,

which is pretty good.

It's rated at 250 Watts nominal.

One of the things I really like about the performance line

to me, this is almost like one of the most perfect motors

for city or touring type of riding.

This motor, it gives you up to 120 RPM support,

meaning you can peddle at 120 strokes per minute,

and the motor can actually support you up to that speed.

Whereas the active line motor

that's the lowest end in the Bosch lineup.

It only goes to 100 RPM.

It gives you 40 Newton meters of torque active line

plus that one goes to 105 RPM,

but it only gives you 50 Newton meters of torque.

So 65, that's like the sweet spot for me.

It's light, it's efficient, it's pretty quiet.

And then you get up to like the CX and the cargo line

and the speed motors, which gaulter.

It's a little bit heavier.

It's also going to give you 85 Newton meters of torque,

but it's gonna burn through that battery much faster.

So the combination of 500 watt hours,

and this motor it's excellent and they've kind of updated it

and improve the design a little bit for 2020, 2021.

You can because of this drive system and everything

upgrade the display.

We're looking at the Purion display here,

which is one of the more basic ones from Bosch.

It doesn't have, an active USB charging port.

This is just for diagnostics over here.

It doesn't give you quite as many readouts.

It's not quite as big.

It's not removable.

You can swivel it a little bit to reduce glare.

We've got an on off button right there on top,

but we also have an on off button

way down here on the battery.

And to me, that's interesting.

There are a couple of times where,

maybe I haven't ridden my bike for a while.

If it's a Bosch drive system

and some things like the display,

I've only seen this on the Intuvio,

which is the bigger one that's center mounted,

but I'll try to turn the bike on

and then like the display comes on,

but I can't change assist levels.

I'll click like plus, plus and instead of going up to Eco,

like you see here, it just goes up

and then it goes right back.

And I never know what's going on.

Well, what you can do in those cases is turn the bike off

and then you can turn it on using the battery pack.

So if you find yourself struggling,

if there's ever some sort of weird issue up here,

start it from the battery pack.

Like I just did and it seems to like

maybe awakes the battery up or something like that.

I don't really know.

They use really high quality cells.

Bosch has an excellent warranty.

They have this huge network of dealers

that offer support and stuff.

So for me, it's a very modular system,

all the stats and specs and everything I just mentioned

are great, but they also have one of the best controllers.

And what that means is,

you're measuring your real wheel speed with this magnet

and a little sensor over there,

pedal cadence and pedal torque

over a thousand times per second.

And they even have shift detection.

I don't think it applies so much

when you have an internally geared hub

or continuously variable CVT transmission like this,

but still just really nice to kind of have the best,

like that's what you get from Bosch.

They even have like smartphone app and stuff,

which not compatible with the Purion display out there.

So you consider up upgrading

to like the Kiox or the Intuvio,

or that they're even coming out with the Nyon from Europe,

which is really cool.

It's got like maps and other really fancy stuff,

color, bigger display.

So you're not locked out of those nicer options.

And while we're back down here by the drive train,

24 tooth cog in the rear 55 tooth chain ring up-front

it does have that aluminum alloy guard.

This thing is not gonna come off track

because it has the center track design.

So this is Gates Carbon belt drive very durable,

more durable than chains.

According to a lot of shops that I talked to,

it's like, doesn't have to be changed as frequently.

And it's just quiet, it's really clean

with that cover and everything,

you'll notice I'm wearing jeans today,

and I'm not getting dirty,

I'm not getting snagged or anything.

So this bike is just ready to go.

Maybe you're a commuter or something like that.

And if we jump back to the frame for a second,

you'll notice we don't have to have a slap guard

'cause this belt is tight.

Like there there's no derailleur hanging down.

There's it's not like that thing's gonna be bouncing around

making noise or touching the frame at all.

But coming back to like having a belt,

one of the things you do need is a cutaway frames.

So you can see right here, you actually like open the frame

and spread this to get the next belt on.

'Cause there's no like cut in the belt itself.

And then you need this sliding dropout out here

to sort of position and create some tension,

the correct tension in the belt itself.

I guess, just worth considering.

That's part of what makes these bikes

a little more expensive

or the way they design the frames and stuff.

For 3999, about 4,000 bucks, this is a pretty good deal.

In my opinion, this is a very well done bike.

I can't think of very many things I would change about it.

They got the Bottle Cage Bosses down here,

the excellent rack that I already talked about,

they got comfort kind of covered.

That suspension posts does mean that

your minimum saddle height is a little bit higher.

So if you're someone who's struggling

to kind of mount the bike

and obviously very approachable Step-Thru frame,

but then actually sitting up on the saddle,

you might want to get rid of this

and just get a regular rigid seat posts

that can come even lower,

I recorded the minimum saddle height

with and without that suspension

back at the site, along with the width and height

and everything else on this bike.

As I do, I might consider swapping this out

for like a Suntour NCX suspension post or a Thudbuster,

or like body float kind of thing.

27.2 millimeter diameter on this,

which is very, very standard.

And they use a shim right here,

this silver thing to go to, I think, 29.8

like it's a very unique size.

It's not very standard.

So you don't want to lose that shim.

You'll notice that we do need tools to adjust that clamp.

We also need tools back here to do anything with the rear.

And that's gonna be kind of a big job

if you do get a flat tire.

Up front, we have quick release,

which I guess is kind of nice.

It's weird to have quick release on the front

and nowhere else.

Like for a minute, I was thinking, well, that's great.

Like everything requires the tools,

which means if you're at a bike rack commuting,

people aren't gonna be able to steal your stuff as easily,

like steal your seat.

Well, they could still steal your front wheel.

So I don't quite get that.

Coming back to the aero fork

and how nice it looks and everything.

These deep dish rims look really beautiful too.

And we've got 13 gauge thicker spokes

and the rear 14 gauge upfront,

which provides a little bit of flex and comfort.

Maybe reduces weight, just a smidge.

And then we've got these Schwalbe Energizer plus

50 km rated e-bike tires with G-Guard five.

So puncture protection, which means hopefully

you won't be in a position where you ever have to

take that rear wheel off and replace the inner tube.

Eventually you have to replace the tire.

You can get some help from your local shop.

'Cause Gazelle sells pretty much exclusively through dealers

which is great.

We also have the Addix E,

so it's a special rubber designed for e-bikes.

We got the reflective sidewall Stripe

that I mentioned before, and these are 28 by 1.75.

They're the same tire that we're on the Montague M-E1

that I looked at the other day.

So it seems like a pretty popular tire for fancy e-bikes,

one that seems to be a well-proven.

Gazelle, this is the Royal Dutch Gazelle.

So they're like highly regarded in Europe

and in the Netherlands,

they're part of this subset of companies

that the government recognizes

as being like really high performing

and having some level of environmental stewardship

and having been around for like a hundred plus years.

They're doing a great job.

It's neat that, if you look at this paint,

this is really beautiful paint,

the crest, the accents and stuff.

They put their bikes and their paints and stuff

through a lot of rigorous testing

because it rains a lot in the Netherlands.

And so this is UV tested and saltwater tested,

and the hardware is all stainless and stuff.

It's designed to be a really reliable and long lasting.

They have two colors.

This is like the satin olive.

It looked glossy on the website,

but in person it's kind of the satin.

And then they have what they call Mallard blue,

sort of a dark blue.

That one might look really nice.

When you come back to these black accents,

I think the black accents

were sort of fade away a little bit

and it'll look more cohesive.

Like one thing versus this is a little bit choppy,

especially with that black cover up there.

And if we come down here for a second,

we got standard 170 millimeter crank arms,

these plastic pedals with rubber traction.

They seem to work pretty well, nice reflectors and stuff.

And then of course the bell.

(bell rings)

And the brakes,

the brakes are a real highlight on this bike.

So these are three finger Shimano hydraulic brake levers.

They do have adjustable reach.

She can bring them in or out,

depending on how big your hands are,

how long the fingers are, just get that really dialed in.

And then we come down to the rotors,

we've got 180 up front, which is great.

That's really big.

It's gonna cool quickly.

It gives you a great mechanical advantage.

And a lot of times when you're stopping on a bicycle,

your weight shifts forward.

So a lot of the stopping happens with that front wheel.

So nice to see 180 up there.

In the back 160, which is kind of acceptable.

It's what I would expect for a city bike,

which is kind of what I consider this

it could be a little bit bigger,

but when you think about how crowded it gets back here

and all the bolts and everything, maybe they just felt like,

no, we don't really need it, this is good enough.

Surprisingly though, they have quad piston calipers,

both in the rear and upfront.

So that spreads out your braking surface,

and it just gives you a greater surface area.

That's gonna cool a little bit faster

and give you more grabs.

So these breaks are really nice.

That was unexpected to me.

It was like, wow, quad piston calipers.

I'm used to seeing those on like downhill bikes and stuff

when you're really going for it.

So nice to have those here.

I'll put the charger away

and I think it's time to turn this thing on.

So we already did it before.

I'm gonna turn it on from down here just for fun,

but otherwise the power button on top,

we have a walk button below and plus and minus.

So walk mode lets you slowly move the bike.

And given that it's 63.4 pounds,

you might have the rack loaded up

and perhaps you need to walk through grass or it's crowded

and you just feel like it's safer

and maybe you have a child see back here.

Yepp has this really great maxi

that the new one clamps on to the sides,

I'm almost positive, it will work with this rack.

And I could see that being a great setup.

You'll notice that the seat, even though the frame,

they tried to make it sort of shorter.

You're not gonna collide there's enough space back here

to fully load that up.

So anyway, walk mode, it's a great feature.

And I think it only works

if you're in one of the four assist levels.

So the first assist level here is Eco, gives you 55% assist

and here it's saying 67 miles.

I've already been riding a little bit here.

So normally it would say like 70 miles

and then Tour, 120% support.

So when I say percentage, it's like,

you're giving certain amount of power

and it's matching you plus 20%, so 120% here.

41 mile range support, 200% sport, 32 mile range estimate

and then turbo the highest level of assist

29 mile range, 300% assist.

That's where you get that torque.

And again, all these different display options.

Some of them are syncing with like

heart rate monitors and stuff.

If you're using this bike to get exercise

in the Bosch smartphone app, very cool.

I noticed that the way this display works.

So we're up in turbo.

If we power cycle it and I love how quickly it goes.

It starts it off every time,

so you're gonna have to click, click, click

to get back up there, but it leaves your light selection.

So I have the lights on right now.

We have that headlight.

Now you can see it with the side windows and that 50 LUX.

It's pretty light again, I just love how high it is

and just where it's positioned it.

It might create some issues

if you try to get the Intuvia display

or mount your phone here.

But I feel like there are ways around that

you might have to mount your phone to the side.

So just keep that in mind.

And then the rear light, this is a really fancy one.

It's from Herrmans, it's got those four LEDs

and I just feel like it's well-protected

it's well-positioned, I love this light.

I haven't really seen anything like it before

and I just think it's fantastic.

So then back up to the display,

we have our current speed up top,

down here, we've got the light icon

and we've got this five bar battery infographic,

which leaves something to be desired.

I'd prefer 10 bars or battery percentage.

But since we have range estimate,

it sort of fills in for that.

So again, we go to Eco,

even though we've got four or five bars here,

now it's a 67 miles where it said 70 before,

it's just a lot more precise, so I appreciate that.

If we hold the minus button,

this section of the display changes its readout.

So it goes from range estimate to current level of assist,

which shows anytime you click the buttons anyway.

So I don't love leaving it on that.

If we hold minus again,

now it says trip distance and total distance.

So I think we can clear those

by holding plus and minus simultaneously,

although can't clear total 'cause that's the odometer.

Anyway, the other thing you can do

is hold minus and tap power.

And we go from miles per hour to kilometers per hour,

and it's gonna change our odometer

and trip distance reading as well.

It's very cool.

And if we hold the plus button,

we can turn off the lights and that might be nice

if it's like a beautiful moonlit sky

and you just don't want to wreck your night vision

or you feel like, Oh, maybe I'm saving some power

or I don't wanna blind people.

It's neat that they let you do that

because some of the displays, they lock it.

Like I think some of Trex displays,

lights are on all the time.

And that, that may also be the case

with the Ultimate T10+ that's the speed pedelec,

I think that's the requirement in Europe

that if it's a faster bike like that,

that the lights always need to be on.

So there you go.

I think that's a good run through, over on this side.

We've just got the twist grip.

If you twist it forward, like this,

that's like a low gear for climbing Hill

and that's where they have a little icon that shows a Hill.

And if you bring it back, that's like going downhill

or going faster but of course it's a slower harder cadence.

And I love that we can shift gears right here.

We aren't even moving and we're shifting gears

and it's mechanical.

You see the little gray thing

going back and forth back there.

So that's, what's creating the pivot

and adjusting your rear wheel speed ratio

with the continuously variable transmission.

And again, it's adding that weight

five, six pounds compared to the T10.

Still maybe even a little bit slightly heavier than the C8,

but that's just how it goes

with these internally geared hubs.

One thing I want to comment on is

there's no window read out on this.

Like some of the other older new Vinci, like N38

they have a display that actually shows like a little guy

going up on a bike and it's more dynamic.

To me, this is really clean

and allows the belt to be closer.

And I'm used to it at this point.

So I'm really not looking down like

where's the guy on the Hill.

I'm just like, I need to be easier or I need to be harder.

I don't even think about I just twist.

So I guess this is okay, but I wanted to comment

that it's a simpler, less dynamic readout.

It doesn't have the little indicator window,

like some of the other gear shifters do.

With that said, I feel like

maybe it's time to go for a ride,

but last highlight here for me

was this adjustable length kickstand it's tool free.

You can reach down here

and there's like a little button on the bottom

and you can actually slide this up or down.

That was really handy for me

because I love to get the bikes perfectly straight

when I'm doing photos and filming and stuff.

So being able to do that without using tools was great.

It's a 20 millimeter mount right there,

which is another standard in the industry.

We stole it and maybe we'll hop on this thing.

I'm gonna turn the lights on again by holding plus,

take it up to turbo so you can hear the motor.

Again, I feel like this is a quieter motor.

Oh, and I should say, it's kind of neat.

Now when you cycle backwards with the Bosch motor,

it actually, it moves the drive train.

So that could be handy for doing maintenance and stuff.

Kinda neat to see that,

there's definitely some friction there too.

It's not like it's just gonna spin out of control.

And when we walk the bike backwards,

that's another thing I think about,

you're not gonna get pedal lock

because there's plenty of space right here.

It's it's just done right.

Like these guys having been around so long

and actually selling e-bikes for so long,

I just feel like they nailed it.

They really thought through everything and the bike's great.

So here we go.

(motor whirring)

(chain rattles)

It's near instant response.

So it starts and stops super quickly,

which is just so nice.

Maybe you heard a traffic signal

and you've got to stop and you weren't able to shift gears.

No problem, you can shift gears easily

while you're stood still and then you need to go

and it just takes right off.

It's fantastic.

I really liked the Bosch dry systems.

In general, I trust them,

but this is one of the nicer ones for me,

because it's so quiet.

I'm going to go to a higher pedal cadence,

which tends to raise the volume

because the motor is operating quickly.

We'll see how that sounds.

(motor whirring)

(chain rattles)

So I actually outpaced it there

and I could hear it going like, beh, beh, beh.

'Cause I was like at, or above 120 RPM.

And normally like, if this was the CX from Bosch,

it would be like,


you could hear some of my other reviews

to see what that sounds like.

I think we have covered the T10 and the T10+.

And the plus is where the speed pedelec is.

I also like to do this test, see how well it tracks,

see how stable it is.

Remember this is a step thru frame,

which can be a little bit more flexy.

And there are times where bikes like this,

especially if they weigh more,

if the weight isn't distributed very well,

the handlebars and stuff will start to jiggle

like speed wobble and this thing's doing fine,

even at pretty low speeds right here.

I do some shifting.

One of the drawbacks again with most e-bikes

is that if you're shifting while you're riding,

there's gonna be some sort of like mashing.

If it's a derailleur or in this case,

the extra pressure makes it very hard to shift,

because the cables are trying to pull against the motor.

So it's best to sort of stop pedaling

for a second and then shift,

which is sort of non-intuitive to me.

Normally you want to have at least a little bit of movement

when you're shifting gears to help the derailleur

move the chain to the next cassette, like Sprocket.

in this case, it's just different.

You just it's easiest invest to shift

like when you aren't peddling.

Takes a minute to get used to.

So here we are at a really like high gear,

really slow cadence and a again very quiet,

bike IS riding really smoothly,

still getting 65 Newton meters of torque.

So I don't need to over exert my legs.

I'm just zipping up to speed.

I was at 24 kilometers per hour right now

here's the big Hill

and I shift it down to like a middle gear.

There we go and just try climbing this Hill.

Going I'm just fine, I didn't have to stand up or anything

we're almost at the top.

Very, Very nice.

That's what the e-bike is all about right there.

I do have a knee injury.

So for me to be able to climb that Hill in a medium gear,

I'm sorry, there's no window here to show,

but this is probably like three or four something out of 10

it's not the high gear for going really fast.

It's helping me climb, but it's not the lowest gear either.

Turn this just a little bit more,

we'd be at the, see there was quite a bit there still

for the lowest gear.

To me, that's great.

You don't always have time to shift gears

and it's nice to just have the bike do its thing.

Okay guys, we're in the highest level of assist.

I'm gonna start out with a really high cadence

just to try to maximize motor noise.

And then I'm gonna go for speed.

I'm gonna ride through the grass so you can hear the motor.

You can hear the fenders.

Anything else that might be rattling.

So far, I've been really impressed with the bike.

It's very responsive, it's doing what I'd expect

and it's so quite, I love that.

(motor whirring)

(chain rattles)

Awesome, now I'm gonna point you forward.

So you can see the suspension in action up there.

Can't really see it as well

as a normal crowned suspension fork,

but still a little bit of travel.

(motor whirring)

(chain rattles)

Vendors are doing a great job, keeping me dry.

And then you can quite see it here,

but this is the, that's the suspension seat post.

And it does have,

like I was saying a little bit of stiction happening here.

It seems like it just it's like release unreleased.

It's not quite as smooth

and little bumps might not activate it all the way,

but it still does a pretty good job.

If you hit an unexpected bump

and you sit down and you're paying attention to traffic,

it's just gonna take,

reduce the strain you feel in your neck

and you're getting a headache or shoulders.

It's a nice setup that way.

And the geometry and stuff is really to my liking.

Hey guys, I just wanted to get the third person shot.

So I've set the camera down,

I'm gonna go hop on the bike.

Yeah, pretty fun.

I'm glad I came to this park because it's quiet

and I can really appreciate how quiet this bike is.

And you might be riding it in a city or whatever,

but whenever you actually get out into nature a little bit,

it's just nice to feel like you're on a regular bike.

And even though, at 63.4 pounds,

you kind of forget that once the bike is rolling

and especially because of how like peppy this motor can be.

(motor whirring)

(chain rattles)


Fantastic, the braking, no problem.

One hand over here and that's that 180 millimeter rotor

with quad piston calipers, really no fender rattling.

I heard a little bit of like clunk clunk, clunk,

and maybe that was the battery

or it might've even been the suspension

up there a little bit, but just super quiet.

I mean, this thing is luxury, I love it.

So I'm a big fan of this bike.

I'm very impressed with what Gazelle has done.

They continue to refine their products

and they're using the best.

Bosch is it's at the top of the list for me.

So for the full written review on this,

including all the specs,

all the measurements that I do by hand,

see you back at

There is a comparison tool

and you can compare this to some of the other Gazelle models

or bulls or specialized or Trek

or any of the kind of leaders

that tend to use those nicer mid drive motors.

There's also a forums and of course comments on YouTube

where you can share your thoughts and stuff

and see what other real life people think.

I have these bikes for just a couple of days.

I borrow them from shops or companies send them.

And I do want to thank the folks

over at Reckless Shipyards in North Vancouver.

They helped me get this bike set up

and especially Tony really walk me through it a little bit

and was so excited about it

because it's been a popular one for them.

I'm doing my best to give you a deeper perspective

and one that's not super promotional,

but it's still it's limited.

So that's why I built the community

and I try to leave comments

and everything as open as possible.

I genuinely care about you guys.

I hope you're having a great kind of winter season.

I love you and we'll see on the next one, ride safe.

(birds chirping)

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