Updated 28 Sep 2017

Kalkhoff

Tasman Classic

Bottom line: The Kalkhoff Tasman Classic is an OK bike with an OK motor system. It is more suited to riding around town or commuting than on cycle trails.

Tasman Classic
Consumer score
66
Avg price

$4995

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Test results

Overall score
OK
66
Motor system
OK
6.6/10
Bike style
OK
6.5/10

Good points

  • Good motor responsiveness.
  • OK motor assistance climbing hills.
  • OK motor assistance at speed.
  • Good display and controls.
  • Good battery.
  • Bike is OK to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has OK slow speed balance.
  • Bike is OK on rough surfaces.
  • Has rear rack, metal mudguards and a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Has built in lights (powered by a hub dynamo).
  • Has a frame lock.
  • Has hydraulic rim brakes.
  • Comes as a low step frame.

But

  • Motor only assists to 25 km/h.
  • Doesn't have a suspension fork.

How we test

Each e-bike was taken on a test route by two riders. The 5km route in and around Wellington’s CBD included city traffic, fast flat roads, hills, kerbs, wooden bridges and a busy waterfront path shared with pedestrians.

We also put the e-bikes through a gruelling 20km route around Wellington’s Wadestown and Northland suburbs. The main challenge was climbing a 2km-long hill five times at a steady 20km/h (a kilometre of vertical ascent) and descending the same twisty narrow road between climbs. It also included a short, steep section of rough path with a narrow barrier negotiated at walking pace, an undulating 5km of suburban streets, and a steep descent requiring brakes to keep the e-bike to the 50km/h speed limit.

Our riding tests, along with a static assessment of the features and functions of each e-bike, were used to score the performance of the motor system and the bike. Overall score includes:

Motor system (50% of overall score)

  • starting, stopping and responsiveness (30% of motor system score)
  • hill climbing assistance (30%)
  • controller and display (20%)
  • high-speed assistance (10%)
  • battery and charging (10%).

Bike (50% of overall score)

  • uphill and slow riding performance, ease of mounting and dismounting, off-bike handling (50% of bike score)
  • downhill and fast flat riding stability, safety and comfort (30%)
  • comfort and safety on bumpy and rough surfaces (20%).

Key data

Model

Avg price
$4995
Type
City
Frame style (and alternate)
Low step
Sizes available (tested size in brackets)
SM / (MD)
Wheel size
700mm
Motor
Impulse 2.0
Motor location
Mid
Power (W)
250
Battery (Wh)
612
Battery location
Behind seat tube
Removable battery
Key
Max assist speed (km/h)
25
Hand throttle
no
Tyre width (mm)
47

More test results (/10)

Motor - Responsiveness
7.0
Motor - Hill climbing
5.5
Motor - Interface
7.5
Motor - Speed assistance
6.5
Motor - Battery
7.3
Bike - Slow speed
6.7
Bike - Riding fast
6.5
Bike - Rough terrain
6.0

Features

Mudguards
Metal
Kickstand
Rear mount
Rear rack (l x w cm)
39 x 13
Rear wheel (Frame) lock
Yes
Gears
8 / Twist (hub)
Suspension fork
no
Suspension seatpost
no
Lights
yes (hub dynamo)
Brakes
Rim (hydraulic)

More Info

Notes
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