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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)
Bike (50% of overall score)
31 Oct 2018, Patrick W.
Good build quality
These are imported from Germany where there is a 30kmh limit on ebikes. There is no limit like this in NZ. At 30 kmh you are too fast for the footpath and too slow to fit into city traffic. Personally I find this a dangerous combination as it makes cars overtake, sometimes too close as they try to slip past you. Some retailers remove these limiters when they import them. You can get aftermarket delimiters but they probably void your warranty. Make sure you ask if there is a limiter on any evoke you are considering buying. This applies to lots of different brands not just Kalkhoff
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.