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Fast Electric Bike, Universal, Electric Bike, Hybrid Bike

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The Best Speed Bosch Electric Bike on the market and no better value anywhere else than 50cycles.com

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  • Frame E-Bike Bosch Speed, alloy, internal cable routing
  • Fork Suntour NCX-D remote lockout
  • Motor Bosch Speed 36 V / 350 W
  • Assistance levels Eco +30% / Tour +100% / Sport +180% / Turbo +250%
  • Battery Bosch Li-Ion 36V / 400Wh
  • Max. assisted speed 45kph / 28mph
  • Intuvia Display a smart plug-in "ignition key", the new Intuvia on-board computer gets the eBike up and running and is a smart removable data storage device too. Its clear design and separate control unit attached to the handlebar offers the rider a wealth of information and achoice of five assistance levels. Also comes with built-in USB for powering your gadgets.
  • Gears 10-speed Shimano XT
  • Shifters Shimano SLX
  • Cassette Shimano HG62
  • Crank Kalkhoff Bosch, Aluminium CNC
  • Handlebar Concept SL Riser, oversize
  • Stem Concept SL, adjustable
  • Saddle Fizik Rondine
  • Seatpost Concept EX
  • Brakes Magura MT 2 Speed
  • Tyres Continental Contact 2 37-622, with reflective stripe, foldable
  • Mudguards SKS, plastic with reflector, rear spoiler
  • Rack 3-legged, aluminum
  • Headlight B&M Lumotec IQ Cyo R, LED
  • Backlight B&M Toplight Flat
  • Colour Magicblack matt

"Quality Ride"
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by Kevin from Suffolk on 20 Jan 2014
I use this bike for round trips of total 15 miles at a time. I am average weight average fitness male in his 50s. I always click straight to the highest "Turbo" mode so that i can go fast as possible 28mph . Maybe YOU can go faster than this with your own muscle but the motor wont assist you faster than this unless you buy and fit one of those £150 devices off ebay that trick your bosch motor into thinking it is going half your speed.

Anyway you can ALWAYS get to 25mph no sweat and a little effort squeezes another 3mph out. At the end of my 15-mile round trip on "Turbo" the battery has reduced from a full 5 bars indication to 3 bars and it takes a couple of hours to fully charge again.

The bike is very light and even without any power is a pleasure to ride. Seat is comfortable handlebars fully adjustable front forks are soft or hard as required disc brakes superbly efficient lights to front actually show the road ahead. The computerised display gives time average speed max speed distance and a whole bunch of need to know stuff which can be viewed with a thumb flick.

Negatives clunky gear change under load you do get used to it though. A couple of higher gears would have been nice so that you don't pedal so fast at higher speed in flat Suffolk countryside. Overall it as awesome bike and you won't understand why anyone buys anything else.
"Really great ride"
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by Steve from surrey on 16 Jan 2014
Hi I got my bike just after the Christmas break when 50 cycles had a sale of 20% off so got a great deal. I commute 20 miles each way 40 miles round trip using Eco tour and sport - this thing flies. I average around 20 mph without much trouble. I'm pretty fit after coming from my fast road bike - the difference is that I can average slightly faster on the bs10 without hardly any effort.

Battery life seems good using about 60 percent on the 40 mile round trip using mixed settings. On turbo this thing easily goes into the mid to high twenties.If you have any doubts get one now before the new bosch motor 2014 comes in as this model is the best. I think the new model doesn't look as good and has a very small front chainring.

Great service from 50 cycles, quick delivery, great price, hopefully good backup which hopefully I wont need. All i can say is get one before they sell out and the new model comes in.
""The best electric bike made to date""
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by Eric from North East England on 16 Dec 2013
I wish to give my praise for the recent electric bike I bought a few months ago, the 10 gear Bosch Endeavour. I have now had chance to go through the trials of the bike, and I think it is the best electric bike made to date. The gear changes are a dream to use, very smooth & a satisfying "click" when under electric power. The bike is extremely quiet, such that I have to warn people I am behind them on cycle lanes.

The motor is powerful enough to access most hill's where I live (very hilly in the North East) and it is great to use with the handlebar controls. The "Walk" button is very useful on extremely steep hills, but the button control should be available for the Thumb, a small complaint. The battery lasts a long time if you are a rider like me who likes to ride it as a normal bike until I get tired too much. It is great on windy days, no strain at all.

I would give this bike 10 out of 10 points, it is a dream to ride, and I am glad I bought it, even though it is an expensive bike to buy, but no more than a first class racing bike! I am a veteran rider of cycles aged 69 years old, and would recommend this bike for the older competent cycle rider!
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"This is a great bike"
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by David Bingham from Northants on 08 Nov 2013
it's fast you can get extra out of the battery by cycling on the flat with no power on, use the power for going up hills. I have used turbo and covered 4.8 miles in 14 minutes and thats stopping at traffic light I have five on the way home. It's a lot lighter than my last Bike, they get better each every year.
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"The very best electric bike"
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by Rick from San Francisco Bay Area on 09 Aug 2013
I have had my 2013 Kalkhoff Endeavour BS10 400Wh now for 2 1/2 months and this bike is fantastic. I ride it daily, on a 10 miles round trip to my office. A huge upgrade from my rear hub motor 48V 350 watt bike I have been riding for 2 years. The crank motor system with torque sensor and LCD display is something you must try to appreciate and the relatively low weight makes this bike quite nimble.The manufacture build quality is excellent. Did I say it is fast? This bike will get you there quickly.
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"endeavour sport"
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by pete jolly from coventry on 31 Jul 2013
Amazing, the only word to describe it. buy one and you won't be disappointed
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"1000 Mile Review"
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by Ian from Merseyside on 23 Jul 2013
Last year model
My first electric bike was bought after several months of research. Eventually I decided on the BS10 as it has the extra power and even though I dont have to use it. I know it is their if I ever needed it. Price wise it was a little more expensive than I wanted to pay. But I would rather stretch my budget and get the bike I want as it will last and you get what you pay for. As for the bike it was very easy to use and I had mastered the control panel within 15 minutes. The build quality is typical German. Well put together and all works perfectly. The paint is fantastic. The ride quality is excellent and I have used it on roads and canal pathways and a little off road.

Everything I do with it the bike seems to take it in its stride. I am 14 stone and do 30 miles a day mainly flat but some hills and I use a mixture of battery off Eco and Tour With this mixture I get a range of about 100 miles range. I put it on full power for a few days and managed 30 miles per charge. We have a local hill that I used to go up on my mountain bike doing 8mph up the hill. On the Pro Connect I can now go up doing 17 mph on tour without any effort. I used to spend £120 a week on Diesel for my car. Now I go everywhere on my bike and have not filled my car up for 4 weeks. This bike has changed my life. Would I buy it again. YES. Intact I have just bought my wife one so we can go away for cycling weekends together.
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"Kalkhoff Pro-Connect BS10 - the fastest bike we've seen"
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by David Henshaw, A to B magazine from Dorchester on 16 Apr 2013
Last year model
We've ridden fast electric bikes before, and even come across one or two that were faster than this, but they were mostly cheaply made Chinese monsters with oodles of power and limited range. The BS10 is a sophisticated European bicycle with decent brakes, suspension, tyres and all the equipment you'd expect to find on a quality German roadster, put together with an unrestricted version of the wonderful Bosch power-assist motor.

Euro-style power-assist is exactly that: a bit of extra oomph at low speeds to aid hill- climbing and fighting into headwinds, but this is a very different machine. Without the speed restriction, the bike will accelerate well beyond the legal limit of 15mph, so it really is part bicycle and part moped. Crucially though, it looks more or less like a normal bicycle.

For the few days we had the BS10 here, it became known as the 30mph bicycle, which isn't strictly speaking true, but it gets close. On the ‘Speed' setting, riding on typical undulatory roads, it cruises at something between 20mph and 28mph, depending on conditions. So, yes, it's nearly as fast as a moped, but only with the wind behind it on the flat. Most mopeds will do better speed-wise, but this bicycle is fast enough to make their little bean-can engines strain every pore to get past.

Average speed can be high too, but not outstandingly so.The BS10 took 25.5 minutes to complete our ten-mile commuter route, which comes out at some 20.6mph, making it the fastest bike we've ever tested, if you ignore the extra high-geared Cytronex Trek, which managed to find an extra mile an hour over the BS10. We're ignoring this bike because with a range of only 11 miles, and no pretense of legality, it was really only of academic interest.

"Rocket fuel stuff"
Even on our standard hilly ride, the BS10 managed an average speed in the low twenties, which is rocket fuel stuff for an electric bike on such a hilly route, and almost certainly the fastest we've seen. The downside is a range of only 16.6 miles if you insist on giving it full welly. Power consumption is 21Wh/mile - high compared to the more frugal electric bikes, but not much more than the clunkers, and a fantastically low figure for a vehicle of any kind travelling at that speed.

There's no need to use Speed and power level 3, of course. The Bosch system will trog along very nicely at a more modest speed on the ‘Eco' or ‘Tour' power settings, and go quite a long way. Finding range on lower power settings introduces so many variables it's hardly worth doing, so we didn't. We have a few clues in the performance of the identical, but restricted, Bosch power unit fitted to the Emotion MTB we tried back in December 2011. On the ‘Speed' setting, that gave a range of 27.9 miles at a nice legalish 15.6mph on our hilly test route. Use less power, and you'll go even further, etc etc. But we thought you'd be interested in a demonstration of the extremities.

Wind in the Hair
What's the BS10 like to ride? If you have the willpower to keep the power off, it's like any other decent European bicycle - reasonably light (19.7kg), ten derailleur gears spanning 36" to 112" (yes, a bit high geared unassisted), and pleasant and smooth to ride. Just the job for fast commuting. Add a bit of power, and it's just the job for extended, and slightly hilly, commuting. Like other crank-motor bikes with derailleur gears, you have to be a little circumspect with the gear changes under power (both up and down) to avoid nasty clunks and graunches, especially when accelerating hard on the higher power settings. There's a lot of power here, and the motor revs like a sports car, so the unwary can find themselves changing gear with a lot of power going through the chain. Not sensible, but you soon learn to take a bit of care, and the general impression is that it's a very pleasant e-bike indeed.

Even on the the middle ‘Tour' setting, the BS10 can be quite fast, because the motor revs until your legs are whirling, even in that 112" top gear if you can find the right bit of road. Shift up to ‘Speed' and the character of the bike subtly changes. It's a slight exaggeration to describe the Bosch motor as a revving, snarling beast, because it's always gentle and refined, but there's an urgency that encourages hot-blooded riders to put a little more effort in and hold the gear changes until the motor screams and your legs are a blur. Above 20mph, wind noise tends to dominate, but it's not annoying until you get close to maximum speed, where you begin to feel that a helmet would not only be a good idea, but more comfortable too.

We do have a few issues with riding at this sort of speed. On the positive side, you can nip through roundabouts well clear of approaching traffic, and on the sort of tricky ‘A' road where a bicycle can feel like a stationary road hazard, you get the feeling that - if not keeping up with the traffic - you are at least moving in the same direction at a similar speed, which has to make you less vulnerable.

Believe it or not, on today's rather scary roads, we think there's a big safety bonus with a 28mph bicycle. Travelling at more or less double the speed of other bicycles, you can get through the nasty bits twice as fast.

On the negative account, doddery old fools who last rode a bicycle in 1936 are liable to drive out of side turnings in front of you, so like a motorcyclist, you need to be much more aware, and speeds of 25mph or more are a strict no-no on cycle paths.We'll say more about the legal side below, but if you are riding one of these to work, and using Sustrans paths, you have to be prepared to mix with slow moving cyclists, walkers, horses, children making mud castles and so on. The onus is on you to ride with proper care and attention, or quite rightly face the full wrath of the law.

Point to point journeys can be very impressive. While we had the bike, we had to make a quick call 15 miles from home, and five miles from the nearest station along a straight and fast ‘B' road - most A to B readers will know the kind of thing. The train component took 12 minutes, and the cycling bit about another 15 minutes. Time and cost-wise the whole journey was competitive with the ubiquitous car, and in energy terms, we're talking perhaps 200 watt/hours in total, enough to propel a Nissan Leaf for just two-thirds of a mile.


Equipment
German bikes are usually well equipped, and this one doesn't disappoint.The headlight is
the excellent B&M IQ LED.We couldn't make it work, but we hadn't read the instructions: control is not on the top of the light as usual, but on the side of the Bosch control panel, so this powerful headlight and equally effective rear light are fed from the battery, rather than through the added weight and complication of a dynamo. Brakes are Magura hydraulic discs front and rear, essential for making frequent stops from this sort of speed, and the derailleur (unusually for a Kalkhoff) is a Shimano XT10. As with the brakes, we'd normally say ten gears was a bit of a luxury, but at higher speed, it's nice to get the cadence right.

In general, the equipment is good, powerful, effective stuff. Naturally, the bike comes with mudguards, pump, a rear rack and suspension forks too, although there's no cushioning under your bum.

Is the BS10 legal?
In a word no, but like so much in the Alice in Wonderland world of Euro-legislation, it is legal in parts, and can be made 100% legal quite easily. Just to recap, if you ride an electrically- assisted bike rated at more than 250 watts, weighing more than 40kg and capable of more than 25kph, you are liable to be prosecuted for riding an untaxed, unlicensed and uninsured moped. At 22.2kg, the BS10 sails through the weight clause, but is a tad powerful at 350 watts, and very very fast, so on paper at least, the rider is liable to prosecution. In practise, prosecutions of ordinary commuters riding ordinary-looking, but fast electric bicycles seem to be exceedingly rare, although the risk is certainly there.

Interestingly, the BS10, and presumably a few others, have now passed European Type Approval as L1e or ‘Low Powered Electric Mopeds', a category that seems to mean different things in different EU countries, or perhaps not. Type Approval means the bike comes with a certificate of conformity, proving that it has been properly tested, and it has a motor of less than 4kW (well under in this case) and a top speed of 45kph (28mph). Armed with your Type Approval certificate, you can register the bike with the DVLA, pick up your free tax disc (excellent), pay for basic insurance and plop on a helmet (both good ideas anyway). The bad news is that you have to fix a full-size number plate to the back of the bike (it already has a bracket), which is a real pain and makes you look like a first class plonker. Mind you, you may look like a plonker, but you'll be a squeaky clean, legal plonker, although presumably putting a licence plate on a bicycle will attract the attention of bored traffic police, so you're liable to get stopped once in a while.We almost forgot to add that youngish people who passed their car driving test after 1st February 2001 will also need a motorcycle licence or CBT certificate to ride the bike. Oldies don't need to worry.

Importer 50cycles takes care to point out that this legislative route is a necessary evil, and unlicensed BS10s can only be used on private land. There are now several hundred of these bikes at large in the UK, and the vast majority seem to be unregistered. Perhaps one or two really are used for beetling about on country estates, but we can assume most are being ridden to work like any other bicycle.

Where's it all going? Heaven only knows. The DfT has just ruled that it's minded to make Euro-friendly 250-watt electric bikes legal - that's after about a decade of deliberation. Yes, the DfT still thinks the 1983-vintage 200-watt limit applies. They should get out more. No doubt there are some at Marsham Street who still believe motorcars are proceeded by a man with a red flag. If it's taken the DfT a decade to get to grips with this very simple bit of law-tidying, it's never going to deal with the much tougher prospect of legislating for 28mph machines. And in the absence of clear guidance, more and more people are simply going to start riding these bikes illegally.

Conclusion
Ignoring the tedious legal details for a moment, is a bike like this a better purchase than a bicycle, or for that matter a moped, whether battery/electric or the traditional smelly kind? The enormous advantage of a fast electric bike is that it can function as a bicycle one moment and a moped the next: if you want the exercise, or you're riding home the pretty way, it's a bike. If you're late for work it can be ridden as an e-bike. And if you're very, very late for an appointment, it will more or less keep pace with a moped, provided you're going no further than 20 miles on the flat, or 16 in hilly countryside.

"it does things no other transport machine can do"
Opponents of powerful e-bikes, like the Bicycle Association and CTC, have had a right old go at these machines in recent months, partly to counteract the pro-twistgrip, pro-power, ‘optional pedaling' stance from BEBA. But the traditional cyclists should look again at the quality end of the sporty e-bike market. The BS10 is a decent, lightweight, free-running and well-equipped bicycle. With a sting in the tail. Yes, it costs and there aren't many bicycles (or mopeds) pricier than that. But it does things no other transport machine can do. You can't carry a moped over a footbridge, or put it on a train (we did both). And you can't ride ten miles to work in less than half an hour on a bike unless you're extremely fit, and you have a shower waiting at the other end. 

If we commuted any distance, we wouldn't hesitate.

Specification
Kalkhoff Pro-Connect BS10 £2,695 . Weight Bicycle 19.7 Battery 2.5kg Total 22.2kg (49lbs) Battery Li-ion . Capacity 288Wh . Replacement Cost£500 . Max Range (Full Power) 16.6 miles Gear Range 36"-112" . Full Charge 21/2 hours . Consumption (Full Power) 21Wh/MileManufacturer Kalkhoff UK Distributor 50cycles Ltd webwww.50cycles.com tel 0333 900 5050 email 50cycles@50cycles.com
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"Just do it, you won't be disappointed."
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by Ray from Essex on 06 Feb 2013
I've just covered 600km on my BS10 which I purchased in July. Firstly I would like to thank you and your staff for the service afforded me. I decided to upgrade from my Halfords Urban Mover from frustration at the speed restriction, well I'm certainly no longer frustrated! The performance of this bike is superb. The handling surpasses most electric bikes because the battery is within the frame and the bosch motor is low down. When the pedals creaked 50cycles quick response in supplying replacements was superb. If anyone out there is considering buying one, just do it, you won't be disappointed.
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"Would I recommend the Kalkhoff to a friend? You bet I would, cycling has has never been so much fun."
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by Martyn from Leeds on 25 Nov 2012
Last year model
The Pro Connect BS10 is the BMW of the e bike range, so bear this in mind if you buy one.  It isn't going to be cheap to buy but if you can afford it you will not be disappointed.  

Straight out of the box I was impressed by the build quality. German engineering has always been among the best in the world. 

The thing is beautiful.  The frame and fittings, handlebars, chain, sprocket, brakes, suspension forks, saddle, all exude quality.  Even the supplied mirror is superior in its style and practicality.

And when you get that first ride, there's only one word to describe it for me, AWESOME!!!

The supplied manual does take some getting to grips with and needs to be studied carefully preferably before you ride the bike.  Especially understanding the operation and usage of the battery and the computer.

I have already done over 50 miles on this bike and have not had to use anything other than "ECO" mode, and then mostly at "Level One", and I have been blowing all and sundry on their sporty road bikes into dust.  Over the next few days (if it ever stops raining) I am looking forward to trialing the other three assistance modes. Bear in mind that this is not a "twist and go" electric bike, it's "assisted riding".  This suits me fine and as the bike is so light you can ride it just as a normal cycle if the fancy takes you.

According to the bike computer, on a full charge I will be able to travel well over 100Km, plenty enough for my usage.  I am a very fit 60 year old and cycle at least 50 miles a week on my Hybrid Dawes 701 just for fun since I retired. I do think this is a cycle only for experienced cyclists though, as it can be very fast and will take some handling at speed.

I wanted a bike to give me some help on the big hills which abound here in Leeds and the BS10 does not disappoint, as it says in the sales talk, it razes hills to the ground.  In fact I have been searching out the steepest, longest hills just for the fun of riding of riding up still sat on the saddle!

Would I recommend the Kalkhoff to a friend?  You bet I would, cycling has has never been so much fun.  That is of course if he could afford it!!

Here's hoping the back up from 50cycles is every bit as good as the product they sell.  The bike was delivered in a couple of days after ordering and so far Tim and Aaron have answered all the queries I have put to them, so please keep up the good work and I will be telling all my friends to invest in a Kalkhoff!


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"Wow factor, to say the least"
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by Grant from Hampshire on 09 Oct 2012
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OK, I think what i feel is best expressed as "Wow!". First of all, it looks like it means business - all jet black and blue, with a wheelbase no longer than any other bike as the battery is snugly tucked away inside the frame geometry. Next, it's light, really light - I don't know the accurate figure but it feels maybe 20kg with battery in place. I tried it with the power off first and it felt good, no drag and really quiet too. Just as quiet with the motor on actually, which was a surprise. I like the control, it's detachable apparently. 12 modes to choose from, up to a maximum 300% assistance.
Range is limited in top power mode, probably around 10 miles, but up to 30 miles or more in more sparing modes. Super fast of course and 'demolishes hills' as they say. I was thinking of paying more for the XTR Pro Connect, but range isn't a big issue for me (you can further on the XTR one), so it's going to great on my 16 mile round trip. Nice one 50cycles for bringing such advanced bike tech to these shores - there's nothing else like this out there, and certainly not at this price. Seems pretty bulletproof, so it'll last me years. Well chuffed.
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"I'm as happy as a dog full of sixpences"
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by Badger from UK on 01 Aug 2012
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I've had the Kalkhoff Pro Connect BS10 for 3 months now. It's my first electric bike and I haven't had this much fun cycling since I was a kid!The BS10 is really powerful and every ride has been totally exhilarating. My journeys tend to be to nearby towns and back along mainly single track lanes. I don't have to worry about flattening the battery so I've been running it on level 12 all the time. According to the computer, on the lowest assist level it will take me 70 kilometres, but I doubt that I'll ever put that to the test. Meanwhile I'm merrily hurtling along with Chris Hoy's legs and loving every minute of it!I still use the car in bad weather or when I have a large load to carry (bought a pair of cool Ortlieb Anniversary Panniers which manage reasonable shopping / library trips).I'm as happy as a dog full of sixpences and I can't recommend this bike highly enough!
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"The performance of this bike is superb"
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by Ray from Essex on 31 Jul 2012
I've just covered 600km on my BS10 which I purchased in July. Firstly I would like to thank you and your staff for the service afforded me. I decided to upgrade from my Halfords Urban Mover from frustration at the speed restriction, well I'm certainly no longer frustrated! The performance of this bike is superb. The handling surpasses most electric bikes because the battery is within the frame and the bosch motor is low down. When the pedals creaked 50cycles quick response in supplying replacements was superb. If anyone out there is considering buying one, just do it, you won't be disappointed.
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"Theres nothing else like this out there and certainly not at this price"
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by Grant from Hampshire on 20 May 2012
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OK I think what i feel is best expressed as "Wow". First of all it looks like it means business all jet black and blue with a wheelbase no longer than any other bike as the battery is snugly tucked away inside the frame geometry. Next its light really light I dont know the accurate figure but it feels maybe 20kg with battery in place. I tried it with the power off first and it felt good no drag and really quiet too. Just as quiet with the motor on actually which was a surprise. I like the control, it's detachable apparently. 12 modes to choose from up to a maximum 300 assistance.

Range is limited in top power mode probably around 15 miles but up to 30 miles or more in more sparing modes. Super fast of course and demolishes hills as they say. I was thinking of paying more for the XTR Pro Connect but range isnt a big issue for me you can further on the XTR one so its going to great on my 16 mile round trip. Nice one 50cycles for bringing such advanced bike tech to these shores theres nothing else like this out there and certainly not at this price. Seems pretty bulletproof so itll last me years. Well chuffed."
"Finest bike I have ever had"
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by Paul Jackson from UK on 20 May 2012
Last year model
This bike is the finest bike I have ever had. My knees are not has good has they used to be and i still love cycling and now with my new pro connect bike its great no pain even after 20 miles cycling. Electric bikes are a thing for the future. Expensive but you get what you pay for. Reliability
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"This bike has halved my travel time"
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by Chris from Swansea on 20 May 2012
I bought the BS10 to do a specific job. To make commuting a viable and pleasurable experience. I travel approx 8 miles to work and this bike has halved the travel time 22 minutes as opposed to 40 mins on my regular hybrid bike. This is 4 minutes faster than my car It has taken me a while to get used to the Bosch ebike system. It worked well straight out of the box. I have tried the various modes and found SPEED mode sometimes gives too much power and is more balanced with less assist. It is nice to know that there is the power when you most need it. That said I think that overtime I will get fitter and want to use lower assist modes.

I have covered about 40 miles so far I thought that I would get more distance than was quoted from the battery but this might improve as I find the right mode balance. The bike is pure quality and is what you would expect from Germany. I think that this bike is going to fundamentally change my commuting habits and help get me fit. I had tried another manufacturers bike with the Bosch system The Kalkhoff is a better build and a better performer for the same price. So far it has exceeded my expectations.
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by ExtraEnergy.org from Germany on 20 May 2012
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"Very Good" as a business pedelec. The Kalkhoff Pro Connect with Bosch system is obtainable only in the fast version. The beautiful sleek bike with tidy optics. The smoothness of the Connect Pro BS are top notch. Together with the efficiency of the drive wherein the pedal power increases progressively thus resulting assistance factor of up to 2.1 on the Tour section. So it feels like nearly normal cycling for example at 26 km h uphill. Powerful enough to be a "Very Good" as a business pedelec
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"Theres nothing else like this out there and certainly not at this price"
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by Grant from Hampshire on 20 May 2012
OK I think what i feel is best expressed as "Wow". First of all it looks like it means business all jet black and blue with a wheelbase no longer than any other bike as the battery is snugly tucked away inside the frame geometry. Next its light really light I dont know the accurate figure but it feels maybe 20kg with battery in place. I tried it with the power off first and it felt good no drag and really quiet too. Just as quiet with the motor on actually which was a surprise. I like the control, it's detachable apparently. 12 modes to choose from up to a maximum 300 assistance.

Range is limited in top power mode probably around 15 miles but up to 30 miles or more in more sparing modes. Super fast of course and demolishes hills as they say. I was thinking of paying more for the XTR Pro Connect but range isnt a big issue for me you can further on the XTR one so its going to great on my 16 mile round trip. Nice one 50cycles for bringing such advanced bike tech to these shores theres nothing else like this out there and certainly not at this price. Seems pretty bulletproof so itll last me years. Well chuffed."
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by Dean from Coventry on 11 Jan 2012
I really did some research Into e-bikes and time and time again not only Kalkhoff but 50cycles kept coming up in the top bike and dealer category, so I took the plunge and went for the pro connect BS10 purchased from 50 cycles. What a great choice. Not only fast and efficient but a really well made and comfortable bike to ride. The old adage of 'you get what you pay for' couldn't be more appropriate.

The pedelec centre motor system lets you decide how much or how little assistance you require. Hills are just a doddle! But at the same time its a great bike to ride even without the power assist on if you want to do that at any time.

The service from the folks at 50 cycles was fantastic and they were more than helpful with anything I had a question for. So all in all its just about the best bike I've had with a great service from 50 cycles. If you are tempted but perhaps still undecided about getting one?Trust me, get one and you won't be disappointed.
"I can't recommend this bike highly enough!"
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by 'Badger' from UK on 08 Jan 2012
I've had the Kalkhoff Pro Connect BS10 for 3 months now. It's my first electric bike and I haven't had this much fun cycling since I was a kid!

The BS10 is really powerful and every ride has been totally exhilarating. My journeys tend to be to nearby towns and back along mainly single track lanes. I don't have to worry about flattening the battery so I've been running it on level 12 all the time. According to the computer, on the lowest assist level it will take me 70 kilometres, but I doubt that I'll ever put that to the test. Meanwhile I'm merrily hurtling along with Chris Hoy's legs and loving every minute of it!

I still use the car in bad weather or when I have a large load to carry (bought a pair of cool Ortlieb Anniversary Panniers which manage reasonable shopping / library trips).

I'm as happy as a dog full of sixpenses and I can't recommend this bike highly enough!

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