by Rob Potts July 31, 2022

What Is An Electric Bike?

An E-bike is a bicycle equipped with a battery, motor and controller. These bikes have all the typical parts of a regular bicycle, plus these items. When you turn on the pedal assist feature, and start pedaling, it will give you additional pedaling power.  Some give you pedal assist up to 20 MPH (Class 1), some 28 MPH (Class 3) and some are throttle only (Class 2).   There are many Class 1 and 3 bikes that will also give you throttle only power up to 20 MPH. 

Who is Gazelle?

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Gazelle is based in the Netherlands, and they've been building bikes for over 130 years and where 98% of the people use a bike on a regular basis.   With that experience, they really pay attention to the details.  All but one of their bikes have an integrated lock, all have integrated front and rear lights, they have first class paint jobs, all bikes are mid drive (using Bosch systems), amazing warranties and they've really paid attention to the details on a bike.  They also have adjustable stems that can be adjusted by the rider in seconds.  Their bikes are all really for paved trail (can also go on gravel roads) as they're built for people who love riding for recreation and commuting.  They are a premium brand, with prices ranging from $2,399 up to $4,799

We've included a comparison chart and a link to shop all the Gazelle models on our website.  Available inventory for each model can be viewed by clicking on each model.  Many of the models include a video overview of the bike as well. 

Which model is best for me / what's the difference between the bikes / why the wide range in prices for bikes that are all paved trail / adventure type bikes?

Buying an E-bike can be more than overwhelming.  We carry recreational models from $1,100 to nearly $5,000, and there are models even below and above those price ranges.  Why so much variation?  In short, it's about the quality of the frames, mechanical parts, motors, placement of the motor, size of the motor, size of the battery, quality of the battery, overall quality of the bike, warranty, pedal assist speed rating, other components like integrated lights, racks, fenders, etc.  Not all E-bikes are made the same.    

For Gazelle, I give an overview of each bike / lineup below and have added a chart at the bottom to assist you.   All of their bikes are great quality.   There are bikes with anywhere from 40 Nm to 85 Nm of torque.  What's torque - it's basically how much starting / hill climbing power does your E-bike have.  The higher the rating the quickly it will get you pedaling and better it will get you up a hill.  We've found that anyone riding the hills on the Greenway and our local hills, really you want a bike with at least 50 Nm of power.  That's enough to get you up our hills.   All their bikes come equipped with Bosch motors and batteries, one of the premium systems on the market, which also delivers a quiet pedaling experience.   Their bikes all have shocks on the front.  While they're designed for primarily riding on pavement, they will handle gravel/dirt roads, though are not designed primarily for that use.  They've all got integrated lights and fenders, as they're designed for riding in all conditions. 

They've got bikes with external derailleurs versus those with internal hubs (gears are inside for less maintenance), most with standard chains and others that are belt driven (for a quieter and maintenance free experience).   Two of their bikes even have a continuously variable, internal hub gear box with a belt drive system.  These bikes are the Ultimate C380 (20 MPH) and Ultimate C380+ (28 MPH).  So you never feel the gears move on these two bikes - you simply twist the shifter and it give you more or less resistance.   The two lower priced bikes have the batteries on the rear rack to save money.  All the other models have the battery integrated into the frame.  The Bosch drive systems are as quiet as any we've tested.  While many E-bikes are noisy, with a Bosch system you often can't even hear it. 

The first of our Gazelle's have shown, we've got some demo's in the store now, and several others have already gone out the door.   My (Rob) wife has the Arroyo C7 HMB Elite, a middle of the road bike for Gazelle.  She rides it all over NWA, for fun and to commute to work.   It's got a 50 Nm motor, 500 WH battery, which is plenty to get her all over NWA.  It's got a chain guard on it (many have chain guards or are belt driven) as they commute a lot to work in the Netherlands and you don't want chain grease on you / your clothes.  It gives her pedal assist up to 20 MPH.  I'm about to swap out my current E-mountain bike for one of two bikes.  One is the Gazelle Medeo T10+.  Why that bike?  I plan on riding both paved and gravel roads and the 2" wide tires are more suitable to gravel riding.   I also commute two work and the 28 MPH assist will frankly get me there faster, as much of my commute is on the roads, mostly with speed limits in the 25 - 35 range.  With a 28 MPH bike, I can pretty much keep up with the traffic (well, and have more fun). 

Their bikes come in multiple sizes, and three overall styles - step through, mid step and high step.     All of the 28 MPH bikes are a mid or high step, as that extra rigidity is needed and riders at those speeds have more stability sitting further forward.  One amazing detail about their bikes is that all come with a stem that can be adjusted by the user in seconds without tools.  So if you want to ride more aggressively, or more upright, or multiple people in the house want to ride the bike, it's very easy to adjust.  They refer to all their bikes as having a "sporty" (leaning forward more) "active" (middle of the road riding position) and "upright" (as it says) riding positions.  We indicate which is which on the models below.  If someone is riding faster and more aggressively, they need to be leaning forward more for better balance and agility. 

Their paint jobs also seem second to none.   Bikes in the Netherlands are used on a daily basis, often left outside in the elements, and Gazelle has responded with very high quality paint jobs. 

GAZELLE MODELS OVERVIEW

MEDEO LINEUP.  This lineup has 28" (700) x 2" wide tires.  All the other Gazelle's have 1.75" wide tires.  So the Medeo lineup will handle gravel roads a bit better, though wider tires can be added to the other bikes.  The frames are a bit "sportier" meaning you're sitting forward / less upright a bit more than say the Arroyo series.   The bikes also have rapid fire shifting, which shifts faster than the twist type shifters.  The T9's have a bit more upright seating position compared to the T10's.  

- Medeo T9 City HMB - We'll start with the T9 City HMB at $2,399.  A great bike for the price.  If you're planning on climbing a fair amount of hills, it has the least amount of torque at 40Nm and smallest battery at 400 WH.  It's also the only bike without an integrated lock, but is the lights in the lineup.  It comes in both a low and high step.  It has the battery on the rear rack.  Pedal assist up to 20 MPH.  Active riding position. 

- Medeo T9 HMB.  Want another 10 Nm of torque, integrated lock and bigger battery, this is a good option at $2,699.  It does only come in a low step.  It also has the battery on the rear rack.  At 50 Nm of torque, this will get you up and down the hills of NWA. Pedal assist up to 20 MPH.  Active riding position. 

- Medeo T10 HMB at $3,199.  Here you get 65 Nm of torque, more than adequate for most riders.  Unlike the T9's, it's got the battery integrated in the frame and adds another gear.  It comes in mid and high step over frames. Pedal assist up to 20 MPH.  Sporty Riding Position.  

- Medeo T10+ HMB at $3,699.  This bikes get's you a whopping 85 Nm of torque and pedal assist up to 28 MPH.  This is an adventure bike that will take you where you want to go.  Now, more power (if you use it) and faster speeds just mean fewer pedal assist miles.  However, if you're keeping it at 20 MPH, you'll get comparable distance to the other bikes. Sporty Riding Position.  

ARROYO LINEUP.  The most upright seating position of all the Gazelle's, and are step throughs, allowing a wide variety of riders to ride them.  The lineup consists of 2 bikes, the C7 at $3,299 and C8 at $3,699.   Both bikes have a twist shifter, and internal hubs.  Per the names, the C7 has 7 gears and C8 has 8 gears.  Both bikes have 1.75" wide tires.  The only real differences between the two models are the extra gear and nicer shock on the C8.  The motor, battery and pedal assist distance are the same.  Both are the Upright Riding Position. 

ULTIMATE LINEUP.  This lineup boasts the most models with 5 bikes, ranging in price from $3,749 to $4,759.  Three of the models have both internal hub gears and are belt driven.   Two of them get you pedal assist up to 28 MPH. 

- Ultimate C8 HMB at $3,749.   This bike has a comfortable riding position, a bit less upright than the Arroyo's, but still very comfortable, and only comes in the low step.  With the adjustable stem, you can quickly adjust to either more or less aggressive riding position.   It's essentially a step up from the Arroyo's, with very similar features but it includes a belt drive.  Same Torque (50 Nm) and battery (500 WH) as the Arroyo's.  Has the same twist shifting as the Arroyo's. Active Riding Position.  

- Ultimate T10 HMB at $3,999.  10 gears, but with rapid fire shifting.  It comes in both a low and high step model.   The riding position is sportier (less upright) than the C8, but again all Gazelle's come with adjustable stems to easily adjust the riding position.   It goes to a rear derailleur instead of a hub, but that combination gets you the rapid fire adjusters, which allow for quicker shifting.  This bike upgrades the torque at 65 Nm.   Sporty Riding Position. 

- Ultimate T10+ HMB at $4,199.  Here we still have 10 gears and rapid fire shifting.  It comes in mid and high step, and a sporty riding position.   The main difference from the T10 (thus the +) is an 85 Nm motor giving you pedal assist up to 28MPH.  Sporty Riding Position.  

- Ultimate C380 HMB at $4,249.   This bike comes only in step through.  It's got a middle of the road (active) riding position and again, that can easily be adjusted.   It's got 65 Nm of torque, an internal hub and a belt drive.   This bike is one of only two models where the hub is a continuously variable transmission.  So adjust the twist shifter up or down and you won't feel gears!  It just gets progressively easier or harder based on how you twist it.  Active Riding Position.  

- Ultimate C380+ at $4,749.   The ultimate Ultimate.   This bike comes in only a mid and high step over (None of the 28 MPH bikes come in a low step - that frame design isn't supportive enough for a 28 MPH bike).  It is a bit more sporty riding position than the C380.   Like the C380 it also has a belt drive and the continuously variable transmission hub.   The main differences between the two are the riding positions, frame designs, ability to go 28 MPH and 85 Nm of torque.  Sporty Riding Position.  


HOW TO SIZE MY GAZELLE - CLICK ON THIS TO WATCH A VIDEO

PICTURES OF LOW, MID AND HIGH STEP BIKES BELOW

 

Gears, Motors and Shifting. How Far Will My E-bike Go?

Again, all of their bikes are mid drive.  While both rear hub drive (power comes from back wheel) and mid drive are great bikes, the mid drive give you a much more natural feeling.  In a rear hub driven, you're pedaling but also feel like you're being pushed along.   In a mid drive, the power from the motor is generated the same place you're generating power from pedaling, so it really just feels like you're a really strong rider.  This enables those riding mid drive bikes to get a better workout if they desire (if that's what you're going for). 

How many gears does each Gazelle have?  It's in the name, so if you see a 7, 8, 9 or 10 in the name - that's how many gears it has.   The only difference are the 380's.  These two models don't have gears, as they use a continuously variable transmission (like many modern cars).  

We've included a chart below, to help you understand how far your Gazelle will go on a charge, at the various pedal assist levels. 

CLICK HERE TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION ON THE 380'S WORKS


Do I need an E-bike and Why?

We think you do! Many of those who scoffed at E-bikes not long ago, are some of their most avid riders today. Electric bikes are enjoyed by beginning to advanced riders, and everyone in between. When they first came out, many people thought riding an e-bike was “cheating”. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! Everyone we know that has one, is riding more often, more miles, getting in better shape, and having more fun.  See our full E-bike article for more information.


Do You have E-Bikes to Test Ride?

Yes, we have Gazelle E-bikes in stock to demo.    As always, every bike we sell comes with a 30 day test ride, so if you decide you got the wrong bike, bring it back and swap it out for a different model.

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How Can I learn More?

You can send us a message on our Facebook page, at: info@lewisandclarkoutfitters.com, or visit the store.

Why buy a bike from Lewis & Clark instead of Online?

  • Build: When your bike comes in, it will be professionally assembled by a professional bike assembler, then inspected by a mechanic. That ensures it will be safe and operating as it should;
  • Maintenance: Every bike we sell comes with free lifetime tune ups! So as long as you’re the original owner, we’ll tune it up for you. This includes both the physical components and the electric ones. This will ensure you get the most out of your bike.
  • 30 Day Test Ride: If you decide you got the wrong bike, we’ll give you what you paid for it toward another bike.
  • Support: If you buy a bike online, it’s often you versus the company who sold it to you. We stand behind all our bikes and will take care of you. We’ll work with the bike companies on warranties, and will service your bike when problems arise
  • The support of a local, family-owned store. We have been in NWA for nearly 22 years. Come see us and test ride a bike. Our people will work with you to find the right model, and we’ll also work with the bike companies on any warranty issues. Our full-service Bike Mechanics at both shops will also keep your bike well maintained.

 

Gazelle Comparison Chart

GAZELLE MILEAGE AS RATED BY VENDOR
MODEL PRICE LOW, MID, HIGH STEP MAX SPEED DERAILLEUR OR HUB CHAIN OR BELT ADJUSTABLE STEM # OF GEARS TORQUE Nm MOTOR FRONT SHOCK BATTERY TURBO, SPORT, TOUR, ECO LOCK LIGHTS TIRE SIZE
MEDEO T9 CITY HMB $2,399 LOW & HIGH 20 DERAILLEUR CHAIN YES 9 40 BOSCH ACTIVE LINE   YES 400 WH 20, 25, 35, 65 NO YES 28 X 2.0
MEDEO T9 HMB $2,699 LOW 20 DERAILLEUR CHAIN YES 9 50 BOSCH ACTIVE LINE PLUS YES 400 WH 20, 25, 35, 60 YES YES 28 X 2.0
MEDEO T10 HMB $3,199 MID & HIGH 20 DERAILLEUR CHAIN YES 10 65 BOSCH PERFORMANCE YES 500 WH 25, 30, 40, 70 YES YES 28 X 2.0
ARROYO C7 HMB ELITE $3,299 LOW 20 HUB CHAIN YES 7 50 BOSCH ACTIVE LINE PLUS YES 500 WH 25, 35, 45, 70 YES YES 28 X 1.75
MEDEO T10+ HMB $3,699 MID & HIGH 28 DERAILLEUR    CHAIN YES 10 85 BOSCH PERFORMANCE SPEED YES 500 WH 20, 25, 35, 55 YES YES 28 X 2.0
ARROYO C8 HMB ELITE $3,699 LOW 20 HUB CHAIN YES 8 50 BOSCH ACTIVE LINE PLUS YES 500 WH 25, 35, 45, 70 YES YES 28 X 1.75
ULTIMATE C8 HMB $3,749 LOW 20 HUB BELT YES 8 50 BOSCH ACTIVE LINE PLUS YES 500 WH 25, 35, 45, 70 YES YES 28 X 1.75
ULTIMATE T10 HMB $3,999 LOW & HIGH 20 DERAILLEUR CHAIN   YES 10 65 BOSCH PERFORMANCE YES 500 WH 25, 30, 40, 70 YES YES 28 X 1.75
ULTIMATE T10+ HMB $4,199 MID & HIGH 28 DERAILLEUR CHAIN YES 10 85 BOSCH PERFORMANCE SPEED YES 500 WH 20, 25, 35, 55 YES YES 28 X 1.75
ULTIMATE C380 HMB $4,249 LOW 20 HUB BELT YES CONTINUOUS.  65 BOSCH PERFORMANCE YES 500 WH 25, 30, 40, 70 YES YES 28 X 1.75
ULTIMATE C380+ HMB $4,749 MID & HIGH 28 HUB BELT YES CONTINUOUS.  85 BOSCH PERFORMANCE SPEED YES 500 WH 20, 25, 35, 55 YES YES 28 X 1.75

 

SHOP GAZELLE MODELS BY CLICKING HERE