Gazelle (given the title Royal Dutch Gazelle by Princess Margriet in 1992) is the renowned leader in Dutch bike manufacturing since 1892. Their factory in Dieren produces over 250,000 bikes a year. From their conception to the present day, they've focused on making comfortable, safe, and stylish bikes that can be depended on daily. Furthermore, Gazelle is a forerunner in the eBike industry, early on having researched and developed the integration of this new technology with the classic, daily-riding bicycles for which they've been known for over 120 years. The result: Gazelle has a catalog of pedal assist electric bicycles that is incomparable.
The Gazelle Ultimate C380, an updated model for 2023, is an all-rounder eBike striking the right balance between a practical transportation bike for daily commuting and a fun recreation bike for long joy rides. It's an excellent daily commuter because the riding posture is mostly upright, increasing comfort and visibility, and it's a step through frame, allowing the rider to gracefully mount and dismount the bike in either casual or work attire. It's also equipped with fenders for rainy days and lights that are powered by the bike's battery, which is seamlessly integrated into the bike's down tube. Yet the Ultimate is also a great bike for long recreational rides since the mostly upright riding posture has a sporty lean to it, increasing pedaling efficiency for extended miles and time in the saddle. Plus, the front wheel is equipped with a Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc brake for additional stopping power at higher speeds, in bad weather, or on steep terrain.
The C380 features the Enviolo 380 Continuously Variable Transmission gear hub. This innovative hub allows for fully stepless transmission--an infinite number of gears. The whisper-quiet and grease-free Gates CDX carbon belt doesn't require any lubrication and lasts 3-5 times longer than a chain.
The bike's battery, drive unit, display, and charger (in essence the entire eSystem) are all made by Bosch and undergo rigorous third party testing for quality. The Ultimate C380 (2023) model is now part of Bosch’s new Smart System. Using the eBike Flow app, the rider can control all the functions of the Smart System and customize the bike to the rider's preferences. The Smart System keeps the bike up-to-date with the latest software updates, includes the new “auto” assist mode that automatically changes the level of torque while riding, and is capable of electronically locking and tracking the bike, too.
Other updates include the new Kiox 300 display that informs the rider on details such as assist mode (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo, and Auto), current speed, trip distance, remaining battery life, fitness data, and turn by turn directions. Additionally, the battery capacity has increased to 625Wh from 500Wh, the Bosch Performance Line motor delivers 75Nm of toque as opposed to 65Nm, and the tires are 2” instead of 1.75”. These changes will allow the rider to go further distances more comfortably using less effort!
So, whether it’s a daily commute or escaping the city on a long ride, the Bosch motor with the ample gear range of the Enviolo hub will get you where you want to go with ease, while the wider 2” tires and front fork suspension will make sure it’s a comfortable journey.