Effortless cycling and German practicality on these Kalkhoff step-through e-bikes
Step-through e-bikes are the pinnacle of practicality. Not only do you get to enjoy the effortless glee of using a pedal-assist motor, you can also step right onto both pedals without having to lift a leg over. Ideal for men (yes, men) and women wearing business attire, skirts, kilts, or unfeasibly tight trousers, and for those who are recovering from injuries – or simply for those who like to make their lives easy.
Here are our 5 favourite step-through electric bikes for 2018.
Kalkhoff Jubilee Move i7 2018 Step-Through £1559
One of our best buys in step-through commuter/trekking electric bikes, complete with hub gears and mudguards – guaranteed to get you from A to B with no sweat. You can buy the Jubilee Move i7 confident in the knowledge that Kalkhoff have sold over 400,000 e-bikes featuring its German engineered Impulse motor drive.
Kalkhoff Jubilee Excite i7 2018 Step-Through £1,999
The Jubilee Excite I7 is an urban city e-bike made especially clean with its Shimano Nexus hub gears and its Gates Belt Drive, meaning fewer exposed moving parts (i.e. no derailleur and no chain) to get covered in dirt. Plus it has a longer range battery thanks to its high capacity 603Wh battery.
Kalkhoff Sahel Compact i8 2018 Compact 17AH £1,999
The Sahel 20″ wheel urban e-bike offers the same quality turbo-charged ride as a 700c wheel Kalkhoff electric bike, but in a more compact, storable format. This is a good thing because their extra heft can make regular e-bikes comparatively unwieldy.
With it’s 17Ah (603 Wh) battery, this Kalkhoff Sahel Compact urban electric bike has an even bigger fuel tank than the standard 11Ah model for extended run times.
Kalkhoff Endeavour Advance i10 2018 Step-Through £2,599
With superior looks thanks to its frame-enclosed battery, Kalkhoff bring a new integrated stealth look to their Endeavour Advance electric bike. In fact there’s a good chance that cyclists you overtake won’t even realise you’re riding with the assistance of an Impulse Evo RS, 36 V / 250 W motor.
The 540Wh Impulse battery is perfect for rides up to around 80km on mixed terrain and will be good for over 1,000 charge cycles (so it will last twice as long as many e-bike batteries).
Specialized Turbo Como 5.0 2018 £2,999
Unlike any cruiser bike you might have seen before, the Specialized Turbo Como comes superbly equipped with a Shimano SLX/XT 1×11 drivetrain and matching Shimano BR-MT500 hydraulic disc brakes for assured control. We especially like the additional features such as its e-battery powered lights, with the rear light neatly integrated into the rear of the pannier rack.
Specialized have developed a custom Turbo UI-504 battery that seamlessly integrates into the frame, and you can also connect the bike to your phone via Bluetooth to control battery life, customize your motor characteristics, provide a ride history and diagnose any technical issues. Plus it is, all in all, possibly the most comfortable urban e-bike we’ve ever tried.