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Discussion in 'Electric Bike Reviews' started by Robbieg, Mar 12, 2017.

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    Robbieg

    Robbieg Finding my (electric) wheels

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    Dropped by 50 cycles yesterday and ordered the kalkhoff integrale 10 xt 2016 model. Impressed with the quality and comfort, and the quiet Impulse Evo RS motor. Picking it up midweek, will keep updated posts on how it goes!
     
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    Looking forward to your reports
     
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    I wondered who was going to be first. it made me laugh anyway.
     
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    Robbieg

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    Picked the kalkhoff up yesterday afternoon. Must say am pleased with 50 cycles service so far, I took my time making sure I had the correct size frame, and even rode the demo model again yesterday to be absolutely sure. I,m on the cusp between the small 47cm and medium 50cm eventually choosing the medium. First job on getting it home while waiting for battery to fully charge was to change the stock pedals to SPD,s , and replace the saddle with my black Brooks Flyer, which really looks good. Had the Brooks for a year or two so broken in ok, although I reckon it's the saddle that breaks the backside in rather than the other way round. It was dark by the time the battery was fully charged so was able to test the lights on first run out of around nine miles. The lights are great, the front particularly, and is easily as good my Hope front light used on other bikes. Straight away can tell the build quality of the bike, is seems well planted on the road and with a slight alteration to saddle and stem positions the bike seems very comfortable to ride. After the first mile or two I realised just how quiet the impulse Evo RS motor is. After reading about the problems some have had with previous impulse motors I am keeping a keen ear open for any horrible crunching noises but none so far! Am starting to get to grips with the technology in the kalkhoff, the handbook gives info of ways to tailor the motor to suit individual riding styles. Shift sensor detection, Climb Assist, and Ride Profile can all be adjusted to suit. I have initially chosen the `relax` profile which caters for a more sedate touring mode with the emphasis on increased range rather than dynamic performance. Went out again today on a mixture of lanes and the odd level dirt track and have so far covered 62.3 miles with 59% of battery remaining, the majority in eco mode. Despite being set up in an economical way there still seems to be enough power delivered smoothly. I expect to get a greater impact of power when I start experimenting with different device settings in future. At the moment though it feels similar to riding with a steady wind behind you in eco mode, rather than feeling extreme surges whenever pedal pressure is applied. In the present set up it seems realistic to be able to cover long daily distances at typical touring speeds and still feel relatively fresh. I've done lots of long distance endurance events over the years on various custom built bikes such as Mercian and Bob Jackson etc and know that comfort is important. The kalkhoff integrale10 so far seems to fit the bill in comfort and efficiency terms and after a short time the bike definitely felt "right" in fit and feel, a point which has sometimes taken weeks to achieve on previous bikes owned. This is definitely a quality product and typical of a lot of German machines. There are a lot of nice practical touches on this bike which ile probably mention ongoing. Have already contacted 50cycles after sales support who probably rang me back to discuss battery charging details. A leaflet from 50 cycles recommends draining the battery completely before recharging on 3 occasions whereas the owners manual states to do it once. The answer was that once is fine but three times is also ok, ? Think ile do it twice for good measure! Apparently the computer circuitry is adapting to my riding style as much as me getting used to it and that's the reason that there have been a couple of notifications of ride data being updated . The technical support chap said this is normal for a new machine. On the whole am initially very pleased with integrale 10 xt . It looks great, feels great, and will hopefully continue to perform well. Time will tell!
     
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    Once is ok, it's nothing to do with conditioning the battery, it's only to set the zero point on the integral smart meter to battery empty.

    That ensures its accuracy when checking content or capacity in future.
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    Robbieg

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    Thanks Flecc, once will do then, will save some time. Cheers.
     
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    Robbieg

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    Almost a week with the new kalkhoff and all good so far. Only about 100 or so miles on the clock due to some grandad duties, and have made a change to the Rider Profile to see how it differs. It seemed to take ages to run the battery down completely and used the two highest levels to hurry it along about. Not sure if I misheard or if am just being about paranoid but thought there may have been a couple of times when I heard a single cracking sound from somewhere near motor/bottom bracket area? Not sure, but everything stayed smooth and no actual prolonged crunching noises as reported by some with the previous Impulse motors. In fact, it's easy to forget that you're riding an ebike at times, firstly cus the motor is really quiet, and secondly, cus the eco mode mimics a non electric bike in how it rides. Eco mode obviously means a little more effort contributed by the rider which seems more of a "normal" ride, although there's a definite difference when switching the assistance off altogether. The maximum 80nm torque is definitely felt in the other higher modes, this is a powerful bike but always feels good with a reassuring ride. The only slight gripe is that the mudguards are bit too short, today rode for the first time on a wet road and found a few splatters onto the rack and on jacket. It seems that most bike manufacturers fall down by fitting inadequate guards. Next job will be to make some nice black mudflaps to fit, can usually make some out of an empty plastic storage bottle, or maybe some black leather. I like the Brooks mudflaps but at around 15 quid each they seem a bit pricey for something that can easily be custom made to suit. Overall am well pleased with the bike so far cus it seems quiet, efficient and comfortable.
     
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    E-Wheels Finding my (electric) wheels

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Raleigh-Rub...rd-Flap-Mudflap-NEW-Many-Sizes-/122368714867?
     
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    Could do the job nicely, cheers!
     
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    Robbieg

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    Have only done just over 300 miles so far on the kalkhoff and still pleased with it. Pretty certain that the 'cracking' sound I've heard a couple of times from he bottom bracket area is actually from the left hand SPD pedal which is getting on abit anprobably needs a new pair. The motor itself is still quiet and smooth and am continuing to get a good range from each charge. Have just returned from a caravan holiday in Scotland, we took my kalkhoff and my better halfs a giant ebike in the back of the car; initially stayed a few days on Skye, did not use bike
     
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    Robbieg

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    .....Did not use bike much but did have nice ride on road towards old man of store , very windy and open to the elements but the kalkhoff made easy workout it. Did a few more miles later in Oban area including a days rough stuff on the isle of matters. The bike continues to perform well with no problems other than the front brake which feels spongy and hard at different times; maybe some air in the hydraulics and may need bleeding, will take a look today and return to 50 cycles if no better. Overall am pleased and can recommend the kalkhoff for its ride quality. Since buying my first ebike about a year ago ime not really using conventional bikes much at all and have began to offload a couple of bikes to other family members. I have a restored 1949 Claud Butler which I've owned since the 1980,s which will I would never part with, but am seriously thinking of selling my little used planet x nanolite carbon bike in near future.
     
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    Sorry! old Man of Storr and isle of Karreera!
     

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