Gazelle Avenue C8 Review

Gazelle Avenue C8 Electric Bike Review
Gazelle Avenue C8
Gazelle Avenue C8 Finura Plastic Chain Cover
Gazelle Avenue C8 36 Volt Lithium Ion Battery Pack Rack With Bungee
Gazelle Avenue C8 Removable Transflective Shimano Steps Ebike Display
Gazelle Avenue C8 Ergon Gp1 Ergonomic Grips Magura Hs11 Brake Levers
Gazelle Avenue C8 Alloy Fork With Spring Suspension
Gazelle Avenue C8 Deep Wave Step Thru Frame
Gazelle Avenue C8 Sks Plastic Fenders With Rubber Mud Flaps
Gazelle Avenue C8 Shimano Steps Rear Rack Ebike Battery
Gazelle Avenue C8 Shimano Ebike Battery Charger With Adapter
Gazelle Avenue C8 Large 4 Amp Electric Bike Charger By Shimano
Gazelle Avenue C8 Electric Bike Review
Gazelle Avenue C8
Gazelle Avenue C8 Finura Plastic Chain Cover
Gazelle Avenue C8 36 Volt Lithium Ion Battery Pack Rack With Bungee
Gazelle Avenue C8 Removable Transflective Shimano Steps Ebike Display
Gazelle Avenue C8 Ergon Gp1 Ergonomic Grips Magura Hs11 Brake Levers
Gazelle Avenue C8 Alloy Fork With Spring Suspension
Gazelle Avenue C8 Deep Wave Step Thru Frame
Gazelle Avenue C8 Sks Plastic Fenders With Rubber Mud Flaps
Gazelle Avenue C8 Shimano Steps Rear Rack Ebike Battery
Gazelle Avenue C8 Shimano Ebike Battery Charger With Adapter
Gazelle Avenue C8 Large 4 Amp Electric Bike Charger By Shimano


  • A durable, streamlined, wave style step-thru electric bicycle from an established European brand with an excellent track record of quality and service, available in three frame sizes for improved fit
  • Uses one of the lightest, quietest, and most efficient mid-drive motors from Shimano with an updated display panel and high-capacity 504 watt hour rear-rack battery, adjustable swept-back handlebar
  • Purpose-built frame routes cables internally but has cutouts for serviceability, reinforced main-tube reduces frame flex, smaller 26" tires bring the frame closer to the ground, gel saddle and seat post suspension feel great
  • Integrated LED lights and reflective tires keep you visible and safe, fully encased chain stays clean and won't drop easily, internally geared hub can be shifted at standstill and won't get dirty or go out of true as easily as a derailleur

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Avenue C8



Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Year Motor and Battery, 5 Year Frame


United States, Europe

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

52.5 lbs (23.81 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.8 lbs (2.63 kg)

Motor Weight:

7.05 lbs (3.19 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.72 in (45 cm)20.08 in (51 cm)22.44 in (56.99 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Step-Thru Small 45 cm Stats: 17.9" Seat Tube, 21.5" Reach, 15.5" Stand Over Height, 25.5" Width, 72.5" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Saturn Blue Mat

Frame Fork Details:

Aluminum Fork with Headset Spring Suspension, ~30 mm Travel, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 10 mm Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Nexus Inter8, Internally Geared Hub, Freewheel, SG-C6011-8R, 18 Tooth Cog

Shifter Details:

Shimano Nexus Half-Grip Shifter on Right


Miranda Delta, Alloy, 160 mm to 170 mm Length, 38 Tooth Chainring


Gazelle Light Edge, Aluminum Alloy and Plastic Platform with Rubber Tread


VP-Z051AD Straight 1-1/8", 68.5° Head Tube Angle


Gazelle Switch Tool-Free Adjustable Angle (Steplessly Adjustable), 110 mm Length


Aluminum Alloy, Swept Back, 630 mm Length

Brake Details:

Magura HS11 Hydraulic Rim Brakes, Four Finger Levers with Tool-Free Adjustable Reach


Ergon GP1 Ergonomic, Locking


Selle Royal Loire Gel

Seat Post:

Spring Suspension, 40 mm Travel, 27.2 mm to 29.8 mm Shim

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm


RYDE X-Plorer Safety Line, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 36 Hole


Stainless Steel, 14G Front 13G Rear, Black with Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Marathon, 26" x 1.75" (47-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

Performance Line GreenGuard, 45 to 70 PSI, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, E-Bike Ready 50 km

Tube Details:

Presta Valve


Finura Plastic Enclosed Chain Cover, Gazelle Steps Aluminum Alloy Rear Rack with Pannier Guards and Triple-Bungee Strap (25 kg / 55 lb Max Weight), SKS Plastic Fenders with Rubber End-Flaps (Gloss Black), Busch+Müller Upp T Integrated LED Headlight (6 Volt DC), Spanninga Integrated LED Backlight, Gazelle Axis Rotary Bell, AXA Defender Frame Lock Keyed-Alike, Massload CL-KA36 Adjustable Center-Mount Kickstand, Rubberized Tube Protector at Step-Thru


Locking Removable Rack Mounted Batter Pack, 2.3 lb 4 Amp Battery Charger, 70° Seat Tube Angle

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Shimano STePs E6000

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

50 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Shimano STePs, Rear Rack, BT-E6001

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

14 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

504 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

40 miles (64 km)

Estimated Max Range:

70 miles (113 km)

Display Type:

Shimano STePs SC-E6010, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Transflective Grayscale, Backlit LCD, (Hold Up and Down for Settings Menu)


Clock, Battery (Infographic and Percentage), Speed, Assist Level (OFF, ECO, NORM, HIGH), Shifting (Manual, Auto), Trip Time, Avg Speed, Max Speed, Trip Distance, Odometer, Range, Detail Range

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback on Left

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Rotation Sensor, Speed Sensor, Pedal Force Sensor, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 70% 30 Nm, Normal 150% 40 Nm, High 230% 50 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Gazelle Avenue C8 is a wave style step-thru electric bike with a very low main-tube (combined top tube and downtube). It’s actually still comprised of two metal tubes in order to maximize stiffness and strength, but they are joined with some beautifully smooth welding and gusset plates along the upper and lower portions. Because the bike uses smaller 26-inch sized wheels vs. 27.5″ or standard 28″ 700c, the entire frame is lower to the ground and that means the absolute saddle height can be lower, even with the stock suspension seat post! Approachability, stability, and comfort are all important in the world of electric bicycles because riders tend to travel at slightly higher average speeds, over longer distances, and possibly get out more frequently. I searched for a definition of the word “avenue” and found the following: a broad road in a town or city, typically having trees at regular intervals along its sides. And, I think this really suites this Gazelle ebike because it’s designed for neighborhood and city use. The tires offer a blend of efficiency, comfort, safety, and durability because of their 1.75″ width (slightly wider than average), their reflective sidewall striping, and their puncture protective lining. This is a feature-complete electric bicycle with fenders, a fully enclosed chain case, a cargo rack, and LED lights that run off of the main rechargeable battery (the same battery powering the motor and display). I love how the headlight has windows cutouts along the sides to allow for light to shine out and increase your visual footprint, however, the light is mounted on the moving portion of the fork which means it could bounce and vibrate a bit more than if it had been mounted higher on the steering tube or handlebar. The rear light is positioned above the fender and below the battery, out of the way if you put a trunk bag or side pannier bags onto the frame. The frame color is a unique semi-metallic dark blue matte that matches throughout, even on the chain case, and you can get this bike in three sizes to fit your body and leg length. I noticed that on the smallest frame size (the one I reviewed) the crank arms were extra-short 160 mm vs. the standard 170 mm and that’s the sort of attention to detail that you don’t get with some cheaper products. In a lot of ways, $3k is an excellent price for a more premium build with a name-brand motor and high capacity battery. Gazelle has been around for over 100 years and is part of the PON Group in Europe, an automotive company that has really been investing in the ebike space in recent years, acquiring Focus, Kalkhoff, and Faraday.

Driving the Avenue C8 is one of the lightest, most efficient electric bike motors I have tested in recent years. It’s the Shimano STePs E600 mid-drive which delivers 250 watts nominal, up to 500 watts peak, with a maximum torque rating of 50 Newton meters. It’s responsive, smooth, and so compact that it hides behind the chain casing and blends nicely with the downtube design. This motor is also fairly quiet, especially in the lower two assist levels. I could imagine that with some panniers on the rear rack, hiding the battery, people might not even notice that it’s electric. A real highlight for me on this bike is that it uses an 8-speed internally geared hub, also from Shimano, that can be shifted at standstill. When you pair a mid-motor with a decent range of gearing, you can maximize climbing power and efficiency to get incredible range. The Shimano display panel has a range estimator readout that was saying 47+ miles for me, even in the highest assist level, and up to 70 miles in the lowest. That’s pretty incredible, but it does depend on how you leverage the gears. Shifting is intuitive with the half-twist grip shifter on the right portion of the handlebar, there’s even a little window showing which gear you’re in (lower gears are excellent for starting, climbing, and riding slowly). One of the other benefits of internally geared hubs is how clean and durable they tend to be. There’s only one sprocket in the rear and one chainring up front so the chain itself isn’t moving around and probably won’t fall off or rattle, and if the bike tips over onto its side, there’s no derailleur hanging down that could get bent! The downsides however, are that internally geared hubs tend to cost a bit more, weight a bit more, and shift more slowly. In fact, if you try to shift while pedaling hard, you might hear some clicking and not get a result. The Nexus Inter8 is a mid-level component that tries to protect itself and won’t allow shifting if the forces are too high. And of course, because this is an electric bike with 20 mph top assisted speeds and the additional weight of that motor and battery, it’s important to have reliable braking power. And that’s exactly what you get here… some very nice Magura HS11 hydraulic rim brakes with big comfortable levers. The lever position can be adjusted to make them easier to reach for people with petite hands and the hydraulic lines, verses mechanical wires, tend to require less hand strength.

Powering this bike is an upgraded 36 volt 14 Amp hour Lithium-ion battery pack that slides into the rear rack. The older Shimano battery offered 36 volt 11 Amp hour capacity, and was still great, but the industry has been moving towards the half Kilowatt-hour size because the affordability of energy dense cells has gone up (meaning you can put the same number of batteries into a box but each battery has more power). Weight hasn’t increased much either, maybe one half of a pound, so this is a big win in my book. You can charge the battery while mounted to the frame or take it off, perhaps bringing it into your workplace for a top-off during the day. And, I love how quick the Shimano STePs battery charger is, offering 4 Amp out put vs. just 2 Amps on many cheaper products. The gripes I do have however, are that the charger is a bit bulky and heavy… and that it requires a little plug adapter to charge the battery directly when off of the frame. This block does not attach securely to the end of the charger plug, nor does it have a leash or other attachment feature. So it would be easy to set down, drop, or just misplace and then lose permanently. In that case, you would only be able to charge the battery when mounted to the bike frame, and that means you need to bring your bike close to an outlet. For people who live in upstairs apartments or don’t have space in their garage, this would be a bummer. So, keep track of the little charger dongle thing! And Shimano, please improve this design… Bosch and other companies have been able to use the same charging port on their bikes and the battery so you don’t need a dongle at all. To really maximize the life of this and other Lithium-ion battery packs I have heard that you should store them in a cool, dry location and avoid extreme heat and cold. The battery could cost over $800 to replace but is very secure when locked to the frame, and I like that the rear wheel lock uses the same key. I do have a gripe here however too, the key must be left in the frame lock to have it in the open position. If you have a keychain connected to the ebike key there, it could jingle around and even scratch up the frame or get snagged on your pant leg or dress. Other frame locks I have seen allow you to remove the key in the open or locked position, so this was a bit quirky and frustrating to me. I suppose you could lock the frame every time you stop and take the battery off, but with the key not on a keychain, what if you misplace the key! It’s like the charger adapter plug situation all over again, two small and important parts that could just be floating around if you don’t keep your wits about you.

Operating Shimano STePs powered electric bikes that use the new E6010 display panel is easier than ever! This display is larger than the old model, uses a transflective LCD that is easy to read in direct sunlight, and only requires one on/off press whereas the old display wouldn’t power up until you pressed a button on the battery pack first. Sometimes that meant reaching way back or even getting off the bike and then back on. I love almost everything about this display and the accompanying three-button control pad, which is mounted within reach of the left grip. You can remove the display for safe keeping just like the battery pack, adjust its brightness, and even invert the font color from black text on a white background to white text on a black background. It beeps sometimes when you change assist levels or navigate through menus and that can even be turned off in the settings menu. The basic operation begins when you press the power button on the display and then press either the up or down arrows on the control pad to raise or lower assist power. Getting more advanced, you can press the center button on the control pad to cycle through trip stats like average speed, maximum speed, distance, odometer, and then range. As mentioned before, range is really cool because it can help you plan rides so you don’t run out of power half way. Range is dynamically calculated based on the battery charge level and whatever assist setting you are in (Eco, Normal, or High). There is also a battery infographic at the top right corner of this display which uses a percentage vs. five or ten bars like so many competing ebike systems. If and when you want to get more advanced and change the font color or brightness stuff, just hold the up and down arrows to enter the settings menu.

This Gazelle Avenue C8 does so many things right and I recognize and appreciate lots of little things about it that might go unnoticed by someone who doesn’t study bikes all day… The frame design and wheel sizing, the longer front fender to keep your shoes and shins dry, the rubber pad at the base of the main tube to protect the paint, the minimalist suspension fork, tool-free adjustable stem, name-brand locking ergonomic grips, color-matched chain casing, nicer flick bell, and internally routed (but still accessible) cables and wires. Even though they did not included bottle cage bosses on the seat tube or main tube, you can easily add a trunk bag with a bottle holster for under $25 like this. The rear rack uses standard gauge tubing that will be compatible with most clip-on or velcro panniers, and it’s got really nice tubing supports on both sides that will keep bags from rubbing against the tires. It even comes with a triple-bungee cord for securing lightweight items quickly. Most of the areas that I feel could be improved rely on third party vendors like Shimano (for the charger weight and dongle adapter) and AXA (for the frame lock key design). Bosch now offers an Active Line motor that produces less torque, less noise, weighs less, and would be a good option to compete with the Shimano E6000, but I still like this motor and prefer the Shimano display (especially compared to the minimalist Bosch Purion seen on the Bulls Cruiser E). Compared to that ebike, the Avenue C8 is lower to the ground, lighter weight, less expensive, and it has eight speeds vs. just seven. I hope this deep review and video ride test help you to learn more about ebikes and consider the trade-offs between drive systems. Big thanks to Gazelle for partnering with me on this post and to Chris Nolte at Propel Bikes in Brooklyn for letting me review one of his demo models and proving some insights. As always, the comments are open below and I’ll try to help you with any questions. You can also connect with other customers and enthusiasts in the Gazelle Ebike Forums.


  • Gazelle is over 100 years old and has been recognized with a Royal seal for outstanding products and customer service, they are based in the Netherlands and produce more than 275,000 bicycle per year! You get outstanding customer service and warranty with this product
  • The Avenue C8 step-thru electric bike is available in three frame sizes, it’s one of the most approachable and comfortable electric bikes in its category regardless of your body size
  • The suspension hardware is lightweight and minimal with a monoshock on the fork and a spring seat post, they aren’t super adjustable and you cannot lock them out, but they compliment the swept-back handlebar with adjustable stem, premium ergonomic grips, and gel saddle wonderfully
  • This bike is feature-complete with long plastic fenders that have rubber flaps at the end, a fully enclosed chain cover, paint-matched rear rack for hauling cargo, and integrated LED lights as well as reflective tires
  • Internally routed cables, a reinforced double-tube downtube, and color matched accessories all make this product sleek and beautiful, it’s also fairly stiff and sturdy compared to other wave models I have tried
  • The Shimano STePs display panel is removable, large and easy to read, and uses a transflective LCD which can be read in bright conditions as well as low-light and it has lots of adjustability with the easy menu system (just hold the up and down buttons to get into the menu), you can even change from black text on white to white text on black to improve the contrast
  • Hydraulic braking systems tend to be quicker and require less effort because there isn’t a cable rubbing on a housing and stretching over time, they also offer tool-free adjustable-reach levers which is great if you have large or small hands, or if you like to wear gloves to stay warm when cycling
  • The Shimano Nexus Inter8 internally geared hub tends to be more reliable and stay cleaner than a cassette and derailleur setup, it can be shifted at standstill and only has one external sprocket so your chain stays tighter and is much less likely to fall off
  • The battery pack can be charged on or off the frame and only weighs ~5.8 lbs so it’s relatively easy to carry if you are a commuter, the 4 Amp charger will fill it quicker than most other ebikes that use 2 Amp chargers
  • I like the rear rack design because it’s low, positioned far back from the saddle so it can go all the way down without colliding, uses standard gauge tubing to work with clip-on panniers, has side blockers to keep gear from rubbing on the tires, and even comes with a bungee cord for quick mounting
  • For quick stops, the AXA rear wheel lock secures the bike and most people aren’t going to be able to lift and run off with a 50+ pound bicycle… the front wheel does have quick release by default so consider locking it or keeping en eye out so nobody snatches it
  • Getting a flat tire is no fun, even if you’ve got quick release wheels like the front wheel on this bike, since the rear wheel is bolted on and you’ve got a fancy chain cover setup… it’s really nice that Gazelle included Schwalbe Marathon tires with Performance Line GreenGuard to reduce the possibility of flats, just keep the tires pumped up between the recommended PSI (40 to 70 PSI) so you’ll be less likely to get a pinch flat
  • Considering that the bike uses a deep step-thru frame and offers smaller sizes, I think it was smart that they opted for 26″ wheels vs. 28″ (700c) sizing like most city bikes… these wheels bring the frame closer to the ground, the trade-off is rolling momentum and a higher attack angle which won’t span cracks quite as smoothly
  • I like that Gazelle opted for shorter 160 mm crank arms for their smaller frames because that will reduce pedal strikes and just feel more comfortable riders with shorter legs


  • You have to lock the cafe lock in order to remove the key which can take a bit of extra time or encourage you to just leave the key in… which presents a security risk, it would be nice if you could remove the key locked or not locked as is the case with most ABUS frame locks
  • Some of the fancier ebike systems are now offering USB or Micro-USB charging ports for use with portable electronic devices, this ebike does not have that yet
  • The charger is pretty large and weighs ~2.3 lbs while similarly specced hardware from competing brands is in the 1.7 lb to 2 lb range, this charger also requires an adapter plug to charge the battery pack independently (off the bike) and there’s no leash or convenient way to keep the adapter with the charger, I could see this part being misplaced and lost easily
  • The rear rack is pretty great but I was surprised that the frame doesn’t have bottle cage bosses on the seat tube, there appears to be plenty of space and this could be handy for attaching a mini-pump, folding lock, or bottle cage
  • Minor grip here, but the headlight is mounted below the front shock which means it will bounce around more and adds unsprung weight
  • I understand why they chose a rack mounted battery here, to free up the mid-section of the frame for low step-thru, but it does position weight up high and towards the back which isn’t as stable and contributes to some frame flex
  • The kickstand is mounted at the center of the frame, just behind the bottom bracket, and can get in the way of the left crank arm if you leave the stand down and spin the cranks or back the bike up (like out of a garage or shed), I prefer the rear mounted stands that stay out of the way and can provide increased stability for a rack battery and bags
  • The rear fender did not seem to be attached to the underside of the cargo rack and it rattled quite a bit during my ride test… you can see and hear this around 22:24 in the video review above


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3 months ago

Once again, we have a mid drive that has no throttle. While having no throttle is something that EU regulators shoved down the throats of European ebike riders, and respective OEM’s, the lack of a throttle remains a serious shortcoming of all of these ebikes. Most mid-drives do not have throttles, except for Evelo.

Customers typically demand the throttle, for uses such as having help while navigating from a stop on a hill, to occassionally not wanting to pedal, and other situations that an ebike has an advantage for the user.

The US doesn’t have to accept this, and nor should consumers accept these very high prices for mid-drives. They are really hard to maintain or service, and will be much more expensive in the long run.

3 months ago

Hi Mike! My experience with mid-drives is that they’re efficient, well balanced, and can be extremely reliable and easy to maintain (basically they are swapped out if a problem arises). That’s not the case for every product, and EVELO uses mostly Bafang mid-drive motors which do tend to encounter breakdowns with throttle activation and that can be very hard on your chain, cassette, and derailleur too… but I’m still a big fan of choice and love that we have so many options to choose from. The Gazelle Avenue C8 comes from a European company that follows their rules. I think they executed very well with this product, but you don’t have to buy it :)

1 week ago

Gazelle have renamed this model, the new name for the Avenue is the EasyFlow

1 week ago

Interesting, thanks for the feedback Dewey! I hope to connect with the Gazelle folks later this year and may get to do an updated review :)


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John from Connecticut
1 day ago


I quickly checked out the Pedigo Bomerang and noticed one difference between it and the Townie Go. The Townie Go
design is such that the crank is forward of the seat down tube, thus when you come to a stop the only place your feet can
go the pavement. The Pedigo Bomerang crank/pedal design is much more 'typical' .

The Townie-Go is ridden in a very upright position ala sitting in a chair which contributes to it's safety. Regarding your tech
question about type of motor battery, controller etc to buy, those questions have all been 'answered' vis the Bosch Power system
standard on the Townie.

As mentioned prior in Bosch Performance line motor and battery and the Intuvia Controller are one of
the best systems, if not the best out there. I have two e-bikes with the exact same power system and they've worked
flawlessly. The motors are powerful and silky smooth. Trek, which owns Townie is fantastic for customer support.I've had several
occasions to take advantage of their service.

You asked about throttle...That is a personal choice, no right or wrong. I'm not a fan of throttles. To me throttles remove the
direct and real tactile connection between the rider and the bike when they are used.

Regarding bike manufacturers there are other quality e-bike companies in addition to Trek, but this is a good place to start. You may want
to check out the review video below of a Gazelle Arroyo. A forum poster listed last week and it is a really nice high quality bike. The price
reflects is, but everything about this bike class...I like this bike.

John from CT

1 day ago

Hi Sherry. I am an e-bike newbie too and just joined the forum a few days ago. I just brought home a Gazelle Arroyo step thru. I turn 71 next month and decided to go with a step thru instead of step over frame because of hip problems. I have only ridden about 20 miles (waiting for warmer less windy weather), but so far I love it. If you decide to look at 2 wheelers instead of trikes, take a look:

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Incidentally, my local retailer had a couple of 2017 models at close out prices, so I paid considerably less than the posted MSRP.

3 days ago

Hi, AlanDB. That Gazelle Arroyo looks like a real pleasure to ride. Let everyone here know how you like it, when you get a chance to ride it. Happy Riding!

4 days ago

I checked "other". I have a Gazelle Arroyo. Wife has Blix Aveny.

John from Connecticut
5 days ago

Hello AlanDB, Welcome to the EBR Forum. Congratulations on your new Gazelle Arroyo e-bike. I wasn't familiar with your bike
so I checked out Court's review here on EBR....I really like the Gazelle Arroyo for a number of reasons, not the least of, appearance,
it's a really classy stylish e-bike.

Probably most important, your power system, Bosch one of the top manufacturers. I have two e-bikes with Bosch power and I'm extremely happy. The Intuvia Controller on your bike is very comfortable and easy to use. I see Schawalbe tires, a solid choice....and a front shock to boot.
You are all set to rack up those miles.....Enjoy

John from CT

5 days ago

Hello EBR forum members! I am Alan from east central Iowa and a newbie on e-bikes. I just traded in my conventional Giant 24-speed bike for a Gazelle Arroyo step thru. I am 71 and ride for leisure and exercise on streets and paved or packed limestone trails. I was finding myself avoiding longer rides and hills so I am hoping the e-bike will give me more confidence and more exercise in the long run. My wife has a Blix Aveny that she bought last summer, so the Arroyo should make it possible for me to keep pace with her.

I was looking at the Raleigh Detour, but my local cycle shop had this 2017 Arroyo at a special close-out price. After checking the EBR reviews and looking at both bikes, I just couldn't pass up the comfort and elegance of the Arroyo :). It is still a little chilly in Iowa to do much riding (for me anyway), but I hope to get the Arroyo out on the trail in the next couple of weeks.

1 week ago

Another update, Gazelle have renamed this model, the new name for the Avenue is the EasyFlow. I confirmed this with Gazelle USA customer service and it shows this on their website.

1 week ago

If you're looking at the typical $1,500-2k lower cost ebike there isn't much difference between them, whereas I think the difference is kits enable you to convert a pedal bicycle you already own or select a frame that fits you properly and/or has features you desire for less money than a complete ebike - this is helpful for people with specific special needs e.g. a very low step like a Biria Easy Boarding, or a true heavy duty mid-tail cargo bike like a Work Cycles FR8, or convert a tricycle, etc, but it's also true for daily city commuter stuff: take the Gazelle EasyFlow, a typical 36v Shimano Steps mid-drive commuter step-through with lights operating off the ebike battery. You could buy a Breezer Uptown 8 and convert it with a 36v Bafang or Tongsheng mid-drive kit motor for $1,500 less than the cost of the Gazelle and get a similar feature set with the added advantage of a little more range because of the donor bike's front dynamo hub powered lights.

Also there are certain features of kit motor setups that are useful, for example a Grin Tech hub motor + statorade to deal with heat build up + bottom bracket torque pedal sensor + cycle analyst + battery can provide decent hill climbing, range, and pedal assist, but with the added advantage over a mid-drive of being able to keep moving using the throttle if something happened to your chain/drivetrain.

3 months ago

Update! I just completed a full review for this electric bicycle, complete with a video and some photos. Check it out at

3 months ago

Or indeed a test ride, I really liked the Gazelle Arroyo I test-rode at a 2016 ebike expo event, I tried the diamond frame of that model again 6 months later on a proper hill climb and was pleased by the pedelec performance of the Bosch active line motor.

I noticed @e-boy has threads for other types of ebikes you would have to ask him but I supposed his intent was not so much to provide a buyers guide for customers but a pin board for fans of particular frame styles/types of ebikes.

3 months ago

Corratec Lifebike

Blix Komfort Prima

Evelo Galaxy ST

Gazelle Arroyo C8 (personal favorite)

Kalkhoff Agattu

EasyMotion Evo City Wave Pro

Riese & Muller Homage Nuvinci HS (the only full suspension step through ebike)

3 months ago

Gazelle EasyFlow

Raleigh Electric Sprite iE

3 months ago

About the AXA Defender frame lock.
It is a Dutch lock and sins we have more bikes than people you need a good lock in the Netherlands.
Firts of the key retention, it is a insurance requirement the lock is ART 2 certified and has a serial number.
If you claim your bike stolen you have to provide two key's (whit that number) so if you park your bike and don't lock and some one takes of whit your bike they have one of the two key's that way they make sure you lock your bike.
The two hand operation is a child safety device we Dutch tend to take our young kids on the back of the bike to school.
You have to turn the key on one side 1/8 to be able to operate the locking lever on the other side this way a child riding on the back can't push on the leaver during the ride blocking the rear wheel in transit.
On the other side of the key hole there is a hole were a locking pin fits in.
A hardened chain whit a pin and a big end shackle can be looped around some thing solid like a pole pull the pin trough the big end shackle and insert into the lock this way your bike is lock at the rear wheel and locked to the solid world so no one can lift the rear wheel and walk away whit your bike.
Unlocking does retract the locking ring on the rear wheel and releases the locking pin.
One key two security features.

Michael V
3 months ago

Very nice city pedelec. Court you selected the right spot for a navy blue bike!
Noticed the rim break mounts are attached to correct side on frame and bicycle fork so it is pushed not pulled when breaking. If I saw it corectly that chain protector covers all chain right and left side protecting it much better from sand carried by sea wind as they got quite often in the Netherland.
I'm using Shimano Nexus i8 hub since 16000 km and it is a sufficient non-problem hub for pedelecs used in flat and middle hill areas. It needs professional maintenance each 5000 km. The chain tension adjustment screw shows the big experiance Gazelle got.

Wishing all a happy new year!

Eco Hut
3 months ago

Is there a throttle button? If yes, what is the build quality?

Seb K
3 months ago

I have those tyres and they are really good . I have had mine for nearly a year and use my bike daily and they are still perfect .

Ddr Hazy
3 months ago

Rim brakes, small motor and small battery. Expensive at $3k, you are paying roughly $2500 for the non electric parts of the bike and paying a premium price for the "hip" design, not for it's performance.

Chris Till
3 months ago

I much prefer the R&M Nevo to this but it’s still pretty good. But tyres too narrow, rim brakes instead of discs. Rack mounted battery also not great. And the badly positioned kick stand.

It’s cool to see more of the Shimano system. But I haven’t seen that system or the Yamaha being used with a belt drive. Is that possible on either of them?

David Darwall
3 months ago

Do you plan on doing a review on the smart Motion pacer gt?

Douglas Kmiotek
3 months ago

It's freezing in NYC,... when did you get to do this review??? LOL!!!

Douglas Kmiotek
3 months ago

Seb K I actually know that,...I was being humorous. I've chatted with Court on many occasions.

Seb K
3 months ago

He has a lot of videos he has already filmed and is releasing them one by one .

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3 months ago

Personally, not a fan of batteries mounted on a rack; too much weight up high. Also, there are good reasons why hydraulic rim brakes are not popular. IMO, better use quality mechanical brakes that are both easier to service and where replacement parts are available everywhere and not only online.

james eagle
3 months ago