Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Review

Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Electric Bike Review
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Gates Carbon Drive Impulse 3 Evo Motor
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium 36 Volt 16 Ah Impulse Battery
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Swept Bars Ergonomic Grips Display Lcd
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Concept Ex Twin Led Headlight
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Selle Bassano Feel Gt Saddle Patent Mcu Suspension Post
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Shimano M396 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Shimano Nexus Internally Geared Hub Belt Drive
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Electric Bike Review
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Gates Carbon Drive Impulse 3 Evo Motor
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium 36 Volt 16 Ah Impulse Battery
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Swept Bars Ergonomic Grips Display Lcd
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Concept Ex Twin Led Headlight
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Selle Bassano Feel Gt Saddle Patent Mcu Suspension Post
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Shimano M396 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium Shimano Nexus Internally Geared Hub Belt Drive


  • One of the most popular bikes in the Kalkhoff line, it comes in four frame sizes, three frame types (including wave step-thru) and two colors, impressive two-year complete warranty
  • Excellent hardware including Shimano hydraulic brakes, and internally geared 8 speed hub (that can be shifted at standstill), a Gates Carbon belt drive and reflective puncture-resistant tires
  • Wonderful menu system with adjustable power delivery, responsiveness and readouts, I love the range estimator and precise battery indicator, you get a Micro USB charging port on the display and an optional Bluetooth app for turn-by-turn GPS navigation from your phone
  • Not my favorite pedals, the bike weighs quite a bit (due in part to basic suspension fork and larger battery capacity), thicker display isn't removable, costs more

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Include 8 Premium


$4,399 USD

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising, Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Year Comprehensive


United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

59.5 lbs (26.98 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.2 lbs (3.26 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.4 lbs (3.81 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.72 in (45 cm)19.69 in (50.01 cm)21.65 in (54.99 cm)23.62 in (59.99 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

27.5" Stand Over Height, 33" Stand Over Height

Frame Types:

High-Step, Mid-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

White, Black

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour NCX-D EB Suspension, Magnesium, Hydraulic Lockout, Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Nexus Internally Geared Hub, Gear Ration Front 46, Rear 22

Shifter Details:

Shimano Nexus, Revo Twist Shifter


Aluminum Alloy


Plastic Platform with Rubber Tread


CST Concept SL, Adjustable Angle


Concept EX Metrostyle, Swept Back, 26" Length

Brake Details:

Shimano M396 Hydraulic Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Shimano Levers


Ergon Ergonomic Locking


Selle Bassano Feel GT, 3 Zone Comfort Plus

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy, Patent MCU Suspension

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm


Concept EX Alloy, Black


15G Stainless Steel, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Marathon, 700 x 38c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Performance Line GreenGuard, Reflective Sidewall Stripe

Tube Details:

Presta Valve


Adjustable Length Kickstand, Full Length Plastic Fenders, Plastic Chain Cover, Racktime Alloy Rear Rack with 25 kg Max Weight, Integrated AnLun LED Backlight with Parking Delay, Integrated Concept EX Twin LED Headlight (100 Lux)


Locking Removable Battery Pack, 1.8 lb 3 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Impulse 3.0 Evo

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

100 Newton meters

Battery Brand:


Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

16.75 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

603 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

6 hours

Estimated Min Range:

65 miles (105 km)

Estimated Max Range:

125 miles (201 km)

Display Type:

Impulse Evo Smart, Fixed, Monochrome Backlit LCD with Adjustable Angle and Bluetooth App Integration for GPS Navigation


Battery Level with Range Estimate, Time, Assist Level (Off, Eco, Sport, Power, Ultra), Speed, Cadence, Odometer, Trip Time, Trip Distance, Trip Max Speed, Trip Average Speed, Tour Distance, Tour Average Speed, Climb Assist Mode, User Profile

Display Accessories:

Backlit Independent Button Pad Near Left Grip

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Cadence, Pedal Torque and Bicycle Speed, Offers Physical Shift Sensing)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

I was told that the Include 8 is one of Kalkhoff’s most popular pedelec models, at least outside of the US. It’s an electric bike that packs in so many features you could literally replace your car for short trips… It’s a complete package, a bike that doesn’t require extra thinking around safety, utility or style because the accessories are already there and they meld seamlessly with the purpose-built frame design. There are three frame types and two colors to choose from so you can personalize a bit. I’m a fan of step-thru frames for mounting convenience but prefer the stiffness of high steps and with the Kalkhoff Include 8 Premium there’s an option that blends the two called Trapez (sort of a mid-step) and it even squeezes in a bottle cage mounting point! Whether you’re tall, short or planning to share the bike it should be comfortable because you can make adjustments to the seat height and handlebar angle. It’s a bike with efficient reflective tires that also has a suspension fork, seat post shock, comfort saddle, ergonomic grips (name brand from Ergon) and a more relaxed swept-back bar. To me, it’s a great compromise of utility and comfort but you do pay more and the bike isn’t light. At nearly 60 lbs, this is not the electric bike you want to lift up stairs or onto bus racks. Yes, the battery is removable (along with the front wheel) but given the long-range battery capacity, perhaps you can skip the bus ride alltogether? In short, this is a winning commuter e-bike and one that comes standard with a two year warranty.

Driving the Include 8 is an efficient but powerful mid-drive motor. It’s compact, well integrated into the frame design and it’s smart too! The motor listens for wheel movement, pedal cadence and pedal torque so it starts and stops quickly as you interact with your legs. You shouldn’t experience any unwanted starts in cases where the bike is stopped but you’re pressing on the pedal for balance. And conversely, you shouldn’t have to push for long when starting off in order for the motor to jump in and help. One thing I really like about the Include 8 Premium is its internally geared eight speed hub that can be shifted at standstill. Say you pedal up a hill but have to stop part way… this 60 lb bike is not going to be as easy to start again right? This is exactly when you’d want to shift down into an easier gear and start from there. In practice, it doesn’t work perfectly (I had to pedal a stroke for the gear change to happen during my ride test) but it’s much easier than with a traditional derailleur, chain and sprockets mashing. The drivetrain is clean and quiet because it uses a belt system instead of a chain. Unfortunately, the Impulse 3.0 motor system is not so quiet. You get a whopping 100 Newton meters of torque but there’s more electronic whirring compared with older 2.0 models. So coming back to how responsive the motor is, you also get shift sensing that relies on physical signals to cut power and reduce strain on the drivetrain. Perhaps the best part of these features is that you are put in control of them. There’s a climb-assist feature that lets the motor push longer, a shift sensing delay and and other power settings to maximize efficiency or torque and it’s all available through the standard display.

The display itself is large, backlit and well laid out. I like that the battery info-graphic shows precise levels vs. five or six big chunks and there’s even a range estimation so you can plan trips according to capacity and assistance dynamically, in real time! Interacting with the menus, switching through ride stats or holding the set button to dig into settings, is very comfortable thanks to a rubberized button ring near the left grip. It’s backlit (but not too bright) and less of a stretch than with a lot of other systems. Once the battery is charged, mounted to the bike and you press the power button on this ring the display comes on and you’re really all set to ride, pressing plus or minus for more or less assist. The trade-offs are in how large the display itself is and the fact that it’s not removable. For how polished the frame, fenders, lights and other accessories are on this electric bike I was put off by the thick plastic display. The wires extruding from the back seem to bend a bit when I forced the display all the way forward (simulating a taller rider or a glare-reduction situation). I love that it angles and really appreciate the Micro USB port on the back but feel that, given how nicely this ebike would work for commuting, a removable version would be ideal.

The battery design and capacity are stand-out features on the Kalkhoff commuter line… not just the Include 8. The pack is so custom, it fits perfectly behind the seat tube and even curves to match the outer profile of the rear wheel, acting like a fender extension. The battery uses long lasting light weight Lithium-ion cells offering 36 volts of power and nearly 17 amp hours of capacity. The charging port is magnetic so your cable wont tip the bike over as easily if it gets tripped over and the chargere itself, while large, is relatively light for easy inclusion on rides. If you added a trunk bag on the rear rack, you’d have plenty of room for the charger even if the saddle was lowered all the way because the rack is positioned further back due to the battery position. This is not just some converted frame, everything is custom and the wires are all internally routed, even for the lights! Both lights run off the battery as well and there’s a setting in the menu that allows for a delay in switching off so you’ll be more visible when parking and locking.

There’s so much to say about this bike and I feel that the video review above does a good job along with all of the pro’s and con’s listed below. As someone with back and neck sensitivity, I love that they included several features emphasizing comfort. As someone who cares about reliability, the puncture resistant tires, sealed mid-drive motor and premium belt system (with a center-tracking system to keep it aligned) are awesome. The suspension fork could be better (it does have lockout but weighs a bit more than a nice air fork) but when you really start to look at the price of $4,400 it makes sense that they had to compromise on some components. Many of the high-end electric mountain bikes I test are in the $5k+ range and they do weigh less but lack all of the utility features found here. I love the reflective tires, bright white frame color option and integrated lights. Depending on your needs for durability and range, I feel confident that this product would be a leader. It comes from a larger company with a longstanding reputation and is sold exclusively through dealers so that’s the final question. Do you live near a dealer where you could take a demo bike out for a ride and then order the perfect size and type for your lifestyle? If so, definitely give it a look and sound off with your experience here.


  • The belt drive system is clean, quiet and durable compared to a traditional chain, because this ebike uses an internally geared hub you don’t have a derailleur sticking out which could get bumped at bike racks etc.
  • 8 speed Shimano Nexus allows you to shift at stops, this is very convenient if you are climbing and forget to shift down at a light or stop sign
  • Sturdy rear rack is positioned well behind the saddle allowing for larger trunk bags (and it works well for short riders who have to lower the seat all the way), I like the pannier clip hole at th ebottom as well
  • Quick release front wheel and removable battery pack bring the weight down when transporting this bike… because it’s a bit heavier than most at nearly 60 lbs
  • Premium lights keep you seen and illuminate the path, the headlight offers a solid 100 lux and they feature an adjustable parking delay so you’ll be visible for a bit even when the bike is shut down (perhaps when you’re locking the bike near a busy street), I also love that they upgraded the tires to have reflective sidewall stripes
  • Available in three frame sizes including an ultra low wave design, this frame type is the most accessible when carrying gear on the rack and for those with limited strength and flexibility
  • In addition to multiple frame styles, you also get four sizes and two colors to choose from which could keep the bike unique if you’re buying multiple or a his/her setup
  • Full-length plastic fenders and chain cover keep you clean and dry, they stayed relatively quiet during my ride tests and felt sturdy
  • The adjustable length kickstand is positioned well towards the back of the bike, it won’t collide with your crank arm but is angled forward to still support the battery weight at the middle of the frame
  • Built-on cafe lock might come in handy for quick errands, the battery locks to the frame securely but doesn’t require that the key be left in while riding
  • As someone who commutes by bike to work, I appreciate relaxed seating position with included seat post suspension and suspension fork up front, the bars were swept back and the adjustable angle stem let me raise them even more, I also liked the ergonomic locking grips from Ergon
  • Internally routed cables (electronic, shifting and brake lines) keep the frame looking clean (especially the white frame) and are less likely to get snagged
  • I love the way the motor and battery are built into the frame, they keep weight low and centered but allow for bottle cage bosses which come in very handy
  • Excellent two-year warranty, Kalkhoff has a great reputation worldwide and their products are only sold through dealers which usually means better builds and support
  • Hydraulic disc brakes are easier to use, requiring less hand strength than mechanical, and have adjustable length levers so people with smaller hands or those wearing gloves can have an easier time
  • The Impulse motor system is compact, it offers impressive power and functions with shift sensing in order to reduce chain and sprocket wear (even less of an issue with the belt drive and internally geared hub on the Include 8
  • You can actually adjust how sensitive shift sensing is on this bike along with several other drive characteristics like climb assist
  • I really love the button pad used to change assist levels on the Impulse ebikes because it is backlit (but not super bright), and mounted close to the left grip for easy access and use while riding and steering
  • The battery can be charged on or off the bike and uses the EnergyBus Rosenberger standard (which is magnetic), if you trip over the wire or move the crank arms while plugged in the bike is less likely to tip and the pins probably won’t get bent and broken, this port type can also send data for firmware updates etc. not just for charging
  • I love that the display panel has a Micro USB charging port built into the back (so you could keep your phone, music player or other portable electronic device full) but wish the display was thinner and removable, it does allow you to adjust the angle for reduced glare thankfully
  • The display readouts are pretty nice and include a more precise battery info-graphic and range estimator, many other electric bike screens just show five dots to indicate charge level
  • Rather than requiring users to download a smart app or go to your dealer for help, the Impulse system lets you explore and adjust LOTS of settings directly from the bike and I like that, the menus are pretty well organized and I miss these options when testing other bikes… Kalkhoff does have an optional GPS app you can download and link with Bluetooth to get turn by turn directions using the bike display


  • At nearly 60 lbs, this is one of the heavier city style ebikes I’ve tested and reviewed but you do get a more complete package (fenders, rack, lights, lock) and the battery capacity is way above average… there is also a walk mode you can activate by holdig the plus button for a few seconds and this runs the motor at a low speed so you don’t have to push the bike
  • You do pay a little more for this bike than seemingly comparable models… but you definitely get a quality product, especially when frame type and sizing are factored in (they add cost to production)
  • Some adjustable angle stems can loosen over time, especially if you’re riding on bumpy terrain, keep an eye on this one and consider carring an appropriately sized allen key along just in case
  • The tires on this electric bike are not super fat but rather efficient which improves coasting range but makes them less comfortable (due to higher PSI requirements) and more prone to pinch flats, check their pressure often because the added weight of the ebike systems contribute furthr to the possibility of punctured inner tubes… I love that at least the tires have a puncture-protective lining which will fend off some flats
  • The display panel is not removable so if you’re using the bike as a commuting platform, it might be exposed to scratching, rain and sun damage over time… I usually park away from the crowded racks and sometimes drape a little cover over displays so they aren’t noticed as much
  • I didn’t get to see the stock pedals for this bike but was told they are plastic platform with rubber tread, I usually prefer metal like Magnesium which is light and durable with great traction (considering the higher price that would be a nice thing to get)
  • The fork used on the bike is an oil spring shock vs. an air spring which would have been lighter, it offers lockout which is nice but otherwise feels like a more entry-level part (I do like that it’s color matched)
  • I’m used to the Impulse motor system operating more quietly, the ride test surprised me becasue it sounded a bit louder this time


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10 months ago

Hello from Australia! If possible- could you please review the Kalkhoff Pro Connect B9? (or B10)

I love iraq because it's my country
12 months ago

Cool Channel.but in Iraq we don't have this bike what you recommend to me good ebike and cheap and fast thank you

Ian Garfield
1 year ago

I bought a Kalkhoff e bike and loved it. Sadly 9 months ago I needed a replacement part but Kalkhoff has not been able to supply it. This means I have an expensive pile of scrap iron in the shed. This is a disgrace and people need to be wary of buying a Kalkhoff or if they do check the availability of the wearable items. I have had to buy a new bike, needless to say it is not a Kalkhoff.

L John
1 year ago

Stupid video

BaronSilver Baron
1 year ago

I live in the South of France and have just purchased my first electric bike a Kalkhoff Include evo i8 step through. I bought it from the UK because it was cheaper than buying in France and they are transporting it free. People say why such an expensive bike? Well I can afford the best so why not. People never look at a Ferrari or Porsche and say why such an expensive car. I'm a fit 75 but I don't want to dress in ridiculous lycra and wear funny shoes nor do I want to sit on a razor blade plus I don't like hills. So electric is the way to go.

1 year ago


Dan Salls adventurers in life
1 year ago

I should just go with old school kona or surface?

Dan Salls adventurers in life
1 year ago

living without cell or data service. is this a bike to purchase?

1 year ago

Hi Cort...I mentioned to you a couple months back if you would do a review of the Wallerang....can you also add to your review, if you can, the budnitz model E...it has the zehus all in one hub with the carbon gates belt drive...Thanks

1 year ago

Sure, I'll keep an eye out for it along with the Wallerang! Thanks for the suggestions :)

Robert Pirlot
1 year ago

No chain but don't belts stretch more than chains?

Uhuru Mkali
10 months ago

Harleys use belt drives, way better than chains for maintenance, cleanliness and smoothing out the power. About the same whole life costs though.

Robert Pirlot
1 year ago

A Timing belt would be under a different type of load. I'm thinking about mountain biking, but then think again that bike is not a mountain bike. The amount of torture I do to a chain on a mountain bike is way worse than some engine would do.

1 year ago

Hi Robert, my experience with belt drives is limited but thinking to my car which has a timing belt (that has to be very precise or it could mess up the engine) I believe they can be made to not stretch. The one on this bike is a carbon belt from Gates which is top of the line :)

Rob Pennefather
1 year ago

Hi Court! Great video - love your work! You've reviewed a few bikes with the Impulse drive, and you usually mention that there is a delay in the motor cutting out when you stop pedalling - the chain keeps going for a revolution or two.

This is intentional, it's the Climb Assist feature. You can turn it off in the settings, and the motor will stop as soon as you stop pedalling. You know that the motor can immediately stop, because it does exactly this when the gear change sensor is engaged.

I find the Climb Assist feature useful when starting out, or crossing a road at a pedestrian crossing. Just give a pedal a shove and off it goes by itself for a few metres. It takes a bit of getting used to - and must feel strange when you are always testing different bikes. But it's not a negative, I find it to be quite a positive. And it can be turned off if you would prefer.

Thanks mate!

1 year ago

In the writeup I called out climb assist and was wondering if that's why it wasn't stopping so fast. This ebike was reviewed at the Kalkhoff main offices in Southern California and I was walked through some of the settings but maybe didn't reset everythign? I try to be thorough but must have missed turning this off and testing it. Thanks Rob!

Benjamin Speechly
1 year ago

I've been watching these reviews for nearly half a year now. I find them very interesting and informative. Would I like one, sure. Would I buy one, No. Yes they are insanely expensive, and most high end bikes are. If people are willing to pay this much for a bike then the manufacture will charge the consumer accordingly. As it stands I'd never buy one, as you could buy a high quality motorcycle for a similar price point as the majority of these bikes, but still cool nonetheless.

1 year ago

Cool, glad you're enjoying the videos Benjamin. At some point I think prices will spread out more and drop. There are already a few affordable ones (which to me is ~$1,500 or less) and I list them here: https://electricbikereview.com/category/affordable/

radio tech
1 year ago

For 4399$ the bike better suck me off as I ride it

Sjaak De Winter
1 year ago

In Europe it s 2900 euro. (this model)

Dawn Benoit
1 year ago

my is 36Volt 800W 26 × 1.75 " electric bike kit

Kevin McCue
1 year ago

Very well thought out and sophisticated bike. I would love to see you visit Denmark or the Netherlands for a review of the bike culture there. My 2 yr old grandson is riding a balance bike in Denmark. All the kids start out on them...no training wheels there! Here in St Louis ebikes are nonexistent. The focus is on sport rather than transportation. My all time favorite is still the Juiced Riders cargo bike although they don't seem to be moving many of them. Practical Cycle in Sacramento has their last two on sale and I wish I was there to buy one! Keep up the good work.

Sjaak De Winter
1 year ago

The Netherlands haves nothing to do with Kalkhoff.
It s a German brand.
But I can advise Kalkhoff for everybody.
It s really really a very good e-bike.
I think the price in Europe is also lower than the Usa. (2900 euro)

1 year ago

Hey Kevin! I'd love to visit Europe and explore their bike culture someday. My goal for now is promoting it in the US and trying to connect people with whatever fits their budget and lifestyle... The Include 8 is definitely a higher end product but it's impressively well done. I also like the Juiced Bikes, heard they have a new one coming soon :D

1 year ago

Get a follow-me drone for outside POV from above please

1 year ago

I've been saving up and thinking about this, usually try to have a friend follow with the camera but was told that the people from Kalkhoff weren't allowed to help with videos :/

Stephen Cho
1 year ago

I sometimes wonder who are these people buying these ultra expensive 20mph electric bikes. I ride up and down NYC almost everyday and you have a better chance of spotting a unicorn. It is not that hard to pedal 20mph on a decent regular bike and I'll absolutely smoke Mr. Kahkoff with a good road bike.

Branko Dodig
8 months ago

Ha, riding up and down where I live means a lot of riding up and up and god the slope is just getting worse just end already, damnit.... Unless you've got a shower wherever you're going (not really happening), not practical for getting around, just for recreation. I can see the practicality of an e-bike, although, yeah, the prices are a bit brutal.

Regarding max speed, it's low - because else it'd have to be registered as a moped. So the motor cuts out as you get to the top speed. The motors are 250W on paper, it's the maximum continous manufacturer rating - they output a lot more peak power, but by law it has to cut out as you go faster.

1 year ago

Try an E-mountain bike. As much fun going up hill as down. Ebikes are a blast. All about the hills.

1 year ago

Doesn't going from point A to point B 10 miles away in 20-30mins without ever breaking a sweat sounds special to you?

Stephen Cho
1 year ago

Zahid, I have a juiced crosscurrent. My point is that if paying
a ridiculous amount of $$$ it better offer something special… like speed! There
are just as many dangerous irresponsible motorists as cyclists yet you don’t
buy cars with the speed capped… why bikes? Stay safe too man!

Reid Welch
1 year ago

Best essay in rationale I've ever seen on this topic. Excellent!

1 year ago

First impression, meh... watching i started to see the attention to detail, very nice.

1 year ago

Nice! That makes me feel like it was worth it trying to go into detail and stuff... the bike has some great features, hopefully other manufacturers adopt some of them too. I feel like Kalkhoff designs their stuff vs. just grabbing parts and combining them

Brian Mahoney
1 year ago

Hey, I love your videos. I have a small suggestion: when you are going over the specs of the bike, state the Wh (Watt hours) instead of just the voltage and amp hours. Whs are becoming the standard metric that people use when discussing batteries and it gives a much clearer idea of the capacity.

Silly Wabbits
1 year ago

nice bike for sure

1 year ago

This one is really well done :)