The Gazelle CityZen Is a Sporty Step-Through E-Bike for Both Commuting & Pleasure Rides

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Together, the powerful mid-drive Bosch motor and 500Wh Li-ion battery pack promise quick acceleration and a range of up to 90 miles.

Royal Dutch Gazelle has been building high quality bicycles since 1892, and although electric drivetrains on bikes are a fairly recent phenomenon, the company has been keeping pace with the e-bike upstarts now flooding the market, and has just released another pedal-assist city bike that was "created as a sporty commuter," but would be equally at home as a neighborhood cruiser and on longer weekend trips. Although the new CityZen has a little more aggressive riding posture than the recently launched Arroyo, it still offers a good blend of upright riding position and step-through frame to make for a comfortable everyday bike for commutes and pleasure rides.

Gazelle CityZen e-bike

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The CityZen is built on an aluminum frame, in either an 8-gear (C8) or 10-gear (T10) configuration, with a torque-y and robust mid-mounted Bosch electric motor providing the muscle and a removable 500Wh Bosch lithium-ion battery pack empowering rides as long as 90 miles per charge. The bike only comes in black, and only with a step-through frame, but is offered in two or three frame sizes (depending on drivetrain choice), and includes front and rear Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for reliable stopping power. The whole bike, minus the battery pack, weighs in at ~45 pounds (20.4 kilograms).With a top pedal-assisted speed of 20 mph (~32 kph), and four assist levels, the bike's 13.8Ah battery can cover 40 miles in Turbo mode, 43 miles in Sport mode, 55 miles in Tour mode, and 90-100 miles in Eco mode. Total charging time for a completely flat battery is said to take about 5 hours, and while it doesn't explicitly state it, many e-bike batteries can attain about an 80% charge in much less time, so a shorter mid-day charging during work hours could be a potential daily range extender.

The CityZen also incorporates front and rear fenders, a rear rack, and a head- and taillight, and the bike rolls on Ryde Dutch19 28" rims and tires for a secure and comfortable ride. Whereas the new Arroyo has a completely enclosed drivetrain (internal gear hub and full chain cover), the CityZen features an external chain tensioner/derailleur but has what appears to be a robust front chainring cover and top chain cover to protect your clothes from grease or getting grabbed by the chain.

The MSRP for the CityZen is about US$2,999, which is right in line with other mid-drive electric bikes from legacy manufacturers that are built with quality components. Gazelle offers a 10-year warranty on the materials and workmanship on the frame and fork, a 2-year warranty on the components, and a generous 5-year warranty on the paint of the frame and forks.

And just for fun, here's a very quick look at Royal Dutch Gazelle's 125-year history of making bicycles: