The latest Dutch-style pedelec
I can honestly say I fell in love with this Dutch-style step-through. I’m used to riding road bikes, so when I first rode it, I loved the sit-up riding position that lets you enjoy the view.
With a start assist twist throttle, it’s perfect for setting-off from junctions when you need it most. The pedal assist is very smooth and copies you, so it feels like riding an ordinary bike. There are different batteries you can choose from with a range of 30, 40, 50, or even 60 miles. The base model comes with 10Ah 30 battery, but the bike I tested had the 14Ah (50) battery in it, which I found very powerful. It pulled away lovely from junctions and quickly got me up to 15mph. It has six gears and five levels of assist with this battery; I hardly changed out of sixth gear as the rear wheel hub and the power from the battery could cope enough to get me going with also using the twist throttle to set-off. It pulled nicely up hills and again I hardly needed to change gear as the motor did the work. Over the two week test period (and that included a 13-mile family ride) I only had to charge the battery once.
You can get various accessories for the Classic Click, including a front wicker basket (which comes in two sizes); there are also some rugged, stylish canvas double panniers (cost £65), which fix easily to the rear rack, providing ample space for all sorts of stuff. These are really nice strong and roomy panniers (40 litres each) which come with a black weather protective cover. Made from tan waterproofed canvas, these well-built panniers not only look fantastic, but they can lend any bicycle a touch of rugged style. The test bike came with them fitted and as a mother who commutes to work, these were great when taking my son to school (it was nice to put my things in the panniers rather than wearing a rucksack); they were also perfect for shopping on the way home from school to pick up a few things for tea. We also went on a weekend family bike ride and it was great to be able to take a few snacks and things with us as well as having room for jackets, as the weather couldn’t decide what it wanted to do.
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Overall I’ve found the Classic Click a real pleasure to ride and I’ve had an absolute blast. It’s cool and retro looking and I found it nippy to ride. The gel seat was comfortable and the bike’s Dutch styling meant I could sit up and enjoy the scenery. The tip-up saddle makes the battery easy to remove. The bike comes with nice chunky Kenda puncture resistant tyres. If I were to be pushed to make a criticism, it would be that the motor whines a bit when getting up to speed. The only part of me that ached after the ride was my face due to the ear-to-ear grin that had been my expression throughout the experience.
Words: Charlotte Turnbull
250W 36V, brushless DC motor
10Ah (30), 12Ah (40), 14Ah (50), 16Ah (60)
6-speed Shimano Derailleur
24.5kg (with standard 10Ah battery)
On/off as you ride, plus 3 levels of Power Assist and a start assist throttle
Front and rear disc brakes
26-inch, Kenda puncture resistant tyres and uncrushable polycarbonate mudguards
Optional front suspension forks, quick adjust handlebar stem, disc brakes upgradeable to hydraulic, light alloy frame, free rack included, front/rear LED lights.