Apparently this Kalkhoff Agattu is just about the best electric bicycle you can buy in the world right now. It uses a Panasonic Pedelec system (which senses how hard you’re pedalling and adjusts power assist accordingly), has a range of up to 50 miles and will charge up in 3 hours. What makes it special? Well according to this review it seems to be the combination of low weight, robustness and performance when compared with the rest of the field. I asked the dudes to lend me one for review a while back but they ignored me, which seems to be a common reaction with the green crowd. They’re either all a bit suspicious of the cynical journalist mantra, or simply don’t have time to spare right now. Anyhoo, it’s £1325.00 including delivery.
The new Kalkhoff Agattu is winning a reputation as the replacement for the out-of-production Giant Lafree, which many people rated as the best electric bike ever. It uses a pedelec system, meaning the Panasonic motor senses when and how hard the pedals are being used. Your pedalling is converted into motor power which drives the rear wheel through the chain and gears. This makes for near silent operation, excellent hill climbing and the sensation of being bionically boosted.