Kalkhoff buying from Germany

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  1. mikekaren2

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    I am thinking of buying a Kalkhoff ebike, as they are made in Germany has any Funster had experience of buying over the Intranet from Germany or any EU countries? I assume it would be cheaper than UK dealers. Any advice or recommendations would be useful.

    Mike
     
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  2. Lenny HB

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    Brought our Scott's from a German dealer saved £400 a bike.
    Dealer was Fahrrah link to their site in English with prices in pounds Bikes24

    Don't think they do Kalkhoff, we looked at Kalkhoff didn't think they rode as well as bikes with Bosch motors and most models have the battery behind the down tube which makes the bike longer and a bit tight in the Motorhome garage.
     
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    In italy so can't post links....ebay.de to ID dealers and deals. Or Swiss flyer Dumo, a Dutch dealer of swiss flyer and kalkhoff bikes. A chap with good reputation on German pedelec site.

    In all honesty Bosch bikes in a different league! Lighter more efficient, more powerful and lighter. Plus prices keen as more about. It costs nothing to test ride one to compare. And as Lenny said normal wheelbase

    I admit i nearly bought a Swiss flyer as they are beautiful but expensive....have had 4 Bosch powered bikes since 2011 and they are the business
     
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    Hi Mike yes just received my Ave MH7(2015) Bosch centre-drive from Germany(Stuttgart) paid in Euros through the bank(little dearer £25) but peice of mind,but offset by a summer offer reduction of €250 on the list price.
    http://www.stromrad.com
    Thats the link, HTH's
     
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    Hi Mike this is my new bike IMG_0868.JPG
     
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    You slipped up there you could have spent twice the money on the same bike and you would have Hymer branding & colours.:D:D:D
     
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    Hi Lenny yes I did............Not!!!:LOL::LOL::LOL:
    Saw the Hymer branded one later on and thought the same bike but Hymers pricing.
     
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    Sorry to hi-jack the thread but just wondering do any of these German bike have the very low step through that the As Bikes have? I can't get my leg over so to speak :eek:
     
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    We had the exact same AVE bike in black..With 20/inch wheels it has such a mechanical advantage it would climb anything! Not so fast on the flat though. It had derailiuer gears which I prefer though
     
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    Nearly every German manufacturer makes a step through apart from Haibike.
    My wife wanted a step through, but had to settle for a ladies frame as step through are unisex and the frames don't go down as small (she is only 4'10") & surprising how much higher the 700 (28") wheels make a bike.
     
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    Would have to try it. The cross bar looks higher than the one on the AS Bike and I only just manage that :( Most step through bikes are too high for me to actually step through.... it's difficult to hold the bike and use hands to lift the leg that needs to go through (or over). Had some one try to show me how at a show and when I lifted my foot / leg to it's unaided limit he was speechless.
     
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    Look for a bike with 26" wheels it will be a bit lower, will limit your choice to off road bikes, but easy enough to change the tyres & add mudguards if needed.
     
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    What a lovely bike, I have looked at this one as well. I would be very interested to know the height and width when folded, to see if it would fit in the MH garage.
    Let us know how you find the bike, great price as well.
    regards
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    @Puddleduck I'm only 5'4" have difficulty with 28" wheels. I am delighted with this bought online. You are welcome to come try if you like I'm half hour from gretna. Has push assist, very useful, 26" wheels bosch

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    I'm 5ft 10in but have a spinal injury that limits some movements which is why I need a very low step through but a large frame bike. In my younger days I rode a man's bike with a home made saddle for comfort :)

    Again sorry to hijack the thread.
     
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    I'm 5'10" my Scot has 28" wheels mens cross tube frame with the 28 wheels the frame seem a bit on the big size, although small size frame would have been fine height wise, top tube would be too short.
    No substitute for riding loads of bikes before buying.
    I thought Kalkhoff were nice to until I tried a few other makes then they dropped to the bottom on the list Haibikes felt nice but got on a Scott everthing just felt right.
    What feels good for one could be a poor ride for others.
    My wife only being 4'10" didn't have much choice most of the quality manufacturers don't make teen size frames which she needs.
     
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