Review of the Gazelle Eclipse: A High-End Dutch Electric Bike

The Gazelle Eclipse: A Review of the Long-Range Comfort Cruiser

If you’re in the market for a new bike, whether it be for commuting, leisurely rides, or just exploring the great outdoors, you’re probably weighing the options of price versus payoff. Gazelle has recently released their newest ebike, the Eclipse, which they have dubbed as a long-range comfort cruiser. This bike is often compared to the Radster Road from Rad Power Bikes, a direct-to-consumer favorite.

As I took the Eclipse out for a test ride, I couldn’t help but mull over the price difference between this bike and others on the market. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that the comfort level was truly unmatched. One of the key factors that set the Eclipse apart was the narrow handlebars. While most bikes have standard handlebar sizes, the Eclipse’s narrower handlebars provided a level of comfort that I hadn’t experienced with other bikes. This attention to detail is a hallmark of Gazelle, a company with over 130 years of history and a reputation for high-quality products.

In addition to the handlebars, the Eclipse boasts a range of features that make it stand out from the competition. Available in two models, both with aluminum frames, the Eclipse offers a choice between a Shimano Deore XT derailleur gear or an Enviolo CVT gear hub with a Gates belt drive. The latter option, which I had the pleasure of testing, provided a smooth and low-maintenance riding experience – a welcome departure from traditional chain-driven bikes.

One of the most surprising aspects of the Eclipse is its size options. With both step-over and step-through versions available in three different frame sizes, including a compact 46 centimeters, Gazelle has made this bike accessible to riders of all heights. Additionally, all Eclipse models come with UL certification, ensuring that the bike meets stringent safety standards.

The headline feature of the Eclipse is its Bosch Performance Line motor, which boasts 85 nm of torque and a massive 750-Wh battery integrated into the downtube. During my testing, I was impressed by the battery life, which only depleted to 45 percent after a 45-mile ride that included hills and carrying gear. The Eclipse is classified as a class 3 ebike, with a top speed of 28 miles per hour.

Overall, the Gazelle Eclipse is a top-tier electric bike that offers unmatched comfort, performance, and quality. While the price may be higher than some budget-friendly options, the payoff in terms of ride experience and durability is well worth it. If you’re in the market for a reliable and comfortable long-range cruiser, the Eclipse should be at the top of your list.

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