"After many years of using a conventional bike in the Midlands where most of my journeys and commutes were on the flat or gentle hills my Wife and I moved to Bristol. I had a new job which according to the maps and route finders I could go to work with minimal traffic contact. This seemed fine until I tried the route and found it very hilly, enough to make it extremely tiring and hot. After lots of research contacted Alistair at Atmosphere Cycles give him a rough guide to my requirements. Within a day or so he had contacted me to say the cycle he thought that might suit me was the Gazelle Orange C7 +. Being six foot five I wanted a large step through frame which it had. The Cycle is a blend of Dutch design and engineering and German (Bosch) electrics. The quality of the frame is fantastic, every person who sees the cycle usually says “Wow” that looks so well made!!
The ride is upright and very comfortable, no aching arms or anyway else for that matter. My previous electric cycle was hub driven one which was okay but for hilly terrain there is no doubt The Gazelle crank driven is far superior for hilly rides. I can cycle up most hills within reason without lifting off the saddle at all.
The brakes are an impressive hydraulic type very efficient at stopping, you can literally stop on a sixpence they are so good and very reassuring considering some of the traffic conditions we all travel in, doing a controlled emergency stop even in the wet can be achieved without a problem.
The one factor that may not be for everyone's taste is the gears, you need to use the gears like a car to get the most efficient use of the crank, going through the gears till you get to a cruising speed that you want, but you can quickly reposition to a lower gear if needed on very steep hills. Once you get the hang of the gear changes its a breeze with the twist grip change.
The front and back lights are built in so with a touch of a button when riding they are on and very bright being powered by the main battery. I could go on, but don’t take my word for it, check one out with Alistair at Atmosphere you’ll soon realise real quality engineering can still be had, have a look for yourself."