The maze of lines that weave back and forth across the mountain are starting to become more defined.( Photos: 51 )
After Sunday’s mandatory rest day, Monday was officially day one of practice out at Rampage. Year 2 at this zone meant that a great deal of heavy lifting has already been done. The difficulties lie less in tuning up the pre-existing lines, but more from finding new features, or re-routes. First time riders this year have been tasked with the extraordinarily difficult challenge of building a complete top to bottom line of their own. Here’s what we saw in the parched hills in Utah that haven’t seen rain in 120+ days… Brendog and crew doing some excavation. Matt MacDuff and Ben Byerz slapping the landing of Rheeder’s upper drop. Tommy G chipping away. Reed Boggs taking a break and having a look at his open loop feature. Sand bags are out in full force this year. It’s a massive hill and they’re a life saver in some spots. It’s not summer hot out here, but it’s still the desert. Carson Storch on the morning commute. Canadians can be rednecks too… First timer, Emil Johannson is surprisingly chipper out here. All smiles and very confident, especially considering he’s never ridden in Utah, much less Rampage. Reminders of Jordie Lunn all around Rumor has it that Brendog wants to flip his savage canyon gap this year, hence the extra sandbags and steep lip. Shotguns for Jord! Tommy G looking pensive, eyeing up his shark fin. Brendog has been putting in an insane amount of work on his line. Those helmets done look like D3’s to me. Lyle and Zink strategizing. Zink easing into it. Kyle’s turn. Lots of straight airs – for now…. Vinny T was throwing down in practice. Dog pisser from the French steeze lord. Another angle of Vinny Steeze. Last years winner, Brett Rheeder. Knowing you have a winning line has to be confidence inspiring. Dropping into evening practice. Semenuk cruising up for some practice as the sun went down. Boris was here… After a wild 2nd place last year, Andreu Lacondeguy wants more this year… And he definitely “won practice” Rheeder wasn’t far behind Lacondeguy though. Last light is the best light. Brandon “easing into things” once it was nearly dark. See you tomorrow for more good times in the desert…
Gazelle Medeo T9 HMB Royal Dutch Gazelle celebrated its 100th anniversary of making bikes in 1992. The title “Royal” was awarded to them by Princess Margriet that year. After 127 years, they now employ 350 people in their factory in Dieren, Netherlands, and they make over 250,000 bikes a year. Gazelle doesn’t sell direct-to-consumer, but their website has a way to find your best bike shop, where you can buy one or have it shipped there for assembly with a requisite two-month checkup. THE BIKE The Medeo follows fairly traditional design lines. This model is only available in a low step-through version, with classic lines, an SR SunTour suspension fork, a full chain guard to keep your clothes clean and internally routed cables all around. There are three sizes to fit most riders, and three rich color options—Ivory, Georgia Peach and the one we had, Jeans Blue. THE PARTS Gazelle has gone with Magura hydraulic rim brakes. These are known for great stopping power and very low maintenance. There’s no cable to stretch over time, and these provide ample control and modulation. The sturdy rear rack encloses the battery for protection and comes with an elastic strap system that we found very useful. A cafe lock is attached to the rear triangle, making it easy to quickly lock your bike when you have to run into a store or while you’re lingering at a coffee shop. While not bulletproof, it’s enough to keep someone from easily rolling it away with the bike. “Consider it flair, some bit of extra style put in by Gazelle.” The well-padded Selle Royal Herz saddle is part of the overall ergonomics of the bike. The handlebars have a nice, relaxed sweep back, with ergonomic grips and an adjustable stem that allow you to vary your ride position from fully upright to slightly more aggressive. Integrated lighting, front and rear, is standard on this bike. The headlight is bright, which is great for seeing and being seen. It has an interesting design with the side windows to make it far more visible from the side as well. Going into the details, the double-wall rims have eyelets for the spoke nipples and 14-gauge spokes to handle the extra forces of an e-bike, plus allow for carrying cargo on the bike. Included SKS fenders are a nice touch, which, like the chain guard, help keep you and the bike clean. THE MOTOR A Bosch Active Line Plus mid-drive motor powers this bike. Bosch has been continually working on this motor, and it is powerful enough for a commuter at 50 N/m of torque, but also one of the quietest of the Bosch mid-drives. It uses a full-size front sprocket for the Shimano Deore 1×9 drivetrain. The Bosch system detects shifts and almost imperceptibly cuts power for a split second to reduce stress on the drivetrain. The included cafe lock is a nice touch, though we’d also recommend locking the bike to something else using a second lock in any city. The 400-Wh battery is nestled inside the rear rack to keep it out of the step-through frame. They went with a 400-Wh battery over a 500-Wh version to keep the bike priced under $2500. Conveniently, the battery uses the same key as the cafe lock. A Bosch Purion display was selected for simplicity, as the display sits on the left side of the bars and the mode controls are integrated into the display. It’s a monochrome display and offers Walk mode to help walk the bike up hills if needed. The Shimano Deore 9-speed setup was perfect all around town, even on the hilly areas. WHO IT’S MADE FOR The Medeo is aimed squarely at commuters, but it’s also a good bet for people who run errands and just plain ride for fun. It has enough power to flatten most hills, so if you live in a hilly area (even one as extreme as San Francisco), this definitely fits the bill. Using the name badge as an integral part of internal cable routing is a unique idea. Gazelle is all about the fine details. THE RIDE Adjusting the bike to fit you takes just a few minutes with a set of hex keys. Once dialed, we did notice that to get proper leg extension, you really have to have the seat high enough to make standing on the ground a tip-toes-only situation. Some of our test riders exclaimed that they preferred stepping off the seat altogether at stoplights. The Bosch Active Line Plus motor is smooth, quiet and powerful, offering plenty of support at all levels, and topping off at 275-percent max in Turbo mode. With the 1.6-inch tires and proper inflation (50-60 psi), there’s little rolling resistance. The rear rack holds and protects the battery inside and is very useful for carrying cargo with the three built-in elastic straps. That same high pressure in the tires equates to a lot of energy from bumps being transferred to your body, up through the frame and the seat. The seat does have elastomer shock absorbers, but some riders will enjoy the ride more if they add a suspension seatpost to take out the bumps like the short-travel fork does. The frame has a downtube and a top tube that parallels it tightly, and as such there’s a fair amount of flex in the frame. It’s noticeable while riding. Some compromises had to be made, considering where the weight of the battery is, and not putting it in the way of the low-step frame. An SR Suntour CR7 fork offers 40mm of travel to tame the bumps in the road. The Magura hydraulic rim brakes offer good control, and because they’re on the rim, they have a large diameter to work with, which offers a leverage advantage, but less surface area than comparable disc brakes. You can also feel every imperfection in your rims as you go. The levers are really nice. They’re big enough to use four fingers on, but also responsive enough to use one finger or two, and they have adjustable throw that can be adjusted without tools. Overall ergonomics are good. The bars offer a very comfortable riding position and a very light touch for steering. The slight rake of the fork keeps your toes from hitting the fender flare at the bottom when steering. We put in miles on all types of terrain, in windy conditions and not, with plenty of climbs. The 400-Wh battery offers surprising range, and we didn’t use Eco mode at all. If you want to do any touring with this bike, there is a 500-Wh version of this battery, and we could easily see riding with one of those strapped on the top of the rack to swap out when the other battery was run down. One thing that is a pain is that the battery must be fully removed to charge. You’ll always have the key handy, as one is required in the cafe lock, but it cannot be removed unless the rear wheel is locked. If you decide to charge the battery while you go run other errands, you’ll have to lock the rear wheel, unlock and remove the battery, then replace the key, and unlock the lock. THE VERDICT At $2500, this bike is fun to ride whether you’re an experienced rider or this is your first e-bike. The build quality and components point to this bike lasting for many years, especially with good maintenance. It could be a good workhorse for commuters and/or a great bike to go on long rides to get some wind in your hair. SPECS GAZELLE MEDEO T9 HMB Price: $2499 Motor: Bosch Active Line Plus 3.0 (50 N/m) Battery: Bosch, 400Wh Charge time: 4.5 hours Top speed: 20 mph Range: 25–50 miles (tested) Drive: Shimano Deore 9-speed Brakes: Magura hydraulic rim brakes Controls: Bosch Purion LCD Fork: SR SunTour CR7 w/ 40mm travel Frame: Aluminum Tires: Continental Ride City, 28×1.6” Weight: 49.3 lb. Color choice: Ivory, Georgia Peach, Jeans Blue Sizes: 46cm, 53cm, 57cm www.gazellebikes.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Bike Review: Gazelle Medeo T9 HMB appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
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