Summary: A Bordeaux-red pleasure pedelec with a harmonious appearance. The specification is high quality, but gear shifting would benefit from a pause in power assist.
The ROBERT/A PRO 8R is a low step-through bike. This makes it no less suitable for male riders, because easy boarding can be an advantage for anyone. Adding to the comfort are the suspended saddle and the ergonomic grips on this easy pedelec, and combined with the suspension fork, a very relaxed ride experience is assured. The Bosch Active motor, fitted here, is noticeably tamer than the more sporty Performance versions, but the ROBERT/A PRO 8R can cover a considerable range without any difficulty. The hub gearing with back-pedal brake is a low-maintenance system, but it does graunch noticeably, especially on steep hills. To avoid this, some mid motors interrupt power delivery while gear shifting, making gear changes smooth even on the steepest terrain. Otherwise the Bosch motor demonstrated the strengths we have come to expect: a clear display, harmonious power assistance and a very practical remote control within easy finger reach. All in all it’s a ‘good’ for this easy pedelec from the venerable Hercules company.
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28 March 2016