Pedelec and E-Bike Test
twitter facebook


 · Test 2017/18
 · Test 2017
 · New Products
 · Test IT Show

 · Test 2016/17
 · Test 2016
Test 2015/16
 · Test 2015
 · Test 2013/14
 · Test 2014/15
 · Test 2014
 · Test 2013
 · Test 2012/13
 · Test 2012
 · Test 2011/12
 · Test 2011
 · Test 2010/11
 · Tests 2001-2008
 · Test 2010
 · Test 2009/10
 · Test 2009
 · E-Scooter
 · Vehicle Types
 · Pedelec Types
 · Archive

© 2017 ExtraEnergy.

· Contact
· Site Info

· Press Info





Hercules Futura F8 Gates Test 2015/16

Summary: A fine, clean-lined city comfort pedelec which, with its flawless specification, also promises to be highly touring-capable.

There’s no doubt that pedelecs are the future, so the name Futura 8 is well suited to this fine example of the genre. Test riders especially appreciated the well-modulated drive system; for a bike with the Bosch Active Line motor the power assist factor values are relatively high, although still significantly below those of comparable models using the Performance version. But on the other hand the range figures are very good. The Futura has a very clean look, in its glossy dark blue with discreet white lining, and the internal cable routing underlines the effect. A wide handlebar with ergonomic grips, the angle-adjustable stem and the suspended saddle, together with a suspension fork with lock-out function, ensure high ride comfort levels and good adjustability. The Gates belt drive is quiet and low-maintenance in operation, while the Nexus hub gear serves well, as long as you don’t attempt gear changes under heavy load on hills – then it can catch, somewhat. Overall the Futura 8 earns a “Very Good” as an easy pedelec, even if it’s not the most affordable.

>> read full test result (issuu)

Download issue 13 here for free:

>> ExtraEnergy Magazin Nr. 13 (PDF)

Hercules GmbH
49661 Cloppenburg

Tel. 0049 4471/187350



Copy: Wasilis von Rauch
Translation: Peter Eland
Online Publication: Angela Budde
Picture: Sandra Winkler

28 March 2016



May to September 2018, Stuttgart, Germany
Probierstation, St Maria

6th to 8th May 2018 Shanghai, China
Shanghai Cycle Show

all events...




For dealers:

· Sign Up

· Administration area