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Kalkhoff Sahel Compact Impulse

The Sahel Compact Impulse, with a minor facelift, took a superb test win in the folding/compact category, repeating its victory from 2013 and 2016.

*Fold/Compact Test Winner, Easy Very Good
 

 
The compact Sahel from Kalkhoff is no newcomer to the line-up for the cycle manufacturer from Cloppenburg: a previous version had already been to ExtraEnergy for testing. Yet somehow, what seemed already to be an almost perfect product has still seen detail improvements. It’s a perfect example of how a product which has proven itself can remain on the market for many years with just minor product enhancements. Nonetheless the test showed that some details can still easily go wrong: Kalkhoff changed to different brake pads because of poor results in the braking test. This mini-bike rolls on 20 inch wheels and comes in a single frame size, but thanks to a long seatpost and the versatile Speedlifter-equipped cockpit, it covers a wide range of rider sizes. The Sahel offers agile handling without feeling unsafe. The motor propels this pedelec superbly even on the steepest climbs, and the range of the battery is quite respectable. There is no suspension, but the balloon tyres absorb shocks well. The 2017 model of the Sahel Compact comes with painted metal mudguards and wider rims.


>> Photo Gallery 
Kalkhoff Sahel Compact Impulse (flickr)


Keypoints

+ high range: city 
+ high power assist levels: tour / hills / city 
+ start and push assist
 
Measured Values & Prices
Range Tour: 57,6
Ø Speed Tour: 24,4
U-Factor Tour: 1,58

Range Hills: 24,5
Ø Speed Hills: 23,7
U-Factor Hills: 1,44

Range City: 38,4
Ø Speed City: 16,3
U-Factor City: 1,42

Vehicle Weight: 23,1 kg
Battery Weight: 2,9 kg

Vehicle Price: 2399 € 
Battery Price: 599 €
 
Sensor Type
Cadence, torque, speed and gear-shift sensors
 
Extras
Balloon tyres, Speedlifter, rear stand, start and push assist, folding pedals
 
Contact
Derby Cycle Werke GmbH
Siemensstrasse 1-3
D - 49661 Cloppenburg
 
 
 
>> Photo Gallery Test 03/17 (flickr)

Text and Image: ExtraEnergy.org

Online Publication: Bruno Brandão

4 May 2017

 
 

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