Dealer sells retro bikes: You save a whopping 1,100 euros with these e-bikes

of Sebastian Persch am 17.07.2021

Geero has been building e-bikes that look like normal retro bikes for years. The second generation of the bikes is now available, which is why the older models are currently being massively reduced. We took a look at them.

The Geero e-bikes are characterized above all by their slim, inconspicuous design. They look like a classic city bike with a few retro elements, but they have the technology of a full-fledged e-bike. That not only makes it chic, but also makes it less attractive to thieves. Because they cannot see at first glance that a motor is working in the bike, so in the best case scenario they leave the bike on the left and focus on other e-bikes.

Now in its second generation, Geero is now selling its Series 1 electric bikes. The City-Classic model is currently still available in two different colors:

  1. The color “Vinyl“was reduced by around 1,100 euros. The bike now costs 1,790 euros instead of 2,898.99 euros.
  2. The color “Cream“was reduced by around 900 euros. The bike now costs 1,890 euros instead of 2,798.99 euros.

In the following we consider what the Geero 1 City-Classic can technically.

Geero 1 City Classic: Facts to the Deal

  • Marke: Geero 1 City-Classic “Vinyl” und Geero 1 City-Classic “Vinyl”
  • Promotion price / conditions: 1.999 Euro instead of 2,799 euros and 1.890 Euro instead of 2,798.99 euros
  • Frame size: 54 or 60
  • Gear shift: 9 speed Shimano Sora
  • Brakes: Shimano hydraulic disc brake BL-M396 / BR-M395
  • Motor: 250 Watt, 40 Nm
  • Akku: Li-Ion Panasonic high capacity, smart BMS Technology (420 Wh)
  • Tires: Hutchinson 28 “x 1.4”
  • Range: according to manufacturer information 85 – 125 km
  • Weight: 18.7 kg
  • Free shipping
  • Limitation: while stocks last
  • Color: Cream or Vinyl

Geero 1 City-Classic “Vinyl” kaufenGeero 1 City-Classic “Cream” kaufen

Was taugt die Geero 1 City-Classic?

Geero’s e-bikes impress with their minimalist style: You can’t tell from the fact that they contain both a motor and a battery. The retro bikes not only look chic, but are also lightweight due to their construction. The Geero 1 City-Classic weighs just 18.7 kilograms. It weighs around 7 kilograms less than an average e-bike and can also be carried up and down stairs. Which in the end you also have to, because the battery is permanently installed. For charging, you have to position the Geero next to a socket.

The specially made BOS motor is in the rear wheel hub and with a torque of 40 Newton meters it is not exactly at the top of the performance range, but it has other advantages. Since the Geeros are particularly light, the manufacturer promises a range of 85 kilometers to 125 kilometers – under the most optimal conditions. In combination with the 420 Wh battery, the lower limit appears realistic and should get commuters through the working week without recharging.

advantages

Good value for money

Good range

Chic retro design

Very easy

disadvantage

Battery cannot be removed

Bargain conclusion: Chic retro bike at a fair price

The Geero 1 offers everything that e-bikers could want: a chic design, good technology and a fair price. The latter in particular is a bargain with regard to the successor model Geero 2 – because depending on the version, you have to pay over 3,000 euros. So if you are looking for a pretty, puristic e-bike, you should be happy with the Geero.

Geero 1 City-Classic “Vinyl” kaufenGeero 1 City-Classic “Cream” kaufen

Buying an e-bike: what you need to pay attention to

The most important questions when buying an e-bike:

How much does a good e-bike cost?

The prices for e-bikes vary widely. There are bargains for 500 euros and for the high-end devices, up to 10,000 euros are sometimes sold over the counter. On average, however, pedelecs cost between 2,000 and 3,000 euros and there are excellent bikes in this price segment, especially for beginners.

Experienced riders who use either a city e-bike or an e-trekking bike should have between 3,000 and 4,000 euros for their electric bike.

The price range for electronic mountain bikes also opens up again, with the rider’s wishes being the key here. Should it be a hardtail or a fully? How much spring travel is desired, which components should be installed? And of course … which trails should be used with it. If you are looking for a top device here, you should have between 6,000 and 8,000 euros in your account.

Why is an e-bike so expensive?

Many factors play a role, with the engine and drive being the main reason. Both are very complex and the manufacturers need many parts that are not available on a normal bicycle. In addition, they take longer to manufacture and often require new production facilities, which also has an impact on the price. Since this is a relatively new market, a lot of new products are being developed. This leads to high development costs, which the manufacturers pass on to the purchase price.

Batteries also incur high costs because they require scarce raw materials such as lithium, which are quite expensive on the world market.

What are cheap e-bikes good for?

With cheap e-bikes, you always have to make compromises. You have to decide for yourself whether you are ready for this. For example, rim brakes are cheaper than disc brakes, but disc brakes have better braking properties. A less powerful engine also costs less, but has problems on inclines. Cheap e-bikes are therefore not bad per se, their components are suitable, but mostly only for short everyday trips in flat terrain. But if you want something of high quality or something for longer tours and inclines, you should dig a little deeper into your pocket.

When are e bikes cheapest?

E-bikes become cheaper towards the end of the season, as manufacturers are clearing their warehouses to make room for their new range. At the end of autumn and winter you can therefore find bargains like here at Fahrrad XXL. Especially since the technology doesn’t make any big leaps in a year, even the “old” e-bikes are still good. The only disadvantage: If you buy in winter, you will probably have to leave your e-bike standing for a while due to the weather.

How many watt hours should a good e-bike battery have?

That again depends on the personal use of the e-bike. If you mainly use the Pedelec in the city, 300 watt hours should be sufficient. For tours of medium length you should choose a battery capacity of 400 to 500 Wh. For long tours even in difficult terrain, batteries from 500 Wh bring enough energy. Finally, you should think about what your personal driving style looks like. If you drive more sportily, you also need more juice.

The current standard is currently 500 watt hours and there is a trend towards even larger capacities. That is why you can see more and more 625 Wh batteries being built into e-bikes.

Which e-bike is the lightest?

The lightest e-bike in the world was built by a German engineer from Freiburg and, at 6.872 kg, even made it into the Guinness Book of Records. However, this is unique. The lightest e-bikes available on the market at the same time weigh around 15 kg like the Geero 2. However, e-bikes usually weigh between 20 and 25 kg.

What does an e-bike cost to maintain?

The battery must be regularly charged with electricity. If we assume a conventional battery with 500 Wh and an electricity price of 30 cents per kWh calculated on average in 2020, then 15 cents will be charged for a complete charge. The monthly costs naturally depend on how often you are out on the e-bike and how much you use the battery. After 1,000 loads, costs of around 150 euros would have been incurred. That is manageable. It gets more expensive when the battery has to be replaced because its remaining capacity only allows short ranges. Here you have to expect prices of 250 to 650 euros.

Which is the best e-bike motor?

There are two important parameters for e-bike motors. On the one hand, the maximum output: it is 250 watts for almost all e-bikes, whereby the motors are artificially limited to this value. Because in Germany they are only allowed to assist the driver up to 25 km / h and then switch off automatically. In theory, however, you would be able to call up more power.

The other more important value is the torque. Simply put, this is the force with which the motor supports you in addition to its own strength. The torque is given in Newton meters and is usually between 50 and 85 Nm. The more Newton meters you have, the faster you can accelerate and the better you can overcome inclines.

The currently most powerful engines are:

  • Bosch Performance Line CX (4. Gen)
  • Shimano EP 8
  • Yamaha PW-X2
  • Brose Drive S

But one cannot automatically say that the most powerful engines are also the best. On the one hand, they consume more electricity, and on the other hand, it depends again on personal needs. Someone who wants to drive comfortably through the city neither needs the power, nor is it easily controllable for everyone.

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