Interview — Utopia Kranich Pedelec Utopia Kranich电动脚踏车
Ralf Klagges (Designer, Sales & Founder, Utopia
and the Netherlands, including building the frames,
test ride myself, on the Tour de France route, climbing
Velo) was displaying the latest technology in the
and the very long service life and mile-eating perfor-
Mont Ventoux at 35° C in the shade, and with an all-
Utopia Kranich pedelec during the "Reise Freizeit
up weight of 200 kg. Because the motor is gearless it
2016" exhibition in Saarbrücken.
does not get hot. AB What process have you used to date to test the
The interview was conducted by Angela Budde (Editor,
AB Have you had any feedback yet on the SOS
RK The bike has been tested to the national "GS" qual-
ity testing regulations by Hermes Hansecontrol. For
RK Well, for example we had one customer who was
Angela Budde What are the special features of the
the Kranich this means testing with the full 200 kg
on a tour in New Zealand and suddenly lost all drive.
Utopia Kranich pedelec?
rated overall weight, performed over 100,000 km or
He connected his bike to his laptop and sent us the
Ralf Klages The Kranich pedelec in the current test
more. The drive system is tested to the requirements
data. We were able to phone him straight back and re-
has our very latest technology. Furthermore, in con-
of the current EU legal standards.
assure him that a cable had simply come loose in trans-
trast to the 2014/15 test bike, it is now rated for a max-
port. Then we sent him a replacement on an overnight AB What is your main target audience?
service. This is very important for us, as many of our
RK Our main target group is people who need sta-
cycles are used as travel bikes, and it can be a really
AB What are the key characteristics of the Kran-
bility, both on short and long rides, with high levels
stressful experience if the bike suddenly stops working.
ich pedelec from Utopia?
of ride safety and appropriate braking (our brakes are
RK Key points are the low step-through design, the
tested to 200 kg) and a drive system which is suitable
You can find the test results in this magazine under
robust CroMo steel frame with a very stable ride qual-
even for long and steep hills. Even in the Alps at 30 -
Utopia Kranich pedelec and Utopia Kranich Pedelec &
ity, the manufacture taking place entirely in Germany
35° C our motor has never yet got hot. I did the main
imum overall weight of 200 kg.
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