Amsterdam+ and Amsterdam GT by Lekker Bikes: Affordable e-bikes with belt drive

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This time last year, we introduced the Amsterdam Elite M.2 series from Lekker Bikes — stylish and belt driven urban bikes that also attracted attention because of their quite reasonable price. Now there is no way around electrification for the Dutch and with the new models Amsterdam+ and Amsterdam GT there are two different e-bikes, which are also comparatively cheap.

Both models are based on the Amsterdam Elite M.2 and are also equipped with a Gates CDX belt drive. The aluminium frame is only available in black and in one size each, the WTM tyres are comparatively wide (47 mm) and should ensure a comfortable ride. On both bikes, Tektro TD-285 hydraulic disc brakes are used to provide the best possible braking in all weather conditions — both models are also equipped for this with mudguards and an integrated lighting system.

The real differences between the two models can be found in the drive system: the Amsterdam+ is designed as a single speed without gears and a small hub motor from Bafang in the rear wheel. This provides the typical 250 Watt continuous power with a torque of 45 Nm. Especially worth mentioning is the possibility to remove the battery from the bike for charging — a practical feature rarely seen in this class of clean urban e-bikes. The motor is controlled by a torque sensor, the operation by a moderately attractive display on the handlebars. With a weight of 18 kg, the Amsterdam+ is the lighter of the two e-bikes.

In comparison, the Amsterdam GT weighs considerably more at 23 kg — but is also equipped with a more powerful mid-engine and a gear shift: The motor from the Bafang Max Mid Drive series offers a full 80 Nm of torque and is combined with the continuously variable transmission from Enviolo. With this, the pedal resistance can be set with a twist grip on the handlebars, the bandwidth of the transmission is 310 percent.

When it comes to the battery, customers can also choose between a model with 11.5 Ah or a model with 14.5 Ah for both bikes — this corresponds to a fairly large capacity of 414 Wh and 522 Wh respectively.

Like all models from Lekker Bikes, the two new e-bike models can also be ordered in their own web shop. The light Amsterdam+ with hub motor is available there at the launch price of 1,748 Euros, the Amsterdam GT with hub gears currently costs 2,598 Euros. The surcharge for the larger battery is around 130 euros and the bikes can also be optionally equipped with racks, locks and a kickstand. All further information can be found on the Lekker Bikes website.

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