For the 2019 model year, Schindelhauer entered the world of e-bikes with its then brand new Hannah and Heinrich models — stylish bikes that combined the typical Schindelhauer look with its classic appearance and modern, electric bike technology. Incidentally, Hannah stands for the model with a comfort frame and lower step-through, while Heinrich has a diamond frame with a high top tube.
Since their introduction, the bikes have been slightly optimized from year to year and innovations such as Enviolo’s continuously variable transmission have been introduced — but a real update is now being carried out!
But let’s be clear right away: No, Schindelhauer is not making use of Bosch’s new SX motor, which is not only more compact but also lighter than the manufacturer’s other motors. This is certainly somewhat surprising, as these characteristics would actually suit the Berlin-based company’s bikes very well. Instead, they went all-in and installed the most powerful model available, the Performance Line CX motor with its full 85 Nm of torque!
Compared to the previously used Active Line Plus motor (or the regular Performance Line motor), this means significantly more power, which the drivetrain must also be able to withstand. As a result, the bikes are now standard equipped with the continuously variable transmission from Enviolo — more precisely with the Enviolo TR transmission, which can also handle 85 Nm of torque. To adjust the preferred cadence as conveniently as possible, a separate button for the Enviolo gearbox is also mounted on the handlebars. A Gates belt drive is used to transfer the power to the transmission. Not surprising, since every Schindelhauer bike is equipped with a belt drive!
Another innovation is the leap to the Bosch Smart System, which brings new features and smartphone connectivity as well as new controls. The LED remote for setting the riding modes and controlling the system is now located on the left-hand side of the handlebars. In addition, the full-color Kiox display is installed centrally on the stem and provides all kinds of information about the ride. Finally, the battery rounds off the electric drive and offers a capacity of 500 Wh, is integrated into the frame and can be easily removed for charging. That’s very handy, because at just under 25 kg, the two bikes are no lightweights.
However, little has changed in terms of the look itself — with the exception of the rear rack. Whereas a pannier holder that is as inconspicuous as possible was previously installed here, a conventional model with an upper storage option is now used again. Although this solution is certainly not more attractive, it is probably more practical for many users. Nevertheless, the stylish and also practical front carrier is still available and is permanently mounted on the head tube!
At 50 mm, the tires are now slightly wider and come from Schwalbe’s G-One Speed series with brown sidewalls. Elegant components such as the Brooks saddle or the Ergo leather grips round off the classic look of the bikes, while a Supernova lighting system ensures visibility.
Those who prefer a sportier ride can opt for the Heinrich single-speed model. Also equipped with Bosch’s Smart System, this bike, however, does without the gears, mudguards and rear rack. The latter can be retrofitted, but would then reduce the weight advantage again — because in its basic configuration, the single-speed bike comes in at a comparatively light 19.7 kg!
With the second model generation, Schindelhauer is also increasing the price of the already not cheap bikes: Hannah and Heinrich with their Enviolo transmission now cost an impressive 6,195 euros (previously 4,995 euros) and are available in the colors midnight blue and titanium silver (Heinrich) as well as cream white and pearl blue (Hannah) in up to three frame sizes. According to its equipment, the singlespeed model is the most affordable of the new bikes at 5,195 euros!