It had been in the air for a long time, now the expectations have come true: Schindelhauer brings another variant of the Arthur model — this time not as a single speed but with the bottom bracket gear from Pinion, with a slightly more comfortable frame geometry and commuter equipment.
The second novelty is the Antonia model based on this. This model has a trapezoidal frame for lower access (aka “ladies’ bike”) and is otherwise the identical partner model to the new Pinion Arthur.
The electrical properties of both models are hardly visible: The drive system is still from Mahle Ebikemotion and consists of a compact 250 Watt hub motor in the rear wheel, a fixed battery with about 250 Wh in the down tube and a minimalist control unit on the top tube. By the way, the range can be extended with the Range Extender, an additional battery in drinking bottle format, which offers another 208 Wh capacity.
As with all Schindelhauer bikes, a Gates belt drive is used instead of the conventional bicycle chain. The ideal partner for Pinions bottom bracket gearbox, which is optionally available with 6 or 9 gears on the Arthur — this also results in the official model designation Arthur VI or Arthur IX. Antonia, however, is only available with the 9-speed gearbox. With the weight the quite heavy transmission should be noticeable, but on the scale the bikes remain surprisingly light with 15.7 kg (6-speed) or 15.9 kg (9-speed).
The innovative lighting system from Lighskin is also used in Arthur VI/IX and Antonia, which is powered by the integrated e-bike battery. The rear light is installed in the seat post, while the front light is barely visible in the handlebars with a headlight. This handlebar model called “Lightskin Vienna” differs from the well-known Lightskin handlebars in a more comfortable shape and thus also fits the more comfortable frame geometry.
The new bikes are also suitable for everyday use in terms of equipment: shapely mudguards from Curana are fitted as standard, which fit the size of the Continental with the GP Urban Classic tire in 35 mm width. The brakes are from Shimano in the Alfine series, the saddle and handles in leather are from Brooks. Worth mentioning is the integrated cable routing in the cockpit: thanks to the Acros headset, all cables disappear there in the frame, resulting in a pleasantly tidy appearance – something that cannot be taken for granted, especially on Pinion bikes.
Schindelhauers Antonia with 9 courses is available in sizes S and M in cream white, the price is 4.895 Euro. The Arthur bikes are available in sizes S, M and L in midnight blue and cost 4,595 Euro for the Arthur VI with 6 gears or 4,895 Euro for the 9-gear model. Interested parties must have thereby however a long breath: Delivery is not scheduled until January 2021 for Arthur IX and June 2021 for the other models.
Further information about the new bikes can be found directly on the Schindelhauer website.