What lasts for a long time becomes really good: Schindelhauer’s latest e-bike named Arthur is now actually available. The first presentation of the singlespeed bike with its almost invisible motor took place at the end of 2018, but at that time the new model was still supposed to be called Adam – which had to be changed again due to protected naming rights. The availability of the new bike was first planned for summer 2019, then December 2019 and now it is February 2020.
One of the reasons for the delay is probably to be found in the integrated lighting system: Brand-new is the Lightskin handlebars, which have an integrated headlight. A similar model was already available outside of Germany, but not in this new and german StVZO-compliant version. Especially the adaptation and approval to the road traffic licensing regulations took a lot of time, but has now been successfully completed. The result is now a largely invisibly integrated headlight that fits perfectly into the design of the clean urban bike – as well as the matching Lightskin taillight, which is just as inconspicuously located in the seat post. Both lights draw their power directly from the battery of the drive system.
This drive system comes from Mahle ebikemotion and consists of a compact 250 watt hub motor in the rear wheel, a permanently installed battery with around 250 Wh in the down tube and a minimalist control unit on the top tube. This means that Schindelhauer now also offers this now quite popular drive system in addition to the Orbea Gain, Desiknio and, brand new, Cannondale Quick Neo SL models. But there’s a special feature here too: the engine housing was produced in silver especially for the Berlin-based company, as it has otherwise always been in black. In the now light color tone it matches the silver rims and other components perfectly and makes you aware of the attention to detail that Schindelhauer puts into their work. The look is rounded off by brown leather handles and the matching Swift leather saddle from Brooks England.
As with all Schindelhauer bikes, a Gates belt drive is used instead of the conventional bicycle chain. The drive is implemented as a single speed without gear shifting, which is also a reason for the low total weight of only 13.4 kg — surprisingly light for an e-bike with integrated lighting system. The necessary deceleration is provided by the hydraulic Formula CURA disc brakes, the tires are from Continental with the GP Urban Classic in 35 mm width.
The graphite black bike is available in four frame sizes (S to XL) and costs 3,795 Euros. A amount that puts it in the upper price range of Coboc and Desiknio and Co. As an option, Schindelhauers Arthur can also be equipped with mudguards and a rear carrier, leaving almost no wish unfulfilled! All further information about the bike can be obtained directly from Schindelhauer.