Kalkhoff Durban 20″
The Durban is lightweight, robust, and practical, an ideal bike for budget-conscious urbanites. The philosophy of Durban – “less is more” – is evident in its minimalist features. The Compact version features 20″ wheels that reduce its overall size, but not its performance, while the Durban Advance is a perfect bike for spinning around town on errands.
The Durban Compact offers impressive agility as a family bike for daily use, and also performs exceptionally well through zig-zagging back street short-cuts. Its short wheelbase means it can be stored and transported in all sorts of tight spaces. It’s the lightest bike from 50cycles at 19.6kg. The Schwalbe Big Ben tyres look the business and take the edges off rough terrain.
It’s powered by the Groove Go, 36 V / 250 W hub motor which draws from a 7ah (252Wh) Lithium battery . The Durban Compact is superbly well-equipped with Tektro HD-T285, hydraulic disc brake, brilliant front and rear AXA Blueline30 LED lights, integrated mudguards and a handy kickstand.
Gives you two assistance levels equivalent to 0 % / 50% / 100 % which for ease of operation are controlled via a button on the battery. Kalkhoff has engineered a powerful, tough, small battery to reduce the overall weight it can be charged in four hours. Where normally small batteries have a short life span the battery on the Durban Compact has a massive 1100 full cycles before it’s capacity starts to reduce.
Tektro hydraulic brakes
It’s been some years since Kalkhoff dropped cable-pull brakes on their most popular models. Tektro hydraulic piston design makes braking easy, well-modulated and reliable over time. There are no cables to stretch, the whole surface of the brake pad is applied to the disc, pads last for ages and braking is strong and sure-footed.
Front and rear lights
The lights on this and all Kalkhoffs are excellent. Very few bikes benefit from front and rear illumination of this quality and utility. The front lamp casts 30 lux of cool, bright LED light forward, enough to make night rides across the park something to enjoy rather than endure.