|Kettler Nena – Blue|
Like all of the KETTLER bikes, the frame is aluminum, made in Germany(!), and the bike is designed for city use, with an upright seating position, a sturdy rear rack integrated with the frame, a 7-speed internal gear hub with coaster brake (in addition to front and rear v-brakes), front hub dynamo powering front and rear LED lights, and fenders, chainguard and kickstand.
Although integrating the rear rack with the frame can cause problems, this one looks right, and should work for most panniers as well as truck bags and cargo on top of the rack. The front suspension fork and suspension seatpost are probably unnecessary with the wide tires, but the extra weight can be forgiven.
Another interesting feature is the KBS “Kettler braking system”, which allows a hand-operated rear v-brake to be used with a rear back-pedal brake. There is only one hand brake, on the right-hand side, which operates both front and rear rim brakes. According to Kettler, “KBS prevents the rear wheel from locking when the back-pedal and rear-wheel rim brake are activated at the same time. The brake force is transmitted unevenly to both rim brakes. This prevents the second rim brake from taking full effect”.
While there are only a few retail stores selling these bikes in North America, several of the models are available directly from the manufacturer’s website, or from online sellers such as Commuter Bike Store. Surprisingly, these aluminum alloy frames are made in Germany, and it appears the whole bike as also assembled there before being shipped to the warehouse in Virgina Beach. Bikes arrive partially assembled in a box; they claim all that is needed is to “turn and tighten down the handlebars, attach the pedals, adjust the seat and make sure there is enough air in the tires and you are ready to go”, but we would recommend taking the box to a local bike shop for safe final assembly and a tune-up before riding.
Frame: Aluminum 7005-K1 frame 47cm Step Through
Fork: Suntour CR 8V adjustable suspension fork
Shifter: Shimano Nexus twist shifter
Rear Hub: Shimano 7-speed Nexus internal gear hub with coaster brake
Front Hub: Shimano DH-3N20 dynamo front hub
Crankset: Kettler Alloy 3-piece
Rims: 28″ Alloy Rodi Hypno rims with 2mm Stainless steel spokes
Tires: 28″Continental City Ride Tires [About 37 to 47 mm wide]
Saddle: Selle Royal Rio saddle [Foam padded plastic]
Seat Post: Kettler ALU RAD patented aluminum suspension seat post
Handlebars: Kettler Moon Cruiser handlebars [Alloy]
Stem: Aluminum adjustable stem [threaded]
Headset: Aluminum 1 1/8 semi-integrated headset
Brakes: Front and rear Kettler V-brakes with KBS braking system, plus rear coaster brake
Pedals: Non-slip Kettler aluminum City pedals
Kickstand: Single, center-mount
Rack: Integrated alloy rear rack [Welded to frame, painted]
Fenders: SKS thermoplastic fenders, with mud flaps
Chainguard: Resin, full-coverage
Lights: Front Basta Sprint LED headlight, Basta Riff tail light with standlight (capacitor)
Colors: Blue [on sale], Black, (Yellow, Green, Red – in Europe?)
Size: 47 cm only
Kettler does not list geometry, but it appears to have a moderate seat tube angle around 71 to 73 degrees, and a head tube angle around 70 to 71; the frame has extra room in front for a suspension front fork. Unfortunately, the Nena is only available in 47 cm size, which may fit men and women as short as 5′ up to 6′ (150 cm to 180 cm), but taller riders may be cramped. Taller riders might consider theKettler City Cruiser, a similar bike with a diamond frame and slightly higher-end components. We will have details shortly.
|Kettler City Cruiser 8 – Black|