Showing posts with label Kettler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kettler. Show all posts

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kettler Berlin Royal

Kettler Berlin Royal

Kettler bikes do not seem to be available via many local bike shops, but this German manufacturer will sell direct to consumers. We previously reviewed a few of their models.

They now offer several well equipped bikes with dynamos and lights, internal gear hubs, racks, chainguard, fenders and kickstand at reasonable prices. 

Kettler City Cruiser

The Kettler City Cruiser has a 7-speed Shimano Nexus internal gear hub with coast brake, front v-brake, dynamo hub with lights, chainguard, rack and fenders for only $729.

The Royal Berlin model has a Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub, disc brakes, dynamo lights, rack, rear panniers, chainguard, and fenders for $1500. There are several other models with variations between these price ranges, including some with rollerbrakes.

The Royal is also available as an e-bike model

A commenter reviewed the standard Kettler Berlin Royal:
Only two commutes in on the Kettler Berlin Royal, but I wanted to share my first impressions. 
This is an imposing bike--very handsome and very large, with prewar motorcycle styling and oversized wheels and tires. It gets lots of compliments.
It's like riding a magic carpet. You ride above traffic where you can see and be seen, and the balloon tires and sprung seat ensure that bumps are only seen, not felt. The city bars with leather ergo grips are ergonomically sound, eliminating the numb wrist I get on other bikes. Handling is stable and relaxing.
The LBS was impressed at how rugged and well-built this German-made bike is, but puzzled why it's equipped with Dutch valves that can't be filled by US compressor hoses. (Luckily, screw-on adapters seem to work.)
The Kettler is fully equipped with everything needed for commuting: front and rear lights (with standlight) powered by a dynamo hub (no batteries required!), chain guard, fenders, bell, oversize pedals, internally geared 8-speed hub, tires with reflector sidewalls, weatherproof roller brakes with enormous cooling fins [edit: the current specifications list disc brakes], and coolest of all, a rack built into the bike itself (not some unsightly add-on rack) with matching pannier. Nothing to remember, nothing to bring, just hop on and go. 
Now the downside. Despite its aluminum construction, this is a heavy bike (about 40 pounds). And the same features that make it a great commuter (from the IGH to the upright seating position) also add a lot of drag. So you'd expect low, city-friendly gearing...nope. I'd gladly trade its very tall 8th gear for a lower first gear to get up the nastier hills.

Specifications: Kettler City Cruiser
Price $729 shipped
  • Frame: Durable 6061-K1 hydroformed aluminum frame
  • Fork:Lacquered unicrown construction rigid fork
  • Stem: Adjustable alloy quill stem
  • Handlebars:Humpert City alloy riser handlebars
  • Grips:Ergonomic Herrmans Moza ERGO comfort grips
  • Shifters: Reliable Shimano Nexus 7-speed shifter
  • Brakes: Exclusive KETTLER V-brakes
  • Rear Derailleur:N/A
  • Front Derailleur:N/A
  • Crankset:Exclusive KETTLER aluminum City 3-piece Beta crankset
  • Gear Ratio:38/19
  • Front Hub: Shimano DH3-N20 front dynamo hub
  • Rear Hub:Shimano Nexus 7-speed rear hub with coaster brake
  • Cassette:19 teeth
  • Rims:Mach 1 alloy double walled EXE rims with safety line
  • Tires:Robust yet nimble Continental City Ride tires with Puncture ProTection (42-622 & 47-559)
  • Headlight:Basta Pico 15 LED headlight
  • Taillight:Basta Ray Steady taillight
  • Saddle: Selle Royal Sky comfort saddle with built-in Royalgel
  • Extras: Front and rear fenders, center mounted kickstand, bolt-on luggage rack, resin chainguard
  • Motor System:N/A
  • Battery:N/A
  • Color:Matte Brown

Specifications: Kettler Berlin Royal
Price: $1499 including shipping
  • Frame:Durable 6061-K1 hydroformed aluminum frame
  • Fork: Lacquered unicrown construction rigid fork
  • Stem:Adjustable Humpert Kobra Vario Eco alloy stem
  • Handlebars:Swept back Humpert Stuttgarter alloy riser handlebars
  • Grips:Ergonomic faux leather comfort Ergo grips
  • Shifters: Reliable Shimano Nexus 8-speed shifter
  • Brakes:Powerful Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes
  • Rear Derailleur:N/A
  • Front Derailleur:N/A
  • Crankset:Competition SL Belt Drive 3-piece polished crankset
  • Gear Ratio:46/24
  • Front Hub: Shimano front dynamo hub
  • Rear Hub:Shimano Alfine 8-speed rear hub
  • Cassette:24 teeth
  • Rims:Mach 1 alloy double walled NEO rims with safety line
  • Tires:Schwalbe Big Apple balloon tires (55-622)
  • Headlight:B�chel Retro LED headlight
  • Taillight:Compact Spanninga Pixeo LED taillight
  • Saddle:Velo City sprung faux leather comfort saddle
  • Extras: Front and rear fenders, center mounted kickstand, bolt-on pannier rack, resin chainguard, Exclusive KETTLER Berlin Messenger Bag/Pannier, large metal platform pedals, faux leather water bottle cage, metal bell
  • Motor System:N/A
  • Battery:N/A
  • Color:Matte Graphite

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kettler City Bikes

Kettler Nena - Blue

KETTLER is a German manufacturer of aluminum exercise items and furniture, including patio furniture, table tennis tables, kids toys, exercise machines, and bicycles. This bike, the Kettler Nena, is a good example of their line, and is currently on sale for only $760 with shipping, in the "Blue Nova" trim. (Regular price is $960)

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.


Price: $960 shipped (Blue on sale for $760)
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 Nena - Sun

Frame Geometry

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 the Kettler City Cruiser, a similar bike with a diamond frame and slightly higher-end components. We will have details shortly.

The only review we have found is in German, but it is a very extensive review
Here is the English translation from Google, which is somewhat intelligible.
If anyone knows of other reviews, or had ridden this bike, please leave a comment.