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Kalkhoff Sahel Compact i8

What it's built for:
The Sahel is Kalkhoff's bike for city dwellers who want a compact ebike but don't quite need a folding option. The one-size-fits-all frame sits on robust 20" wheels making the bike much shorter and more compact than most other ebikes helping those with small apartments and offices fit a zippy ride into their lives. They completed the compact build with a collapsable stem and folding pedals to make the bike become even smaller. This i8 version of the Sahel provides a wide range of gearing with Shimano's 8-speed Nexus hub for ultimate city utility.

Why we love it:
You may look at the Sahel and wonder why you would want a bike with 20" wheels, and until we took it out for a ride we would've understood. But as soon as you throw a leg over, all doubts are dispelled. The Sahel rides like a bike with full-sized wheels, it just fits into your life a little bit more conveniently. Where a bike with larger wheels may have trouble fitting into offices, elevators, and other tight spots this bike slips right in. Pair that with its Impulse motor which offers unparalleled range, and you can see why we're head-over-heels for the Sahel.




Motor Impulse 2.0, 36 V / 250 W, with shift sensor technology
Display Impulse Compact LCD, with control panel and walk assist
Battery Impulse Li-Ion 36 V, 17 Ah (603 Wh) 
Range bis zu 205 km
Charger Impulse, 3A
Gear System Shimano Nexus, 8-speed
Shifter Shimano Nexus
Crankset Concept
Sprocket Shimano
Brakes Magura HS11, hydraulic rim brake
Headlight AXA Blueline30, LED with stand light
Backlight AXA Blueline, LED with stand light
Frame Impulse Compact V4, aluminium
Fork Urban Compact, rigid
Stem Concept EX
Handlebar Concept EX Riser
Saddle Concept Trekking
Seatpost Concept EX
Pedals Urban, foldable, with reflector
Rims Concept EX Kargo, with eyelets
Hubs Shimano Nexus, 8 speed
Tires Schwalbe Big Ben, 55-406
Mudguard aluminium, painted
Carrier Comfort, aluminium
Kickstand rear stand


Though we’re a bike shop that sells, builds and fixes bicycles, they’re really just the means to an end; albeit a beautifully designed means to an idyllic end. Our job most importantly is to encourage as many people as we can to get out and ride for transport and enjoyment. We'd love to make riding a bike as commonplace as your morning cup of coffee, which by the way is our other obsession.

Bicycle Junction is situated at 1 Marion St, Te Aro, Wellington.