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Cruising on the Gepida Reptila 1100 electric bike

Who knew that fouling up the print drivers at work would earn me a glorious mid-afternoon bike ride through Central Park?

Harrison astride the Gepida Reptila after his exhilarating ride

That is exactly what happened on the lovely faux-spring day we enjoyed here in New York last Friday. While the IT guy dialed in to fix my mess (sorry Bert!), I took the opportunity to take the new Gepida Reptila 1100 for a spin.

These new Gepida electric bikes came to us straight from the Budapest factory back in December. I’ve been itching to take one out ever since, and only restrained myself due to the nasty weather we’ve had. Did I really want to take this beautiful Hungarian-built machine over the dirty, pitted, salt-encrusted New York City streets?

But as I found out the notorious NYC streets would have been no match for this tough four-season commuter. The Gepida Reptila after all comes from that distant polyglot land, Europe, where the electric bicycle is taken seriously as a legitimate form of year-round transportation and where, I understand, they also have their share of snow and cobblestones.

As a result the Gepida Reptila is built to be a tough, sturdy, every day electric bike. Unlike many other electric bikes in this category, the Gepida Reptila is also light, maneuverable, and rides just like a regular bike. Don’t let the elegant classic-cruiser frame fool you: this is hydro-formed alloy – light, stiff, and strong.

Gepida Reptila, the perfect electric bike?

Probably the best thing about the Gepida Reptila is the range afforded by the combination of efficient 250w motor and the twin 6ah batteries mounted discretely on the rear rack. Gepida balanced larger batteries against the resulting heavier load and settled on a happy medium. With the second battery in place the Gepida Reptila can travel as far as 70 miles (depending on rider weight, wind, and terrain) on a single charge.

While I didn’t get a full feel on my initial ride for all the capabilities of Gepida’s proprietary console, which blinked up at me with all sorts of readings, the most important read out I noticed was the battery charge indicator: it remained at full charge throughout my 30 minute ride. Not a tick lost.

The one cycling activity I love more than test-riding beautiful new electric bikes on a lovely day is long distance bicycle touring. How would the Gepida Reptila hold up on a long-distance tour? Given the battery life, the comfortable ride afforded by the front suspension, the rear rack, the wide 8 speed internally geared hub, and the ample torque for tackling long inclines, the Gepida Reptila I think would make for a supurb bike for a supported tour. TransAmerica Trail anyone? It could probably be done on a Gepida Reptila electric bike.

  • Turbo Bob

    Boy Harrison, this sounds like one great bike. You may have heard that one is on the way for me. Your desription makes me want it all the more. I hope I like it as much as you do. Keep up the good stuff there at Nicewheels.

    • http://www.nycewheels.com Administrator

      Hey Bob,

      By now I am sure you are on your very own Gepida Reptila. Does it live up to your expectations? Or do I have to wait for the first post to find that out? (Rather the second, as we got a bit of a preamble already.)

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  • Betsy

    Sounds great! How much does the step-through model weigh? Also, is it a pedelec, that is, can it self-propel without peddling? And, finally, can the second battery be bought and installed later?

    • http://www.nycewheels.com Administrator

      Hi Betsy,

      Hmm – I don’t have the exact spec on the step-through’s weight but I can say that on account of the smaller battery, more efficient motor, and aluminum frame it is much lighter than your average electric bike. This is no moped passing itself off as an electric bike. It is a pedelec, but to avoid confusion that actually means its electric assist is strictly pedal based. The Gepida is a true European classic commuter: no throttle here! See here for more on pedelec.

  • http://www.besttouringbike.com/ Jack

    Fantastic post. I just wanted to say thank you for your efforts!

    • Harrison

      Great, well thanks for the feedback!

  • Janet Presswood

    Bob, thank you for these blogs! How did the Gepida Reptila handle on that large hill, again? Did I read correctly that you had to get off and push it up the hill!? Does that mean the motor cut out and it was too heavy to peddle? I’ve been told that Swiss-made Strommer is best for hills, but I prefer the traditional european styling of the Gepida (sitting upright) and would prefer to go with it, if it can handle the one “cardio hill” I have to take through Arlington, VA to get home each night on my 4 miles-each-way commute. I’m not looking to go fast, just for some extra juice to help with that hill. Appreciate your views, Janet

  • david hirsch

    how do i find out the name of a dealer in new england, preferable mass or ct?

    • http://www.nycewheels.com Jack R.

      Hi david, not sure about your local dealers but we’d be happy to ship to you. Let us know- jack

  • Dennis

    Does the computer (speedo) have a quick disconnect so one can take it off before a thief does??? Does NYC still carry this bike? It says unavailable.?

    • http://www.nycewheels.com Peter

      Hi Dennis, The computer is fixed to the handlebar and also connected with wires. The only way to remove it is to cut those 2 big wires coming out, which would ruin it anyway so I doubt there’s any chance of theft. We are no longer bringing the Gepida bikes into the US but you might really like the iZip Path, which is a similar setup and rides very nicely. Check it out here: