Gazelle is a brand most Americans have never heard of - in Europe it is widely celebrated as the most trusted brand. Since 1892, making the finest quality and smoothest riding city bikes have come first for Royal Dutch Gazelle. They are the market leader in the Netherlands, making more than 1/4 of a million bicycles a year. The Royal title was awarded by Dutch Princess Margriet in 1996 to honor their exceptional achievements. Gazelle made their first production electric bike in 2005 - a decade ahead of most big bike brands.
Upright, comfortable bikes have become a craze in recently here in the US. For many years, upright bikes were frowned upon by active cyclists because they are not as efficient as a racing bike. The Dutch (for whom their bike is like our car) use the upright city bike almost exclusively for transportation. You will see many imitations of the Dutch city bike - but for the original, and still the best, stick with proven leader Gazelle.
If all this sounds like all Gazelle uses is dowdy old fashioned tech - well take another look. Consistently their bikes are our top selling brand, even though if you look at specifications alone, some other brands seem to have more value. Beneath a classic exterior are clever innovations and secret upgrades, paired with rock solid systems like Bosch and Shimano. Gazelle has not forgotten the sporty rider - the Cityzen (available in both 20mph and 28mph versions) is a top choice for fitness cyclists because it feels so close to a traditional road bike.