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Understanding Gazelle Electric Bike Motors

Whatever you want from your e-bike - whether you're dropping the kids to school or scaling windswept mountain sides, there's a Gazelle electric bike with a motor that's up to the challenge. But what do the different e-bike motors of 2023 actually do and how do they affect the ride?

We've created this simple guide to bring some clarity and understanding to the world of Bosch and Shimano electric bike motors. Having a quick read of this will massively help you in choosing your next Gazelle e-bike.

Bosch Mid Mounted Electric Bike Motors

If you're expecting a lot from your e-bike whether that be carrying heavy loads or climbing steep hills then a Bosch electric bike motor is where you should focus your e-bike search. You'll generally find these at the higher end of the Gazelle electric bike range.

Listed in order of power / performance. Low - High.

Active Line 

bosch active line ebike motor gazelle

Torque 40Nm

The Bosch Active Line e-bike motor is a no-nonsense is aimed at commuting or leisure riding. It's ideal for giving your ride extra support and allowing you to arrive at your destination with energy left for the rest of the day. Ride an e-bike equipped with Bosch Active Line and you’ll experience controlled acceleration and gentle support, perfect for city riding.

Gazelle's that use this motor

Gazelle Paris C7 HMB

Gazelle Heavy Duty C7 HMB

Miss Grace C7 HMB

Bosch Active Line Plus

bosch active line plus ebike motor gazelle

Torque - 50Nm

Essentially the Bosch Active Line with an extra 10Nm torque. The Bosch Active Line Plus is most commonly found on Gazelle's urban and leisure range. With a torque of 50Nm it still gives the rider a big helping hand but in our experience is best suited to everyday city riding in a flat to moderately hilly area.

Gazelle's that use this motor

Gazelle Orange C8 HMB

Gazelle Orange C7+

Gazelle Ultimate C8+ HMB

Gazelle Avignon C8 HMB

Gazelle Heavy Duty C7+ HMB

Gazelle Paris C7+ HMB

Bosch Performance Line SX

bosch performance line sx ebike motor gazelle

Torque 55Nm

While this motor isn't featured on any of the Gazelle ebike range we've included it to give you the complete picture. This Bosch e-bike motor benefits from being both small and lightweight. Despite it's size the compact Performance Line SX still generates a torque of 55Nm.

The growth in this light and powerful ebike motor shows it's possible to have a mid mounted motor that offers stability and power without being heavy or restrictive.

Bosch Performance Line

bosch performance line ebike motor gazelle

Torque 75Nm

Aimed at cyclists who want an ebike capable of everything. From mountain rides, to heavy loads and everything else. The Performance Line is a super powerful e-bike motor. With a huge 75Nm of torque (Smart System version), it's powerful enough for serious hills whilst still suiting electric city bikes. This is an extremely versatile electric bike motor.

Gazelle Ultimate C5 HMB

Gazelle Ultimate T10 HMB

Gazelle Grenoble C5 HMB

Gazelle Avignon C380 HMB

Gazelle Medeo T10 HMB

Gazelle Medeo T9 HMB

Gazelle Heavy Duty C5 HMB

Gazelle Makki Load