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Discounter advertises particularly low-priced e-bike – how good is the offer really?

Formerly a kind of luxury vehicle, e-bikes are becoming more and more affordable, and this is reflected in the sales figures. Discounters are also getting involved in the market. atechbook checks out the latest offering: a Hollandrand with electric drive from Zündapp, which is available at Lidl and other stores.

E-bikes have become firmly established in the street scene. They’re perfect for getting around in an environmentally friendly way, and sometimes a blessing when you’ve covered further distances. Bicycles with electric auxiliary motors that support pedaling power are available from specialist retailers and, increasingly, from discounters. The latest offer is the Zündapp Z517 700c. It’s currently available for less than 1,000 euros at Lidl, for example.

Zündapp Z517 700c at Lidl – what can the inexpensive e-bike do?

With its Dutch bike look, the Zündapp Z517 700c stands out from other e-bikes right from the start. These usually look rather futuristic or at least very sporty. Typical of Dutch bikes, the device has a spacious basket plus luggage rack and allows for a rather upright seat on the saddle.

Clearly, in terms of equipment, the Zündapp Z517 700c corresponds to a roadworthy bike according to the Road Traffic Regulations (StVZO).

Price and technical data of the Zündapp Z517 700c

The Zündapp Z517 700c is not an exclusive Lidl product, you can also get it at other discounters such as Kaufland and Netto. However, the price at Lidl is the lowest: at 928.52 euros, it is a proud 770.48 euros below the recommended retail price.

Features:

  • low-maintenance 7-speed derailleur from Shimano
  • Battery integrated in the frame with 374 watt hours
  • 115 kilometer range
  • mechanical V-brake plus coaster brake
  • 28 inch wheel size, frame height: 48 centimeters
  • total weight: 25 kilograms

Who is it suitable for?

The manufacturer Zündapp describes its e-bike primarily as a city bike. But of course, longer excursions or bike tours in the forest as well as medium-sized shopping trips are also possible with it.

With its dimensions, the e-bike might be too small for people taller than about 1.90 meters. Likewise, the maximum permissible weight of 120 kilograms that the bike carries should be taken into account.

Is the Lidl price for the Zündapp bike really cheap?

A high-quality device can cost up to 3500 euros, which is the price range of the test winners in our atechbook e-bike comparison. Aldi had still estimated 1299 euros for the Prophete e-bike.

For the Zündapp Z517 700c, even the discounter Netto currently takes 1099 euros. As you can see, the Lidl offer is pretty good.