Hercules FUTURA GATES F8 – Crossbar
Hercules’ FUTURA GATES F8 electric bike is the ultimate TREKKING e-bike: light, powerful, and chain free. It comes with 8 speed Shimano hub gears, suspension and a sprung seat post for comfort, built in lights, and mechanical lock for maximum security . The BOSCH Performance Line motor will summit the steepest hills with ease and its Shimano BR-M395 hydraulic disc brakes will keep you safe on the way back down! If you’d like a test-ride please call in at our London, Leicester or Suffolk branches, or email to arrange a date.
▶ Gates Carbon Belt Drive System
The development of carbon belt drive systems is an example of how cycle design is continually evolving. Carbon belts bring great benefits to riders through increased performance and reduction in maintenance:
▶ Dry running – carbon drive belts are designed to run without lubrication so no need to battle with the sticky mess of an oily chain.
▶ Smooth power delivery – Gates Carbon drive belts have no metal to metal contact so power transition is smoother and quieter.
▶ Lightweight – The entire system comprising belt plus driving and driven gears is much lighter than a normal chain system.
▶ Minimal adjustment – unlike metal chains the carbon-based Gates belt does not stretch so no need for frequent adjustments.
▶ Self-Cleaning – Gates’s patented CenterTrack and MudPort systems have been developed to keep mud, rain and snow clear of mating surfaces of the gears and toothed belt.
▶ Longevity – Industry tests show that the Gates carbon drive lasts twice as long as conventional metal chains.
▶ Electric Bike Drive System
▶ A drive system that reads your mind:
Three sensors measure torque, speed and acceleration more than 1,000 times per second, ensuring perfect integration between you and your e-bike. This adaptive power characteristic of the Bosch Performance Line drive system is controlled by your pedal pressure, this ensures smooth assistance in normal riding conditions and the seamless transition to full power for strong acceleration when you need it.
▶ Peak power: 500W (250 max continuous)
▶ Peak torque: 63 Nm
▶ Assistance level: ECO: 50%
The level of assistance ranges between 50% and 260% depending on which power level you choose; 100% assistance equates to the motor doubling your pedaling force
▶ Electric Bike Battery
Bosch’s lithium-ion based e-bike batteries are lightweight, compact and available in 300Wh, 400Wh and 500Wh capacities. With unrivaled energy density Bosch batteries offer market leading range to weight ratios whatever size you choose.
They are easy to fit and remove, and can be charged either on the bike or unlocked using its key for charging at home or work. The battery management system provides optimal protection against overload, overheating and short circuit.
Modern Bosch lithium-ion batteries do not suffer from ‘memory effect’ or self-discharge issues. Your battery will charge to 50% in about 2 hours, depending on the charger and battery capacity.
▶ The 500Wh battery supplied with the HERCULES FUTURA GATES F8 has the following performance characteristics:
RANGE: up to 135 miles
CHARGE TIME: 4.5hrs
▶ Electric Bike Display & Assistance Control
The Bosch Intuvia display gives you all the information needed to monitor and adjust your e-bike. The illuminated screen is clearly visible under all lighting conditions and the separate thumb switch enables you to switch between assistance levels while keeping your hands safely on the handlebar. As well as speed, range, battery level and trip functions the display also shows you when its time to change gear for optimal range performance.
▶ Shimano Nexus 8 Speed Hub Gears
The NEXUS 8 system delivers a high level of design, quality, and function. Needle roller bearings increases durability and driving efficiency while a new multi-lip seal design ensures optimal sealing against the elements.
It’s matching selector ensures perfect synchronisation and has a built-in micro adjuster to compensate for cable wear.
▶ Suntour NCX-E-LO Air Suspension
The HERCULES FUTURA GATES F8 has high quality Suntour AIR forks. These are designed with serious trekking in mind: forged from magnesium to keep weight down whilst not compromising strength and fitted with a hydraulic lock-out.
Stanchion tube diameter: 30mm
▶ Shimano BR-395 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
The Shimano BRM-395 is the most powerful hydraulic disc brake in its class. It rivals the stopping power of almost every other disc brake on the market, including those that are many times more expensive.
It is a solid durable system capable of delivering great stopping power on any e- bike. With an exceptionally smooth operating feel and good feed back it’s easy to apply exactly the right amount of stopping power whatever the road conditions. As with all Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, maintenance is simple and spare parts are readily available worldwide.
Disc diameter: 160mm
Disc mount: Center Lock
HERCULES make 48 different models of electric bike, each designed to meet a specific need – if you would like us to help you find the perfect Hercules for you please email or call Clare or James on 0208 960 9848 (London), Keith on 01728 830 817 (Suffolk), or Martin at our Midlands branch on 0116 3666 980 (Leicester).