Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite

BikeRide Score
Where to buy
We earn affiliate commission. Learn more
Bike Size Charts

BikeRide finds and shows you the best prices of the bikes you want to buy. Prices constantly change and it’s impossible to compare them all yourself.

We search for prices on over 120 bike retailers to guarantee that we find the lowest prices – to save you time and money.

It’s a promise we stand behind: If you find a lower price on a bike elsewhere, we will sell it to you for 10% less. For example, if you find a bike for $480 that we have listed at $500, we will offer you to buy it for $432 through BikeRide. The bike must be the same color and size, sold in the US and not include the use of a coupon.

If you find a lower price, email us at [email protected] with documentation of the price. We’re committed to making sure that the cost of a bike does not keep you from cycling!


Release Year
Charge Time
4.5 Hours
Maximum Range
70 Miles
Top Speed
20 mph
250 W
50 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
36V 13.8Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
51.6 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

15 reasons to buy

  • The price includes Gazelle’s reliability, integration, and extra features not found on cheaper e-bikes.
  • Experts appreciate the bike’s sturdy fenders and good lighting.
  • The low-step design and features like the sturdy cargo rack, chain case, upright seating position and smooth power enhance the Arroyo C8’s practicality as a commuter bike.
  • The 250W Bosch Active Line Plus motor wins praise for being smooth and quiet.
  • The hydroformed aluminum frame contributes to a relatively low weight of 51.6lb.
  • One reviewer says the Arroyo C8 is a great ride, even when the battery runs out.
  • A suspension fork, sprung seat post, and Selle Royal Loire saddle deliver comfort.
  • The tool-free adjustable stem makes it easy to find a suitable height and angle.
  • The integrated design and faux-leather bar grips give the Arroyo a classy look.
  • A rear-wheel cafe lock provides extra security when locking the bike.
  • The sturdy chain guard protects both chain and clothing.
  • Shimano’s Nexus 8-speed internally geared hub reduces maintenance requirements and allows shifting while stopped.
  • Gazelle provides a ten-year warranty against material and manufacturing defects, five years on the suspension and paint, and two years on parts.
  • The Arroyo Gazelle C8 HMB Elite is available in a choice of three frame sizes: 46cm, 53cm, and 57cm.
  • The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are powerful and easy to modulate.

8 reasons not to buy

  • The Arroyo C8 HMB Elite is more expensive than competing models.
  • One reviewer finds the suspension fork doesn’t do much for lighter riders. Another finds the suspension fork doesn’t work at all.
  • One expert says fork flex causes the brakes to feel spongy.
  • Two testers have trouble with a “stiff” shifter and the Nexus internally geared hub not changing gear as crisply as expected.
  • One reviewer mentions that, at this price, they would like to see a higher-end air fork.
  • One expert is disappointed by the lack of bottle cage bosses.
  • A tester is underwhelmed by the range, finding it fell far short of the claimed 70 miles.
  • According to one expert, the ‘captive’ key, used for both the lock and the battery, could be a nuisance.

Bottom line

The Arroyo C8 HMB Elite is a comfort-focused, Dutch-style city cruiser. Some testers had problems with the shifting, the performance of the front suspension fork, and the real-world battery range. However, users also felt the Bosch system is silent and smooth, and found the Arroyo enjoyable to ride even without the motor on. The hydraulic disc brakes are powerful, and the Nexus hub reduces maintenance requirements. Fenders, lights, lock, chain case, and a rear rack (rated for 59.5lb) combine with comfortable geometry and a step-through frame to make this a practical choice for commuters.

Expert Reviews

89/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Tom's Guide

Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite Review

The Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite is best for riders looking for a sleek, comfortable, Dutch-style e-bike with a reliable motor, and lots of adjustability and comfort features.

Visit full review
This review has been given a score. Read more here
Electric Bike Review

Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite Review

A premium, Dutch-style cruiser that is comfortable, beautifully designed, well-made, and — a few minor gripes aside — very easy to live with.

Visit full review
Electric Bike Review

2019 Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite Review

A feature complete, high-quality city cruiser with a few minor shortcomings that don’t stop this being a real winner.

Visit full review

User Ratings

100/100 based on 4 ratings
  • 5 star
  • 4 star
  • 3 star
  • 2 star
  • 1 star

Bike Comparison

Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite in comparison to averages
Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite

Forum Discussions

Discuss which bike to choose in the forum