SNAPLOC® unites design and technology. Gazelle was completely won over by our SNAPLOC® plug-in connections.
For some time, Gazelle has been collaborating with the world-famous Italian design studio Giugiaro Design to create the e-bike of the future – the Gazelle N°1. The carbon and aluminium model weighs just 25.5 kilos and offers the perfect combination of speed, comfort and connectivity. During development of the Gazelle N°1, the focus was primarily on a smooth, seamless design: for example, the drive and cables of the e-bike should not be visible under any circumstances. As a result, the body panel had to be screwed together without leaving recognisable connection points. The connection also had to decouple any vibrations which might occur while the e-bike was being used. The cover needed to be easy to remove during maintenance or a battery change.
SNAPLOC® is a two-part system – ball stud and coupling – for fast installation. The K' in K' ball stud forms or cuts a thread into the mounting dome of the body panel cover. The coupling is mounted by simply being pushed into the frame. Inside the coupling, there is a ball socket into which the ball stud snaps.
The installed SNAPLOC® plug-in connection is not visible on the surface of the body panel cover, contributing significantly to the aesthetic design. The system also decouples vibrations. Pull to detach – the fact that SNAPLOC® is easy to disassemble makes maintenance significantly easier.
7 SNAPLOC® systems with a diameter of 7 mm are installed in each e-bike.