CAKE KALK & (2019 - on) Review


  • Incredibly lightweight
  • 53 mile range
  • Two-hour charge time

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £100
Power: 13 bhp
Seat height: Tall (35.8 in / 910 mm)
Weight: Low (174 lbs / 79 kg)


New £12,500
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Cake, the radical Swedish electric bike manufacturer, have brought their road legal model to the UK. Called the Cake Kalk& (pronounced Kalk And) it builds on the off-road only Kalk with the addition of all the usual road going bumpf. What makes it so good? Well the key to this cake, like all others, is just how light it is.

In fully road legal trim, it weighs just 79kg. Despite this it’s good for 53 miles, can achieve a top speed of 56mph and will recharge from 0-100% in just two and half hours attached to a household plug socket.

Riding it around town is hilarious fun. The power and torque of this Cake electric bike are plenty enough to get something so little moving so quickly, and it’s low weight means you can dart through traffic with wild abandon.

You can even ride it on a CBT with L-plates as the electric rules makes it technically A1 compatible. If you’d like to take one for a spin, contact Untitled Motorcycles, London, who very kindly let us test their demo model.

Flower Power Limited Edition

Cake Kalk Flower Power Limited Edition in orange

In 2022, Cake released a limited-edition version of both the on-road Kalk& and off-road Kalk models to help support the global bee and pollinating bug population.

The Flower Power Limited Editions come in seven bright colours – ranging from red to orange, and purple to pink. Just 20 of each colour were up for grabs, with 5% of the profits being donated to the World Bee Project – who help protect pollinating insects.

“The Flower Power initiative is a small contribution sharing the painful reality of our fragile ecosystem, where everyone is obligated to change and take action,” Stefan Ytterborn, Founder and CEO of Cake said.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The long travel suspension means it’s incredibly plush when bouncing over pot holes, while brakes are the typical motorcycle style rather than moped (with the front brake on the right lever and rear at your right foot). With the twist and go throttle it’s very easy to learn.

The only complaint from the ride comes from the rear brake, which is a little tasty – great if you love a skid, not so great if you don’t.

The seat height sounds high, but it’s so slim and light that you don’t notice at all. Don’t let the number put you off one bit.


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The motor has a peak power of 13.4bhp, which might not sound like much (it’s just over what you can expect from a 125cc four stroke) but the torque gives it plenty of zip from zero.

There are three power modes to choose from (more power means less range, simply) although there’s not a huge amount of difference between them – certainly not on the seat of the pants dyno. The gentlest setting reduces the top speed.

There are also three engine brake settings (none, two stroke and four stroke) but I found the strongest engine braking most natural. Plan ahead and you barely need to touch the brakes.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

There’s no doubting that the Kalk& is both beautifully designed and well put together. The materials are lovely, with a lot of brushed aluminium, smooth surfaces and the cool two tone seat. The original model was an off-roader, so it should take the odd knock without any disasters.

Riding the Cake Kalk&

However Cake haven’t been around very long, so it would be total guesswork to suggest how it might hold up over time. There is an agent in the UK now though, so if you do have any problems, they should be easily solved.

We have some Cake Kalk& owners' reviews on the site, and it appears one buyer has had a few issues with build quality. It's worth reading before you go for a test ride.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

As it’s a Cake electric bike it’s simple to keep running. It requires virtually no maintenance, apart from the obvious stuff such as brakes, chain and tyres. Charging is done on the included charger through a standard home socket, with a typical refill from 0-100% costing around 30p.

The only sticking point of the whole bike is the price – it’s as much as a brand new full-size petrol bike – however how many of those could you stick in a lift and take into the office?

Rivals are other electric motorbikes such as the Maeving RM1, Yamaha's Neos and the Super Soco TC Max.

The Cake Kalk& is light enough to pick up


4 out of 5 (4/5)

Unlike most other electric bikes that are made from standard motorcycle components, the Kalk& has been designed from the beginning to be lightweight.

To do this, Cake worked with established manufacturers to build items that are halfway between big mountain bikes and little motorcycles. Öhlins for instance have designed fully-adjustable custom suspension front and rear, giving the bike over 200mm of travel, while the wheels are lightweight 19" rims with skinny trials bike rubber.

Making a splash on the Cake Kalk&


Engine size -
Engine type 2.6kWh electric motor
Frame type Aluminium box
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 910mm
Bike weight 79kg
Front suspension 38mm USD fully adjustable Öhlines (204mm travel)
Rear suspension Öhlins TTX22 fully adjustable (205mm travel)
Front brake 220mm disc, four-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc, four-piston caliper
Front tyre size 19 x 3.00
Rear tyre size 19 x 3.00

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax -
Annual service cost £100
New price £12,500
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 13 bhp
Max torque 31 ft-lb
Top speed 56 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 53 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2019 - Cake Kalk& launched.
  • 2022 - Cake electric bike price rise to £12,500.

Other versions

Also available is a Kalk OR, which is an off-road version, the AP anti-poaching bike, the Work and the Ink.

Owners' reviews for the CAKE KALK (2019 - on)

2 owners have reviewed their CAKE KALK (2019 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your CAKE KALK (2019 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £100
2 out of 5 My $14,000 Mistake
18 December 2021 by Mark K

Version: Kalk&

Year: 2020

Even though the construction of the bike is good I had several failures with my Kalk& the worst being a failed battery that Cake could not or would not replace or repair. The bike originally came with the keyed ignition display which failed in direct sunlight. Cake sent me a PIN display to replace the malfunctioning display. That display meant that when the new power button is depressed, the head and tail lights illuminate and can be left on. The next issue was the tail/signal light structure failing while riding. Had it been caught in my chain it would have caused me to crash. And finally the battery. I have outlined all of my experience on my website cakekalk dot com.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Even though the Ohlins suspension is good after adjusting for preload, compression and rebound on sharp hits it remained jarring. The rear brake is too powerful for a bike of this weight and size. There is no feel to the rear binder, its locks up easily. The front brake is excellent.

Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5

Rear taillight and brake light bracket is too frail and broke off as I was riding. A very dangerous situation if the items lodge into the chain or wheel.Keyed instrument cluster failed to boot when the bike was left in 70 degree sun with low humidity.Battery pack failed.

Value vs rivals 1 out of 5

The very low value is based on paying $14,000 USD for a bike that would only get 32 miles or range. The & should be able to ride to trails on roads at mixed highway and city speeds, ride off road and then back.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Because so much of the bike is made out of aluminum traffic signals do not pick up the bike to change. I installed a magnet on the bottom of the swingarm which solve the problem. Cake may want to consider this solution for the & model.

Buying experience: The buying experience was excellent.

4 out of 5 Excellent bike
16 July 2020 by Mark K

Version: & dual sport version

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £100

I have owned my bike after owning a Sur Ron Light Bee for two years and over 4k miles. The build quality of the Cake is unsurpassed by any manufacturer's bikes I have owned including over 14 ICE bikes.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The Ohlins, which btw are adjustable both front and REAR is like butter dipped in KY jelly. Yep that smooth. Formula brakes are like my former Brembo binders, powerful, excellent feel and modulation.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Tires only and the cost to charge the bike.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Suspension and brakes are superb.

Buying experience: Direct from Cake in Utah. Incredible customer service.

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