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Mountain bikers on E bikes on a dusty trail

Offering a powerful boost to your natural pedalling power electric bikes make cycling easier. You can cycle to work without getting into a sweat or ride more mountain bike trails with less effort. All while getting some healthy exercise in. An e bike will power your ambition to ride further and have more fun.


E Bike Tech

Power your ride

What is an e bike?

An electric bike is simply a normal bike with a pedal assist electric motor and battery pack. As you turn the pedals the motor adds a boost to your natural pedalling power making it much easier to cycle. You can adjust the amount of assistance by choosing different power modes. E bikes are great for riding further with less effort.

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electric bike battery graphicRide further

How far can I ride on one charge?

There are many variables that effect the range of an e bike including power mode, battery capacity, bike type, weather and terrain. In a recent test we cycled 72 road kilometres over mixed terrain on a Bosch crank drive equipped urban e bike with a 300Wh battery pack. We did this using mostly Eco and Tour mode with an occasional boost to Turbo for the steep hills.

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Electric bike charging graphicEasy charging on and/or off the bike

How do you charge the battery?

Electric bike batteries are easy to charge in as little as three hours, depending on capacity and charger type. Most ebike batteries can be charged either on or off the bike. This gives you the option of charging where you park your bike or take the battery to a more convenient charging location.

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Are there differences between the motors?

There are two basic types of e bike motor; hub drive and crank drive. Positioned in the wheel, hub drive motors allow for a more conventional frame design. Rear wheel hub drives tend to offer more assistance than those in the front wheel. Crank drive motors are positioned in the bottom bracket area of the frame and offer a more powerful boost to your natural pedalling power.

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How powerful is an electric bike?

Can an e bike pull a car?

This Cube electric mountain bike is fitted with the most powerful Bosch motor available, the Performance CX motor. With its 250 Watts of power and 75 Newton meters of torque, we managed to pull 2 tonne (ish) estate car! In Turbo mode this bike gives up to 300% assistance!

Yes it can!



Best Electric Mountain Bikes

Best Electric Mountain Bikes

Mountain biking is all about having fun on the trails, so it is easy to see the appeal of an electric mountain bike. The best electric mountain bikes give you this extra pedalling power while retaining the feel of a regular MTB.

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Best Electric Bikes For Commuting

Best Electric Bikes For Commuting

Electric bikes are a great way to ride further with less effort. As you will arrive at your destination feeling fresh e bikes are perfect for cycling to work. The best e bikes for commuting offer a powerful boost.

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Best Electric Road Bikes

Best Electric Road Bikes

Electric road bikes have come a long way since their first incarnations. We have been riding them lately from the ultra-powerful crank drive versions to the new breed of sleek, hub driven models now made. Here we have picked five of our best and most up to date choices from this burgeoning area of cycling.

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Lifestyle

Bike going uphill logoPower up the hills

Can I ride steep climbs easily?

It’s on the hills where you will notice the benefits of an electric bike most. Every time we test a new electric bike, we are amazed at how easy the climbs are. With a crank drive motor, you will be able to fly up hills that are steep enough to test pro athletes. Of course, you still need to put some effort in as e bikes only assist your natural pedalling power, but those challenging climbs will now be within your reach.

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no shower graphicArrive feeling fresher

Will I need to shower when I get to work?

One of the best things about e bikes is that you can ride a good distance at a fair pace without getting all sweaty. This means that you can arrive at work feeling fresh and will be comfortable all day even if your place of work doesn’t have showers and changing facilities. Electric bikes make cycle commuting a viable option for all.

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bike descending hill graphicHave more fun on your bike

Can I ride more trails in the same time?

With an electric boost to help you up the hills you will have more time and energy to enjoy the descents. Electric mountain bikes get you up the hills faster and will leave you feeling fresh when you get to the top. You won’t need to stop and catch your breath before you drop in to the descent, so you can easily get in another lap before you need to head home. This means that the extra descents help to develop your upper body strength more than a regular MTB.

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How much money can I save riding an e bike?

As well as being convenient and fun e bikes can save you money. According to a recent survey, by switching from car, bus, tube or train the average commuter could save nearly £8,000 over five years. Whilst the initial outlay on an e bike can be higher than buying a traditional bike, they are cheap to run with a full charge costing as little as 25p, so you will quickly make savings on fuel and train tickets.

Female cyclist on a electric mountain bike in urban setting

love cycling graphicImprove your health and fitness

Are e bikes for lazy people?

There is a myth that ‘only lazy people have an electric bike’ or ‘e bikes are cheating’, but the truth is quite different. Research carried out by the Smart e-bikes research project, shows owners of e bikes actually ride more when they have an e bike compared to a traditionally powered steed. While you’re not going to get the same exercise intensity on an e bike mile for mile, the more journeys travelled on an electric bike will have a positive effect on health and well-being. If you compare an e bike ride to a bus, train or car journey the health benefits are obviously much greater.

Elderly male riding an electric bike in an urban setting

I bought a Giant e bike a couple of years ago due to a previous injury, I have to say it has changed my life.

Martin S

Cycling in the rain graphicRide in all weather conditions

Can I ride an e bike in the rain?

E bikes are designed to be ridden in all weather conditions. The motors, batteries and control units are all sealed from the elements to keep water out of the sensitive electronics. Even when it is pouring with rain your electric bike will work perfectly. In some ways e bikes are even better than regular bikes in the rain. The additional power boost offered by e bikes means that your core body temperature fluctuates less when cycling, so you can ride more comfortably in full waterproofs.

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Reviews

For an in-depth look at our top selling electric bikes take a look at our e bike reviews section. Our reviews include practical urban e bikes for cycling to work, high powered electric mountain bikes for riding more trails, and efficient electric road bikes that flatten the hills. We have the largest selection of e bikes in the UK.



Giant Road-E+ Review

Giant Road-E+ Review

An electrically assisted road bike, the Giant Road-E+ is designed to get you up to speed quickly. With a motor situated in the middle of the bike and a battery that sits along the downtube, it propels you up to speed faster than a regular bike.

Read Review | 2nd April 2019

Gtech E Bike Review

Gtech E Bike Review

More than just another vacuum cleaner brand, Gtech have taken a truly innovative approach to the e bike. We look at both the City and Sport models in this Gtech electric bike review.

Read Review | 25th February 2019

Raleigh Motus E Bike Review

Raleigh Motus Review

The Motus is a practical electric bike that offers powerful assistance to your natural pedalling power. This makes cycling much easier, you will notice this most on the hills that will seem much flatter than they really are.

Read Review | 1st March 2019

FAQ

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Electric Bike FAQ

Common E bike questions covered including distance, battery power, weight and E bike motor systems.

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How Does An E-Bike Work

How Do E bikes Work

While there are different types of electric bikes the most popular are pedelecs which boost your natural pedalling power as you pedal.

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Maintaining your electric bike

How To Maintain Your Electric Bike

Getting the most out of your E bike is easy, just follow a few guidelines and you’ll be enjoying your electric bike every day. 

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Popular Models

Most Popular Electric Urban Bikes

Most Popular Electric Mountain Bikes

Most Popular Electric Road Bikes