Modern e-bikes are comfortable, convenient and reliable. Boasting innovative and stylish designs, these bikes are far removed from the unattractive and clunky models of yesteryear. With lighter, more-discreet components and more powerful than ever before, e-bikes are now available in almost all styles from city bikes to touring bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes. In addition, different performance levels and functions are available, meeting the requirements of all types of riders. We’re confident you’ll find the right electric bike to suit your needs from our great range at bikester.co.uk
What types of e-bikes are available?
Let’s have a closer look at the two different types of e-bikes available: pedal-assisted (aka pedelecs) and ‘power on command.’
Pedelecs are e-bikes that require you to pedal before the motor kicks in and assists you – meaning you can’t just sit on the bike and relax whilst steering, and that the bike won’t move without you pedaling. Because pedelecs require you to pedal, they are still legally classified as conventional bikes. Most modern, commercially-available e-bikes are pedelecs and don’t require a driving license, insurance or the wearing of a helmet.
Power on Command e-bikes are equipped with a motor that the rider can control via a throttle. With this type of e-bike, you don’t have to pedal to get the benefit of the motor. These bikes are less common and are classified (legally) differently.
Let’s focus on pedelecs, as these are the most common and popular e-bikes available on the market today.
Pros of the Pedelec
Get fit: It’s a widely-believed myth that e-bikes do all the work for you. This simply isn’t true. Most models are pedal assist, meaning they augment whatever power you produce when pedaling. You can choose to ride at a leisurely pace or go faster – but a cardio work-out is still perfectly possible!
Earth-friendly: E-bikes put out zero harmful emissions, making them one of the most environmentally-friendly travel options out there
Commute in style: Get to the office quicker and without arriving a sweaty mess
Explore new places: Riding an e-bike helps you to travel further than you could on a traditional bike, so you can explore further afield than ever before
Lighten your load: Chores and grocery shopping are much easier with an e-bike
Save £££s: Riding an e-bike doesn’t require a special license, registration or insurance. Set up, investment and operating costs are minuscule compared to owning and running a car
Ride safer: E-bikes aren’t able to go nearly as fast as cars (in the UK, e-bikes are limited by law to only providing power assistance up to 15 mph/24kph) and taking bike paths keeps you out of the way of cars and large vehicles – reducing the likelihood you’ll have an accident involving one
Features to consider
Consider your needs – for example, if you’re looking to buy an e-bike for carrying goods short distances, you’ll want to prioritise load-bearing ability over a long-lasting battery. Some other things to consider include:
A high-quality battery: a good Li-ion battery offers proven safety and good range
A slimline design with sleek battery integration
Weight: the heavier an e-bike is, the harder it is to handle and push
Walk Mode/Push Assist: this makes pushing your bike a lot easier when you aren’t riding it (especially up hills and steps!)
High-performance components for sport such as Shimano gears (for smooth shifting), hydraulic disc brakes (which offer unbeatable stopping power) and front suspension forks (which absorb vibrations and improve bike stability)
Frame material and geometry: makes a huge difference to ride comfort and performance
E-bikes at bikester.co.uk
Here at bikester.co.uk we carry a great range of e-bikes for cyclists of all shapes and sizes. Check out our selection from the comfort of your own home, with models from Cube, FOCUS, Giant, HAIBIKE, Hollandia, Orbea, Ortler, Serious and Vermont. We offer quick shipping, hassle-free returns and handy price comparison.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you still have to pedal an electric bike?
Most electric bikes have a full throttle mode, which allows you to ride without pedalling. However, throttle mode isn’t allowed at all in the EU and electric bikes in the UK must have a pedal-assist mode to be legal.
How does an electric bike work?
Electric bikes are just like traditional pedal bikes, but with an added motor mounted on the drivetrain or either wheel. The motor senses when you’re pedalling, giving a boost of power with each turn of the pedals.
How long do electric bikes last?
The lithium-ion batteries used to power e-bikes are designed to last 3 to 5 years or around 1,000 charging cycles. Depending on the design of your e-bike, the battery can be replaced when it dies. The motor itself should last 10,000 miles or more if properly maintained.
How much do electric bikes cost?
The cost of electric bikes varies by style and quality. Budget e-bikes can cost less than £750, while high-end road and mountain e-bikes average around £3,500. You can get an urban electric bike for around £1,500.
Do electric bikes have gears?
Yes, electric bikes have gears just like traditional bikes. Gearing is important for riding in pedal-assist mode or without the motor engaged. The number of gears on e-bikes varies widely, from just one gear to 21 gears or more.
Is electric bike legal in UK?
Yes, electric bikes are legal in the UK as long as they have a pedal-assist mode. Throttle-only electric bikes are not legal. You must be over 14 years old to ride an electric bike in the UK, but you don’t need a licence.