eBIKES BUYERS GUIDE
CHOOSE THE STYLE OF E-BIKE TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS:
While traditionally electrically assisted bikes were targeted at older people riding around town, this is no longer the case with the wide range of e-bikes now available making it an attractive option for all ages and types of cycling from commuting to mountain biking.
MTB HARDTAIL E-BIKE
This is a versatile off road bike, performing well in all terrain whether woodland, bridle paths or green lanes. With its solid frame and front suspension fork, a hardtail e-bike will be equally at home in less challenging conditions such as towpaths and railway paths. It is a great option if you want a multi-use bike with a quick change of tyres making it suitable for a commuting and on road use.
MTB FULL SUSPENSION E-BIKE
This bike comes into its own in really challenging off road conditions such as tough trail centre routes and more demanding bridal paths. Built for hard terrain, a full suspension e-bike will enhance your speed, comfort and control and is ideal for a rider looking for thrills who really wants to push himself – and his bike -to the limits.
Practical and robust, hybrid e-bikes are perfect for commuting, offering a comfortable, fairly upright position while also being able to cope with rougher tracks. These bikes are primarily aimed at the enthusiast who wants the option of both off and on road cycling. Most models will be fitted with short travel suspension forks which are designed for general comfort rather than their large bump eating ability. Generally, hybrids will accept full length mudguards, kickstands and pannier racks. Many higher end models will come with these ready fitted, and some many also have light sets hard wired into the bike’s battery.SHOP URBAN E-BIKES
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Ideal for tarmac, street e-bikes are fitted with a shorter rigid fork giving a lighter front end and faster steering on smoother roads. They also feature large air capacity, but smooth tread tyres offering speed and comfort whilst maintaining the ability to tackle kerbs and potholes. Like hybrids, most can easily be fitted with guards and pannier racks.
STILL NOT SURE
The single biggest piece of advice any Electric Bikes Experts will give you is try an electric bike before you buy. By trying out a whole range of different models, you’ll realize what you like and what works for you. And your preferences are going to be very different to mine, or someone elses.
HOW DOES AN E-BIKE WORK?
An electrically-assisted bike or e-bike can be used anywhere that you can take a conventional bike, but with the option of a little extra power at your fingertips, they are opening up the joys of cycling to many more people.
There is still an element of exercise involved as you have to pedal in order for the motor to run, making them ideal for people like commuters who want to get around without getting sweaty or for those who have an injury that prevents them from using a conventional bike. That extra boost of power saves the slog, particularly up hills – meaning you won’t get hot and bothered and can ascend at a steady, safe and consistent speed.