A “Shocking” Guide to Electric Bikes
Illustration eBike

A “Shocking” Guide to Electric Bikes

Okay firstly I would like to apologise for the terrible pun, let’s move on! As the sun comes out the UK is seeing a boom in both cyclists and bike sales, companies have seen an increase of 200% for enrollment in their cycle to work schemes. This change is likely to have come from the lockdown and the country’s fresh appreciation of the great outdoors.

Alongside the growth of traditional bike sales, eBikes have taken the interest of many around the globe. These bikes offer a new experience for riders and can boost the confidence of individuals fresh to the cycling scene.

Carrera eBike

You may be wonder what electric bikes have to offer, here are some of the key points that I have picked out:

    • Increase the distance you can cycle

    • Get to your location faster

    • A great option for commuting to work or school

    • Exciting new cycling experience

Although we at Electron Garage are not cycling experts, we are well versed with electric scooters and of course, electric cars! So we hope to offer at least some insight and aid a movement towards more sustainable transport.

Best Electric bike for under £500

Nilox E Bike X1 ~£479

Nilox Electric Bike

As this technology is becoming more mainstream the prices are coming down, it is now possible to obtain a great electric bike for under £500. This bike is a fantastic entry into the game as it is lightweight, has a reasonable range for a commute and is foldable. This bike would be ideal for someone who needs to stow the bike whilst taking public transport or in a small space at work.

Best Electric bike for under £1000

Carrera Subway E ~£999

Carrera Subway Electric Bike

When we enter the middle of the electric bike market, we start to see some more impressive numbers in terms of range and top speed.This particular bike has a range of up to 60 miles, I mean… in reality it’s probably not close to this number. This manufacturer states that the bike takes around 5-6 hours to fully recharge the battery (374Wh). The bike utilises a rear mounted hub motor by Suntour and it can reach a top speed of 15.5mph.

Best Electric bike for Enthusiasts

Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL ~£10,999

Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL

This bike is certainly impressive and I would expect such from the eye watering price tag! Moving onto the technical specs, the bike weighs only 12.2kg andc hosts a 320Wh battery pack. The gearing and brakes are all courtesy of Shimano, a well known industry favourite, these are paired well with the custom made Specialized SL1.1 motor. I imagine that if the UK had not limited the maximum speed of an electric bike to 15.5mph, that this bike would far exceed this cap! I suppose like electric cars, the journey up to the speed limit will be blisteringly fast!

Final Thoughts

An image of an Electric MTB.

These are just a few of my own personal choices that I have made, if you have any objections or varying opinions on your favourite electric bike, please let us know! Like I said at the start of the article, we are not electric bike experts but we want to encourage as many people to travel in a sustainable way and we recognise electric bikes in playing a large part in this.

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