Choosing the Right Electric Bike
We know that there is a lot of confusing information out there about Electric Bike.. At Electric Bikes Guildford we specialise in Electric Bikes and we have a lot of expertise with a number of different brands and systems. The aim of this page is to help guide you towards the ideal bike.
If you come to our shop the sort of questions that we will ask you are as follows:
What will the Bike be used for?
Will you be using it on or off road, for commuting, leisure, shopping or exercise? Yes, you can use an electric bike for exercise – you choose how much assistance you want and if you want none at all you can select that. Many fitness magazines are now profiling electric bikes as a great way to get fit.
Road and light off road
A lot of our customers are looking for a bike that they can use on the road but for occasional off road use as well. The bike that really ticks this box is the KTM Macina Cross 9.
This bike from KTM has rugged tryes that will go off road but are not too wide for the roads. It also has front suspension, comes with the latest and most powerful Bosch motor, the CX 4 and a 400 watt hour battery. That is the battery size we suggest for most people, giving you a range of up to about 70 miles. If you think that you will do some very long rides or you want complete assurance that you have ample capacity then you should consider the larger battery size – 500 watt hours; you would then need to consider a different bike as this bike only comes with the 400 watt hour battery.
This has been our favourite bike for over a year now and the latest model has been improved with the more powerful motor and a few other touches, such as Deore gears. The battery is also semi-integrated into the frame giving a much better aesthetic.
Alternatives: if you like this style of bike other ones to consider are the Scott e-sub Cross or the Moustache Samedi 27 Xroad.
The great thing about off road electric bikes is that the fatter tryes are no problem on the road because of the assistance from the motor. Many of our customers buy the off road bikes because they can take them anywhere and some feel more secure on the mountain bike tyres. The off road bikes are fully equipped and the brands that produce them make the same bike in a non-electric version. The components are rockshox or fox suspension for example, shimano gears (often Deore or SLX) and hydraulic disc brakes.
Unless you are expecting to go down steep, rocky slopes then a front suspension (hard tail) bike will be fine. Two examples for you to consider are:
This bike has the Bosch CX Performanceline motor, a 500 watt hour battery, 9 speed Deore gears and Suntour NEX front suspension. The cost of this is £2199. If your budget is a little less than this then the KTM Macina Force 272 is a good compromise. The main difference is that this bike has the new lighter Bosch motor – the Activeline. This one comes in at £1999.
If you want to push the boundary a little bit or you are a bit experienced in MTBs but you like hardtails then the Scott e-scale 730 is a great option.
This has SRAM NX 11 speed gears – with a large 42 T first gear. It has the Performanceline CX motor and the large 500 watt hour battery. It also has 27.5 inch plus size tyres (2.8 inches wide) giving more traction and control.
For those who want something a bit more adventurous, for tackling hardier trails, rocky downhills etc and full suspension is your thing then we have plenty of options to choose from.
We stock KTM , Scott and Moustache full suss bikes. A great example is the Moustache Samedi 27 Trail 6.
Touring – Comfortable Bikes
If that all sounds a bit exhausting and what you want are pleasant summer rides in a comfortable position then our best bikes are the Dutch Gazelles. These are beautiful bikes, mainly sit up and beg with a fantastic build quality. They are built in Gazelle’s factory in Holland where they receive a thorough testing. If you want the Bosch system and why wouldn’t you, then we recommend the Orange C7 + HMB.
Price is always a consideration of course. Our bikes start at around £1000. At this price we stock EMU, Wisper and Freego bikes. The motor for these bikes is on the front or rear wheel and Whisper and Freego bikes come with a throttle. The throttle enables you to ride with minimum effort at 15.5 mph, so long as you are at least turning the pedals. They also have a pedal assist option, which puts less demand on the battery.
For just over £1000 (£1,099) we recommend the Wisper. It comes either in step-through or cross bar frame.
If you need the convenience of a folding bike then we have a number of options to choose from.
The Freego Folder comes in at just £999 and is available in 3 colours – silver, regency green or red. It has a good size battery – 375 watt hours – good for 25 to 40 miles and there is a larger battery available too (575 watt hours – good for 60 miles.) It also has a throttle.
If weight is your concern – then consider the Freego Folding Light. It weighs just 19 kg, compared to 25 kg of the normal folder. It comes in 2 colours, green or silver and it is the most discreet of electric bikes with the battery cleverly hidden in the frame but still accessible for easy charging. The price of this one has been reduced in our January Sale to £999 from £1249.