Buyers Guide Step 4:
Types Of eBikes
Choosing the right style of eBike to support your style of riding is important. The eBike market has grown massively over the past few years and with it a multitude of different styles, designs and purposes. Fortunately our range offers a bike for everyone. To make it easier, we split it up into four main categories initially, with different styles further on within each:
Full Suspension MTB
A full suspension eMTB offers suspension both at the front and back of the bike.
Full suspension bikes offer the most versatility for your true off-roader. With different styles, wheel sizes and travel options available there is something to suit everyone.
Modern day suspension bikes are also more efficient than ever.
So we can offer lighter travel bikes for your more casual rider, with the added benefit of comfort at the back end where required, but with options to lock out on the hard pack surfaces.
Hardtail & Cross
A hardtail bike does what it says in the name, it offers suspension at the front, but is rigid (hard) at the rear (tail).
Hardtails are great for your lighter terrain rider. They also come up a little more affordable, suspension at the front to tackle rougher ground with ease and added comfort.
Hardtails are also a popular choice for commuters who want a practical bike in the week, but be able to tackle a little more off road fun at the weekend.
The Cross style eBikes offers a lightweight, clutter free trekking bike with slightly more grippy tyres.
Hybrid & Trekking
Although one category, we categorise these together because they are mainly built for tarmac and light path riding.
However a trekking bike (hybrid) is also capable of light off road, bridle paths or alike due to its front suspension and mixed terrain tyres.
A trekking bike is essentially an equipped hybrid bike, so you get useful essentials like mudguards, pannier rack etc already fitted to the bike.
Town bikes, do just that, they are effective for everyday riding in and around town and light bridle paths etc.
Electric road bikes can offer many applications for different riders.
Whilst some want to commute or cover more ground, some want to ride comfortably in a group or with a partner.
Electric road bikes don't take over the ride, they simply enhance what you are already doing. Great for exploring the outdoors, for both tarmac and even gravel paths on particular models.
Keep an eye out for the Cyclocross bikes in this range, that come equipped with dual terrain tyres so you can dart down the paths too!
What to budget?
Your budget could be a big factor in your hunt for an eBike. With prices in the thousands, you should be prepared to pay a little more for an eBike than a normal pedal cycle.
Electric bikes can cost upwards of £10k, however the bulk of crank drive eBikes typically sit between £2-6k.
The extra technology in the motor and battery forces additional premiums over the cost of a normal bicycle. The positive is that, you will find you can pick up a reliable machine for a fairly modest sum.
As with anything in this world you pay for what you get, and for eBikes this means paying more for quality, range and reliability.
Be prepared for your budget to fluctuate slightly
If one particular eBike is slightly more than your budget but realistically is going to serve a better job at doing what you want it to do then don’t rule it out.
Sacrificing usability and function because of a budget could end up costing further down the line in repairs and replacement. Look around and compare eBikes at different price points before deciding on a final budget. Don’t rule anything out. Be flexible. Remember you get what you pay for!
Up Next: Step 5. Explore The E-Bike Range