An electric bike / e-bike / power-assisted bicycle / pedelec is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion. Usually, a small motor assists the rider’s pedal-power. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and the UK speed limit is set at 15.5mph, although e-bikes can travel faster with harder pedalling or on a downhill. In Europe, bikes can travel up to 28mph or even faster. The markets in Germany (sales increased almost threefold between 2007 and 2012, from 70,000 to 388,000 units per year), the Netherlands (where cyclists aged 55 to 75 account for 25% of all e-bike journeys), and China are growing at a huge rate (by 2007, e-bikes were thought to make up 10-20 percent of all two-wheeled vehicles on the streets of many major Chinese cities).

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Lapierre Overvolt 2016

Carrying on from the success of the first 2015 models, the Lapierre Overvolt MTB range is growing again for 2016 and will now consist of 7 models. You can choose between a full suspension OST+  (Optimized Suspension Technology) frame or a hardtail, with Bosch or... read more

Pedego Comfort Cruiser

Pedego were a hit at the NEC Cycle Show. With such a varied line-up of big American Cruisers, the possibilites are endless. The Pedego Stretch really jumped out with it’s carrying capacity of 250Kgs, with varying ways of carrying cargo of any size and shape. Mobile... read more

Powered Bicycles Campervan success

Powered Bicycles’ Hamant Chiaya with a couple of happy customers at the September Motorhome & Campervan Show at the Royal Bath & West Showground. The campervan crowd are definitely great lovers of electric power for those long trips out of the ‘van, and they... read more

Electric Bike issue 13 cover stars Qwic

Successful e-bike brands from Germany and the Netherlands are always welcome on UK shores. There’s a confident style to them that the new 2016 QWIC line-up really encapsulates. QWIC is a market leader and has a rapidly growing network of 400+ stores throughout the... read more

The Cycle Show 2015 opinion

The recent Cycle Show at the NEC was hugely popular again, and Electric Bike magazine were delighted to meet readers and dealers to enthuse about an industry that goes from strength to strength. Raleigh hosted a presentation for the trade and the general public... read more

50CYCLES at the Cycle Show 2015

50cycles launched their new Kalkhoff electric bike range at the Cycle Show, which includes a smartphone navigation app, built-in Smart display, and a rapid-charge battery. Scott Snaith, 50cycles co-founder said: ‘The Evo range is the synergy of electric bike... read more

Momentum Electric at the Cycle Show 2015

Momentum Electric designer Ying-Tsao Tan (right) was happy to show curious cyclists his improved range of e-bikes, as well as a glimpse of the future. Both the best-selling Model T and the Upstart (available now) have been improved, and a quick test ride of both... read more

Haibike at the Cycle Show 2015

The German eMTB specialist company continue their dominance of the market, with a huge new 2016 range due to hit these shores in the next few months, and massive pre-orders already taken. To give you an idea of how well the eMTB brand is selling, their new, ultra... read more

V’lec Pocket folding electric bike

The smallest e-bike at the Cycle Show must have been the Franch V’Lec Pocket+. Folds into a small bag, it weighs less than 10kg, and it comes in French-flagged red, white and blue. Expect to pay around £1,000... read more

e-bikes in Malta

Unlike the rest of the EU, Malta decided to underline a 2004 law stipulating that all motorised bicycles need to be registered, which was in response to a single accident involving an elderly pedestrian allegedly hit by a petrol-powered bicycle on a pelican crossing... read more

Sandwell Cycles (Volt Electric Bikes)

Sandwell Cycles’ manager Pete likes a spot of downhill racing, one of those truly terrifying sports that require brass balls and a certain faith in higher powers. Pete must have someone looking out for him, because before he opened his shop four years ago, his... read more

Electric Bikes Sussex

E-BIKES on the SEASHORE Electric Bikes Sussex are a great Raleigh, Haibike and Koga outlet on the South coast, part of the huge Brighton Marina complex that is currently becoming Sussex’s answer to Abu Dhabi. Phase one appartments are nearly completed on one side of... read more

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TheBike Review. . . . . . . . . . . . FreeGo-Raptor


Electric bikes tend to be on the heavy side, with 20+kgs fairly standard. The thinking goes that with a battery onboard to assist you on hills and long inclines, weight shouldn’t be an issue. But what if you could have an electric bike that only weighs 14.2kg? This is precisely what you get with the…

TheBike Review. . . . . . . . . . . . Solex Mobiky (reviewed 2014)


There are some very cheap electric bikes on the market, and frankly they look like something The Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man would ride. Unpainted silver parts, bolts everywhere, you wouldn’t be surprised to discover they were cobbled together in a tool shed. The Solex Mobiky is a lesson in how to do it right….

TheBike Review. . . . . . . . . . . . Momentum Electric Model T


Momentum Electric make large-wheeled (26″ , or 28″ option on the Upstart) bikes that have an ingenious and original electrical system that will keep you smiling all day long… At the heart of both Momentum Electric bikes is the innovative automatic torque sensor AUTORQ system. It measures your effort on the pedals and intelligently controls the…