We’ve been at the Cycle Show at the NEC today: it’s trade day, so they let us in a bit early to have a nose about. And we can confirm that if you’re in the market for a new e-bike, or just interested in what’s going on in the market, there’s loads to see. We've picked out eight things you could have a look at, but there's loads of e-bikes at the show, not to mention the opportunity to ride them on the demo tracks. It's well worth a visit.
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Bianchi have a brand new e-road platform, and like some other manufacturers such as Focus they’ve decided to build in enough clearance to either run the bike as a tarmac-bound road bike or more of a mixed surface bike. This is the all-road build, hence the name.
The Bianchi is especially interesting because it uses the Polini motor, and they’re the first company we’ve seen to use the system. It’s a 70Nm mid motor, so on a par with Shimano’s STEPS MTB motor, but weighs in at only 2.85kg. That makes the full bike as shown here somewhere in the region of 17kg, with a 500Wh battery.
Polini’s neat little display sits in the middle of your bars. We’re guessing rocket means maximum boost. The show bike is pre-production, so we won’t be riding one imminently, but we’re looking forward to seeing them in the UK next year.
Cube Hybrid C:62
This is a bike that we’ve already covered on ebiketips, and it’s definitely worth a look if you’re at the show. A carbon-framed road bike using the German Fazua motor system, the more expensive build (£7,199!) weighs in at just 12.8kg.
The motor and battery are removable, too, and then you’re just left with a carbon disc-braked road bike weighing in at well under 10kg, so you’re not giving away that much over a standard bike. It’s two bikes in one! Sort of.
The cheaper build is still £4,499, so not cheap. It uses a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain with one-rung-down Shimano 105 shifters. The motor and frame are the same though.
Cytronex have been in the motor conversion game for a long time, but the C1 motor is new and the whole system, including a 180Wh battery, weighs in at just 3.6kg. So if you’re fitting it to a (really) posh road bike, a build with a total weight of under 10kg is possible.
Cytronex have developed a new single sensor that uses the rear cassette as its trigger. It replaces the cadence and speed sensors, doing the job of both.
The battery is fitted to the down tube in the same way as a water bottle…
…and drives a front hub motor. You can adjust the modes via a smartphone app and a Bluetooth connection.
Ridley Elkyx C
Ridley are fully embracing the e-MTB revolution and the Elkyx C is a new bike that they’ll be bringing into the UK. It’s a full-carbon hardtail that uses the Shimano STEPS MTB motor as its powerplant.
Ridley haven’t opted for the internal battery on this model, preferring the simplicity of the frame-mounted battery, but even so the implementation is very neat.
Grant Sinclair Iris
Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5 never really took off but there’s plenty of buzz about his nephew Grant’s new electric-assist three-wheeler. The £3,999 trike will be going into full production with plenty of orders in for the first run of 100.
The trike at the show is still a prototype, but production units aren’t far off; we’re hoping to hop over the Severn Bridge to Chepstow to get a first ride in one when they’re ready.
Grant says he has investors lined up to get on board with the project, so it’s exciting times for him. And pedal-assist technology has come a long way since 1985, so there’s every chance of the Iris being a big hit.
Swytch is a clever retrofit system that’s making its debut at the Cycle Show. It’s from the same people that do the Panda M-Drive mid motor system that we recently covered.
The system uses a lightweight (sub-2kg) hub motor, and a bag-mounted battery that attaches via a clever patent-pending handlebar mount with electric connections built in.
Once you’re clipped in you can access the system settings through a panel on top of the bag. An LCD panel is available as an upgrade.
The system will retail for £499, but Swytch will be crowdfunding the initial production run, and they’re offering the first units at just £225, so a 54% saving. Worth looking out for.
Wattitud Old School
The Wattitud bikes aren’t doing antything particularly special in terms of technology – they use standard Bafang hub motors – but we’re liking the big dose of style.
The Old School is a retro cruiser available in a number of finishes, and starting at £1,849. Wattitud claim a range of 45-55 miles from the battery that’s hidden inside the faux petrol tank.
It’s a nice-looking beast all-round: maybe not the most practical e-bike ever, but lots of fun.
If you do want practical, then the £2,350 Whyte Highgate looks like a nicely-specced and sensible leisure/commuting option, using the Shimano STEPS city motor.
Instead of using standard road wheels, Whyte have opted for smaller 650b wheels and bigger 47mm WTB Byway tyres. The overall wheel size is about the same but there’s masses of comfort from the big chamber tyres, meaning the Whyte will be able to cope with a range of surfaces.
The Highgate isn’t sole with mudguards but there’s plenty of room to fit them, and the bike also features integrated front and rear lights for four-season riding.
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