We were at CORE Bike yesterday, a UK trade show that features some of the UK's biggest distributors. And the UK's worst carpets: look out for them in the pics.
Anyway, there were more than a few e-bikes knocking about, some of which we laid eyes on for the very first time. Here's a round-up of some of the news...
We told you about Colnago's plans to launch a seven-bike e-bike range last week, and yesterday we saw a couple of them in the flesh.
This is the E2.0 hardtail mountain bike, which is available in three different builds. The one shown is the base modes, the E2.02
All three bikes use the same hydroformed alloy frame, and Bosch Performance Line CX motor with a 500Wh internal battery.
This is the Impact-01, a semi-low-step city bike. Again, Colnago are going with Bosch for the power, with this bike getting a Performance Line motor and a 500Wh external battery. The frame has a strudy rear rack built in, and a 10-speed Shimano derailleur transmission.
Fantic are an Italian company most well know for motorbikes. We've tested their Fat Sport fatbike in the past. The Fantic range is now coming into the UK via distributor Windwave. There are some interesting bikes, too.
First up, here's the Passo Giau, a 13kg road-oriented e-bike using the Fazua motor system. This transmission is notable because the motor and the battery can be removed, leaving just the gerabox which only adds about 1kg to the bike's overall weight. So you can go out powered or non-powered.
The 250Wh battery doesn't have a huge range, but the bike is designed to be used without power and the system turned on for a bit of a helping hand when you need it. The Passo Giau costs £4,999 in this build, so it's not cheap.
Fantic were also showing off their new Integra full-suspension MTB. It's an interesting bike that uses a 27.5+ rear wheel for masses of grip, and a 29" front wheel with a narrower tyre for better steering control.
The bike is available in a range of builds, with travel ranging from 140mm to a mountain-munching 180mm. All the bikes share the same frame design and use the Brose motor with a 630Wh internal battery.
German manufacturer Ghost have a big range of e-bikes, although we don't see that many of them over here in the UK.
This is the snappily-named HYBRIDE LECTOR SX5.7+ LC, a rigid-forked carbon 29er mountain bike that looks pretty snazzy. It probably should, for £4,299. For that you get a Shimano E8000 motor system, and Shimano SLX transmission.
If you don't fancy the rigid fork then there are three builds of the Lector available with a front suspension fork, with the top-spec build getting an electronic Shimano XTR Di2 drivetrain and an upside-down Rock Shox RS1 fork.
We tested the Tern Vektron a while back in its £2,999 Bosch-powered S10 build, and we really liked it. If that's too much for you to throw at a folding commuter bike then there are now two cheaper versions of the bike, the P9 and the D8. This is the D8, the cheapest.
Both bikes use Bafang's MaxDrive mid motor and a 400Wh frame-mounted battery, so in terms of power and range they should be similar to the more expensive S10.
Mondraker make some very nice-looking e-MTBs using their Forward Geometry, which they claim has many advantages: "increased safety and confidence riding steep chutes even at high speeds, more reactive, precise and direct handling, more uphill precision and more stability in technical and rough terrain with better grip and improved control overall".
This is the e-Crafty XR+, an all-mountain bike with 140mm rear travel and a 160mm Fox 36 fork up front. There's a SRAM NX1 11-speed transmission matched up with a Bosch Performance Line CX motor. Big chamber 2.8" Maxxis Minion tyres should grip the trails well.
In product news, SKS were showing off their Monkey Link system. These mudguards are quick release, and there's an electrical connection in the mount that allows the integrated light to be powered and controlled from the bike's motor system. There are quick-release lights available too.
Another quick bit of news is that Bosch have updated the Purion display. The buttons on the old version were a bit finicky, and you had to press them in a certain way to get them to work. The new display has much better buttons that are easy to press, even with thick gloves on.