If you’re off to the Cycle Show at the NEC and you’re looking for a new e-bike – or even just having a look at what’s out there – then the good news is that there’s loads to see. We trawled the show halls yesterday to find the most interesting bikes, and here are five of them. There’s plenty more, so to get the full picture head over to the show yourself this weekend: it’s on until Sunday.
Riese & Müller Multicharger (above)
We’re suckers for a useful bike here at ebiketips, and this machine from German manufacturers Riese & Müller looks just the ticket. It’s a long-tail cargo bike that uses 26” wheels, and although it’s not a whole lot longer than a standard city bike there’s enough room on the back for a big-capacity rack.
Riese & Müller can supply the bike with two custom-made 33L panniers to swallow your shopping, but the show bike had a foam pad on top of the rack…
...and a pair of handlebars for a passenger. So you can give your mates a lift around town, or do your weekly shop, or just commute to work. It looks like a really versatile machine. The Multicharger uses a Bosch PowerTube internal battery but you can piggyback an external battery on the down tube too if you need the extra range. Prices start at £3,539.
Ribble Endurance SL-E
Ribble Cycles is well known in road riding circles, but their new range of bikes is looking to expand their appeal and for the first time it’s offering an electric road bike. It’s based on the company’s Endurance road bike and it uses the ebikemotion system that Wilier and Orbea (and Bianchi, when they launch the Aria E) are also working with.
Ribble majors on value, and the SL-E is no exception. The show bike is a money-no-object built, with an electronic SRAM Red eTap groupset and carbon wheels from Vision, but even then the price tag isn’t astronomical, at £5,500; for comparison there are plenty of non-assisted road bikes with a similar spec that cost a good deal more than that.
In this build the SL-E is about as light as e-bikes get, at a claimed 11kg. Other builds will be heavier, but not exactly heavy; the range starts at £3,000 for a bike with Shimano’s 105 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes that we reckon would probably come in at around 13kg.
The ebikemotion system is very neat, with a single control button on the top tube and a compact rear hub motor. The SL-E also features cable routing that’s completely internal, giving the bike a very sleek look.
Corratec Life S
The Life S is a bike that we’ve seen at the Eurobike show in Germany, and thought: that looks like a lot of fun. Now it’s going to be more widely available in the UK, being distributed by the Electric Bike Corporation. The slack seat angle of the bike means that you can have your saddle at the right height but still put both feet on the ground when you come to a halt, and the tall riser bars of the Life S give you an upright position that’s great for seeing – and being seen – in traffic.
The Life S uses 20” wheels and runs on huge three-inch tyres that should make mincemeat of potholed city streets. Although it’s big on style the Life S is a pretty practical bike, with full mudguards and an integrated rack and lights. This build of the bike with a Bosch Active Plus motor retails for £2,299; if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper then Corratec’s E-Power Urban range starts at £1,799 for a bike with a Bosch Active Line motor and a 300Wh battery.
Cube Touring Hybrid One
If you’re after a good value city bike then it’s hard to look past Cube. The Touring Hybrid One is possibly the best value mid-motor bike out there at the moment. You’re getting a Bosch Active Line Plus motor – the better of the two Active Line units – and a good quality Shimano Altus derailleur transmission. Cube isn’t skimping on accessories either: this is a full city build, with mudguards, integrated Axa lighting and a kickstand.
This show bike with Bosch’s maximum-capacity 500Wh battery is £1,799, but you can have the bike for £200 less than that with a 400Wh battery. That’s some serious value.
Cube is also doing some very good value mountain bikes. The Cube Acid One range is the same price as the Touring One, and for that you’re getting what looks like a pretty decent trail-capable hardtail. There’s a 24”-wheeled bike too – the Acid 240 – if you want to give your kids a helping hand.
Some people like their e-bikes to not look like e-bikes, and for them there’s a range of bikes to check out at the show, including the Ampler Stout we just reviewed. Juicy Bikes have a new stripped back urban machine, the Click, that’s aimed at the same type of rider but at a lower price point.
You wouldn’t know it was an e-bike at first glance: the 250Wh battery is hidden in the downtube, and the only real giveaways are the LCD display on the bars and the charging port by the bottom bracket. The bike uses a rear hub motor and a torque sensor in the bottom bracket to apply the power.
It’s not a long-distance bike, this: Juicy is claiming a range of around 20 miles. That’s plenty for most people’s commute, though, and at under 15kg it’s the kind of bike you can ride without the motor switched on for most of the time. The assistance will be welcome once you get to a hill though. The Click costs £1,549.
So that’s five bikes we liked. There are hundreds, though: head over to the Cycle Show this weekend to see for yourself. There’s an e-bike test circuit and an e-MTB area too so you can swing a leg over a whole range of e-bikes from all the manufacturers at the show.