Looking for your first e-bike? Here's what you can expect to pay.
The price of an electric bike will vary depending on a range of factors including the style and brand of bike you’re after, plus the kind of thing you’re going to be using it for.
It’s fair to say that e-bikes can often cost a little more than their non-electric equivalents. It’s because electric bikes are packed with so much of technology, design and development, which also means you’re getting good bang for your buck. As a general rule, when buying a bicycle, the more you spend, the more you’re likely to get, including better components and materials. The same is true when it comes to e-bikes, except with a bigger investment in your electric bike, you’re also buying better battery and motor technology.
An entry-level spend of £800 will get you a good quality electric hybrid from the likes of Pulse or Pendleton. With a budget of £1000 - £1500 you can bag a hybrid from Carrera, Raleigh, GTech and Juicy – all quality manufacturers that you can trust to deliver a well-made, quality e-bike that will see you right for years of weekday commuting and weekend fun. And remember, buying your e-bike with Cyclescheme can result in savings of 25% - 39%, plus you’ll be able to spread the cost with monthly payments through your salary.
Electric road bikes
If you think that real cyclists shave their legs then you’ll be after a pure electric road bike with drop bars and skinny tyres, and you’ll need to spend a little bit more than you would on a hybrid. Even though electric road bikes are a pricier proposition, it’s because most are made by top manufacturers, so not only are you paying for a good electric road bike, you’re paying for a name that represents years of development, skill and quality. That’s a good thing.
To give you an idea of e-road bike prices, the Orbea Gain D30, which has an aluminium frame and Shimano components, will set you back around £2,200. From there, you could also look at the Raleigh Mustang Comp Electric for £2,800. Beyond that, we’d be eyeing up something like the Cube Agree Hybrid C:62 – a stunning looking road bike that you’d be hard pushed to tell has an electric motor. It might cost just over £4,000, but it’s a quality item that will last you years and help you fulfill all your road cycling ambitions. If you want something very similar from Italy for the same kind of cash, you should also be looking at the tasty Bianchi Impulso e-Road.
Regardless of what kind of road bike catches your eye, it’s important to know that with Cyclescheme you can pay for it through salary sacrifice and you’ll save money if you buy your e-road bike with our cycle to work scheme.
Electric mountain bikes
If you’re the sort of person who likes to do gnarly things like roost, huck, shred and whip, then you’ll definitely be looking an electric mountain bike. There are a ton of e-mountain bikes out there and many major manufacturers have full suspension e-mountain bikes in their ranges. Between £3,000 and £5,000 will nab you a sweet e-MTB from the likes of Cannondale with the Moterra LT, Trek with the Powerfly9 LT Plus, Lapierre with the Overvolt AM700i and Scott with the E-Genius 730. Full suss’ electric mountain bikes are complex machines and adding electric assistance to them adds cost. It adds benefits too including improved suspension performance – thanks to the additional weight, the bike is often able to use its suspension better to improve stability and traction. The help on hand from an e-MTB motor also means there’s no need to pay for an uplift at your local bike park because with the electric assistance, you’ll be able to glide up those climbs, so your bike will begin paying for itself in no time.
Folding electric bikes
If you’re after something useful for your cycle to work, you might be looking at a folding electric bike. A folding e-bike is a fantastic choice for the commute because it’s perfect for riding to the train station, taking on the train and then riding to the office on the other side. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to folding electric bikes, and they’re available at a range of prices starting as low as £500 for an Apollo Transport folding electric bike. The A2B Kuo+ is a similar proposition for £999, as is the Volt Metro for an additional £300. If you’re looking for something with a more interesting aesthetic, you might consider the GoCycle GS, which starts from £2,499. And of course, Brompton also makes an electric bike, which starts at £2,595.
Buy your electric bike using Cyclescheme and you’ll stand to make savings of between 25% - 39%. With Cyclescheme you can spread the cost of your bike by paying monthly through you salary. Saving money on a new bike and spreading the cost is simple, and you’re in the right place to start making savings on a new bicycle.
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