What exactly is an e-bike?
What makes a bike an e-bike?
An e-bike, or electric bike to give its full name, is what you get when you cross a standard bicycle with three key components:
- A motor – to provide assistance whilst you pedal. E-bikes are typically fitted with either a front, rear or internally mounted hub.
- A battery – to power your motor. E-bike batteries are rechargeable and, although standard charging time differs model to model – you can expect to achieve 100% charge in less than 6 hours.
- A display – that helps you keep track of your battery power, distanced travelled and speed.
A normal way to ride.
What type of journey can I use an e-bike for?
What type of e-bike can I get?
There’s an e-bike to suit every type of journey. Choose from city models, hybrids, folding and more!
The best way to find the right e-bike for you is to visit your local bike shop. There, you’ll receive expert guidance and get a ‘feel’ for what you’re shopping for.
What distance can I cover with an e-bike?
This is a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question. In general, e-bike distance from a single charge ranges anywhere from 20 – 100 miles. Ultimately, the distance you can cover boils down to four main factors:
- Power – the size of your motor, battery charge and level of assistance you choose.
- Weight – yours and that of any luggage you’re carrying.
- Terrain – be that city, steep incline or canal path.
- Weather – the wind, rain and temperature all play a part.
When choosing an e-bike – think about factors within your control (weight and terrain). Armed with this info, a local bike shop can help match you with the best e-bike for your needs.
300-watt battery you can achieve upto 60km. (eco mode or similar)
400-watt battery you can achieve upto 80km (Tour Mode or similar)
500-watt battery you can achieve up to 100km (Tour Mode)
How do I park or store my e-bike?
Like any item of use and value, you want to look after your e-bike. That means having practical security options both at home and away.
In the workplace, many employers now offer storage such as containers or parking for all types of bike. At home, a garage or shed is always a good shout. It’s worth noting, e-bikes can be heavy so having to haul it upstairs may not be a practical, daily storage solution.
Wherever your park your bike, how you secure it is worth equal consideration. Sadly, all bikes are attractive to thieves. The best deterrent is a strong lock. Some e-bikes come with integrated locks. For those that don’t, many retailers recommend following the Secure Sold rating to choose the best lock to protect your e-bike.
As well as a decent lock, e-bike insurance is also an important part of e-bike security. With Cyclescheme, you receive 14 days free insurance on any bicycle type. Plus, you get 10% discount with Bikmo on your first year’s annual policy.
How much should I spend on an e-bike – and what can I expect for my money?
That depends. Like all bike types, e-bikes prices vary.
In general, you can get an entry level e-bike for as little as £999. Spend around £1,500 and you’ll start to see e-bikes equipped with brand-name components and externally mounted batteries.
At the £3,000 mark, you can expect an e-bike with an integrated battery and carbon frame. And from £5,000, you’re looking at high-end models that come with specialist components and/or features.
On average at Cyclescheme, most participants request £3,000 to spend on an e-bike. But thanks to our cost-saving scheme, the actual cost after salary sacrifice is typically 25-39 less. Understand your e-bike budget with Cyclescheme using our calculator.
E-Bike top picks
City Bike - Array
Savings from £398.75*
City Bike - Motus Tour Plus
Savings from £598.75*
Trekking - Trekking 6
Savings from £674.75*
Mountain - Hardseven 5
Savings from £587.25*
Gravel - E-Crosshill 5.2
Savings from £674.75*
City - Verve+ 4 Lowstep
Savings from £850*
City - Trek Allant + 9 Stagger
Savings from £1250*
Trekking - Domane + ALR
Savings from £975*
* Please check our savings calculator for accurate savings information