Issue 1: Electric Bike Magazine
Electric Bike Magazine Issue One, Autumn 2010, including reviews of the Ezee Torq, BuyBuyBicycles Electro-city, Gepida Reptila 1000 and RaleigH Dover Deluxe.
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To find out more about more about our fantastic range and unprecedented knowledge of electric bikes in the UK contact us on: www.e-bikesdirect.co.uk or www.tricyclesales.co.uk Tel: 01580830959. Unit 6. Midicy Oast. Bodiam Business Park. Bodiam. E. Sussex TN32 5UP. Its advisable to contact us prior to coming for a demonstration. Contents From the editor Welcome to the first edition of Electric Bike magazine! Electric bikes are many things to many people. Some want to extend a commute or arrive less sweaty, and others need a helping hand on the hills, when transporting children, or to keep up with fitter riding companions. For others less able, an electric bike can be an empowering tool for independent mobility. And many just love the fun-factor of riding with electric assist: it flattens the hills and takes the trudge out of headwinds. Cycling without the strain can be an inspiring experience. This is an exciting time in the electric bike world, with the technology developing fast. A dedicated magazine for the industry is, we think, long overdue. So we're here to review the bikes, to pass on essential information and buying advice, and to keep you up to date with the latest technology. We've already had superb support from the electric bike industry: their advertising makes this magazine possible. Please do support them with your trade, and mention Electric Bike when you do! For our part, we'll do our very best to bring you a realistic and practical insight into electric cycling in the new century. Do also check out the extra material on our busy website, www.electricbikemag.co.uk, where you'll find the latest news, a reviews index and much more. This first issue is heavy on advice: future issues will keep up the flow of reviews but also add a range of editorial features. In particular, we'd very much appreciate your feedback, questions or comments for the first Letters page! 26 4 News All the latest from the electric bike world. 6 The Basics 8 Essential information for the newcomer to electric cycling. 8 Review: Ezee Torq Dual Battery 12 12 Review: Gepida Reptila 1000 18 Review: BuyBuyBikes Electro-city 22 Review: Raleigh Dover Deluxe 26 From the shows 18 Reporting from the Electric Bike Rally in Presteigne, the York Cycle Show, and from the SPEZI in Germany. Peter Eland 28 Basics continued ELECTRIC BIKE Electric Bike magazine is published quarterly by Velo Vision Ltd. ISSN: Applied for. Velo Vision Ltd York Eco Business Centre Amy Johnson Way York YO30 4AG Tel/Fax 01904 692800 firstname.lastname@example.org www.electricbikemag.co.uk Cover photo: Raleigh UK Editor/Publisher: Peter Eland Art Director: Brian Holt Web Programmer: Simon Ward Editorial Assistant: Sue Archer Photo Assistant: Debz Butterworth Printer: Stephens & George Magazines Ltd More essential information. 22 30 Dealer locator Find your nearest electric bike dealer and see what they stock. 32 How to subscribe Get Electric Bike delivered direct to your door, and check out its sister publication, Velo Vision... Autumn 2010 Electric Bike 3 + NEWS `Falco' motor system announced A powerful new motor and battery system has been unveiled by Hampshire-based Team Hybrid. The `Falco' motors come in two versions, rated at either 400W (2 kg) or 1000W (3.5 kg), and they apparently use "multi-phase, multipole" permanent magnet brushless technology for efficiency over 90%. Both also incorporate integrated control electronics and a wireless communication function, allowing them to link to bike computers, smartphones and more. The motors fit either front or rear wheels, with adaptors for disk brakes and/or gearing systems. Although even the 400W motor is well above the 250W legal limit in the EU, it can be throttled back electronically and then fully complies. The motors are to be complemented by a 9Ah, 36V, Li-ion battery pack, like the motor packaged to fit at the hub of either front or rear wheel. The battery, and the handlebar display console, also have wireless functions built in. We'll see the motors at Eurobike in September, and report back! Team Hybrid: Tel 01329 832 068 or see www.falcoemotors.com lands in UK London press launch in July saw the UK debut of a smart new electric bike, to be available as `Eagle' or `Urban Commuter' models from later this year. The company distributing the bikes, EBCO, is run by Rick and Paul Stanforth, who for 22 years ran Saracen Cycles, selling over a million bikes before the company was sold to Madison in 2008. They promise a well-resourced and professional backup service with their own UK service centre. The bikes use the TranzX PST electric assist system from JD Group of Taiwan, a system already used on several European electric bike brands. It employs both torque and cadence sensors to add to the rider's efforts. Features include a wireless `key' which unlocks the bike: Eagle A Zyro take on BionX A new UK distributor has been announced for the Canadian BionX electric assist system. This is a wellregarded kit which is one of relatively few to allow `regeneration': the motor can re-charge the batteries to an extent by recovering energy as you brake or go down hills. Zyro are one of the UK's better known cycle industry distributors (they don't deal direct with the public), and most bike shops will be able to source their products. The deal should also make it much easier for manufacturers and dealers who want to fit the BionX system to existing bikes to get hold of the product. Zyro: www.zyro.co.uk attempting to use the bike without it disables the power assist and causes an alarm to sound. Prices will start at �999 for the `Urban Commuter 30' and rise to �1599 for the flagship `Eagle LSL-50'. Commuter models have Shimano hub gears (3 or 8 speeds) while the Eagle uses derailleur components. Higher models in the range also incorporate suspension built into the headtube. I had only the briefest of test-rides. First impressions were very good: it reacted smoothly to pedal input, giving a powerful boost, and the bike itself also felt very competent. The EBCO website is expected to go live shortly, and bikes will be available either ordered direct online or via selected dealers. EBCO: www.ebco-ebikes.co.uk 4 Electric Bike Autumn 2010 NEWSI Shimano to launch new e-bike system Electric Brompton in 2011? The Brompton is perhaps the definitive folding bike, a UK-made machine which has achieved cult status among many commuters. Now, an interview in Fast Company with Will Butler-Adams, Brompton's managing director, seems to indicate that an `official' electric-assist model is to be unveiled in 2011. The reporter saw a prototype at the factory, but Brompton were tight-lipped about whether this was representative of the final product. Third party conversion kits for the Brompton have existed for some time, most notably the `Nano' kit provided by the Electric Wheel Company, but the availability of an electric version as an official option would be likely to promote the idea to a much wider audience. The cycling authorities seem to be taking the possibility seriously, with X-ray style screening being introduced to foil future attempts. But now the idea's out in the open, a rider would be foolish to even try... Goeco defy the Dragons Perhaps the best-known manufacturer of cycle components, Shimano, has revealed that it will launch a new electric bike system for 2011. The `STEPS' parts include a front hub motor (which can act as a generator to power the front light, and to recover energy while braking), eight-speed rear hub with electronic gear shifting, brake levers with built in control buttons, and a battery pack designed to fit on the rear carrier rack, with an integrated rear light. A special sensor-equipped bottom bracket will monitor the rider's effort and ensure that an appropriate level of power assist is delivered. The kit is expected to be unveiled officially at the Eurobike trade show in September � Electric Bike will be there to report, and we're also looking forward to reviewing a STEPS bike in due course! Shimano: www.shimano-eu.com Mechanical doping hits the headlines Electric pedals win �50k Public votes helped inventor Stephen Britt's electric pedal idea to win �50,000 in the Barclays `Take One Small Step' competition. The Electric Bike staff helped him with a media campaign which resulted in over 30,000 views on the voting page. In mid July he was announced as the Southern Region winner. The pedals use a small electric motor to twist the axle against your foot, helping drive the cranks round. The system is controlled by a pressure sensor on the pedal so that they only operate when you are already pushing down on the pedals. A working prototype showed promising performance. Stephen is delighted and plans to spend the �50k on developing the product further and putting it into production. In recent weeks there has been much speculation in racing cycling circles about the possibility that riders have been using concealed electric motors to gain unfair advantage. It has been widely noted that the Gruber Assist system from Austria is similar to the technology supposedly employed to give `stealth' assist � it fits inside the seat-tube and drives the cranks via bevel gears. Nobody is seriously suggesting that the Gruber system (sold in the UK by Electric Mountain Bikes) is being used as such to cheat in racing (it's too noisy, for a start) but it's not impossible that a system working on the same basic principle could be concealed in a racing bike frame. An appearance on the Irish edition of the well-known TV show Dragons' Den ended without investment but with a welcome boost in business for Goeco Electric Bikes in Cappamore, County Limerick, who are pioneers of a new form of eco-tourism, the electric bike holiday. "We were sent on our way with nothing but a `good luck'," said Marty Mannering, the company's founder. "But after our appearance on nationwide TV we could not believe the interest! The show only went out at 7:30 PM and we had taken in excess of 100 enquiries before 9 PM. The calls came from all over the world: America, Australia, Holland and the UK, and after just a few days we had over 40 confirmed bookings." The Dragons Den appearance can be viewed via Goeco's website, www.goeco.ie Bosch enter the market German electronics giant Bosch has developed a modular e-bike drive system, `Bosch Powertrain', which will be on display at the Eurobike trade show in early September. It will initially be fitted to Cannondale bikes, but may in time be more widely available. The news is of particular note as an indicator of the interest which larger corporations are now showing in the electric bike market: this can only be a good thing for customers! Autumn 2010 Electric Bike 5 + E-BIKE BASICS W hen you start looking at electric bikes you swiftly realise that there's a huge and confusing range on offer. So what's important, what does the jargon mean, and what should you look out for? First principles "Does it charge up as you pedal?" is a common question. Mostly the answer is a straight no: the battery is there to help you, not the other way round! Electric bikes have a battery which is charged up from the mains (with the cost per charge measured in mere pence). The battery then powers a motor which helps you along. Of course, the more you pedal the less work the motor has to do. Some systems can charge the battery when you brake or go down hills, but the benefit in range terms of this `regeneration' feature is modest, and for cost reasons few systems have it. E-bike basics LEFT: No, it doesn't charge up as you pedal! Motors on electric bikes are there to help you along, or up the hills, as seen here during the Tour de Presteigne hillclimb. Charging from the mains costs just a few pence per charge, anyway. Key facts you need to know before buying an electric bike Photo courtesy of Wisper Cycles (25 km/h). Bike weight must be less than 40 kg, and the machine must have working pedals and comply with relevant `normal bicycle' standards. There are some grey areas currently, to do with differences between EU and UK regulations, but these issues should be clarified soon by the UK Department for Transport. We'll cover this subject in more depth in a future issue. But it's been made clear that any changes will not be retrospective, so anything legal now will stay legal. In theory, systems with the regeneration function could (slowly) charge the batteries as you pedal. But few riders would choose to do this: it would just make pedalling harder, like riding with the brakes on. Types of electric bike Electric bikes can fall into the same categories as normal bikes, so you might want a folding bike, a mountain bike, a racing bike, or a practical town bike. Many electric bikes seem to be set up as town and touring bikes, with appropriate accessories such as mudguards and lights. This is a good general-purpose configuration, so go with it unless you know you need something else. But the more pertinent classification has to do with how the bikes are controlled. There are essentially two types: Legal matters All of the electric bikes we review are treated as bicycles in law. There's no need to register, pay VED, wear a helmet or anything else. Just get on and go! The key points which the regulations specify are a maximum motor power of 250W, and the assistance must cut out by 15.5 mph `Throttle' bikes with a handlebarmounted throttle control or switch which you use to turn the motor on or off. Examples include the Ezee and Electro-city bikes reviewed this issue. A main advantage is simplicity, and it's also a good choice if you want to use the electric assist only for hills, for example. Throttletype systems are available at all price points, and in kit form for adding to a normal bike. `Pedelec' or `torque sensing' bikes don't have any throttle control, just a `system on' button and power level controls. They incorporate a system to measure how hard you're pressing on the pedals and the motor adds to this. Examples include the Gepida and Raleigh bikes reviewed this issue. This type of machine tends to be at the more expensive end of the market. I'm not aware of any kits available for this type. Both types have their merits, and which you choose is largely a matter of personal preference. I'd urge potential buyers to try both at a good dealer before choosing. Continues on page 28... 6 Electric Bike Autumn 2010 On Bike The E bike specialist www.onbike.co.uk Specialist Electric Bike Shops in both Presteigne and Kidderminster. Come and get expert advice on all the best makes and models and try them on quiet, traffic free roads. We always have at least 15 demonstration bikes you can come and ride including the full range of eZee and E-motion bikes plus models from Gocycle, Wisper, Monark and Batribike. Special Offer eZee Sprint Eco �999 Just in the very handsome new Sport Max + with Panasonic power, swinging arm suspension weighing in at under 20kg A limited edition Sprint built for OnBike at a very special price KIDDERMINSTER 01299 251514 Wednesday - Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm Unit 330, Hartlebury Trading Estate, DY10 4JB PRESTEIGNE 07944 636080 Ring Pete first The Workhouse The Industrial Estate Presteigne, Powys LD8 2UF + ON T E S T Torq Ezee We review the Ezee Torq from Onbike, with optional dual battery rack. Does it justify its weight with prodigious performance? 8 ElectricBike Autumn 2010 ON TEST: Ezee Torq T he makers of our test bike, Ezee Kinetics Technology of Shanghai, are a well established electric bike manufacturer, and they've been supplying markets around the world for the best part of a decade. Their UK distributor is Onbike, an electric bike specialist dealer with branches in Kidderminster and Presteigne (mid Wales). Onbike have been running for around two years now, are founder BEBA members and they also stock many other brands. The Torq is the flagship Ezee model, capable they say of both commuting and longer touring rides. Base price is �1450. Our test bike was fitted with the optional `extra battery' rear rack (�440) which should effectively double the bike's range. Both are connected at the same time, rather than one after another. This should offer an easier life for the batteries, as for a given journey each will be discharged less deeply. Providing high currents for the motor (up steep hills, for example) can reduce battery life, and this configuration should also help here by letting both packs contribute half of the peak power. � THE BIKE The bike comes with a two year guarantee on the bike parts (apart from `wear and tear' items) and a one year battery guarantee (that the batteries will retain 70% of their original capacity after that time). Extra batteries to the same spec as the originals cost �500, and an extra charger is �100. A single frame size (49cm or 19") is available for this model, in `gents' style only. Maximum rider weight is quoted at 120 kg, and the rear rack can carry 25 kg. handle. The side stand is a welcome addition, making it easy to keep the bike parked upright in everyday use. The aluminium frame is welded to a good standard, and I was generally impressed with the cycle components. The transmission uses good quality Shimano gears, with protector rings helping to keep your trousers clean. Wheels are well built with strong rims and very puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres. The suspension forks are a mid-range model, with adjustable preload (to cater for different rider weights). � The optional rear battery rack adds reassuring reserves of power for longer trips. The Ezee Torq is a substantial bike in every sense. With the battery tucked in ahead of the rear wheel, it's a touch longer than most unassisted machines, and with two batteries in place, it's also quite a heavy beast � we weighed it at 30.85 kg. As a fairly large and strong rider I had no problems with this, but lighter or frailer people might find the weight an issue, especially when manhandling or parking the bike. Lifting it, even over a single step, can be a strain, although the back of the saddle does make a comfortable Specification Weight overall (inc batteries): 30.85 kg Battery weight: 3.82 kg (frame) + 3.35 kg (rack) Bike only weight: 23.68 kg Charger weight: 0.9 kg (+ 220g for mains cable) Battery type: Li-ion Battery capacity: 1008 Watt hours (twin 14Ah 36V packs) Gearing: 8-speed derailleur (Shimano Nexave). 52T ring, 11-32 sprockets. Ratios 44-121". Brakes: Shimano disk brake (front) and roller brake (rear). Lighting: Front and rear LEDs, both powered from main battery (even after it cuts out for motor power) Other accessories fitted: Mudguards, carrier rack, stand, cycle computer, bell. Price as tested: �1890 inc dual battery rack. UK delivery �25. Autumn 2010 ElectricBike 9 + ON T E S T and of course there are two batteries. A second charger might be an idea if you're in a hurry, or if you'd rather not come back after several hours to switch it over to the other pack. The only slightly disappointing component was the suspension seatpost, which incorporates a catch to allow the saddle to swing forwards for battery removal. It's rather roughly made out of steel rather than aluminium alloy. I've seen the same model on other good quality bikes, too, and the explanation seems to be that there is only one, rather basic, manufacturer offering the `swinging saddle' function. No doubt that will change in time. The Ezee electric system consists of a front wheel motor, control electronics in the frame-mounted battery housing, and extra wiring for handlebar controls, second battery and lighting. There's a lot to build in, but it was all kept tidy with spiral cable wrap, heat-shrink tubing and cable-ties. A tidy installation should be a robust one, and this looks good. The batteries are switched on or removed using the keys provided (different keys are needed for each of the two packs). I did find it slightly irritating that the keys are kept captive in place when you switch the batteries on: this means you can't keep them on your normal key-ring, and need to carry two loose keys around if you leave the bike unattended. Handlebar controls consist of a twist-grip type throttle for the left hand, which also incorporates an onoff rocker switch for the power assist system. The left-hand brake (only) is also wired up to cut the power if you pull the brake lever. Finally, a small battery level display box just to the right of the stem has the switch to control the lighting system. The handlebar display has three LEDs to indicate battery level; green, yellow, red. Visible though the `window' for the LEDs is also the printed circuit board on which they're mounted � not a very `polished' design detail. Also, they can be hard to see in sunlight: perhaps translucent panels over them would be an improvement. So to the charger, which is a relatively small and compact unit which plugs into the batteries via a three-pin audio-style connector. The batteries can either be on the bike or removed for charging. In use there is some noise from the charger's built-in fan, but you'll only notice it in a very quiet office. Charging takes up to six hours per battery if charging from flat, HIGH POINTS: Huge range Simple & effective controls Smooth and powerful assist Good quality components and full equipment Robust build Established company Stable ride Compact charger � ON THE ROAD With saddle height set, both batteries switched on and the stand kicked up, you're ready to go. The riding position is moderately leaned-forward on this bike, rather like a conventional touring bike. It's more aerodynamic than a completely upright posture, but still fairly comfortable without too much weight on the wrists. I wasn't taken by the thin, round grips on the handlebar (one of which you twist for the throttle). But the wide riser bars do give plenty of leverage and control, and the whole bike feels rigid and stable. Set off, and you'd be wise to start in a fairly low gear � on flat ground third (of the eight) is about right. You need to make about half a pedal stroke unassisted before the motor kicks in, and if you've left yourself in LOW POINTS: Heavy (though one battery could easily be removed) Motor not silent (but noise unobjectionable) Delay before assist kicks in when accelerating from standstill Throttle not all that comfortable to grip Cheap and ineffective suspension seatpost Charger fan noise GOOD FOR: Commuters with longer or more hilly journeys Touring cyclists who want uninterrupted all day assistance The moderately able who can accelerate and manoeuvre this heavy bike Heavier or less fit riders who want a bike with the battery reserves to do a lot of the work. too high a gear it can feel slow, and a strain, to get going. Once the motor starts, though, it's powerful and smooth as it pulls you up towards the legal cut-off speed of 15.5 mph, at which point the assistance has tapered off to zero. As set up in EU-compliance mode, you'll need to keep moving your legs, even if you're not putting any effort into pedalling, or the motor cuts out. Unless you put in considerable work yourself, your speed will drop if you go uphill or into a headwind � how much depends on your weight and the gradient of course, but I rarely had it go at less than 10 mph up a hill. Kudos to Onbike for including the cycle computer as standard, by the way � it's interesting to see how fast you're going and, by extension, whether the motor is helping. On quiet roads or cycle tracks you can hear this for yourself: the motor is definitely audible to you and passers-by as you ride. But it's not a particularly irritating noise, no worse than an old-style bottle dynamo, and Available from: Onbike: Tel 01299 251514 or see www.onbike.co.uk ABOVE RIGHT: Protector rings help keep your trousers clean. BELOW RIGHT: The wiring for lights and motor is all tidily secured, boding well for reliability. You can swing the saddle forwards, letting you remove the front battery without losing your seat height setting. A cycle computer is a welcome addition to the handlebar controls. 10 ElectricBike Autumn 2010 ON TEST: Ezee Torq Ezee without too much high-frequency whine. You can't usually hear it at all over traffic noise. In practice, even for mostly flat York, it was very tempting to apply the motor most of the time. Without the power the bike is reasonable to ride, but the weight does mean it feels a bit lumbering, like a tourer with full panniers. The power seemed to be either full on or off, despite the tapering graphic on the throttle. Onbike tell me that control should in fact be much more progressive, not on/off, and that it's likely the test bike had a faulty throttle control (which they would of course fix for a customer). Ride comfort was generally good, with the front suspension visibly moving to soak up some of the bigger bumps. And the bike felt stable and assured, even with extra weight in panniers on the back rack. There's a wide comfy saddle (sporty cyclists may choose something slimmer) but sadly the suspension seatpost didn't do much to add to comfort levels. Its movement was so `sticky' that it There's a compact charger for the two battery packs. Each is secured to the frame on the bike, and they can only be removed, or switched on, using the keys provided. would stay extended until a big hit, then drop disconcertingly. It would then only pop up again if you took your weight off by standing slightly on the pedals. Some suspension seatposts are very good: this is not one of them. The brakes on the other hand were excellent once worn in. Both the disk brake at the front and the roller brake at the back are unaffected by rain, so stop well in all weathers. So finally to the key feature for this bike, the range. As we've explained elsewhere this issue, it's hard to be definitive about numbers, but over 1000 Watt-hours of capacity suggests that the claimed 40-80 miles is in the right ball-park. It took about four of my 10-mile daily commutes to even get from green to yellow on the display (mainly flat, 95 kg rider, using throttle moderately). As the batteries got low I thought the assist became a touch weaker, but that was after over a week of commuting without a recharge! It is rather comforting to know that you have oodles of capacity in � SUMMARY hand, especially for longer or hillier rides. Of course, for most electric bikes you could just buy a spare battery and carry it with you, but that doesn't give you the benefit of load-sharing between the two battery packs. While we did come up with some minor niggles about some of the design details, overall the Ezee Torq came across as an impressive machine. The cycle components are generally of high quality, and the electric systems seem very solidly constructed. The double battery option on our bike is well worth considering for heavy users: it does make for a heavy machine, but you gain extended range and, I'd expect, extended battery life. Just buy a second charger, too, if you can. Overall the Ezee Torq has much to offer the demanding user who wants a dependable and powerful throttlecontrolled electric bike. Peter Eland Autumn 2010 ElectricBike 5 + ON T E S T Gepida Reptila 1000 The latest bike from Gepida uses the Yamaha crank-drive power system, wrapped in a luxuriously specified city bike package. Does the ride live up to the looks? 12 ElectricBike Autumn 2010 ON TEST: Gepida Reptila 1000 � ON THE BIKE epida is a Hungarian manufacturer established in 1993, with distributors in several countries. In the UK their distributor is MTF Enterprises, who supply the public as E-Bikesdirect and through a network of dealers. They've been trading since 2005 and are based in Bodiam, East Sussex, where they offer free test rides (by appointment) on all of the bikes which they sell. A London showroom is opening soon. Gepida is one of several brands they stock. Our review bike, the Reptila 1000, is one of four Gepida machines on offer, and it is available either as low step-through frame (as reviewed here) or as a `gents' model. Riders at either extreme of the height spectrum will be pleased to see that no fewer than three gents and five step through frame sizes are available. It is currently priced at �1599 including free UK delivery. Spare batteries cost �449 with free delivery. There is a two year warranty on the bike (as always, wear and tear etc. is excluded). The battery warranty (that the batteries will retain 50% of their original capacity after that time) is also two years, with an expected life of, they say, 800 charges. G The Gepida makes an instant impact with its appearance. The frame is finished in matt black and grey, giving it to my mind a rather distinguished, classy look. It's a modern incarnation of the low stepthrough frame, with the large-section aluminium tubes curved and shaped to offer as much rigidity as the layout permits. Specification Weight overall (inc batteries): 25.8 kg Battery weight: 1.87 kg Bike only weight: 23.68 kg Charger weight: 0.99 kg (inc. mains cable) Charge time: 4-6 hours Battery type: Li-Ion Battery capacity: 213 Watt hours (8.2Ah 26V) Gearing: 8-speed hub gear (Shimano Nexus). 42T ring, 1132 sprockets. Ratios 36-104". Brakes: V-brakes front and rear. Lighting: Lumotec front halogen, rear LED, both powered from hub dynamo Other accessories fitted: Mudguards, carrier rack, stand, pump, bell. Price as tested: �1599. UK delivery free. Theframeisfinishedinmattblack andgrey,givingittomymindarather distinguished,classylook The Yamaha power assist system is built in around the crank area, fitting mostly within the profile of the black chainguard. Only the modest bulk of the battery behind the seatpost really reveals that this is an electric bike. This Yamaha unit is well proven, having been around for several years. It's very similar in concept to the Panasonic crank drive, sensing how much pressure you put on the pedals and adding to it. The handlebar-mounted control unit is also quite discreet, black of course, and with a four-stage battery level readout. Buttons are provided for power on/off, assist mode (high � Autumn 2010 ElectricBike 13 + ON T E S T HIGH POINTS: Nicely finished frame, quality parts, well equipped. Excellent comfort thanks to suspension, stem and grips Smooth & near silent assist Powerful help with initial acceleration Good handlebar display Simple battery removal Silent and easy to use charger or low) and for `Auto Eco', which apparently attempts to save power by adapting to ride conditions automatically. All of the indicators are a nice bright red, easily visible in all conditions. The bicycle parts on the Gepida are very much in line with European best practice when it comes to a practical transport bike. So it's fully equipped with good quality mudguards, a rear carrier rack, hub dynamo-driven lighting system (so the lights work independently of the main battery), kickstand and even a small pump. If you do a lot of night riding you could upgrade the front headlight (with halogen bulb) to a brighter LED model, but that's really nitpicking. It's absolutely fine as it is. A number of items deserve special mention. First the handlebars, which are equipped with comfortable shaped grips which offer good wrist support. The bars are supported by a clever adjustable stem, which lets you move the bars through a range of heights and angles quickly and without tools: just slide the catch, lift the lever and adjust to the new position. It's a useful facility, especially if more than one rider uses the bike. The other main contact point, the saddle, is also noteworthy. The saddle itself is a wide and well padded one, and it's supported by a very responsive suspension seatpost (from a good manufacturer, Post Moderne). If you leave the bike around in public often, you might ask your dealer to replace the seat height adjustment quick-release with something more secure � otherwise removing this component is the work of seconds. The front forks add even more suspension: they're a Gepida-branded model with preload adjustment so that you can tune them to match rider weight. Braking is provided by V-brakes front and rear, good quality alloy units. The transmission is via an 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gear: very suitable for an everyday bike, as it's fully enclosed and should be low maintenance. You can also change gear either while pedalling or at a standstill, using the twist-grip shifter on the handlebars. The battery is quite modestly sized and light (at under 2 kg) so it would be easy to carry a spare for a longer trip. The battery must be removed to � ON THE ROAD recharge, and three keys are provided to unlock it from the frame. It then just swivels out. Putting it back is just as easy: push and click. The charger is a fairly bulky unit (less than ideal if you plan to carry it with you), but it's very convenient to use � just drop the battery into the charging slot. It's silent in use, too. LOW POINTS: Won't suit riders who like pedalling quickly Bulky charger GOOD FOR: Riders who like pedalling but at a dignified rate The non-mechanically inclined who don't want to bother much with gears People who want their bike to be audibly unobtrusive Anyone after comfort, a classic look and discreet assist Available from: E-Bikes Direct: Tel 01580 830959 or see www.e-bikesdirect.co.uk The first push on the pedals is a pleasant surprise. The Yamaha system provides plenty of near-silent assistance even from a standing start, and the bike whisks you forwards before you can even start to strain. On the flat, the assistance is so powerful that you can even just leave the bike in top (8th) gear: changing down will make life easier for the motor and save batteries, of course, but if you don't like changing gears it's a useful feature. For steeper hills, it really is worth shifting to a lower gear, though, to help the motor work more efficiently. If you did change down gears for setting off, you swiftly need to change up again. Because the bike pulls you forward so effectively, you can soon be pedalling fast enough to convince the motor it's no longer needed, and the assistance tails off somewhat abruptly. Putting it into top gear after a few turns of the pedals keeps the assistance turned on, accelerating you up to its (legally mandated) top speed of around 15.5 mph as you keep on pedalling. The pedalling rate at which the motor cuts out is fairly low, around 50 rpm: this is the rate at which you reach the 15.5 mph maximum speed in top gear. While many riders who tried it didn't even remark on this, several more experienced cyclists who preferred spinning their legs faster did find it somewhat frustrating. If you like twiddling the pedals quickly, and using your gears to keep the cadence up, this probably isn't the machine for you. The claimed range is `up to 30 miles' and (with the usual caveats about rider weight, terrain etc) that seems quite realistic if you're careful with the power, using low power mode and the `auto eco' function. But the bike is definitely more fun (and less effort) to ride in high power mode: it just feels lighter and more responsive with the extra assist power. That said, it's also a pleasant enough bike to ride unassisted: not overly heavy and it rolls along fine, so running out of LEFT: A comfy saddle and effective suspension seatpost. BELOW: The stem lets you adjust handlebar position easily, without tools. The handlebar controls are clear and easily visible even in strong light. Note also the shaped grips which give support to your wrists. 14 ElectricBike Autumn 2010 ON TEST: Ezee Torq ON TEST: Gepida Reptila 1000 LEFT: The eight-speed hub gear is a reliable choice, with the internal gearing protected from the weather. BELOW LEFT: The lights are driven by a hub dynamo in the front wheel, so they are independent of the power assist system. BELOW: The charger is a bulky unit, but it's very easy to use. The battery simply drops into position and when the light goes out you know it's fully charged. � SUMMARY power shouldn't really be feared. Gears and brakes just worked well � as they should of course, but it's nice when the mechanics of a bike just operate without drama. Lights, rack and stand also did their jobs. The pump too, although it's so small it's really for emergency use only. Finally, I should heap some more praise on the comfort aspects of this bike. The suspension (forks and seatpost) isolates you well from major bumps, with the seatpost nicely responsive and taking shock load off your spine when, for example, you drop down off a severe speed bump. The wide saddle, easily positioned bars and comfy grips add to the ride quality, and the step through frame makes getting on and off easy too, even for the less limber among us. The Gepida impressed with its comfort and ease of use. It's a quality bike which is ideally suited to those who aren't particularly technically inclined: everything just works, simply and easily. It would also appeal to those who place a high value on comfort, and anyone inclined to more leisurely pedalling. The electric assist is very effective, meaning you won't be straining even if you don't bother using the gears much. Practical extra equipment means it's capable of providing practical transport day and night in all weathers. One audience who probably won't take to the Reptila 1000 are more sporty riders. The slow pedalling it encourages and the very upright position may frustrate some more experienced cyclists. It also won't suit those who want to do little or no work themselves: you do have to put pressure on the pedals to make it go! But that also means you'll get a measure of healthy exercise with every ride. Overall, it's a very well finished bike for the dignified rider, with a well proven and sophisticated electric assist system to take some of the strain. Peter Eland Award Winning Gazelle E-Bikes and Classic Dutch Bikes juicybike.com juicy bike Stylish, powerful, high spec electric bikes at amazing prices Gazelle Medeo Innergy ...arrive fresh Sport bike: 21KG alloy frame, 36V/10AH lithium battery, 250W motor, disk brakes. Available from: Cycle Heaven of York www.cycle-heaven.co.uk Phone us now for a test ride on: 01904 636578/651870 Also: Brompton, Birdy, Dahon, Airnimal, etc. Cycle Heaven Ltd 2 BISHOPTHORPE ROAD YORK YO23 1JJ To find your local stockist visit juicybike.com + ON T E S T BuyBuyBicycles Electro-city Retailing at just �549 plus delivery, the Electro-city looks like an affordable way to go electric with the versatility of a folding bike. So how does it perform? 18 ElectricBike Autumn 2010 ON TEST: Ezee Torq ON TEST: BuyBuyBicycles Electro-City uyBuyBicycles are an internet-based supplier based not far from Stansted Airport. They specialise in folding bikes, but their range also includes road bikes, mountain bikes and accessories. When it comes to folding electric bikes they have three models, with 16", 20" and 26" wheels. Our review bike is the `Electro-city' with 16" wheels, priced at �549 plus delivery (�39.75 in mainland UK). Our bike was a demo machine with some cosmetic damage from previous B Specification Weight overall (inc batteries): 23.19 kg Battery weight: 4.04 kg Bike only weight: 19.15 kg Charger weight: 0.425 kg (+ 165 g for the mains cable) Battery type: Li-Ion Battery capacity: 192 Watt hours (24V 8Ah) Gearing: Six-speed derailleur (Shimano Tourney). 42T ring, 14-28 sprockets. Ratios 23-46". Brakes: V-brake front, band brake rear. Lighting: Front and rear LEDs, both powered from main battery (cuts out with motor power) Other accessories fitted: Mudguard, rack, stand, bell. Price as tested: �549. UK delivery �37.95. testing, most visibly on the rear rack. There is a one year warranty on frame and non `wear and tear' bike parts. The battery guarantee is six months, and they say that expected life is of the order of 1000 cycles. Spare batteries (24V, 8 Ah) are available for �190 plus delivery. The bike arrives almost fully assembled but not checked or serviced by the seller, so you'll need to sort out adjustments for brakes, gears etc before use. In fact, as is the case with many of this sort of mail order bikes, it is a warranty condition that it is serviced before you use it. If you are not competent yourself, bike shops will charge for this, of course. Details are in the `terms and conditions' section of the BuyBuyBicycles website � I recommend reading this thoroughly before purchase. Maximum rider weight is 95 kg. � ON THE BIKE When you unpack the Electro-city it may well be the first time it's seen the light of day since being packed by the manufacturer, so a little checking and tweaking will be in order. Tyres will TOP: The Bafang motor is a reliable choice. The rack is potentially useful, but heel clearance makes using panniers problematic. ABOVE: The battery slides down behind the seatpost and locks in place. be flat, and likely the battery too. Put it onto charge straight away, and find a pump with either a hose type adaptor or a very small valve head to fit between the tightly spaced spokes. That done, you can sit back and take a look. The curves give the bike a distinctive look, and the brushed finish on the aluminium frame is attractive, while the welding also appears tidy. Cables are guided neatly underneath the main frame, so it's hardly more cluttered than any other folding bike. A metal plate at the front guides the cables from the handlebar. It looks like a mounting point for something, too, perhaps a basket, but I wouldn't want to put much weight on it. Suspension forks are fitted to the front wheel. These use a basic spring system, with no adjustments possible. The Kenda tyres on the 16" (305) wheels are 2.125" wide and with a maximum pressure rating of 65 psi � ideally use a pump with a pressure gauge to get them close to this for best performance. The transmission is a basic sixspeed derailleur system using � Caption any length ecatur, te nonsenis ute ipienienda as dolles dolupta atus Autumn 2010 ElectricBike 19 + ON T E S T Shimano's entry-level `Tourney' components. Plastic guards around the chainring help protect your trousers. The braking comes from V-brakes on the front, and a `band brake' at the back. The levers are decent alloy models, with motor cut-out switches both sides. Given the size of the frame and wheels it was a pleasant surprise to find that the seatpost extends just enough for me (at 6' 2") to get the saddle to the correct height. A catch allows the saddle to tip forwards so you can remove the battery without affecting your seat height setting. A rear rack was fitted as standard, as are metal mudguards and a fun `compass' bell. Unless you have truly tiny feet, lack of heel clearance will mean you can't use the rack to carry panniers. A top bag would be fine, though. The LED rear light is also fitted to the rack. So to the electrical components. First there's the battery, which slides in behind the seatpost. The battery seems well made mechanically, with an aluminium shell and plastic end-caps. A tiny three-LED display at the top gives a basic indication of the charge state when you press the button. A key (four are provided!) turns the battery on and off, and also releases it from the frame. The key is held captive when the battery is switched on. The motor in the rear wheel is made by Bafang, a reliable manufacturer. There's no obvious way to disconnect the motor for puncture-fixing or tyre changes. Cutting (and subsequently replacing) the cable ties securing the motor wire to the frame should give you enough slack to squeeze a new tyre or tube in, though. There are two elements to the handlebar controls: the throttle on the right-hand grip with a three-LED power indicator, and the `console' in the middle of the bars, also including a `dual beam' headlight with no fewer than 14 LEDs. The lights front and rear are switched on by a pushbutton by the left-hand grip. The console has a bright and clear sixelement battery level display, plus `battery dead', `power on' and `lights on' indicators. There's also a horn pictured, but that seems not to be implemented on this model. � THE FOLD The Electro-city fold is quite simple: undo the central hinge (it has a safety locking mechanism, so you need to lift the pin once you've undone the lever) then fold the bike in half. You can then drop the saddle and fold the stem, and fold the pedals too if you wish. The order in which you do things isn't critical, so it's fairly foolproof. The folded package doesn't hold itself together much at all. But it does stand neatly on the little support at the front, and should be easily car-bootable. The folding package measures around 85 x 65 x 47 cm. � ON THE ROAD HIGH POINTS: Cheap and cheerful: low price point Reasonably lightweight Reliable Bafang motor Lights included Simple fold Fat tyres give comfy ride Compact and lightweight charger It took a few rides to really figure out the Electro-city. The way its assist system works is quite clever, and not entirely expected. The first thing I noticed was that on our demo bike, you can twist the throttle with the bike (and pedals) stationary and the motor will spring the bike forwards. This can be a bit of a danger: more than once I was wheeling it around and accidentally triggered the throttle. BuyBuy tell me that current models now have an on/ off switch at the handlebar, which would make it a lot easier to switch LOW POINTS: Under geared, hard to ride unassisted Pedals can hit ground in corners Modest range Components and brakes basic Motor noise noticeable Lights cut out along with motor Warranty limited, initial service required. Short battery warranty off fully, without reaching down to the key on the battery. This behaviour also lets the motor help you set off. Sitting on the bike, you twist the throttle and the bike moves off immediately under power. You can help it out a bit with the pedals if you like, but even in top gear you very quickly can't spin your legs fast enough. But soon it stops accelerating, and you're still not going very fast... Now, you need to release the throttle! The motor then kicks in with renewed vigour � but it's now in `pedal assist' mode, so it stops when you stop pedalling. The motor power also depends on how fast you pedal: twiddle your legs speedily and you get a few more mph out of the motor. Note that your legs aren't doing any work as they spin, because the gears are way too low. This system works quite well in that you only need to twist the throttle when accelerating from a standstill. In normal riding your wrists can stay relaxed. The motor runs smoothly, with a buzz which is definitely noticeable by passers-by unless you're in traffic. It propels you along at a decent pace on the flat, but it does tend to struggle somewhat on steeper hills: the speed drops to the point where you can add useful work through the pedals. Ride comfort is pretty good under motor power, with the fat tyres providing plenty of cushioning. Unfortunately this is a bit of a mixed blessing: GOOD FOR: Anyone needing a budget electric scooter Those limited for storage space People who prefer the bike to do the work rather than pedalling Buyers conscious of the trade-offs inevitable at low price-points ABOVE: The display console also houses the front lights. RIGHT: There's a three LED battery level display on the throttle housing. Available from: BuyBuyBicycles: Tel 0871 288 4404 or see: www.buybuybicycles.com 20 ElectricBike Autumn 2010 ON TEST: Ezee Torq ON TEST: BuyBuyBicycles Electro-City it means that when the batteries have died and you need to pedal the bike unassisted, the squashy tyres soak up your energy and progress is slow and laboured. The gears are still too low, but I did occasionally need to move out of top! Braking performance was quite acceptable, especially considering the relatively low top speeds you're likely to attain on this bike. A more serious issue is that if you pedal while going around a corner, you will ground a pedal if you lean the bike more than a few degrees. With the bike on a flat surface the bottom of the pedals is just 2" or so off the ground. On each of five other bikes I measured, clearance was at least 4". It can be quite alarming when a pedal does hit the tarmac, and potentially dangerous. The range of this bike improved slowly as the batteries `conditioned', from 7.5 miles on the first ride up to 12 or so, all on the flat and with a fairly heavy rider � it would go further with a lighter person on board. Given the low gearing, there's � SUMMARY little scope for extending this range by pedalling more unless you can spin your legs like a demon. Riding the battery to exhaustion revealed the unfortunate fact that the lights (otherwise rather good) cut out when the main battery dies: be sure not to run out in the dark. Sadly the lovely bright `console' display with its six bars was faulty on our demo machine: it showed full power until the moment the battery cut out completely dead. BuyBuy have confirmed that this is not normal. The three LEDs on the throttle were more reliable, going from green to amber then red in line with battery depletion. If you have power available at both ends of your trip, it's probably worth taking the charger with you to top up. It's a lightweight unit, silent in use, and compact. The charger is compact and light, so you could easily take it with you for a half-way charge. The Electro-city does deliver an electric ride, and if you want a simple sit-on electric scooter for relatively short trips it will do the job without breaking the bank. That said, the compromises involved in making an electric bike to this price point are evident. It's not the bike to get if you want to contribute much significant by pedalling, except setting off and uphill. Then again, not everyone wants or is able to pedal. Given the limited battery warranty, this bike is probably best for less than intensive use, or perhaps as a holiday steed (but remember to keep the battery topped up between uses). The simple folding will be particularly handy for storage and transport. If your plans for it are more ambitious, you may well be better off spending more: this is more likely to result in satisfaction long-term. That said, you could buy three or four of these for any one of the other bikes we're reviewing this issue. Its affordability could open up electric-assisted mobility to many buyers who simply can't afford a more sophisticated machine. Peter Eland The IRISH Electric Bike Experience 3 day trips 7 day trips 2 day bike testing weekends A legendary Irish welcome is promised with electric bike enthusiasm thrown in from Ireland's only electric bike specialist. Top of the range electric bikes, top of the range fun & craic! Visit www.goeco.ie or www.electricbikeholidays.ie Well then are ya coming? Autumn 2010 ElectricBike 5 + ON T E S T Raleigh Dover Deluxe The Dover Deluxe from Raleigh takes a European design and combines it with their well-established dealer network to create a potentially attractive package. But how does it perform in practice? 22 ElectricBike Autumn 2010 ON TEST: Raleigh Dover Deluxe aleigh is of course one of Britain's best-known cycling brands, with a history stretching all the way back to 1890. A series of corporate takeovers has led to a number of overseas operations working under the Raleigh brand too, sometimes selling quite different bikes compared to the UK range. The Dover Deluxe clearly originates from Raleigh Germany: look closely and there are even `www.raleigh.de' stickers on the frame. It's had just minor tweaks for the UK market. Raleigh UK have thrown their full support behind this bike, and a network of over 60 dealers are stocking it, backed up by training to cover any possible repair work. The Dover Deluxe is available either as a gents design (53 cm frame size) or as a `unisex' low step-through version (45 cm). Either version costs �1799. Spare battery costs are to be confirmed. There's a one year general guarantee, with five years on the frame, plus a two year warranty on the electrics and battery (that it will retain 60% of its capacity after that time). Our test bike had been lightly used as a demo machine before we received it, so the battery had already been `conditioned' with a couple of full discharge cycles to bring it to full capacity. R � ON THE BIKE The Raleigh's alloy frame is a deep gloss red fading to near-black: it's a handsome look without being too showy. The motor system is fitted in the pedal area, with the battery behind the seatpost. The system is the latest version of the well-proven Panasonic pedal-assist unit, with some tweaks by Raleigh to increase the rate at which you can spin the pedals before the assist cuts out at the legal limit of 15.5 mph. The unit includes a guard which keeps trousers well clear of the chain. The battery is locked in place of course, but it's easily removed with the key provided: it just swivels out sideways. It clicks and locks when you replace it, again the work of moments. On the side of the battery is a five-stage charge indicator. The charger is a moderately sized unit into which the battery `sits': very easy to use and silent. Specification It'sabikeyou'dbehappyridingwithout assistforsomedistanceifnecessary The handlebar control for the electric assist has just two buttons, one for the power and another to cycle through the three modes. `Low' apparently instructs the motor to measure the effort you put on the pedals and add half. In `Medium' it adds the same as you put in, and in `high', the motor contribution is one and a half times the work you do. As ever, these contributions tail off as you reach the 15.5 mph maximum. The system is built very `cleanly' into the bike, with all wires and cables running inside the frame. This should bode well for reliability. So to the `bike' aspects. The transmission is via the `Premium' version of Shimano's 8-speed hub � Weight overall (inc batteries): 24.19 kg Battery weight: 2.43 kg Bike only weight: 21.76 kg Charger weight: 0.7 kg (inc. mains cable) Charge time: About 5 hours Battery type: Li-Ion Battery capacity: 260 Watt hours (10Ah 26V) Gearing: 8-speed hub gear (Shimano Nexus Premium). 41T ring, 19T sprocket. Ratios 31-95". Brakes: V-brakes front and rear. Lighting: Lumotec front halogen, rear LED, both powered from hub dynamo Other accessories fitted: Mudguards, carrier rack, stand, pump, bell. Price as tested: �1799. The charger is of the `docking station' type: easy to use but not the most compact. Autumn 2010 ElectricBike 23 + ON T E S T A mudflap on the front one would have helped keep the bike cleaner in the wet, but it's a minor quibble. A dealer can fit one, or you could even make one yourself from an old inner tube if you're handy at DIY... gear � this has upgraded bearings and seals compared to the standard version. It's controlled via a twist grip shifter, and like most modern hub gears it can be shifted both as you pedal and while stationary. While it will shift under pedal (or motor) pressure, it's smoother and kinder to the internal gears if you ease off a bit. The brakes are straightforward V-brakes, which give powerful stopping. Heavy users might prefer a lower-maintenance option such as drum or roller brakes, but with regular adjustment and servicing V-brakes are fine. A full lighting system is fitted to the Dover Deluxe, consisting of a hub dynamo in the front wheel, an LED rear light (which stays on when you stop) and a halogen front light. All of the parts are from good brands, and there's a handy `Auto' mode which uses a light sensor to switch the system on automatically. This gives you one less thing to think about, and also kicks the lights into action when you go into a tunnel, for example. The whole system is independent of the drive electrics. Suspension comes in the form of some own-branded Raleigh forks, with adjustable pre-load so you can tune them to match your weight. There's also a Post Moderne Glide suspension seatpost, also adjustable, supporting the saddle. This is a rather narrower and less cushioned model than on the other electric bikes reviewed this issue, although still quite wide and padded by most cycling standards. The other main contact point is where you grip the handlebar. The Raleigh has a wide swept-back set of bars, supported in an angleadjustable stem which lets you set them closer to you (and higher) for a more upright position, or lower and further away if you prefer to be more leaned-over and aerodynamic. Shaped rubber grips provide generous palm support, although I did find they tended to creep round on the bars under the pressure of your hand. They're better than those on most bikes anyway, but if you find the movement irritating then a dealer could easily upgrade these to shaped grips with a proper clamp system (`Ergon' make good ones). Finally, the extra accessories fitted include an alloy carrier rack, a good side-stand, and mudguards. � ON THE ROAD Because the Panasonic unit simply measures your effort and adds to it, there's no throttle on this bike. If you want assistance, just make sure the system is switched on. Similarly, if you want to just pedal unassisted to save power (or boost your fitness!) you need to switch the whole thing off. You can do this as you ride along. Without the assist engaged, this bike rides fairly responsively: some flex in the step-through frame is inevitable if you pull at the bars, but it handles well with precise steering (the wide bars no doubt help) and an appropriate range of gears. The extra weight of this bike over a non-assisted one is noticeable, but on the flat especially it's of little consequence as it rolls along. It's a bike you'd be happy riding without assist for some TOP LEFT: The hub dynamo powers both front and rear lights, which can be set to switch on automatically as it gets dark. TOP RIGHT: The Panasonic motor unit is a well proven system. It also usefully incorporates an effective chainguard. ABOVE LEFT: Swept-back, wide handlebars and well-shaped grips give precise steering and a comfortable, upright ride. ABOVE RIGHT: A simple control unit selects the power assist mode. distance if necessary. Ride comfort is also good, with the suspension systems both contributing well. But it's with the power switched on that the bike really comes alive. It defaults to `normal' mode (the motor adds as much power as you put in) so it effectively halves the effort you need to attain any give speed. That feels like a constant tailwind on a lightweight bike: it surges forward as you accelerate, and powers you through headwinds with ease, but all under control. It's close to silent, too, and only if you ride next to a wall or in dead quiet does the sound intrude. I've heard many unassisted bikes which are louder. 24 ElectricBike Autumn 2010 ON TEST: Ezee Torq ON TEST: Raleigh Dover Deluxe The assistance is applied very smoothly, with an effectively instant response to changes in your pedal pressure, and if you stop pedalling, the motor stops in just a fraction of a second. It also starts immediately, even from a standstill. You do need to use the gears to make the best of it, and for me (a fairly heavy rider) that meant starting off in 4th or 5th, then changing up swiftly to top gear as I built up speed. It's well worth changing down for hills, too. The unit is set to taper off at a higher-than-usual rate of pedalling (also known as cadence) and accelerating away from the lights was the only time I felt it cut out for this reason. In general use it was great to be able to spin my legs as usual, at 70 or 80 rpm. Newcomers to cycling tend to pedal slower, and some experienced riders prefer to as well, but as you add miles it tends to be easier to spin faster to reduce the stress on the knees. This bike is optimised for the faster pedaller, with the motor's peak power and cut-off points set accordingly. HIGH POINTS: Sporty ride Assists even with fast pedalling Local sales and support for many buyers Proven and sophisticated Panasonic system Quality bike components Auto lighting system LOW POINTS: Only one frame size in each version Somewhat bulky charger Minor niggles: grips creep, no mudflap GOOD FOR: Experienced cyclists going electric Sporty riders or those who like to spin the pedals Anyone who likes to ride in near silence Available from: Via Raleigh eBike dealers: Tel 01773 532680 or see www.raleighebike.co.uk For low speed manoeuvring, such as threading through those annoying barriers on cycle paths, it was often easier to go to `low' mode or switch off entirely: this gives you more control. In higher modes even a brief push at the pedals can give rather more of a surge of acceleration than you need. Some riders found `high' mode a bit much for most circumstances, feeling that the bike surged away too hard, needing to be held under control. It's perhaps best applied on steep hills or in headwinds. In these circumstances you need to change down the gears a bit too, so that the motor can benefit from the lower ratio and work at its most efficient speed. The range is said by Raleigh to be `up to 50 miles' which is certainly achievable if you're sparing on how much you use the electric assist. With me as a 95 kg rider, in stopstart traffic and over mainly flat roads (and with the power always on, mostly in `normal') I found it would last a good 30-odd miles of commuting. � SUMMARY The Raleigh is not a cheap bike, but it's a strong performer which offers an enticingly lively ride and has few weak points. The price also reflects the local support on offer from a network of dealers. It does also use the not-inexpensive Panasonic motor system � which to its credit has been around for many years and is a reliable design and a good performer. Although it's a bike which most riders will enjoy, it's particularly good for anyone moving to an electric bike after riding a `normal' cycle. It enhances your usual pedalling cadence. The motor noise level is also low enough not to disrupt your enjoyment of a quiet ride. So, this is something of a cyclist's electric bike. Look elsewhere if you don't want to pedal, don't get on with gears, or if you want a super-wide saddle. But otherwise, the Dover should be on your shortlist for sure. Peter Eland Autumn 2010 ElectricBike 5 + EVENTS from the shows There's been electric bike action at events across the UK and beyond this summer. Here are just a few of the highlights which caught our eye. Tour de Presteigne The annual Tour de Presteigne, held in a quiet and picturesque mid-Wales town, is possibly the world's only electric bike rally. Although it's not the easiest place to get to, it's well worth a visit if you're keen to try a huge selection of electric bikes in one day: the manufacturers, distributors and dealers are all generous with test rides. There are some serious hills near to hand for testing purposes. Although I went around on the Saturday and tried bikes from almost every stand, sadly the May weather was not kind and few of my photos are worthy of reproducing here. Most electric bikes seem to tend toward the rugged and practical. Cytronex (www.cytronex.com) aim in a different direction, fitting lightweight motors and bottle-cage battery packs to racing frames. The singlespeed Cannondale Capo pictured here weighs around 13.6 kg, apparently: lighter than many unassisted cycles. Note also the lighting system, powered by the main battery, and the small `straw' which houses an LED light to illuminate the cycle computer. This model costs from �1650. It was striking that so far, nobody except Flyer in Switzerland makes an electric-assist tandem commercially. The idea of riding together fits well with the benefits of electric power, and it's also a format very handy for family transport. And the thrifty will note that two people can benefit from a single costly electric assist system! I didn't get a chance to talk to this couple, but I assume they'd modified their tandem themselves using a kit. Velospeed (www.velospeed.co.uk) had brought along a series of bikes from Germany using a newly developed assist system from Daum Electronics. It's a very sophisticated crankdrive system with a commendably waterproof control console whose functions include GPS navigation, altimeter and much more. Sadly it didn't make hot mugs of coffee: one of those would have been quite welcome at the time. On the Sunday two events took me away from the industrial estate where the main trade show was staged. First a hillclimb tested a mix of raw electric power and athletic prowess. The winner was Pete Wills on a home-built machine powered by a Crystalite motor. News Electric tandem Cytronex Cannondale Capo 26 Electric Bike Autumn 2010 EVENTS SPEZI, Germany There's just space for two items we saw at the SPEZI show in Germany (www.specialbikesshow.com) earlier this year. First up is an interesting machine, the Luxxon, which with its scooped seat and very long frame puts the rider BELOW: The Luxxon bike is long and low, with an unusual method of storing the batteries. in a position closer to sitting than standing � it should also be very easy to get a foot down on the ground. But what makes it really interesting is the battery arrangement. The `sausage' (as shown below) contains And now for something extraordinary. J�rg Weigl has been developing bicycle-scale fuel cells powered by hydrogen for several years now, and his latest vehicle is a modified Gocycle. He can apparently achieve far greater range than is possible with current battery technology, although he'd concede, I think, that fuel cells aren't yet a practical or affordable alternative for most users. J�rg now works at the University Teknologi of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. the batteries, and the fabric container is sufficiently flexible to slide into the curved frame. But the cross-weave construction means the battery can't twist, so the contacts still line up as you slide it home. With the motor itself tucked in behind the cranks, the result is a near `invisible' assist system. The maker's website is at www.luxxon.de, but they haven't added details of this machine yet. York Cycle Show This year's York Cycle Show saw something of an explosion of electric bike exhibitors, including 3E Bikes from Harrogate, local shop Cycle Heaven with the Gazelle range from Holland, plus electric bikes from Claude Butler and Silver Ray. The show, also known as the CTC York Rally, grew out of a gathering for `old school' touring cyclists, though it is rather more than that nowadays. But it was interesting to see that one rider's exquisitely traditional lugged touring frame Velospeed's Daum-equipped bike Then in the afternoon the whole town came out to watch the Tour itself, a parade around the narrow streets of Presteigne. Many contestants were in fancy dress, and electric cyclists were joined by riders in period clothing on vintage bikes, making quite a show. The Tour is organised by local electric bike shop Onbike, who have branches in Presteigne and Kidderminster, and this was the event's fifth year. It'll be back in May 2011, and when we return we'll try to stay an extra day: apparently the highlight for many was the electric-assisted tour to the Irish Sea some 70 hilly miles away on the Monday: a wonderfully scenic ride and a serious test for any machine and rider. www.tourdepresteigne.co.uk (to the distinctive `Flying Gate' design) was also equipped with a tidy electric installation. Such a modification could add years of cycling pleasure if unassisted riding has become a strain. www.yorkcycleshow.co.uk Autumn 2010 Electric Bike 27 + E-BIKE BASICS Continued from page 6: Batteries � the core technology The battery is at the heart of any electric bike: being able to store a useful amount of energy in a compact, not-too-heavy battery is what makes these bikes possible. The technology is continuously developing, which is both a blessing and a potential problem. Currently, all battery packs have a limited life. After being charged and discharged repeatedly their capacity gradually drops. The process is speeded up if they are discharged all the way to `empty', or if they are left in storage uncharged for long periods. If you're an occasional user, and take care to keep the batteries topped up, you may not need to change batteries for many years. But a daily commuter who regularly uses a good portion of their battery capacity may need to replace the pack after say a couple of years. Given that replacement batteries tend to cost about a quarter to a third of the price of the original bike, that's a significant running cost. It also points up the importance of the battery guarantee which many vendors offer, and the importance of choosing a vendor who is likely to be around in a few years when you need that new battery. Another problem can arise. The bike you bought will probably have been superseded by a newer machine, which quite likely uses a newer battery design. You'd better hope that the vendor still has spares for your now older bike. For older batteries, there may be companies who can `re-cell' your old pack, adding new battery internals. But with modern lithium packs this isn't really possible, sadly. Photo courtesy of Wisper Cycles ABOVE: The battery is the heart of any electric bike. Take care of it, because replacements may be expensive and, eventually, may become hard to obtain once the technology's moved on. The question of range In our reviews we're somewhat cautious and imprecise when it comes to giving figures for range. This is because any figure is heavily dependent on factors including rider weight, rider effort, hills, headwinds, tyre inflation, power mode, air temperature and more. And these are not minor influences. A lightweight, fit and frugal user on the flat could get five times the range of a heavy, unfit rider in serious hills, for example. So in isolation, any one `range' figure is relatively meaningless. There have been attempts to `standardise' conditions and compare ranges, but these tend to take a lot of time and resources, and the results are only valid as long as it takes for manufacturers to release next year's model. We're unlikely to attempt to go down this route ourselves. So how can you tell whether a bike will have enough range for you? The best way is to hire one and try it on your route, or take the advice of an experienced dealer. For what it's worth, most full-size machines seem to be designed around an `average' of 20-30 mostly flat miles with `gentle pedalling'. If your needs are likely to exceed those conditions, your options are to seek out an extended range model or just carry a spare battery! We'll revisit the question of range in more depth in a future issue, as it's an important issue for many riders. Further reading Electric Bike magazine is aimed largely at newcomers to electric bikes, and we're aware that technically-minded readers and DIY enthusiasts might be looking for more detailed discussion. In print, A to B Magazine has been reviewing electric bikes for many years (alongside other material). They also have much useful information on their website. Call them on 01305 259 998 or see www.atob.org.uk On the internet, try the Pedelecs forum: www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum for UK-based electric bike chat. It has participants across the scale, from raw newcomers to experts with encyclopaedic knowledge of electric bike technology. Of course it's hard to beat the practical knowledge of a good specialist dealer, so try there first for any detailed technical queries. Next issue We've run out of space for now. Next issue we'll continue with some further advice and a `reality check': is an electric bike really for you? 28 Electric Bike Autumn 2010 Electric Bicycle Insurance WIN A WISPER ELECTRIC BIKE WORTH OVER �1,000 To be entered into the draw go to ilovemybike.co.uk and get a quote for cycle insurance Every policy includes: New-for-old replacement Cover for theft, accidental damage and vandalism (RACE COVER INCLUDED) Cycle Rescue (worth �34) A unique breakdown service for cyclists �1 million third party cycle insurance (worth �27) Cover should you cause damage whilst cycling `Get you home' cover We will pay for a taxi if your bike gets stolen or damaged Personal accident cover Compensation should you seriously injure yourself whilst cycling Worldwide cover Your bike is covered for theft or damage anywhere in the world Up to 40% no claims discount 40% discount for folding bikes. Covers custom bikes ilovemybike.co.uk or call 0800 212 810 Terms and conditions apply. 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We've listed the dealers who advertise in the magazine, of course, and in a deal with Raleigh UK we've also agreed to list their I eBike dealers (some of who may of course stock other brands as well). Raleigh eBike dealers have numbers on the map in blue, while Electric Bike advertisers are in red. Others advertisers, such as Wisper Cycles and Gocycle, don't sell direct, so they aren't listed on this map as such. But they have extensive dealer networks: visit their websites or call them for details. The shops listed are featured because their participation helps support this magazine. As readers, please support them too, and do mention Electric Bike if you call! Finally, if you're an electric bike dealer and would like to be listed next issue, please do get in touch! 62 Electric Mountain Bikes Kirkbymoorside North Yorkshire 01751 432936 www.electricmountainbikes.com Very powerful custom-built e-bikes & conversion kits. MTB/Hybrid, commuting, folding, tandems. Electric Goat, Heinzmann, Gruber, BionX. 21 Full Charge Ahead Electric Cycles Pugh's Garden Centre, Ty-nant Road Cardiff South Glamorgan CF15 8LB 0845 619 8976 www.fullchargeahead.com South Wales' electric bike shop. Sales, service, repairs for most brands including Wisper and Raleigh. 63 GoEco Electric Bike Holidays Eyon Cappamore Co Limerick Ireland 00353 61 381427 www.goeco.ie Ireland's electric bike specialists with over six years' experience, trained technicians & world leading brands to facilitate the electric bike holiday experience. 64 Juicy Bike 5 The Colonnade Buxton Derbyshire SK17 6AL 01298 21 40 40 www.juicybike.co.uk Best kept secret: style, quality and excellent value. Great range available, all under �900. 65 Lean Machines Unit 5, Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Road Canterbury Kent CT2 7FG 01227 811 717 www.leanmachines-kent.co.uk We offer quality electric two wheelers innovation and attention assured! Come and see us! 66 E-BikesDirect c/o MTF Enterprises Ltd, Unit 6, Midicy Oast Bodiam Business Park Bodiam TN32 5UP East Sussex 01580 830959 www.e-bikesdirect.co.uk Quality bikes, low prices, assembled delivery, finance, test facilities, second London showroom opening soon. 67 Onbike (Kidderminster) Unit 330, Hartlebury Industrial Estate Kidderminster Worcestershire DY10 4JB 01299 25 15 14 www.onbike.co.uk Electric bike superstore with over 20 demonstration bikes. Unbiased expert advice on all the major brands. 68 Onbike (Presteigne) The Workhouse, The Industrial Estate Presteigne Powys LD8 2UF 07944 63 60 80 www.onbike.co.uk Electric bike superstore with over 15 demonstration bikes. Unbiased expert advice on all the major brands. 28 Team Hybrid Unit F3, Knowle Village Business Park, Mayles Lane Knowle Hampshire PO17 5DY 01329 832068 www.teamhybrid.co.uk UK distributor for Falco E-Motors. Dealers for Raleigh, Ultra Motor, Wisper E-Bikes. 69 Velospeed The Old School House, Ambury Road, Aldworth Reading Berkshire RG8 9TQ 01635 579304 www.velospeed.co.uk Bikes from Daum, Emotion and Velospeed. Try out our bikes in the quiet Berkshire countryside. 70 Atmosphere Electric Bikes (Coventry) 18 Chequer St, Bulkington Coventry CV12 9NH 02476 490339 www.electricbikes.org.uk Long established e-bike centres with a stunning range of brands, workshop, demo area at superb prices. Raleigh eBike dealers: 01 Avon Atmosphere Electric Bikes 137 St Georges Road Bristol BS1 5UW 0117 9087153 www.electricbikes.org.uk 02 Bedfordshire Cyclelife Edlesborough Janes Ltd, 4-8 High Street, Edlesborough Dunstable LU6 2HS 01525 220208 www.cyclelife.com 03 Ceredigion New Image Bicycles 29/30 Pendre Cardigan SA43 1LA 01239 621275 www.newimagebicycles.co.uk 04 Cheshire Cyclelife Lymm 1 Birchbrook Road, Heatley Lymm WA13 9RR 01925 753424 www.bikesoflymm.co.uk 05 Cheshire John Geddes Cycles 43 Widnes Road Widnes WA8 6AZ 0151 4207797 www.gedbikes.demon.co.uk 06 Cheshire Morreys of Holmes Chapel 8-10 The Square Holmes Chapel CW4 7AD 01477 533125 www.cyclelife.com 07 Cheshire The Bike Factory 153-161 Boughton Chester CH3 5BH 01244 317893 www.thebikefactory.co.uk 08 Co Durham Cyclelife Durham A1 Motorstore, Front Street, Framwellgate Moor Durham DH1 5AU 0845 6521442 www.dcp-shop.co.uk 09 Co Durham Geared 4 The Old Bank, Newmarket Consett DH8 5LQ 01207 504652 www.geared4.com 10 Cornwall Clive Mitchell Cycles 6 Calenick Street Truro TR1 2SF 01872 276930 www.clivemitchellcycles.co.uk 11 Devon Bike-It Barnstaple The Warehouse, Mill Road Barnstaple EX31 1JQ 01271 323873 www.bikeitbarnstaple.co.uk 12 Devon Exmouth Cycle Hire 1 Victoria Road Exmouth EX8 1DL 01395 225656 www.exmouthcyclehire.com 13 Devon Partridge Cycles Superstore A38 Kennford Exeter EX6 7TF 01392 833303 www.partridgecycles.co.uk 14 Devon Simply The Bike 100-102 Belgrave Road Torquay TQ2 5HZ 01803 200024 www.simplythebike.co.uk 15 Dorset Cycle Paths Unit Q Link Mall, 1st Floor Dolphin Centre Poole BH15 1TF Dorset 01202 680123 www.cycle-paths.co.uk 16 Dorset Cyclelife Weymouth 28 Abbotsbury Road Weymouth DT4 0AE 01305 781831 www.cyclelife.com 17 East Yorkshire Cyclelife Bridlington Hilderthorpe Cycles, 40 St Johns Street Bridlington YO16 7JS 01262 677555 www.hilderthorpecycles.co.uk 18 Essex Cyclelife Brentwood B & M Cycles & Toys, 13 High Street Brentwood CM14 4RG 01277 214342 www.cyclelife.com 19 Essex D2 Leisure Group Unit 3/4 Falcon Park, Luckyn Lane, Pipps Hill Ind Estate Basildon SS14 3AL 01268 288208 www.d2leisuregroup.co.uk 20 Flintshire Graham Weigh Cycles 3/5 Chester Road East Shotton CH5 1QA 01244 831110 www.grahamweighcycles.co.uk 21 Glamorgan Full Charge Ahead Pughs Garden Centre, Ty-Nant Road, Morganstown Cardiff CF15 8LB 0845 619 8976 www.fullchargeahead.com 22 Guernsey Adventure Cycles Grande Rue, St Martins GY4 6LH 01481 232855 www.adventurecycles.net 23 Hampshire Cycle World - Portsmouth 373 London Road Portsmouth PO2 9HJ 02392 666500 www.cycleworld.co.uk 24 Hampshire Cyclelife Farnborough Silvester Brothers, 5 Cove Road Farnborough GU14 0EH 01252 543778 www.silvesterbros.co.uk 25 Hampshire Cyclelife Petersfield Rear of 40 Dragon Street Petersfield GU31 4JJ 01730 266644 www.cyclelife.com 26 Hampshire Cyclexperience - Brockenhurst The Island Shop, Brookley Road Brockenhurst SO42 7RR 01590 624207 www.cyclex.co.uk 27 Hampshire Peter Hansford Cycles Bridge Road, Parkgate Southampton SO31 6BX 01489 573249 www.peterhansford.co.uk 28 Hampshire Team Hybrid Unit F3, Knowle Village Business Park, Mayles Lane Knowle PO17 5DY 01329 832068 www.teamhybrid.co.uk 29 Herefordshire Mastercraft Cycles 39 Bridge Street Hereford HR4 9DG 01432 274047 www.mastercraftcycles.co.uk 30 Hertfordshire Cyclelife Royston 44a High Street Royston SG8 9AW 01763 247911 www.cyclelife.com 31 Jersey Lawrence De Gruchy 46 Don Street St. Helier JE2 4TR 01534 730090 email@example.com 32 Kent Bigfoot Bikes 50 Hayes Street Bromley BR2 7LD 0208 4625004 www.bigfootbikes.com 33 Lanarkshire Cyclelife Bikechain, Glasgow 1417 Dumbarton Road, Scotstoun Glasgow G14 9XS 0141 9581055 www.cyclelife.com 34 Lancashire Cyclelife Fleetwood Brooks Cycles & Leisure 4 & 8 North Albert Street Fleetwood FY7 6AA 01253 872169 www.brookscyclesandleisure.co.uk 35 Lancashire Oggys Cycles 34 Regent Road Morecambe LA13 1QN 01524 832860 www.morecambecyclecentre.co.uk 36 Lancashire On Yer Bike Queen Street, Off Queens Lancashire Way Burnley BB11 1AT 01282 438855 www.onyerbikeonline.com 37 Leicestershire Bikes & Sports 6-10 Stockwell Head, Hinckley Leicester LE10 1RE 01455 617202 www.bikesandsports.co.uk 38 Leicestershire Cyclelife Coalville Coalville Cycles 28 Belvoir Road Coalville LE67 3PN 01530 832179 www.cyclelife.com 39 Lincolnshire J.C. Cook 125 Pasture Street Grimsby DN32 9EE 0800 0560380 www.jccookcycles.co.uk 40 London Electric Zero Ltd 6 Heath Street Hampstead NW3 6TE 0207 7943373 www.vitaelectric.co.uk 41 Merseyside Quinns Bike Centre 379-385 Edge Lane Liverpool L7 9LQ 0151 2286262 www.quinnsbikecentre.co.uk 42 Midlothian Bicycle Repair Man 111 Newington Road Edinburgh EH9 1QW 0131 6675959 www.bicyclerepairmanedinburgh.com 43 Midlothian Electric Cycle Company 133-135 Granton Road, Edinburgh EH5 3NJ 0131 5534900 www.electriccyclecompany.co.uk 44 North Yorkshire Shannons Cycle Centre 169-171 Boroughbridge Road York YO26 6AN 01904 791610 www.shannonscyclecentre.co.uk 45 North Yorkshire Trailways Old Railway Station, Hawsker Whitby YO22 4LB 01947 820207 www.trailways.info 46 Northumberland Cyclelife Alnwick The Great Outdoor Store, Unit 10, Oak Drive, Lionheart Ent. Park Alnwick NE66 2EU 01665 602925 www.cyclelife-alnwick.co.uk 47 Oxfordshire Reg Taylor 285 Iffley Road Oxford OX4 4AQ 01865 247040 www.regtaylorcycles.co.uk 48 Perthshire Scottish eBike Centre 103 High Street Kinross KY13 8AQ 01577 864903 www.ebikescotland.com 49 Rutland Rutland Cycling Whitwell Car Park, Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell Oakham LE15 8BL 01572 737624 www.rutlandcycling.com 50 Somerset Cyclelife Crewkerne Serv-u, 10 Market Street Crewkerne TA18 7LA 01460 76191 www.cyclelifecrewkerne.co.uk 51 Somerset Cyclelife Wellington Kings Cycles, 7 Corn Hill Wellington TA21 8LU 01823 662260 www.kingscycles.co.uk 52 Somerset Reaction Electric The Old Print Works, 2 Wilfred Road Taunton TA1 1TB 01823 279622 www.reactionelectric.co.uk 53 Staffordshire Cyclelife Burton-on-Trent Sheffield Cycles, 156 Station Street Burton On Trent DE14 1BS 01283 532155 www.cyclelife.com 54 West Midlands Coventry Cycle Centre 140 Far Gosford Street Coventry CV1 5DY 024 76222997 www.coventrycyclecentre.co.uk 55 West Yorkshire The Bike Shop - Leeds 78-84 Crossgates Road, Crossgates Leeds LS15 7NL 0113 2328483 www.theraleighbikeshop.com 56 Wiltshire Cyclelife Salisbury Hayball Cyclesport, Black Horse Chequer, 26-30 Winchester Street Salisbury SP1 1HG 01722 411378 www.cyclelife.com 57 Wiltshire E Motion Electric Vehicle Co. 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