Issue 2: Electric Bike Magazine
Electric Bike Magazine Issue Two, including reviews of the Wisper 906 Alpino, the Gazelle Orange Pure Innergy, the Juicy Sport 2011 and the Kalkhoff Pro Connect Disc. Plus Eurobike, a reality check and the latest electric bike news.
Issue 2 www.electricbikemag.co.uk Reviews: four e-bikes Basics: reality check Report: Eurobike ON TEST: Wisper 906 Alpino Gazelle Orange Pure Innergy lJuicy Bike Sport 2011 Kalkhoff Pro Connect Disc e for easily. easily the most economic power assisted transport there is. easily the lowest prices guaranteed. easily the most comprehensive range. easily delivered and pre-assembled. easily the best finance arrangemnets. 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To nd out more about our fantastic range and unprecedented knowledge of electric bikes in the UK contact us on: Tel: 01580830959 www.e-bikesdirect.co.uk or www.tricyclesales.co.uk Head o ce & showroom - Unit 6, Midicy Oast, Bodiam Business Park, Bodiam, East Sussex. TN32 5UP New London showroom - E-Bikesdirect London, 14 Ingate Place, Battersea, London. SW8 3NS It is advisable to contact us prior to coming for a demonstration TM Contents From the editor Welcome to the second edition of Electric Bike magazine! Winter is a tough time for electric cycling. As well as the weather being a challenge for the rider, the rain, snow and slush are a test of any bike's reliability. Today's battery technology also performs less well at lower temperatures, reducing power and range. We put all four of this issue's review bikes to work in all weathers through the winter, and I hope you enjoy reading all about how they coped in our reviews. Even if it's cold outside, powering along in the fresh air on an electric bike is still a fine way to travel! Winter is also a productive time for manufacturers and suppliers, as they ready their ranges for the upcoming cycling season. We report from the Eurobike show in Germany, bringing you a glimpse into the new technology coming soon to bikes you can buy. This year looks to be a good one for electric cycling: the technology is maturing and ever more major companies are producing quality bikes with professional backup. Over 40,000 `reads' of the free online edition of last issue's Electric Bike also show there's masses of interest and pent-up demand. Here's to enjoyable, safe, electric cycling in 2011! 26 4 News All the latest from the electric bike world. 8 6 Reality check Is an electric bike for you? What the ads don't tell you... 8 Review: 12 Wisper 906 Alpino 12 Review: Gazelle Orange Pure Innergy 18 Review: Juicy Bike Sport 2011 18 22 Review: Kalkhoff Pro Connect Disc Peter Eland 26 Electric Eurobike All of the upcoming technology from Europe's largest trade show 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 Cover photo: Peter Eland ELECTRIC BIKE Electric Bike magazine is published quarterly by Velo Vision Ltd. ISSN: 2045-3183 (Print) ISSN: 2045-3191 (Online) 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 22 30 Dealer locator Find your nearest electric bike dealer and see what they stock. 32 How to subscribe Get Electric Bike delivered to your door, and check out our sister publication Velo Vision... Issue 2 Electric Bike 3 + Police cyclists NEWS Tour de Presteigne 2011 go electric City of London Police trial a Wisper electric bike in `E-cop' initiative, while Juicy Bike send a Sport on patrol... B ike-riding police and paramedics are now a familiar sight in many urban centres � and naturally they've been looking at electric bikes to ease their workload. Paramedics in particular often have heavy luggage to carry, such as portable defibrillators, and any hills can slow down vital response times. Police riders, too, often need to reach their destination with all possible speed � even at the end of a long day's work. But being on a bike keeps the officers approachable to the public, vital for effective neighbourhood policing. Recently two suppliers have had their electric bikes on test. Juicy Bikes from Buxton sent their 2010 Sport model (we review the 2011 version in this issue) to a major police force; testing is ongoing but early indications are positive. Also Wisper Bikes, whose machines are already used by police in Dundee, Surrey and North Wales, were asked to send a bike for the City of London Police to test. The bike made a strong impression, as Sergeant Antony Wolfson explained: "The extra power of the e-bike allows an officer to move quickly and definitely fits with our objectives; helping us to cut crime in the Square Mile." A decision on whether to roll out the electric technology to replace existing police bikes is still pending, however. Professional users such as the police, paramedics and cycle couriers work their bikes hard, riding for many hours daily. This makes them a great proving ground for reliable electric bike technology, and we hope these trials will be followed up by wider deployments. This year's incarnation of the country's only electric-bike specific event, the Tour de Presteigne, takes place on the 7th and 8th May. The weekend of events, hosted by local electric bike business OnBike, will be on the Presteigne Industrial Estate, an ideal place to try out bikes. A full range of electric bikes should be on hand from suppliers including EBCO, Raleigh, Daum, eZee, Batribike, E-Motion, Wisper and more. The event starts at 9.30 on Saturday 7 May with a guided circular 50 mile ride into the Welsh hills, followed by an evening of music in the Presteigne Wine Bar. Then from 10 AM on Sunday the trade show opens, giving visitors the opportunity to ride and buy a wide range of electric bikes. In the early afternoon a 10 mile orienteering competition will take in some of the fabulous Border countryside, and the legendary Tour de Presteigne around the closed streets of the town will take place at 4.30 PM, with participants in fancy dress. This year there will be cash prizes. As usual it will be MC'd by the famous Radio 4 broadcaster and writer Ian Marchant, who will be performing songs with his band `Your Dad' while the event is in progress. For more details call 01544 267 163 or see www.tourdepresteigne.co.uk Incidentally, if you missed last year's event then a DVD of proceedings has been put together by a local amateur filmmaker. To receive a copy send a cheque for �5 to Mr D Symons, 10 Offars Green, Norton, Presteigne LD8 2NX or call him on 01544 267 409. Proceeds go to the Midlands Air Ambulance charity. 4 Electric Bike Issue 2 Photo courtesy of Wisper Bikes NEWSI Supplier news Extra Energy in English German organisation Extra Energy has for many years now been promoting electric bikes across Europe, and publishing the results of the extensive testing which they carry out. Until now it's been a resource mainly for German speakers, but the latest ExtraEnergy Magazine, with detailed results for all the 47 vehicles tested in 2010, is now available in English as a free online edition, or as a PDF download. It also contains many other useful articles. We at Electric Bike hope to be working with Extra Energy in future to help share their findings with readers in the UK. See: www.extraenergy.org Congratulations to E-Bikes Direct, whose new shop opened recently in Battersea, London. It's the company's first retail store away from its head office in Bodiam, East Sussex. It's apparently ideal for test riding with quiet streets, Battersea Park and a suitable hill all on hand. There's also easy parking and access by public transport. www.e-bikesdirect.com tricycle aiming to offer mobility to users who struggle on two wheels. They've also recently introduced an on-line spares service. www.powabyke.com Gocycle have announced that new models of their high-tech compact electric bike are expected in 2012 and 2013 "with much improved features". They are also expanding their distribution in Europe, and seeking investment partners. www.gocycle.com Electric bike book A new book on electric bikes has been launched by two notable experts: David Henshaw of A to B magazine and Richard Peace, a journalist and electric bike enthusiast whose reviews have featured in Electric Bike's sister publication, Velo Vision. The book, Electric Bicycles, is a comprehensive, 256-page look at the history, the technology and the bikes now available. For any newcomer to the field it's a great grounding in all aspects of electric bikes, and authoritatively written. Perhaps the sheer mass of information and detail on offer may seem a little daunting to the casual reader, but it's worth the effort. The book can be found (for around �12.95) through the usual bookselling channels (ask for ISBN 9781901464245) or via the publisher, Excellent Books: www.excellentbooks.co.uk Congratulations also to 50Cycles, whose new shop in Richmond, just south-west of London, is also now open. They've also moved to new "much bigger and better" premises for their headquarters in Loughborough, just minutes away from the town's mainline train station. www.50cycles.com Powabyke have launched a new range of X-Bykes (we'll have a review in a forthcoming issue) as well as an electric-assisted Goeco in Cappamore, Ireland are now distributing the Veltop rain-protection systems, and also using them on their electric bike hire fleet. These provide a fabric canopy above the rider, with a clear windscreen. Goeco have also taken on sales of the Brompton folding bike, and founded a local Brompton Owners Club. www.goeco.ie Issue 2 Electric Bike 5 + E-BIKE BASICS If you're mostly new to cycling, using an electric bike instead of using a car, then: Don'texpectelectricbikestobe cheap.Agoodonewillcostasmuchor morethanadecentsecond-handcar. Bearinmindit'saroad-goingvehicle towhichyou'lltrustyourlife�but unlikeacar,ithastobesafe,reliable andfunwhileweighingamere25kg orso.Thatrequiresengineeringand goodmaterialstoachieve. Therefore,don'texpecttosave moneyinstantly.Dependingonthe journeyandvehicleit'sreplacing, it'llstilltakeseveralmonthsof petrolsavingstopaybackthecostof purchase.Butthenyou'reintoprofit... Dorealisethatyoualsoneedto spendoutonpracticalclothingtoo� atleastadecentsetofwaterproofs. Ifcycling'samiseryyouwon'tdoit. Withtherightgear,evenadownpour isnobigdeal. Getsomewaterproofpanniers too,sothebikecancarrytheload foryou.Cyclingwitharucksackis apain.Panniersturnabikeinto practicaltransport. Learntraffictechnique.Seriously: thereareskillswhichyouwon'thave learnedfromcardrivingwhichmake abigdifferencetosafeandenjoyable cyclingintraffic,especiallyifyou haven'tbeenridingforawhile.Get acopyofthe`Cyclecraft'book�it's AdvancedMotoringforcyclists! Manylocalauthoritiesalsooffer adultcycletraining,whichcanbe veryworthwhiletoboostconfidence andsafety. Reality check There are lots of great things about electric bikes � and a few that aren't so great. Here's a few aspects the ads don't mention... A Panasonic-powered electric bike in Germany: pushing the pedals is easier with power assist even on the flat. Just remember to pop the battery on charge after each ride... If you're coming to electric bikes as someone experienced in `normal' cycling then be prepared for: Thespeedcut-out!At25km/hor 15mphyou'llberidingunassisted anyway.Ifyou'reareasonablyfit cyclistontheflat,youmaywellbe ridingfasterthanthatmostofthe timeanyway.Onlyifyourspeed isregularlybelowthisthreshold (becauseofhills,headwinds,lack ofstrength,orifyoujustfeellike takingiteasy)willtheelectricshelp. Thecost.Togetanelectricbike you'retalkingaround�500-�1000 morethananormaloneofequivalent quality. Ongoingcosts.Onanormalbike, evenwithdailyuse,that'sjustthe occasionaltyreorcable,plusmaybe newchainandgearsafterafew years.Onanelectricbikeuseddaily, afterafewyearsyoumayneedto spenduptoathirdoftheoriginal priceonanewbattery. Thefuss!Youcanpopanormal bikeintheshedafterarideand forgetit;ifkeptdryitshouldbe readytogoevenayearlateronce you'vepumpedthetyres.Anelectric bikeneedshookingupafterevery ridetore-charge,andifleftlongerterm,itneedsthebatteriestobe toppedupregularlytoavoiddamage. It'swisetoputthebatterycharger onatimerifyou'relikelytoforget. Thenoise!Ifyou'reusedtocycling insilence,allbutthequietestelectric bikeswillirritate.Thewhinecanalso drawattentiontoyouifit'squiet �notwhatyouwantwhenriding throughadodgyareaatnight. Theweight!Areasonablylight unassistedbikethesedaysweighsnot muchmorethan10kg�or15kgwith rack,mudguards,lightsetc.You're luckytofindanelectricbikeunder 20kg,andmostaremore.Thoseextra kilosmaynotmeanmuchasyouride, buttheymakeabigdifferencewhen liftingthebike(upstairs,intocars, ontoroofracksetc),especiallyfor not-so-strongusers. Thetemptation!Onceyouhavean electricbike,it'ssofunandeasyto usethatit'sverytemptingjusttouse itallthetime,evenwhenyoucould perfectlywellrideyouroldunassisted bikeforaparticularjourney.Ifyou needtheexercise,that'snotideal... 6 Electric Bike Issue 2 On Bike The 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. E bike specialist www.onbike.co.uk 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 EBCO, Wisper, Raleigh, Daum, Batribike and more. 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 906 Alpino The Wisper 906 Alpino is a bruiser of a bike, and ours came with a beast of a battery. Is it too much to handle, or could our reviewers take it in hand? Wisper 8 ElectricBike Issue 2 ON TEST: ON TEST: Ezee Torq Wisper 906 Alpino W isper is a well-known name in UK electric cycling. Energetic and genial co-founder David Miall enthusiastically promotes electric bikes in general through the trade association BEBA of which he is chairman, and of course via Wisper Bikes. Wisper have also been at the forefront of efforts to clarify the legal regulations in the UK, and they say that their bikes have already been independently certified to comply with the comprehensive European Specification Weight overall (inc batteries): 27.13 kg Battery weight: 4.07 kg Bike only weight: 23.06 kg Charger weight: 1.09 kg (inc. mains cable) Charge time: 3-4 hours Battery type: Lithium-polymer Battery capacity: 504 Watt hours (14Ah 36V) Gearing: 8-speed hub gear (Shimano Alfine). 48T ring, 20T sprocket. Ratios 35-108". Brakes: Shimano mechanical disks. Lighting: Spanninga Micro front LED, rear LED, both powered from battery Other accessories fitted: Mudguards, carrier rack, stand, bell. Price as tested: �1899. standards which are likely to apply in the UK before long. Wisper have developed a solid reputation for product support, usually via their dealers, but direct with customers if necessary. Their guarantee is also more comprehensive than most: six years for the frame, and two years for other parts. The warranty is also transferable to a new owner, provided the used bike is bought via an official Wisper dealer, of which there are many both in the UK and overseas � some are listed in the dealer map pages later in this issue. It's also good to see user manuals going back several years available for free download via their website. Our test bike, the 906 Alpino, is at the top end of the Wisper range, with a recommended retail price of �1899. It's one of nine machines which they sell, ranging from around �1000 to the only bike above the Alpino in the range, the `carbon-matrix' framed 906xc at around �2500. Batteries are covered by the two year warranty but spares are available, costing around �550 for a high-capacity model as used on the test bike. � ON THE BIKE There's a smaller-framed 26"-wheel version, also in white, as well as the 28"-wheel model we tested. Rider weight limit is 140 kg. The 14 Ah battery is housed in a resilient, rattle-free casing complete with carry handle. Calling the 906 a `bruiser' as we did opposite is perhaps a little unfair; the frame itself is fairly compact. The impression of a substantial, hefty machine comes from several factors: the bold white of the frame and its hydroformed bulk at the front, the large battery pack, the chunky tyres and wide mudguards, and not least the high stem and handlebars. The oversized tubing, large joint areas and general proportions of the frame look to have been designed to provide a rigid, relatively compact platform to fit a wide range of rider sizes; the steep `slope' of the frame means the saddle can go a fair way down if necessary. The frame size, as measured from the centre of the crank axle to the end of seat tube, is around 49 cm. Cables are routed inside the tubes, entering via neat plastic mouldings. The suspension forks are from a good manufacturer, RST, painted Issue 2 ElectricBike 9 + ON T E S T or cables, only the section to the connection box needs swapping out. The handlebar display is a tidy moulded unit, the rubbery texture inspiring confidence in its waterproofing. The LCD display is clear, and at night you can easily switch on a backlight. Bar-type displays show the currently selected power level, battery charge level and also the power currently being drawn by the motor. Your speed is displayed in large digits, and below that you can select trip or total distance. Before leaving the handlebars note the adjustable stem, which lets you adjust the handlebar position over quite some range, without tools. Moving backward along the bike, we come to a suspension seatpost and a fine-looking leather-coloured saddle. On our bike the fit of the seatpost was rather loose in the frame, but the quick-release collar held it perfectly securely when done up. So to the battery pack, which is housed in a robust-feeling casing in resilient plastic (a polycarbonate and ABS mix, they say). The key switch is a familiar `on, off, and push-into-unlock' unit which holds the key captive when switched on; the key handle folds flat to avoid being bashed. The battery slides into place (after you've removed the seatpost and saddle) down a plastic guide, and the locking pin engages into this too. It all feels secure and rattle-free. What's left? Well, some well-fitted mudguards (although the front one is lower supports, makes it look rather less strong than it might be. The wheels seem well made with stainless spokes and Alex rims, and they're fitted with fairly substantial 700c x 47 mm Kenda tyres, with a puncture-resistant strip and readyfilled with anti-puncture fluid Slime. Reflective side-walls would have been nice, perhaps. LED lights are also fitted, front and rear, as is a useful side stand. Finally, there's a compact charger with built-in cooling fan, audible in a quiet office while it's working. � ON THE ROAD white to match the frame. They're adjustable for preload (to reflect rider weight) and the red-anodised knob on the crown is a lock-out. With care, you can activate this as you ride along. Typically you'd use it before starting a long climb so that the suspension doesn't `bob' as you stand on the pedals. It can also be good on smooth roads when you want more precise steering feel, especially under braking. The transmission employs a Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub gear; again a premium component. Hub gears are good for low maintenance, especially if you ride the bike in all weathers. A `trigger' type shifter on the handlebars operates the gears. The chain has a protective coating for long life even if you aren't punctilious about lubrication, and your clothes are kept from it by a welcome chainguard. The hub motor on the front wheel is a `Dapush' brushless DC unit. It's connected to the rest of the bike via a hefty cable, which separates for easy wheel removal via a reassuringly chunky connector. The Shimano mechanical disk brakes are another good all-weather choice. Cut-off contacts, which stop power to the motor when the brakes are used, are tidily fitted underneath the Tektro levers. Wires from these, the handlebar display unit and throttle twist-grip are all neatly guided to the black plastic `Front Connection Box', from where a single heavy-duty cable heads down and inside the frame towards the control electronics below the battery. This system apparently simplifies maintenance; if there's a problem with any of the handlebar electrics The display is excellent, giving useful info and with a backlight for use at night. Note also the quick-adjust stem, and the tidy connection box for the wiring. HIGH POINTS: Strong motor assist Large battery gives considerable range High quality bike parts Good brakes, gears, suspension. Good backup and dealer support Easy-adjust stem good for multiple riders LOW POINTS: Noisy motor, even if resonance now fixed Heavy bike thanks to huge battery Not cheap (but nor are the parts) GOOD FOR: Those wanting a powerful electric system Anyone looking for quality bike parts Those for whom exercise is not a first priority Stronger/more confident riders who can handle the weight and power Available from: Wisper dealers: Tel 01590 681553 or see www.wisperbikes.com for details rather short) and an alloy rear rack. The rack is made from reasonably substantial alloy rod, but the lack of triangulation, especially on the The Wisper had the misfortune to be on hand for my commute during the worst of the snowy weather. Although I try to keep review bikes reasonably clean, a few trips through the snow and slush saw an end to that. Icy conditions are not, perhaps, the Alpino's favourite. I ended up frequently turning the assistance down to the lowest of its five settings to ensure that the front wheel wouldn't simply power from under me. On the other hand, cruising along at low power without pedalling was often useful for traversing icy patches, as I could concentrate fully on balance, knowing that the power would be applied evenly and smoothly. Back onto dry roads, it's much more tempting to set the power to max and enjoy the ride. You twist the throttle for assistance from a standstill or when you're not pedalling; once you're moving the assist kicks in automatically when you pedal. It cuts out at the merest squeeze of the brakes. Even as a fairly heavy rider I did at times feel that I was having to work to maintain control, especially when manoeuvring round a tight corner � if the motor cuts in at full power it'll try to straighten the steering, and the weight of the bike means that it can be slow to pull out of a lean. Of course after a little riding you get used to this, and anticipate the motor response. But some lighter riders did find full power `a bit much', initially at least. One issue many noticed was the motor noise � an unobjectionable buzz at most speeds, but a significantly louder, more rasping resonance between 16 and 19 km/h. If you're accelerating up towards the 25 km/h 10 ElectricBike Issue 2 ON TEST: ON TEST: Ezee Torq Wisper 906 Alpino limit you're not in this band for long, but it does sometimes annoy. Wisper tell me they've tracked it down to the motor casing design and current batches no longer have this problem. The battery range is considerable � although as ever hills, rider weight, pedalling etc can affect exact numbers. At best, I managed almost six flat ten-mile commutes with it before a recharge, using the assist fairly heavily. Range was noticeably reduced in the really cold weather. The power slightly weakens as the battery approaches empty. I had few quibbles with the cycling aspects. Brakes had really good feel and stopped the bike quietly and decisively; the Alfine hub shifted smoothly. The suspension was also effective. It was interesting to experiment with the lock-out function, although with electric assistance to help, instances where it could be needed, standing on the pedals, for example, were rare. The LED lights switch on automatically. I would have liked some way to do this manually, too � ADVERTISEMENT: The Shimano cableoperated brakes worked well, stopping the bike decisively. Note also the substantial connector on the motor cable. A useful kickstand comes as standard. occasionally I'd have liked them on even when it wasn't dark enough to trigger the sensors. The front headlight puts out plenty of light all around the front lens, ideal for being seen by other road users, while throwing a good bright beam too. If you're a confident rider the Alpino 906 is a really enjoyable ride. Having plenty of power on hand means it's easy to get into the habit of travelling at 25 km/h or so almost all the time � you have to consciously slow down for hazards. The solid brakes, reliable gears and effective suspension all play their part. If there's a danger, it's that you won't get much exercise, unless you're strong-willed enough to turn the fun factor (power level) right down! � SUMMARY The general quality of components on the Wisper is hard to fault, and the fit and finish is good too. On the cycling side there's little worth complaining about, aside perhaps from the overall weight, which thanks to the large battery may at times be an issue for less strong riders. And as an electric-assist machine, it's impressive too. What it is not is subtle: at higher power levels in particular, some rider confidence is needed to cope with the power boost through the front wheel � it can be exhilarating once you're used to it, though. Lower power levels are easily selected, anyway, for the nervous or in slippery conditions. This is a machine on which pedalling is very much optional, as it will pull you along decisively whether or not you contribute. The display is excellent, too, providing useful information as you ride. The only real fly in the ointment was the 16-19 km/h motor resonance on our machine, and this has been fixed, say Wisper. Also, they say they have a new model coming out later in the summer which addresses many of the other minor criticisms we made. Overall the 906 Alpino deserves serious consideration if you're looking for a high-end, throttle-type electric bike with plenty of range. Peter Eland Issue 2 ElectricBike 11 + ON T E S T Orange Pure Innergy The Orange Pure Innergy (from �1549) is the base model in the electric bike line-up from one of the Netherland's largest bike makers, Gazelle. Will it be a hit this side of the Channel? We try it to find out. Gazelle 12 Electric Bike Issue 2 ON TEST: Ezee Torq ON TEST: Gazelle Orange Pure Innergy W ith a history stretching back to 1892, Gazelle have a track record few can rival, and as one of the Netherlands' (and the EU's) major cycle producers, they have plenty of commercial weight behind them. All components on their electric bikes are made in Western Europe, they say. They now have a number of dealers Specification Weight (inc batteries): 24.8 kg Battery weight: 3.55 kg Bike only weight: 21.25 kg Charger weight: 0.58 kg (inc. mains cable) Battery type: Li-Ion Battery capacity: 396 Watt hours (11Ah 36V) Gearing: 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gear. Brakes: V-brake front, Shimano roller brake rear. Lighting: front LED, rear LED Accessories: full chaincase, carrier rack, frame lock, dress guard, mudguards, stand, bell. Price as tested: �1669.99 in the UK, but the longest-serving is Cycle Heaven in York, who have pioneered selling Dutch bikes to the UK public for over fifteen years. They kindly supplied our review bike. Gazelle's `Innergy' electric bikes are divided for the 2010/11 season into four ranges (Orange, Chamonix, Fuente and Medeo) and four specification levels (Pure, Plus, Xtra, Excellent, although not all are available on every range), hence the mouthful of a name. An indication of the scale of their operation is that each of these permutations is available in diamond and stepthrough frames, and in several frame sizes for each. Electrically, the Pure models are the simplest, with just a pedal rotation sensor to `feed' the control electronics. Higher models add torque sensing and more elaborate handlebar display consoles. Any of the models can be fitted with a choice of battery: 7 Ah (bronze), 9 Ah (Silver) or 11 Ah Many of the parts are Gazelle's own components, for example the brake levers and handlebar grips. Overall Gazelle have done an excellent job with the styling of this machine � it looks very `integrated'. Everything is harmoniously matched, right down to the colour of the cables, the plastic `soft touch' inserts in the brake levers, and through to the green highlights on the grips and carrier elastic matching the frame graphics. It's also � ON THE BIKE (Gold). Prices for the three battery options are �1549.99, �1629.99 and �1669.99 respectively. Our `Pure' review bike had the Gold battery. Batteries are guaranteed to retain 80% capacity up to two years old and 600 charge cycles. Frame and forks have a 10-year guarantee, while for all electrical and other non-wear parts it's two years. The Orange Pure Innergy offers two frame sizes in the diamond frame version and four in the step-through design. Our bike had the 49 cm step through frame. Issue 2 Electric Bike 13 + ON T E S T HIGH POINTS: Silent, utterly. Electrics also visually unobtrusive Excellent finish and components Very comfortable upright riding position Ultra-low maintenance Major manufacturer behind it tidy, with cables largely concealed within the frame. At first glance only the oversized front hub and a bulky rear rack give away the fact that this is an electric bike. Add some panniers, concealing the battery, and it really becomes very hard to distinguish from a normal Gazelle roadster. It's also the first electric bike we've encountered to do without a suspension fork, going instead for a simple rigid fork. This requires no maintenance, saves weight and with such an upright riding position there's relatively little weight on the front wheel anyway. The plain fork also adds to the `normal bike' looks. As is typical of mainland European bikes used for daily transport, this Gazelle is kitted out with very full equipment. The transmission used is the well-proven Shimano Nexus 7-speed hub gear, and the entire transmission is enclosed within a plastic chaincase. This keeps dirt and water off the chain, cutting down chain maintenance to a once-in-ablue-moon event. It also keeps your clothing clear from any chance of contact with the chain. On the low step-through models, there's also a skirt guard to shield the back wheel. Brakes are a V-brake at the front (complete with a `power limiter' to prevent it grabbing if you panic stop), and a low-maintenance roller brake for the back wheel. The levers are comfortable Gazelle-branded models, with nicely shaped grips on the bars to support your wrists. What looks like a throttle on the left-hand grip is actually a bell � twist it to ring. Other items include good long � ON THE ROAD Finally for the electrical systems, the handlebar display unit is fairly basic, with controls and LED lights for battery status, power level and lights. The charger is a compact fanless type. LOW POINTS: Rather weak assist, even set to `boost', especially at low speed Riding position compromises aerodynamics GOOD FOR: Anyone who wants a truly silent, discreet electric bike Riders who don't tend to tackle many hills Comfort-oriented riders who like sitting upright The maintenance averse Available from: UK Gazelle dealers: see www.gazelle.nl for a full list. Review bike supplied by Cycle Heaven, 2 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1JJ. Tel: 01904 636578 or 651870 or see www.cycle-heaven.co.uk ABOVE: Frame lock and dress guard: standard on bikes in Holland, not so usual for the UK. BELOW LEFT: A full chaincase keeps the chain and your trousers clean. BELOW RIGHT: The battery is very neatly integrated: note no obvious wiring. mudguards, a superb wide side-stand and a built-in frame lock which quickly secures the back wheel (it'll stop anyone riding it off, but use a more serious lock to anchor it to something solid if you're leaving it unattended). There's also a rugged rear rack and LED lights front and rear, with the rear light built into the battery pack. They're powered by the main battery, with two hours reserve even after the battery is `flat'. The battery is a nicely styled aluminium unit, with plastic-lined channels along its length which engage with the carrier rack for a tight rattle-free fit. A locking mechanism (keyed alike with the frame lock) and the control electronics are at the front of the rack, with the cable from this running very unobtrusively down inside the rack tubing to the rest of the bike. Let's get the bike bits out of the way first. Basically, with the assist turned off, it rides like any normal Dutchstyle bike. You're very upright, with most of your weight on the wide saddle, so wrists are relaxed and neck unstrained. In the upright position you do catch the wind rather, so headwinds slow you down, but you get a great view over traffic and many people find it's easy on the back. The steering is light and precise, and I never missed the lack of front suspension. There's no `dive' when you brake, either. Gears and brakes were equally effective. It all just performed well without any fuss, and on the flat at least the weight was of little importance. It's no heavier than some older steel Dutch (non-electric) bikes I've ridden, anyway. Bikes with this layout don't pretend to be fast, but they're comfortable and reliable. So to the electric assist. There's no throttle or other control: the motor adds power automatically when you pedal and stops when you stop. So pedal away... and nothing happens. Well, that's how it seems at first, because this bike's motor is utterly silent. The assist is also subtle (the unkind might say weak) at low speeds; this means it's super easy to control, though, as any pull at the steering from the front wheel motor is barely discernable. It's more when you're up to 15 km/h or so that you start to feel it helping you along. Even then, you can't hear it. I really tried, switching it on and off while riding, well away from traffic, but I just couldn't tell when it was on or off over the road noise of the tyres and the running of the chain. The low power at low speeds does mean that you'll have to do most of the acceleration yourself, and use low gears for hills. Where the assist comes into its own is when you're cruising along (I imagine a Dutch rider heading into the wind along one of their long, exposed cycle paths...). It lets you keep up a good speed with very little effort, and to converse unstrained with fitter companions. I asked Cycle Heaven about the 14 Electric Bike Issue 2 ON TEST: Ezee Torq ON TEST: Gazelle Orange Pure Innergy The absolute silence of the Gazelle's electric assist was a real pleasure apparent lack of power, and they explained that the Pure's assist system has been deliberately `detuned' by Gazelle, to around 70% of the power it reaches on the bikes higher up the range. This is because with the Pure's fairly basic control system (just a pedal rotation sensor) full power at low speeds might cause motor overheating. I am rather surprised that a more elegant solution couldn't be found. I suspect a louder motor might have felt more powerful, just because the brain's conditioned to perceive it that way. Also, I'm a heavy rider at around 95 kg, and lighter riders will be accelerated more dramatically by the power it delivers. Nonetheless, I think it's fair to say that this is a bike for those who can and want to pedal, with some assistance. It'll maintain your fitness more than most, while taking the drag out of longer stretches. � SUMMARY The 11 Ah `Gold' battery seems to last for ages, certainly 60+ flattish urban miles with a heavy rider, perhaps because the bike encourages a considerable pedalling contribution. The weight at the back of the bike was only really noticeable when lifting the machine, not helped by there being no obvious grip point near the centre of gravity. As a commuting machine I enjoyed using the Gazelle: the upright position encourages a laid-back approach to speed and traffic, and it's a machine on which I tended to arrive relaxed. Even the motor cables and connector box are colourcoordinated. Rigid forks are simple and light. The absolute silence of the Gazelle's electric assist was a real pleasure: sometimes you don't want to draw attention to yourself. It's also excellent when you're riding in a group: no unsociable buzz to compete with conversation, or to mark you out as the one who needs a helping hand. The bike itself was also as polished and robust as you'd expect from one of the Netherlands' most popular brands: components are solid and smart, with every detail evolved for long life, low maintenance and ease of use. I could find absolutely nothing of significance to complain about � not something that often happens for a nit-picker like me. Various upgrades might be nice: a more informative handlebar display, for example. But you can go for a higher model in the range if you want that. As it is, the bike's equipped to an excellent standard for everyday use. The only real reservation is that the silence comes at a price: sheer power. This isn't the machine to choose if low speed acceleration or hillclimbing is your priority. The power is delivered gently and subtly, ideal for the less confident rider, and it's very much assistance for your pedalling rather than a replacement. Overall, the Orange Pure Innergy delivered a lot of sophistication for the money. It's not a cheap bike, even without the `Gold' battery, but I doubt the quality will disappoint any purchaser. Peter Eland B I K E S The K L I M A X of all-weather mobility! Ride to work in morning rain with the Foldable Fairing, and back home in the afternoon sun "with the top down". With powerful electric assist, you can master even hilly stretches sweat-free. And always nice and dry: The K L I M A X 2 K makes it possible. w w w. h a s e b i ke s . c o m Unit 5 Canterbury Innovation Centre University Road Canterbury Kent CT2 7FG 01227 811717 email@example.com East Kent's premier electric bike dealer. Wisper, Sachs, Ultramotor A2B, Gocycle and 3E Citylight ranges offered from our showroom on the University of Kent campus. www.leanmachines-kent.co.uk No.2 Electric Bike 5 + ON T E S T JuicyBike Sport 2011 We review the Juicy Bike Sport, an all-purpose machine towards the top end of the `budget electric bike' spectrum. 18 ElectricBike Issue 2 ON TEST: Ezee Torq ON TEST: Juicy Bike Sport 2011 B ased in the Peak District town of Buxton, Juicy Bike is an off-shoot of Eco-Republic, a shop which sells all sorts of environmentally-focussed items to the local and visiting population. Founded and run by Bob Wales, formerly Head of the Faculty for Engineering and Computing at Derby University and manager of an ecohomes development in Buxton, the business has now been running for several years, importing a modest range of electric bike models direct from China. Bob travels several times a year to visit the factories, and to liase with Juicy Bike's local quality control manager, who provides onthe-spot, ongoing checking before the bikes are packed up for their journey to the UK. Bob told me that he's selected Juicy Bike's manufacturing partners in China carefully, with working conditions, attitude and quality as higher priorities than price alone. Juicy are also members of BEBA, the UK electric bike industry association, so bikes can be serviced under warranty or otherwise at any BEBA dealer. In the UK, the bikes are sold direct from the shop of course, and also via dealers in Bristol, Preston, Whaley Bridge and shortly London, Hastings and more. Juicy Bike can also send them by mail order to any UK destination. If a problem develops which cannot be easily resolved at a distance or by shipping replacement parts, Juicy Bike will try to work with a local cycle dealer to provide a solution, and failing that, they'll have the machine collected for repair. Specification Weight overall (inc batteries): 24.3 kg Battery weight: 4.8 kg Charger weight: 0.45 kg Battery type: Li-Ion Battery capacity: 360 Watt hours (36V 10Ah) Gearing: 6-speed derailleur (Shimano), 14-28T, 48T ring. Ratios 44-88". Brakes: `Zoom' mechanical disks, front and rear Lighting: LED type front and rear, powered from main battery Other accessories fitted: Mudguards, carrier rack, stand, bell. Price as tested: �789 (�739 ordered online). � ON THE BIKE riding position, new models arriving in April) and a 20"-wheel folding bike, both also at �789. Power-assist kits, using components similar to those on the bikes, cost �435. Juicy also offer a (no pedals) 3 kW electric scooter. There'sacommittedcompanybehindit, withwhatseemstomeasincereinterest inqualityandinprovidingback-up All bikes have a one-year warranty, including all electrics and the battery (no specific percentage of retained capacity is quoted). Spares are held for all machines and can be ordered online, including spare 36V 10Ah batteries at �198. Our test bike, the 2011 `Sport' model, retails for �789 (�739 if ordered online), plus shipping if applicable (usually �30). An extended range version with 14 Ah battery comes in at �859. Other models include the Dutchstyle `Classic' at (with a very upright The key is held captive while the battery is switched on; note how it folds for extra clearance. Bob delivered our review bike in person, so it arrived fully assembled. Mail order customers whose bike arrives in a large box normally just have to straighten the handlebars and attach the pedals; the bike will have been pre-checked by Juicy before dispatch. The Sport has a distinctive frame, with striking curves `crossing over' at the front. It's made in aluminium, TIG-welded and polished with a clearcoat finish. The welding and finish is generally tidy. There's just a single frame size, but this does cover a wide range of heights. The frame itself is fairly low, ideal for shorter riders, while the long seatpost means it adjusts well to my height (6' 2") or taller. Cable guides are welded on to keep the neatly-wrapped wires running close to the frame as they lead from the handlebars to the control unit near the pedals. Keeping the wires outside the frame (rather than running them internally, as some others do) makes maintenance easier, arguably at the cost of a slightly less tidy appearance. An aluminium-cased 36V, 10Ah lithium battery fits down behind the saddle, which is fitted to a Issue 2 ElectricBike 19 + ON T E S T prevent mud being thrown onto the bottom bracket area where the control electronics live. Also pre-fitted is a rear rack, complete with a spring clip for small loads. LED lighting front and rear is also good to see � the `bulbs' last effectively for ever, unlike the older halogen type, and they're much more efficient. A push-button on the handlebar operates the lights, driving them from the main battery. Finally, there's a useful side stand, a cute `compass' bell and a bottle cage, somewhat awkwardly positioned within the frame. Naturally a charger comes with the bike: this one is compact and light enough to take with you if necessary. suspension seatpost via a tilt-up hinge � so removing the battery for charging is easy. There's the usual key mechanism for battery release, and a button to activate the on-battery charge level indicator LEDs. The key is held captive in the bike while it's switched on, so it can't be kept on your usual key-ring. The control electronics are fitted below the battery, and joined to the motor in the rear wheel via a connector block � handy for rear wheel removal, but alas protected by poorly-fitted heatshrink. The motor itself is the widely used and reliable Bafang brushless unit for 26" wheels. So to the wheels, and these are well built with stainless steel spokes, deep section alloy rims and wide, smooth tyres. Wheels can have a hard life on an electric bike, so it's good to see decent ones here. Additional cushioning is provided on the front by some basic suspension forks, with no obvious adjustments possible (to cater for differing rider weights, for example). A suspension seatpost is also fitted, and its spring tension can be adjusted if need be. Brakes are mechanical `Zoom' units, of which more later. The gears are a six-speed Shimano derailleur set-up: quite a good choice, given budget constraints. Rather than go for a more impressive-sounding 8 or 9-speed transmission but compromise on quality, Juicy have stuck with the brand leader Shimano and gone for `old-fashioned' six-speed. With just six sprockets to squeeze onto the back wheel, tolerances are less strict, so it's likely to be a robust and easily adjusted set-up. So to the accessories. Metal mudguards are supported rattle-free on stainless steel stays. The front one is a bit short to my eyes � it won't HIGH POINTS: Comfortable ride Effective electric assist Low price point Cheap spares Good backup reputation Full equipment Sturdy mudguards Reasonable weight LOW POINTS: Bike parts are mid-end Connectors/wiring not the finest Suspension systems mediocre Brakes feel a bit vague Some minor teething problems Relatively few locations for test rides � ON THE ROAD GOOD FOR: Those on a modest budget Anyone looking for a basic competent machine More demanding cyclists if they are confident making component upgrades Those who can get to one of Juicy's dealers to try one! First ride with the Sport was very encouraging: the motor pulls you along decisively with a muted hum, with a power easily set via the progressive twist-grip throttle. But what surprised me more was the ride quality: with those wide tyres inflated moderately, they act as excellent suspension. So much so that for a future model it might be worth Juicy considering dropping the suspension on forks and seatpost, and investing the saved pennies elsewhere. Neither component impressed anyway: the seatpost would `stick' and release disconcertingly on speedbumps and the like, and I'm not sure it did much for comfort. The front forks did perhaps do something useful on bigger `hits', but they also didn't seem particularly responsive. The brakes did stop the bike effectively in all weathers, but they lacked any sort of distinct bite point, giving poor lever feel. It was also hard to adjust them to bite without Available from: Juicy Bike, Buxton, Derbyshire. Tel 01298 21 40 40 or see www.juicybike.co.uk BELOW LEFT: Six-speed derailleur gearing from Shimano should be a reliable choice. The thin wire you see tied to the frame leads up to the rear LED light. BELOW: The Bafang motor is a well proven and widely used component. also rubbing (and slowing you down). If you live somewhere hilly I'd recommend replacing the front one at least with an Avid BB7 at a cost of �50 or so (if you fit it yourself). To my taste the flat handlebars were less than comfortable, and if you feel the same then Juicy can swap them for a more swept-back model. Adding ergonomic grips would also help. But none of these are showstoppers, and I really enjoyed commuting on the Sport for a few weeks. The power assist whisks you along, pulling you up from a standstill right up to the 15 mph full speed briskly and holding just below that even into the wind. Steeper slopes first slow it down, and then will eventually defeat the motor alone, but the bike has low enough gears to get over almost anything with some modest pedalling. The gear range also goes high enough to let you pedal along usefully in top gear if you want to contribute, saving a bit of battery and keeping you warm. The gear change is clunky but positive via the thumb-shifter unit. If you want more exercise, or have managed to run the battery flat (best avoided if at all possible!) then the Sport does ride pretty well unassisted. It feels heavy, of course, but it rolls along well enough to get you home. Several weeks' use was enough to expose a few issues with our bike, however. First the battery pack rattled annoyingly; this turned out to be due to a loose screw which would re-loosen even when tightened. A bit of threadlock would fix it. The same fix might be required for the angleadjustable stem, which kept working just very slightly loose despite my best efforts with an Allen key. Juicy say both issues will be fixed on the next batch of bikes. A more serious issue, although likely a one-off for our particular machine, came towards the end of the review in the form of a loose pedal; the threads in one of the cranks had stripped. Juicy had their mechanic phone me, offered to replace the crankset from stock forthwith, and even arranged with a local bike shop to do the swap. But as the review was pretty much done it seemed simpler to return the bike to Juicy. For a `real' customer a problem like this might be an 20 ElectricBike Issue 2 ON TEST: Ezee Torq ON TEST: Juicy Bike Sport 2011 � SUMMARY inconvenience, but these things happen and Juicy did go the extra mile to fix it fast and with minimum hassle. During the review, the battery reliably delivered commuting ranges around 30 flattish miles, as promised in the specification. Hills could cut that in half or worse, of course, especially with a heavy rider. Juicy Bike have positioned the Sport in the middle zone when it comes to pricing and quality � above the super-cheap electric `bikes' at �500600ish, but below the �1000+ level of machine. It's certainly fair to say that the efforts made by Juicy to source good yet affordable components raise it above the `generic Chinese import' level, even if it does look rather like one. Compared to some similar machines I've seen, the function and finish of the parts is indeed a step up. It went rather well during the test, too, with the wide tyres providing a vibration-free, comfortable ride, and full equipment catering for everyday There's a thumb-operated shifter for the six-speed gearing, and the usual 3-LED battery status display alongside the throttle twistgrip. use, with just a few component quibbles to complain about. I'd probably ask Juicy to swap the handlebars for ones offering a more comfortable grip, but that's a minor point. The electrical system provided good, reasonably quiet, effective assistance (with or without pedalling) on even quite steep slopes. Stopping was OK but less convincing, with the supplied disk brakes an obvious target for an upgrade. Longer-term, it's harder to say. Cheaper electric bikes don't have a fantastic track record historically, but I'd hope this would rise well above the average. There's a committed company behind it, with what seems to me a sincere interest in quality and in providing back-up. But the simple laws of `you get what you pay for' mean that you shouldn't necessarily expect either bike or battery to have the same longevity or pleasure-of-use in hard service as a more costly machine. Then again, there's a warranty to fall back on, and spares are cheap (and Juicy are committed to holding stocks for several years), so you could keep the electrics going affordably even well after the warranty expires. You do need to be realistic in your expectations: this is a bike carefully assembled to come in at a price point where every penny counts. It doesn't offer exactly stellar performance in any area, but it's to Juicy's credit that it doesn't fall down below an acceptable quality level in any, either. If you're looking for a budget machine, the Juicy Sport definitely seems to be one of the better ones on the market, and it should serve many riders well. 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? No.2 ElectricBike 5 + ON T E S T Pro Connect Disc Kalkhoff We try the Kalkhoff Pro Connect Disc, a high-end machine from 50cycles. It's powered by the latest Panasonic drive and extended-range battery, so how does it perform? 22 Electric Bike Issue 2 ON TEST: Ezee Disc ON TEST: Kalkhoff Pro Connect Torq A happy side-effect of the popularity of electric bikes in continental Europe is that we in the UK benefit from the highly-competitive market over there � in the form of some impressive imported bikes over here. One such is our review bike, the 2011 Pro Connect Disc from Kalkhoff, which is part of Derby Cycles, Germany's largest cycle manufacturer. In the UK, Kalkhoff bikes are imported by 50cycles, based in Loughborough and established in 2003. They recently opened a second shop/showroom in Richmond (just Specification Weight overall (inc batteries): 23.98 kg Battery weight: 3.19 kg Bike only weight: 20.79 kg Charger weight: 0.70 kg (inc. mains cable) Battery type: Li-Ion Battery capacity: 468 Watt hours (18Ah 26V) Gearing: 8-speed Alfine hub gear. 41T ring, 19T sprocket. Ratios: 31-95". Brakes: Shimano M445 hydraulic disks Lighting: front LED (B&M IQ Cyo T), rear LED (AXA Riff) Other accessories fitted: mudguards, carrier rack, stand, bell, pump. Price as tested: �1895. south-west of London) and also sell direct via their website. A network of demonstrators, largely existing customer volunteers, is also on hand to give test-rides across the country. The 2011 Pro Connect Disc is the latest in a series of Pro Connect models running back several years; at �1895 (inc UK delivery) it's a high end bike. It comes with a two year guarantee, which also covers the 18 Ah Panasonic battery, for which spares are available at �525 (smaller, cheaper packs are also available). The new battery packs have considerably more capacity than the older (typically 10 Ah) versions, and also increased life expectancy: 1100 cycles before capacity drops to 60%; previously this was 500 cycles. They also fit any Panasonicpowered bike since around 2007, and use the existing (rather bulky) `drop-in' charger. A more compact travel charger is also available (for �127.95). Three frame sizes are available, all in a diamond-frame layout. Ours was the smallest, 50 cm size. Our bike was supplied direct from 50cycles, fully assembled and with just the pedals to attach and the handlebars to straighten. � ON THE BIKE Finished in a subtle matt brown, the bike's alloy frame is a fairly conventional cross-bar design, extended to accommodate the Panasonic drive unit. It's a shame that no white version of the Panasonic is available: this would look fantastic with the co-ordinated white forks, chainguard and saddle highlights. As it is, the grey battery and drive are unobtrusive, and the rest of the parts are in sober black. The drive motor is concealed below the battery, and it drives the It's a bike you'd be happy riding without assist for some distance if necessary BELOW LEFT: The latest 18Ah Panasonic battery is, surprisingly, not all that much larger than the older 10Ah model. BELOW: The motor unit drives the chainring, sensing how hard you're pushing the pedals and adding up to twice as much again from the battery. same gear which you turn with your pedals. This in turn drives the bike via the chain and gears. The system senses how much force you're applying to the pedals, and adjusts the motor many times a second to match this or more. The latest version of the Panasonic system, as used on this bike, can add twice your effort; that's up from 1.5 times for the previous model. If you stop, so does the power, almost instantaneously. Issue 2 Electric Bike 23 + ON T E S T LEFT: The new Panasonic control unit is simple and intuitive � if not especially informative! Note also the bell (below the control unit) and the supportively-shaped Ergon grips. INSET: The suspension fork lock-out is controlled by this neat push-button device. HIGH POINTS: High points Latest Panasonic system and battery Responsive electric assist Excellent climber Great brakes Good equipment and quality all round The system is controlled via the handlebar console, a new design for this year. As before it's very simple to use: there's a power button, and two more to switch between the three power levels, plus a battery status display. It might have been nice to have a more elaborate display of speed, distance etc., but if it bothers you, you could always ask your dealer to add an inexpensive cycle computer. The Panasonic drives a Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub gear, a top of the range model (at least until the upcoming 11-speed version reaches these shores). The 8 speeds offer a 316% range, and with the electric assist to help, this is more than enough for most situations. Gears are changed via a trigger-type shifter on the bars; this lets you keep full grip on the bars as you shift, just tapping the levers with thumb or fingers to change up or down. Next to the gear shifter is an odd little control which turns out to be the lock-out for the suspension forks. As you ride along you can press the latching button to lock the forks solid, for extra control or easier climbing without `bounce'. Press again to release. The forks are from a good manufacturer, SR Suntour. Fitted into the forks is a Shimano hub dynamo, powering a lighting system including a state of the art `Cyo-T' LED headlight unit from German specialists Busch & Muller. This has automatic switch-on, a daylight running mode and `standlight' (it stays on for several minutes even when you stop). It also throws an amazingly bright beam, definitely good enough to ride on unlit roads or paths at night. All of the lights and wiring are neatly and securely installed. Front and back wheels (700c) both benefit from Shimano rims to match the hubs, fitted with good quality and robust Continental tyres. Both wheels are also fitted with disk brakes, again Shimano, and activated via hydraulic hoses rather than cables. Hydraulics tend to give better power and feel, and can be lower maintenance than cable disks � although when repair is needed, it is a more complicated procedure. But the Shimano hydraulics are well proven and should be reliable. The carrier rack on this bike is a good one, strong and with plenty of support for panniers. There's also a useful prop-stand. A small pump attaches to the rack for emergencies � ON THE ROAD (I'd take it off before parking the bike in public...). Mudguards are good quality too, though the front one is flap-free and surprisingly short. The contact points on any bike are important for comfort, and there's been no scrimping here. The saddle is a medium-width, fairly sporty model from Fizik, and the Ergon handlebar grips are the best available. They really support your palm and wrists for extra comfort, and the short curved `bar ends' at the outside offer an extra hand position � changing your grip can often be welcome on longer rides. That's especially the case on this bike, which even with the adjustable stem at its highest provides a fairly leaned-over riding position, close to a traditional cycle touring posture. LOW POINTS: A more informative display would be nice Not completely silent (fairly quiet, though) Front mudguard too short Perhaps a little low geared for some Charger is bulky GOOD FOR: The practiced cyclist who wants extended range or speed Those looking for a touring-style riding position and a touringcapable bike Any users who want to pedal but not strain All who enjoy using quality kit Available from: 50cycles and Kalkhoff dealers: Tel 0333 900 50 50 or see www.50cycles.com for details of your nearest. From the first push of the pedals the Panasonic drive works its magic: it feels as if you're either a lot stronger, or lighter, than you expect. It just takes much less effort to accelerate and retain speed. With each pedal stroke, the muted whine of the motor rises and falls slightly as it adapts to the pressure you put in. Stop, and a fraction of a second later so does the motor. Riding along, you just pedal normally but go faster: it's a very intuitive system. Starting off from a standstill does sometimes throw up some quirks, though, especially if, like me, you like to pedal hard and fast to accelerate away from traffic lights. Naturally, just as in a car, you'll change down a few gears so as to be able to accelerate more effectively. Now, because the assistance speed is limited by law to 15 mph, the motor has to taper off when you're pedalling fast enough to reach that speed in top gear. In lower 24 Electric Bike Issue 2 ON TEST: Ezee Disc ON TEST: Kalkhoff Pro Connect Torq gears, it'll still cut out at that same pedalling rate (because the motor doesn't `know' which gear you're in). This means that you can set off in a lowish gear and the power assist will boost you nicely for a few pedal strokes. Then as you get up to speed it'll cut out because you're pedalling too fast, so you need to shift to a higher gear sharpish to slow your pedalling rate, bringing the motor back into play. With some practice you can keep the motor accelerating you continuously by well-timed gear changes. This is only really an issue at all in stop-start town use when you want maximum acceleration; if you prefer to take your time you can even leave it in top gear all the time instead. You can also ask 50cycles to fit a smaller rear sprocket, raising the pedal cadence at which it cuts out. The Panasonic crank-drive system is known to be especially good on hills. With the bike in low gear and assist on full power, it'll take you up even the steepest gradients with only modest rider input. The Suntour suspension fork seemed well chosen for the machine � this is no off-roader, so huge travel isn't needed. Judging by the dirt pushed up the legs by the fork's seals, it moved only about 40 mm in everyday riding. That's plenty to take out the shock of all but the worst potholes, but not enough to dive disconcertingly when you brake. The fork lock-out's handlebar switch did make it super easy to engage as you ride, and the resulting rigidity was welcome at times when climbing. The brakes were really superb, with a positive bite point and great feel, and plenty of power to stop you hard without excessive finger pressure on the levers. Combined with the wide bars and Ergon shaped grips, this contributed to a great feeling of comfort and control. A kickstand is a helpful addition to any bike; this one is mounted neatly to a purpose-made boss on the frame. � SUMMARY With its purposeful looks and the latest more powerful Panasonic drive, the Pro Connect Disc is no mean performer, and the bike components are of an equally strong specification. But to get the most out of this bike you'll also need to be at least a modestly capable rider: it's the nature of the Panasonic system that it multiplies your efforts rather then replaces them. Some skill with the gears is also helpful to keep the system working to best effect. Master that, though, and the crank drive combines with the gearing to provide excellent assistance, especially with hill-climbing. Of course �1895 is a fair deal of money for most of us, but for the price you get a lot of `goodies': hydraulic disk brakes, a really good suspension fork, great lights, and that huge battery all spring to mind. The Panasonic system is well proven and widely used, so there should be no worries on the reliability front. Overall, this is a bike for the demanding cyclist, I feel, who wants to extend his or her range rather than to replace pedalling with motor power, and to do so with quality kit that needs nothing much upgrading. Buyers' Guide ELECTRIC BICYCLES Technology - Out now! Out mid December Peter Eland History n Everything you always wanted to know about electric bikes, with expert opinion on: * The different technologies * The latest models * Using and maintaining electric bikes * Their green credentials and their pros and cons And lots more... �12.95 - 256 pages - 170 photos, diagrams, graphs and tables ISBN: 978-1901464245 Available online via www.electricbicyclesbook.com or through all good bookshops and selected bike shops ELECTRIC BI C YC L E S The Complete Guide David Henshaw & Richard Peace Foreword by Dick Strawbridge No.2 Electric Bike 5 + EVENTS Electric Eurobike Electric bikes were huge at Eurobike 2010 � which, for the uninitiated, is Europe's biggest and best cycle trade show, the industry gathering of the year. The show is huge, with 1100+ exhibitors over 100,000 square metres in 14 halls � it was a challenge just to get around it all! The `buzz' of this year's show was all about electric bikes, and the show organisers had set up no fewer than three separate areas for electric exhibitors, complete with tracks for test rides. Even outside these, just about every manufacturer seemed to either have an electric bike in their range � or to be carefully examining the different systems on offer, trying to decide which to build into next year's models. Some of these decisions will be filtering through to dealers' showrooms in the UK later this year, so read on to find out just what the electric bike industry in Europe and the world is working on. We only have space to describe a few highlights here � check out www.electricbikemag.co.uk for even more coverage. 26 Electric Bike Issue 2 Bosch eBike One of the hottest items at the show was Bosch's new `eBike' system, codeveloped with Cannondale. First stop was a press conference, where the speakers ran through the system's background and features. Bosch's research apparently indicates that annual electric bike sales in the EU will grow from around 200,000 units in 2008 to an estimated 3 million in 2018, mostly `pedelec' type machines (you need to pedal to get assist). In Asia, the numbers are overwhelmingly larger: 20 million in 2008 rising to 50 million in 2018 � but that's mostly scooter-style products (no pedalling necessary). EVENTS Explaining their decision to enter the market, Bosch also pointed to factors such as urbanisation, demographics (more elderly potential users) and synergy with their existing products, their rechargeable power tools in particular. They also have a lot of reliability engineering experience from their automotive divisions. They've been working with Cannondale for around two years to bring the system to market. They expect sales in the range of 60-90 thousand units in the first year. There are three main components. The crank-type drive is a 250W continuous/500W peak unit, weighing around 4 kg. It apparently monitors rider effort 200 times per second, and adds to it as appropriate. The battery is available rack mounted or for seat- Shimano STEPS When the world's largest bike component supplier comes out with an e-bike system you'd think there should be some excitement. So why didn't Shimano's STEPS match the Bosch buzz at Eurobike? It's partly because the only bikes with the system fitted were Shimano's own demonstrators � so there was relatively little opportunity to try it. And famous though Shimano is in cycling circles, Bosch simply has much more `household name' brand recognition. Anyway, the STEPS (Shimano Total Electric Power System) has some BELOW: A Eurobike visitor test-rides a bike equipped with the Shimano STEPS system. tube or downtube fitting, and capacity is currently a relatively modest 288 Wh. The handlebar display offers four assist modes, and three assist levels. It is removable, and locks the system when not in place. Apparently Bosch are working on a larger display which will offer, among other things, a USB connection. So how did it ride? Very well indeed is the short answer, as well as one can tell on a trade show test track. It's powerful, quiet and very responsive � it picks up immediately as you push off, and cuts out fast when you stop. Compared to the Panasonic or Yamaha systems it felt distinctly more sporty. It's likely to be fitted only to bikes at the higher end of the price spectrum, unfortunately, and it won't be available in the UK for around a year: it'll apparently take that long to roll out the servicing infrastructure. We'll wait for a manufacturer to send us a bike for a proper test before making any final judgements, but it seems very promising indeed. More details: www.bosch-ebike.com neat touches and a polished design. A torque-sensing bottom bracket is combined with an electricallyshifting 8-speed hub gear, while the motor is in the front wheel. The control buttons built into the brake levers are particularly tidy. As the system offers regenerative braking (slowing you down to charge the batteries) the brake lever control system makes a lot of sense. Shimano are also rather proud of their battery (available as a rack version only) which they say recharges in just an hour, and has a massive 3000 charge cycle life, giving it a typical eight year life. While smooth and composed, STEPS was generally agreed to be rather less exciting to ride than the Bosch system. It's speculated that this may be because it is designed to conform to the rather strict Japanese e-bike regulations, which require power assist to tail off from a fairly low speed. But the Shimano system can be hooked up to a computer for configuration, so perhaps final versions for the EU will have a bit more oomph. More details: www.shimano-eu.com Pacific Cycles crank drive Pacific Cycles of Taiwan, who make bikes for a range of well-known brands, have come up with their own crank-drive assist system, which may well become a more affordable alternative to the systems from Panasonic, Yamaha and Bosch. The system uses a 250W DC brushless motor, and complies fully with EU regulations. Both throttle and pedelec modes are available. The 24V 10Ah battery pack can be fitted in various locations on the bike. I tried it briefly on Pacific's compact sports folding bike, the Reach, and it seemed to work well. It'll be interesting to see whether any UK manufacturers specify this unit for future bikes. More details: www.pacific-cycles.com Issue 2 Electric Bike 27 + EVENTS The Daahub motor fits into a standard fork, with a torque arm and clamp (not shown here) also supplied as part of the kit to prevent the axle turning in the dropouts. A disk brake rotor (180 mm) can also be fitted. Wisper Daahub The Daahub is a new development from established UK brand Wisper Bikes, designed as a `plug and play' conversion kit to add electrics to an existing bike, with installation taking as little as half an hour. The kit comes with the motor hub ready built into 20", 26" or 700c wheels for either disk or rim brakes. The motor is a 250W Japanese brushless unit. The battery pack can clamp to pretty much any bicycle frame tube. The standard pack is 36V, 9Ah (324Wh) but a higher capacity unit (the Daahub xc) has 432Wh (36V 12Ah). The actual battery slides within the casing, so it can be removed for charging while remaining well protected on the bike. The system also includes magnetic switches which you can fix to your existing brake levers (so that the power cuts when you brake) and a throttle is also provided. It's set to retail at �999 inc VAT, or around 1000 Euros plus tax. I had a quick ride and it was impressive � a really strong pull from the motor. More when we get one in for a full review! More details: www.wisper-bikes.com Achiever PedElec KitSet Achiever Bike from Macau, China had an intriguing retro-fittable crank assist system on show � interesting because most other conversion kits use hub motors. But crank drives are favoured by many, especially in the hills, because they let the motor also benefit from the bike's gearing. The battery case can be mounted to almost any frame tube or, as here, to the seatpost. Incidentally this was a pre-production sample for the show; production systems may well have cosmetic changes. Cut-off switches for the brakes are provided, and fit most standard levers. This kit should fit most diamond frame bikes, and includes a 24V, 10Ah rack mounted battery, brake lever cut-out switches, a speed sensor bottom bracket and a handlebar control console. There's currently no UK importer to my knowledge. More details: www.achieverbike.com Heinzmann DirectPower German manufacturer Heinzmann were among the first major companies to bring out electric bike motors, and their systems have long been respected as reliable, if somewhat noisy and heavy. At Eurobike they had the `next generation' on show. A new brushless, gearless `DirectPower' motor is likely to be first to market. It's apparently available in either 40 or 56 Nm torque versions, and can be built into either front or rear wheels. It should be a lot quieter than their old hub motors. The control system is contained within the battery pack and can operate via throttle or torque/speed sensing modes, using a sensorequipped bottom bracket. A gradient sensor is optional so that assist can increase automatically on hills. It also boasts a Bluetooth option, allowing you to use a smartphone as a display, with GPS mapping if required... Heinzmann's second system is the perhaps unfortunately named `PedPower' crank drive. This fits under the chainstay and drives the cranks via a sprocket and second chain. The reason for this arrangement is to allow back-pedal braking to still work: a frequent customer request in mainland Europe. Existing crank drive systems can't permit this. Heinzmann also point out that it leaves both front and rear wheels clear for any gearing, hub dynamo etc. options you may want. More details: www.heinzmann.de Also at Eurobike The striking db01 electric folder, produced by DK City of Taiwan and design studio Robrady, places the battery within the central hinge. Rather heavy, unfortunately. www.robradyblog.com `An app for everything' includes making your iPhone the controller for an electric bike � in this case as part of a sophisticated system from Spanish company Ecobike. www.ecobike.com Perhaps the most stylish way to carry an electric bike battery I've ever seen. I'm sorry to say I didn't note down who made the bike. This neat little clip-on motor, with a roller running on the tyre, is intended especially for racing bikes, allowing you to create very lightweight assisted machines. It's called the HiddenPower and is distributed by Pedalix: www.pedalix.com 28 Electric Bike Issue 2 Falcoe e-motors ONE MOTOR FOR THE WHOLE WORLD WORLDWIDE RELEASE - 3.5kg, 250W to 1000W, 55Nm motor. Revolutionary Multi-Phase, Multi-Pole, Brushless, Gearless Motor Technology. ElEctric BicyclEs Taking you furTher, fasTer Tackle the steepest hills with ease. Spencer Ivy electric bikes use the reliable and efficient Panasonic motor and battery system that has 3 levels of assistance and is capable of 50 miles of assisted riding pleasure. Made in Germany, the motor and battery comes with a 2 year warranty. "Offering almost everything the casual commuter could possibly want... one of the best we have come across to date." 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Great range available, all under �900. England: 01 Avon Atmosphere Electric Bikes (Bristol) 137 St Georges Road Bristol BS1 5UW 0117 9087153 www.electricbikes.org.uk Long established e-bike centres with a stunning range of brands, workshop, demo area at superb prices. 02 Avon Gardiner Homecentre Old Bread St Broad Plain Bristol BS2 0JP 0117 9292288 03 Bedfordshire Cyclelife Edlesborough Janes Ltd, 4-8 High Street, Edlesborough Dunstable LU6 2HS 01525 220208 www.cyclelife.com 04 Berkshire Berkshire Cycles 207 High Street Crowthorne RG45 7AQ 01344 774520 05 Berkshire Berkshire Cycles 18-20 Wokingham Road Reading RG6 1JQ 0118 9661799 06 Berkshire Berkshire Cycles 186 Loddon Bridge Road Woodley RG5 4BS 0118 9695776 07 Berkshire Velospeed The Old School House, Ambury Road, Aldworth Reading RG8 9TQ 01635 579304 www.velospeed.co.uk Bikes from Daum, Emotion and Velospeed. Try out our bikes in the quiet Berkshire countryside. 08 Buckinghamshire Cyclefleet Ltd The Bicycle Workshop Rookwood Frith Hill Great Missenden HP16 0QS 01494 868607 09 Cambridgeshire The Electric Transport Shop Hope Street Yard Hope Street Cambridge CB1 3NA 01223 247410 10 Cheshire Cyclelife Lymm 1 Birchbrook Road, Heatley Lymm WA13 9RR 01925 753424 www.bikesoflymm.co.uk 11 Cheshire John Geddes Cycles 43 Widnes Road Widnes WA8 6AZ 0151 4207797 www.gedbikes.demon.co.uk 30 Electric Bike Issue 2 DEALERS 24 Derbyshire Samways Cycles 20-22 Ashbourne Road Derby DE22 3DR 01332 368849 25 Devon Bike-It Barnstaple The Warehouse, Mill Road Barnstaple EX31 1JQ 01271 323873 www.bikeitbarnstaple.co.uk 26 Devon Exmouth Cycle Hire 1 Victoria Road Exmouth EX8 1DL 01395 225656 www.exmouthcyclehire.com 27 Devon Partridge Cycles Superstore A38 Kennford Exeter EX6 7TF 01392 833303 www.partridgecycles.co.uk 28 Devon Simply The Bike 100-102 Belgrave Road Torquay TQ2 5HZ 01803 200024 www.simplythebike.co.uk 29 Devon Bigpeaks.com Bigpeaks Centre Linhay Business Park Ashburton TQ13 7UP 01364 654080 30 Devon Plymouth Cycle Scene Hyde Park House Mutley Plain Plymouth PL4 6LF 01752 257701 31 Devon Trading Post 31 Fore Street Kingsbridge TQ7 1PG 01548 852923 32 Dorset Cycle Path Unit Q Link Mall, 1st Floor Dolphin Centre Poole BH15 1TF 01202 680123 www.cycle-paths.co.uk 33 Dorset Cyclelife Weymouth 28 Abbotsbury Road Weymouth DT4 0AE 01305 781831 www.cyclelife.com 34 Dorset Cyclelife Christchurch Cyclexperience 179 Barrack Road Christchurch BH23 2AP 01202 486278 35 Dorset Cyclelife Gillingham Wheels Cycles Station Road Gillingham SP8 4QA 01747 825757 36 East Sussex E-BikesDirect c/o MTF Enterprises Ltd, Unit 6, Midicy Oast Bodiam Business Park Bodiam TN32 5UP 01580 830959 www.e-bikesdirect.co.uk Quality bikes, low prices, assembled delivery, finance, test facilities, London showroom now open. 37 East Yorkshire Cyclelife Bridlington Hilderthorpe Cycles, 40 St Johns Street Bridlington YO16 7JS 01262 677555 www.hilderthorpecycles.co.uk 38 Essex Cyclelife Brentwood B & M Cycles & Toys, 13 High Street Brentwood CM14 4RG 01277 214342 39 Essex D2 Leisure Group Unit 3/4 Falcon Park, Luckyn Lane, Pipps Hill Ind Estate Basildon SS14 3AL 01268 288208 www.d2leisuregroup.co.uk 40 Essex Cyclelife Colchester 26 St Botolphes Street Colchester CO2 7EA 01206 530073 41 Gloucestershire Williams Cycles 82-86 Albion Street Cheltenham GL52 2SE 01242 512291 42 Greater Manchester Cyclelife Failsworth Rowbothams, 470 Oldham Road Failsworth M35 OFH 0161 6811671 43 Hampshire Cycle World - Portsmouth 373 London Road Portsmouth PO2 9HJ 02392 666500 www.cycleworld.co.uk 44 Hampshire Cycle World Wessex Unit 9 Bourne Centre Southhampton Road Salisbury SP1 2NY 01722 440372 45 Hampshire Cyclelife Farnborough Silvester Brothers, 5 Cove Road Farnborough GU14 0EH 01252 543778 www.silvesterbros.co.uk 46 Hampshire Cyclelife Petersfield Rear of 40 Dragon Street Petersfield GU31 4JJ 01730 266644 www.cyclelife.com 47 Hampshire Cyclexperience - Brockenhurst The Island Shop, Brookley Road Brockenhurst SO42 7RR 01590 624207 www.cyclex.co.uk 48 Hampshire Peter Hansford Cycles Bridge Road, Parkgate Southampton SO31 6BX 01489 573249 www.peterhansford.co.uk 49 Hampshire Team Hybrid Unit F3, Knowle Village Business Park, Mayles Lane Knowle PO17 5DY 01329 832068 www.teamhybrid.co.uk UK distributor for Falco E-Motors. Dealers for Raleigh, Ultra Motor, Wisper E-Bikes. 50 Hampshire Town Bikes 2 Portland Buildings Stoke Road Gosport PO12 1JH Hampshire England 02392 584410 51 Hampshire Emsworth Car and Cycle 41-43 North Street Emsworth Portsmouth PO10 7DA 01243 372742 52 Hampshire CycleX Ltd Brookley Road Brockenhurst SO42 7RR 01590 623407 53 Herefordshire Mastercraft Cycles 39 Bridge Street Hereford HR4 9DG 01432 274047 www.mastercraftcycles.co.uk 54 Hertfordshire Cyclelife Royston 44a High Street Royston SG8 9AW 01763 247911 www.cyclelife.com 55 Hertfordshire Cycle Experience Ltd Unit 4c Beaumont House Hedley Road St Albans AL1 5HH 0845 4348451 56 Isle of Man Outdoors Albert Road Christian Street Ramsey IM8 2EL 01624 811550 57 Kent Bigfoot Bikes 50 Hayes Street Bromley BR2 7LD 0208 4625004 www.bigfootbikes.com 58 Kent Bike Bike Sevenoaks 53-55 High Street Sevenoaks TN13 1JF 01732 464997 59 Kent Cliftonville Cycles 166 Northdown Road Cliftonville Margate CT9 2QN 01843 291650 60 Kent Cycles UK 111 High Street Tonbridge TN9 1DL 01732 365718 61 Kent Lean Machines Unit 5, Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Road Canterbury CT2 7FG 01227 811 717 www.leanmachines-kent.co.uk We offer quality electric 2 wheelers: innovation and attention assured! Come and see us! 62 Lancashire Cyclelife Accrington A1 Motorstores Market Street Church Accrington BB5 0DP 01254 389911 63 Lancashire Cyclelife Fleetwood Brooks Cycles & Leisure 4 & 8 North Albert Street Fleetwood FY7 6AA 01253 872169 www.brookscyclesandleisure.co.uk 64 Lancashire Cyclelife Leigh Ratcliffe's Cycles 113A Bradshawgate Leigh WN7 4ND 01942 673481 65 Lancashire Cyclelife Preston Sutcliffe's Cycles 26 Ribbleton Avenue Ribbleton Preston PR1 5RY 01772 796176 66 Lancashire Oggys Cycles 34 Regent Road Morecambe LA13 1QN 01524 832860 www.morecambecyclecentre.co.uk 67 Lancashire Valley Scooters 136 Blackburn Road Bolton BL1 8DW 01204 532183 68 Lancashire On Yer Bike Queen Street, Off Queens Lancashire Way Burnley BB11 1AT 01282 438855 www.onyerbikeonline.com 69 Leicestershire 50cycles (Loughborough) Unit 21, Gordon Road Loughborough LE11 1JP 0800 0288 116 www.50cycles.com New 50cycles showroom, headquarters and workshop. 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Cook 125 Pasture Street Grimsby DN32 9EE 0800 0560380 www.jccookcycles.co.uk 74 London 50cycles (London) 82 Hill Rise, Richmond upon Thames TW10 6UB London 0800 0288 116 www.50cycles.com Test ride electric bikes from Kalkhoff, Oxygen, Freego and Gocycle in nearby Richmond Park. 75 London W Bicicletta Limited 5 Pall Mall Deposit 124-128 Barlby Road London W10 6BL 0208 9682155 76 London Bike Republic Unit 2 Premier Park Park Royal London NW10 7NZ 0208 4001251 77 London Cyclelife Mill Hill 8 Bittacy Hill Mill Hill NW7 1LB 0208 3465784 78 London Cycles UK 135 Creek Road Greenwich SE8 3BU 0203 4177237 79 London Cycling Made Easy 18 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon London CR5 2RA 02086 608823 80 London E Chamberlaine & Son 75 Kentish Town Road London NW1 8NY 0207 4853983 81 London E-bikesdirect (London) 14 Ingate Place Battersea London SW8 3NS www.e-bikesdirect.co.uk Quality bikes, low prices, assembled delivery, finance, test facilities, London showroom now open. 82 London Electric Zero Ltd 6 Heath Street Hampstead NW3 6TE 0207 7943373 www.vitaelectric.co.uk 83 London The Electric Transport Shop 183 York Way London N7 9LN 0207 4822892 84 Merseyside Quinns Bike Centre 379-385 Edge Lane Liverpool L7 9LQ 0151 2286262 www.quinnsbikecentre.co.uk 85 Norfolk Cycles UK Norwich Pilch (Lower Ground Floor) 1517 London Street Norwich NR2 1JE 01603 624253 86 North Yorkshire Cycle Heaven 2 Bishopthorpe Road York YO23 1JJ 01904 636578/651870 www.cycle-heaven.co.uk Your classic all round bike shop, but well known for utility roadsters, folders and electric bikes. 87 North Yorkshire Get Cycling 22 Hospital Fields Road Fulford York YO10 4DZ 01904 249581 88 North Yorkshire Shannons Cycle Centre 169-171 Boroughbridge Rd York YO26 6AN 01904791610 www.shannonscyclecentre.co.uk 89 North Yorkshire Electric Mountain Bikes Kirkbymoorside 01751 432936 www.electricmountainbikes.com Very powerful custom-built e-bikes & conversion kits. 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