Best Electric Bike 2016

Top 7 Electric Bikes You Can Buy

Best Rated
Volt Metro Folding Electric Bike
Best Seller
Richbit Eletric Bike Mountain Bike Cruiser
VOLT Pulse X Hybrid Electric Bike
GreenEdge CS2
Fenetic Energy
Kwikfold® Xite One
Best Deal
Fenetic Stowaway
ModellVolt Metro Folding Electric BikeRichbit Eletric Bike Mountain Bike CruiserVOLT Pulse X Hybrid Electric BikeGreenEdge CS2Fenetic EnergyKwikfold® Xite OneFenetic Stowaway
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Gender Recommended User GenderUnisexMaleMaleUnisexUnisexUnisexUnisex
MaterialAluminiumAluminiumAluminiumAlloyAlloyIronAlloy
Frame Size17 inches17 inches19 inches19 inches17 inches16 inches16 inches
Range96.5 km45 km128 km56 km40 km40 km35 km
Maximum Speed25 km/h35 km/h25 km/h25 km/h25 km/h25 km/h25 km/h
Maximum Weight125 kg200 kg125 kg120 kg120 kg110 kg120 kg
Battery36 V Lithium36 V Lithium36 V Lithium36 V Lithium36 V Lithium36 V Lithium36 V Lithium
Charging Time3 - 4 hours1 - 4 hours3 - 4 hours4 hours6 hours4 - 5 hours6 hours
GearsShimano 8 Speed AceraShimano 21 GearsShimano 9 Speed DeoreShimano 6 SpeedShimano 6 SpeedShimano 6 SpeedShimano 6 Speed
BrakesTektro Front Disc / Rear V-BrakeWuxing+ Radius SystemTektro Auriga E-Comp Hydraulic DiscDisc BrakesDisc Brake/ V BrakeDisc BrakesV Brakes
Display
Weight21.6 kg26 kg24 kg19 kg24.4 kg22 kg20.5 kg
(Special) Features
  • Bafang Power Motor
  • UK designed and engineered
  • V-Wave Intuitive Technology
  • Suspension Fork
  • Total electrical Control Statue
  • Kevlar lined Puncture resistant Tyres
  • 'Safety Power Cut' Disc Brakes
  • Perfect E-Bike for commuting and Leisure Cycling
  • 3 Levels of Pedal Assist
  • Hand-made Leather Seat and Handle
  • Completely folding for on the Way
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Best Rated
Volt Metro Folding Electric Bike
Volt Metro Folding Electric Bike
  • Bafang Power Motor
  • UK designed and engineered
  • V-Wave Intuitive Technology
944,00 €
Best Seller
Richbit Eletric Bike Mountain Bike Cruiser
Richbit Eletric Bike Mountain Bike Cruiser
  • Suspension Fork
  • Total electrical Control Statue
867,00 €
VOLT Pulse X Hybrid Electric Bike
VOLT Pulse X Hybrid Electric Bike
  • Kevlar lined Puncture resistant Tyres
  • 'Safety Power Cut' Disc Brakes
1.329,00 €
GreenEdge CS2
GreenEdge CS2
  • Perfect E-Bike for commuting and Leisure Cycling
839,99 €
Fenetic Energy
Fenetic Energy
  • 3 Levels of Pedal Assist
490,00 €
Kwikfold® Xite One
Kwikfold® Xite One
  • Hand-made Leather Seat and Handle
299,99 €
Best Deal
Fenetic Stowaway
Fenetic Stowaway
  • Completely folding for on the Way
413,00 €

All You Need To Know For Our Best Electric Bike Reviews

Cycling with comfort in our best electric bike reviews 2016.

Small, handy and good for the environment, Viking electric bikes are some of the best electric bikes for urban transportation.

No matter if you’re on your way to work, uni, school or just love cycling, bicycles are the ideal vehicle for short to medium distances and a fantastic alternative for clogged cities and urban transportation. No doubt the bicycle enjoys a great deal of popularity the only thing that really limits it is the driver’s physical strength and stamina.

Electric bikes use a small electric motor to support the cyclist which enables him to travel longer distances. With the growing popularity of electric bicycles, the market offers a great range of models from which to choose. As this process can be quite time consuming for you , we have analysed a big range of electric bicycles and compared them in order to pick the best electric bike in our reviews 2016.

In our buying guide below you’ll find out all you need to know for our best electric bike reviews and also what to look out for, when going for cheap electric bikes or electric bikes for sale.

Types of Electric Bikes

In order to decide which electric bike to buy, be aware of the different types. Just like conventional bikes you’ll find a different type for different terrain and situation. Nowadays nearly every kind is available from electric mountain bikes and electric folding bikes to electric hybrid bikes and electric bikes for kids.

Type of Electric Bike Description
Electric Hybrid Bike When speaking of e-bikes, electric hybrid bikes is actually what we mean. Our best electric bike reviews mainly focused on these types as they’re easily available and not under the influence of special laws for usage. Electric hybrid bikes are normal bicycles that have an electric motor which assist the cyclist at any point by simply activating it via a switch. This allows the cyclist to overcome steep hills and long distances whilst not using all his power.
Electric Folding Bike Electric folding bikes are small and compact and can easily be folded together, making it comfortable to store for example at the office or university. Electric folding bikes tend to be cheaper than most other types of e-bikes. Viking electric bikes are very well known for their smaller, foldable models.
Electric Mountain Bike Also known as electric mtb’s, electric mountain bikes are the more sporty version of electronic bikes, and so reach greater speeds and distances. Though as you might know from mountain bikes generally, they are more suitable for offroad terrain than urban surroundings or crowded cities.

Pro’s and Con’s of Electric Bikes

Having named some main types of e-bikes from our electric bike reviews 2016 it’s time to have a look at their individual strengths and weaknesses. Before you go plunging into electric bike sales looking for a bargain consider the following things.

Pro’s of electric Hybrid Bikes Con’s of electric Hybrid Bikes
  • assisted pedalling
  • environmentally friendly
  • expensive
  • restricting laws apply for fully automated models
Pro’s of electric Folding Bikes Con’s of electric Folding Bikes
  • small, compact and practical
  • great for urban and city centre driving
  • less expensive
  • less power and speed as well as range
Pro’s of electric Mountain Bikes Con’s of electric Mountain Bikes
  • great for fitness
  • dynamic off-road driving experience
  • expensive
  • less suitable for urban and city centre driving

Which Electric Bike is suitable for me?

In the next part of our buying guide for the best electric bike reviews, we’ll try to nail down which electric bike is the most suitable for you and we’ll take a look at where to find cheap electric bikes and electric bike sales that offer great prices, discounts and deals on some of the UK’s best e-bikes.

If you’re going to mount a child seat to the back of you’re bike make sure the electric bike battery isn’t in the way. Alternatively why not get your little ones to learn how to ride a bike themselves and buy an electric bike for kids?

What range does an electric bicycle achieve?
This changes from brand to brand and from model to model. No matter if Scott electric bikes or Cube electric bikes it’s more a matter of bike sizes and other factors like the weight of the cyclist, weather conditions and the level of assistance provided by the motor. We found that the best e-bikes manage distances of nearly up to 130 km before running out of power. Smaller, electric folding bikes will still reach 40km which is pretty good in the city centre, where you’ll travel smaller distances.

How much do the best electric bikes cost?
We knew this would be an issue and therefore also took a look at costs and electric bike sales in our reviews 2016. Generally speaking the best electric bikes are very expensive, some costing around £2.500. Though that’s not to say you can’t buy a cheap electric bike that still offers good quality. Online shops regularly have electric bike sales, discounts special offers and good deals to get Haibike electric bikes or Viking electric bikes cheaply for example. In our reviews 2016 at the top of the page we have also listed our ‘price-tip’ which is the best electric bike under £1.000 that we could find and offers the best value for money. It’s also worth having a look on Ebay or Argos for electric bikes for sale and you’ll also be surpirsed as to how uncomplicated delivery and shipping is in most cases.



Is buying an e-bike really worthwhile?
The best electric bikes are expensive. Discounted models and special offers still out-price conventional bikes and so you might be inclined to go for the cheaper, approved version of cycling. Though our best electric bike reviews 2016 showed that e-bikes have made a great impact on many parts of society. If you’re fighting your way through traffic everyday through a crowded city or have to drive a long and hilly road to the next town for shopping everyday, an electric bike is no doubt the right choice for you. It is simply a great investment for anyone who loves to cycle.

How powerful is the electric bike’s battery?
Again there are different models. Most bikes in our reviews 2016 have a 36V Lithium-Ion battery that has about 250 watts. Though for the speed freaks amongst us there are extremely powerful 1000w electric bikes around. We generally recommend basic safety measures when riding bicycles but because of their power we strongly advise you to wear the right safety gear when riding the more powerful models.

The UK’s best Electric Bike Brands

We’ve already mentioned Scott electric bikes, Cube electric bikes or Pro Rider electric bikes as some of the UK’s well known brands and below you’ll find a couple more companies that have specialized on making some of the UK’s best electric bikes.

Volt electric bikes like the Volt Metro are great for cycling in city centres.

  • Scott electric bikes
  • Cube electric bikes
  • Haibike electric bikes
  • Viking electric bikes
  • Pro Rider electric bikes

The following brands also produce a great range of affordable, high quality electric bicycles.

  • Cyclamatic
  • Bulls
  • Volt
  • Thompson
  • Ghost

Accessories

You shouldn’t have any problems finding spare parts for the bigger brands and most electric bike shops will offer upgradable electric bike kits with different spare parts so that you’ll have no trouble maintaining your e-bike. Here are some accessories from the best electric bike reviews that we found useful for your e-biking experience.

  • Battery Pack: Battery packs offer multiple electric bike batteries for your model. This is especially handy if you want to cycle whilst one battery is charging.
  • Motor: An interchangeable motor allows you to switch engines with different powers as you might use the bike in different situations.
  • Wheel Kit: Though some of the best e-bikes have puncture safe wheels it’s never a bad idea to have a spare wheel kit in case the tyres are damaged or permanently broken.