E-bikes are experiencing an incredible surge in popularity at the moment. We’ve never known anything like it but what’s behind this huge growth?
The obvious one is the COVID factor. Lockdown forced those who’d normally rather spend their weekend watching Sky Sports at their local, chatting over a Costa or bagging a bargain at Primark to find something else to do with their time. With the stark choice between staring at the walls or going out into the great outdoors, the nation has rediscovered its love of the countryside. Well, we never stopped loving it, but the amount of people who have taken up walking and biking is crazy.
Of course, that’s not the only reason for this upsurge. Recent years have seen vast improvements to the technology which underpins e-bike performance and design. Longer lasting battery life, better motors and lighter weights have made e-bikes a more appealing option. No longer the preserve of the older gent pootling along the country lanes, battery power is now available to those who want to attack the trails but maybe need a little help for weary legs, as well, of course, as those who want a practical, environmentally friendly ride for their commute.
In today’s blog, we’re highlighting five e-bikes we have in-store right now, and what we love about each of them.
A practical and reliable steed for people who want to ride into work, arriving a little less red-faced than if they’d used pedal-power all the way. Verve+ is an electric hybrid bike designed for comfort on commutes, daily cruises and recreational rides, featuring a Bosch system capable of helping you sustain speeds of up to 25 km/h.
Motus is a solid all-rounder for the more sedate routes, whether it’s urban roads or rural lanes, though it definitely has the grunt to see you up challenging inclines without the need to hop off. A super-lightweight Bosch motor adds power to your pedalling, with a near-noiseless design allowing you to ride in complete, uninterrupted peace. A great option at an affordable price.
Want to feel all the bumps, experience the speed and generally have more fun? Hardtails are a great choice if this is your bag. Trek’s Powerfly 5 pairs a high-end Bosch e-MTB drive system with durable mountain bike components built to stand up to the trail. This bike is versatile, capable and ready for adventure.
The legendary ALLMTN premium full suspension eMTB is built for agility, for longevity and for power. It’s happy on the tight technical trails, the all-day adventures and the highest peaks. AllMountain eMTBs from Haibike feature 160mm travel, aggressive geometry and all the power and range you need for any trail.
The Centros Tour is Raleigh’s most advanced electric bike yet. Complete with a sleek new look, this premium electric bike lets you ride in luxury, with a motor that covers dozens of miles like it’s nothing. Raleigh claims the Centros Tour has “the most comfortable saddle in the world”. Good job really, as the battery has an outstanding 135-mile range.
135-mile battery range
Bosch Active Line Plus motor
Bosch Intuvia display
Tektro T285 Hydraulic disc brakes
Selle Royal Milo + saddle
So there you go! Our pick of the five in-stock e-bikes of the moment. Whether you’re after something for tricks and flicks on rowdy trails, leisurely rides with family and friends or the daily commute, Big Bear Bikes has the e-bike for you.
With 70 bikes in stock – the largest range in the area – and a friendly, knowledgeable team to help, come along and see us at our Pickering store.