Which e-bike is right for you? Here's our pick from the trail-hungry MTB to the commuter's choice
Their popularity is sky-rocketing and you might well be considering joining the ranks of e-bikers yourself. So which one is right for you? In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at a variety of e-bikes we have in stock right now, from the super-gnarly Trek Rail to the comfortable and durable Trek Verve.
So what's it like having an e-bike? Well, according to the Transport Research Laboratory, e-bike users get out and about more often than regular riders which, in turn, means they're great for improving fitness, even though there's a motor to do some of the work for you.
Recharging will only add a matter of pennies to your electricity bill and doesn't need to be done after every ride, though manufacturers recommend regular charging to prolong battery life. In the end, how often you need to recharge depends on how often you ride and how far you go.
One final point: a e-bike isn't a wolf in sheep's clothing. By UK law, the motor is limited to assisting you up to 15.5mph and if you want to go faster it'll have to be purely by pedal power. Anyone whose e-bike motor is helping them go faster is breaking the law. And probably voiding their manufacturer's warranty.
Here's a few examples of the dozens of e-bikes we have stock and available right now at Big Bear Bikes' 4,000 square foot showroom in Pickering, North Yorkshire. Have a read and see which one could be right for you.
Trek Rail 7
The choice of the more hardcore, technical trail rider, Trek Rail is a long-travel carbon e-MTB that rips as hard as you like on the descents and then gives you a helping hand back up. The Trek Rail 7 features fantastic upgrades to the suspension, with RockShox Yari RC forks and RockShox Deluxe Select+ shock, as well as smooth-shifting 1x12 Shimano SLX/XT drive train, dropper post and powerful Shimano 4-piston brakes. Mountain Bike Rider named its big brother Trek 9 their e-bike of the year for 2020 for its pace and composure when flying downhill and praised the motor for enabling riders to go straight back up for another go. The Trek Rail 7 is cut from the very same cloth.
This bike is an absolute stunner! A premium full suspension e-MTB which has been designed and built for agility, longevity and power. It’s a proper MTB all-rounder that’s nimble on the technical trails but with the kind of range that allows for all-day adventures too. The Haibike AllMtn 5 features a 12-speed Shimano Deore XT M8100 Shadow Plus, Bosch Performance CX GEN4 drive unit and RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC. The "mullet" wheel spec gives you a 29-inch front for better rolling while the 27-inch back is more agile for when you're flicking around the rear end. We absolutely love the geometric frame design too.
Trek Powerfly 7 Women's Equipped
Trek Powerfly 7 Women's Equipped is an electric hardtail which sits around the middle of our e-bike spectrum. It’s happy on the trails but equally comfortable kitted out with rack and mudguards for longer trail rides and commutes. The spec includes a high-performance Bosch e-MTB system with a Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) system that fully encases the battery. It also features RockShox air suspension, a 1x12 Shimano drivetrain and a dropper post. The Trek Powerfly range is perfect if you're looking for a versatile e-bike that'll eat up the miles on long, leisurely rides, sightseeing trips and moderate trails.
Trek Allant+ 5
A versatile e-bike built for riders, commuters and weekend adventurers who want a powerful, comfortable electric bike at an affordable price, the Trek Allant 5 is actually the choice of our MD, David. It features a reliable Bosch drive system, road-smoothing suspension fork, sturdy 27.5" wheels and thoughtful features which make this electric bike a smart solution for getting around town and even exploring gravel paths. We recommend Trek's Allant range to people who are looking for a practical and comfortable experience with plenty of rack space for storing leisure ride essentials, work stuff and the fruits of a trip to the local shops.
Trek District+ 6 Lowstep
This bike is perfect if leisurely rides and commuting in comfort are what you’re looking for. The lowstep geometry makes for easier mounting and dismounting while fully encasing a 400 Wh battery and a Bosch Active Line Plus drive unit with Intuvia controller. The Trek District+ 6 also features the dependable and low-maintenance Shimano Nexus 7-speed internal drivetrain, a suspension fork, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, integrated front and rear lights and more. This is the choice for you if comfort and practicality are key features and trips around town and gentle rides on country lanes are your thing.
Trek Verve+ 1 Lowstep
Wherever you’re heading, Verve+ is a fantastic way to get there. These e-bikes are the perfect choice if you’re looking for comfort and a fun and intuitive riding experience. The Trek Verve+ 1 comes with a 50 mm Suntour NEX suspension fork to soak up those bumps in the road, hydraulic disc brakes for all-weather stopping power, extra wide 50c tyres for stability and traction, ergonomic grips, mudguards, lights, a rack and a lock. If you're looking for a big brand experience at a lower price point but still want an e-bike that's packed with features, this is the bike for you.
So that’s our pick of the e-bikes.
Are you ready to go electric with Big Bear Bikes? Come along to our store to get the best advice and assistance from our friendly expert team. You can even try before you buy with a test ride in our large car park.