An e-bike is a bicycle with electric motor to help you along. You ride it much like you ride a normal bicycle, but with less effort. E-bikes come in many styles, from commuter bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes and everything in between. Our focus is on urban and cargo bikes, used for commuting, transport, or pleasure. To that end, we stock bikes that have a focus on quality, are beautiful to look at, and will last a long time.
An e-bike motor works by automatically switching on the (quiet) motor when you pedal. There are two different types of motor: motors that are in the crank and motors that are in your rear hub. Both types have their pros and cons - but in recent years Mid drive systems have proven to generally be the better option. Below you can read a brief comparison of the two, but for a more in depth comparison read the FAQ on this topic here.
As a rule, crank motors provide a more authentic bicycle experience. This is because the motor senses how much power you are putting into the pedals (using a torque sensor), and responds proportionally (that is, the harder you pedal, the more the motor helps you). This makes you feel like you have extra strong legs! Crank motors tend to be more responsive than wheel hub motors, and allow the bicycle to roll more freely without the additional drag of a motor in the hub. We stock several e-bike models with crank motors made by Bosch and Shimano.
Wheel hub motors have been around for longer and offer a simpler design. Most wheel hub motors do not sense how much power you are making with your legs, so they will generally be either ‘on’ or ‘off’. Due to the placement of the motor in the rear wheel they also make changing punctures more difficult, and make the bike handle less like a regular bike due to less balanced weight distribution. Due to these and other reasons, we no longer stock hub based electric systems, except for one exeption which is the wonderful Brompton Electric bike.
All of our e-bikes allow you to adjust how much power you want, or to switch off the power altogether and ride it like a non-electric bike. Below you can find a video where we walk through the basics of how to use our most popular bike, the Moustache Xroad. Even if you own a different bike than this one, many of these points are universal for all ebikes, so have a look to find out more!