10 of the Best Step Through Electric Bikes 2015
Fast growing in popularity, e-bikes are becoming a legitimate transport choice. The technology is good and the bikes are beautiful. If you've been considering one, there's never been a better time to buy.
E-bikes are perfect if your commute is a little longer or more hilly than you'd be comfortable with riding analog. An e-bike enables you to get the exercise you need, without you having to gain a level of athletic fitness you may not be interested in.
They're also perfect for those recovering from an injury, and those whose legs aren't up to a full, regular commute. But they're also a load of fun and a great way of minimising your commute's expense without having to sweat it out.
This collection of electric bikes solely features those of the step-through variety. These are bikes that are easy to mount and incredibly user-friendly. The riding position is upright and they are intended for a brisk (but not racing) pace.
The range of electric bikes on offer is ever increasing, so make sure to check out what the following brands offer in terms of hybrids, touring and mountain bikes too. There's an electric bike appropriate for all kinds of non-competitive riding out there.
Raleigh Motus Low Step 2015, £1999
A second generation Bosch Active Line system means that this Motus will provide smoother acceleration whilst shifting gears than the previous model. The range has also increased: you'll now get a pretty astonishing 190km in Eco mode.
It comes with 10 speed SRAM gearing, Suntour suspension forks, Magura HS11 hydraulic rim brakes and Energizer tyres specifically designed for e-bikes. It weighs in at 24.3kg.
Moustache Samedi 28 Silver Open 2015, £2,599
Another e-bike running on Bosch's technology, the comedically named Moustache Samedi 28 Silver Open 2015. The French company Moustache only makes e-bikes, and they've certainly spent time refining the look and feel of their product which is beautifully designed with the user in mind.
The bicycle has a top range of 110 miles and weighs 22.5kg. It uses a Suntour hydraulic fork that locks out so that, cleverly, you can minimise energy loss when climbing. It also uses Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and 9 speed gearing. It even has a suspension seat post. You'll feel like you're cycling on a sofa.
Electra Townie Go!, £2000
Electra make cruisers and Dutch bikes that are fun, funky and relaxed. The Townie Go! is no different, and when TWC writer Aoife Glass reviewed it in 2014 it's safe to say she was blown away by it. She loved how the SRAM E-matic motor gave her a smooth boost up to around 15mph.
The Schwalbe Fat Frank tyres will have you sailing over bumps in the road, while Electra's famous 'flat foot technology' is perfect for those of you who love an upright riding position, and who want to be able to get your feet on the ground without having to get out of the saddle. You'll get between 30 and 40 miles out of a full charge.
B'Twin Bebike 900, £929.99
The B'Twin Bebike 900 is pretty impressive for an electric bike coming in at under a grand, with Shimano Nexus 7 speed gearing, Shimano rollerbrake at the rear and cantilever breaks at the front.
It weighs in at a hefty 26kg, but again this bike is on the cheaper end of the scale. If you are looking for a basic buy, this B'Twin model may be for you.
Whoosh Petite, £649
A small e-bike company based in the UK, Whoosh have recently brought out their new Whoosh Petite model that caters to smaller riders (i.e, those between 4ft 10' and 5ft 6'). It's also incredibly cheap and, we think, quite beautiful.
It comes with rack, mudguards, lights and bell, has a maximum speed of 15 mph and has five levels of electric assistance. It weighs 23kg, has 7 speed Shimano gearing and will provide 30 – 36 miles of range on flat roads (and that's with no pedal assist). Considering the price, we think this model is an excellent budget buy.
Momentum Model T, £1000
The Momentum Model T is an absolute stunner of a machine – perhaps as beautiful as some non-electric Dutch-style bikes. Momentum also have their own exclusive claim that their AUTORQ™ technology has the ability to read the effort you are exerting, and intelligently decides on an appropriate motor boost.
It comes with a two speed SRAM Automatix gear hub and mudguards, chainguard, rear pannier and front and rear lights powered by the bike battery. It weighs 23kg and has a minimum range of 30 miles, with a maximum of 60.
blueLABEL WAVE Hybrid City, £1999
Another Bosch Active Monitor machine, the blueLABEL WAVE Hybrid City bike comes with maintenance-light Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub gears and Avid Single Digit V-brakes.
A suspension fork and seatpost coupled with puncture-resistant Schwalbe Energizer Pro tyres will ensure a smooth and drama-free ride. It also comes in red and white, weighs 24.6 kg and provides pedal assist up to just over 15mph.
Volt Kensington, £1309
We recommended the Volt Kensington and we se no reason not to do the same again in 2015. It's still a beautiful, good value e-bike weighing in at a surprisingly light 21.5kg with the power to assist for up to 55 miles at up to 15.5mph.
Volt promises a quiet and smooth ride with the Shimano Alivio 8 Speed Gears and Tektro brakes with a 'Safety Power Cut' function.
A2B Galvani Female, £1650
We reckon the A2B Galvani Female is also pretty gorgeous, with its simple design that emphasises the lines of the step-through frame.
It's designed with touring in mind, which means it's as happy on the road as it is on rougher terrain. It's designed specifically for women, and will take you 56 miles on a full charge with a top speed of 15.5 mph.
It has Shimano Alivio 8 speed gearing, Suntour suspension, Kenda Khan tyres and a weight of 22.8 kg.
Scott E-Sub Tour 10 Lady, £2199
Scott is a well-respected brand when it comes to road and city bikes, so if you like brands that have a degree of heritage then the Scott E-Sub Tour 10 Lady may be for you. ePowered by a 400wh Bosch battery, it has a Suntour NEX HLO fork (with lock out for power saving), great quality Shimano Deore gearing and Shimano disc brakes for excellent braking power, even in bad weather.
With a weight of 22.3kg and Schwalbe Energizer tyres (specifically designed for electric bikes), this model is incredibly well-specced both mechanically and electrically.
And one for fun: Pedego Tandem Electric Step Thru Cruiser, £2100 – £2300
We just couldn't resist including the Pedego Tandem Electric Step Thru Cruiser. Much like the Electra Townie Go! above, this Pedego bicycle has been design for the ultimate ease of use. It is all about cycling slow and taking in your surroundings.
Oh, and it's a ridiculous looking tandem. We adore it. For more information, check of the Pedego Europe site.