above: Spot the difference? Colnago's E64 is part of the new
generation of performance road e-bikes
For the first time ever I have considered getting a electric
car. Three years ago my neighbour got one and I thought nothing of
it. I am a petrolhead and thought a fast estate was the coolest
thing a cyclist could have...
I certainly didn't want an e-car myself, but thats now
changed... progress is rampant and there are some seriously cool
cars coming to the market.
All of which has made me reconsider the e-bike market, which is
still very nascent in the UK, but is growing and if it follows our
European cousins it will be a substantial part of the business
within a decade.
There are probably 3 main cohorts; urban riders looking for
electric city bikes as commuters to work, e-MTBs which provide
assistance on the uphill so you can spend more time and effort on
the downhill, and injured/older riders wanting a bike for excercise
and the added boost/confidence of electric assistance when
below: Battery technology has come on in leaps and bounds in
the last couple of years, the latest tech integrates sleekly into a
traditionally styled frameset