Electric Bikes Buying Guide
An electric bike (also known as an e-bike) is the same as a regular bike, but with the addition of an electric motor and battery. You pedal as normal, but the electric motor gives you a boost when you need it, helping when you are getting tired or are cycling uphill.
What is an ebike?
You may imagine a scooter or motorbike when you hear the term electric bike, but they actually look almost identical to a regular push bike. The only difference is a few electrical components; a motor, a battery and a controller all integrated into the design of the bicycle. Just like a regular bike, you still need to pedal and steer with the handles. The idea of the electric motor is to assist, not completely replace pedalling. It means that hills and headwind are much more approachable and manageable, meaning you can travel further without getting tired and sweaty – perfect for a morning commute!
Raleigh electric bikes use various motor systems in each of our ranges; front hub, rear hub and mid-drive. You can find out about these systems on our electric bike pages. We also use four types of motors on each of our ranges; Bosch, TransX, Emotion and Yahama.
Did you know?
We've sold over 10,000 ebikes!
These are usually rated or measured in watt hours and indicate how much energy can be stored in the battery. The higher the number of watts, the further you can go between charges. If you’re only going a few hundred metres each day around a flat, well-kept road system, then even the smallest bike batteries will probably suffice. If you intend doing 25 miles a day, with some steep inclines thrown in, then you’ll need premium battery power.
All Raleigh ebikes come with rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries and charging your ebike is as simple as plugging it into a household socket. The time between charges required will vary depending on the size of battery that you have selected and the amount of power assistance you use on your journeys. It may be possible to get 40/50 miles from a single charge.
It is good to get into the habit of inspecting your bike every six weeks or so to check that the:
- Tyres are well inflated
- Brake cords are tightened
- Chain is lubricated. Use a wet lubricant in winter and a dry lubricant in summer.
- Gears are clean
Front wheel motors:
- An affordable option for all
- Provide good levels of power for getting around town
- Give a steady assistance when climbing hills on trails
Rear wheel motors:
- Provide higher levels of assistance from more powerful motors and are perfect for long and steep hills.
- Are more sensitive to how you ride so provide the power exactly when you need it.
- Offers better handling and traction
- Smooth acceleration and natural feeling pull with power usage
- Stealthier appearance, it isn't always a giveaway that you're riding an ebike as oppose to a regular push bike
Shimano are the world’s leading supplier of bicycle components; there are more bikes fitted with Shimano controls than any other brand. Shimano have taken their knowledge of cycling, gained from years of experience, and applied it to produce one of the most innovative E-bike systems available. The key to the Shimano STEPS system is the integration of the gears, motor and controller to produce a quiet, powerful and efficient riding experience. For our Shimano STEPS equipped Raleigh E-bikes, we have combined the STEPS motor with top of the range hub gear systems from either Shimano or SRAM dependant on the model.
Featured on the Mustang E and Strada E
The powerful Bosch Drive Unit transforms any ebike into a clever everyday companion. Wherever you’re heading, an Active Line equipped Raleigh will get you there fast, calm and collected. The Active Line motor gives just the right level of support with every push of the pedals whether that is for relaxed everyday use or more power for those times when you really need a boost. Its optimized 3-sensor concept performs 1,000 highly precise measurements per second, affording optimum power tuning and a unique riding sensation providing a completely tailored output. The Active Line Power Packs ensure exceptional performance, thanks to their high energy density and long life.
Featured on the Raleigh Motus and Captus
Based in Taiwan, TranzX are at the forefront of development, creating smart solutions for E-bikes. At Raleigh, we use the two newest systems from TranzX; the front wheel F15 motor and mid M16 motor models. Both systems benefit from new communications technology, which ensures that the motor maximises the battery range, and will allow your local Raleigh store to set the bike up for you via a USB link. Handle-mounted power controls are placed close to the grips, so you can easily select from the three power levels, and use the speed button to give you an extra boost for hills or when you’re late for work!
Featured on the Raleigh Spirit, Pioneer and Strada TSE ebikes
This collaboration has resulted in a front motor system offering the best riding experience we have ever encounteredat this price point. The custom software provides an even delivery of power meaning that the bike pulls away smoothly and without the jerky surge of rival systems. With 5 power levels plus the boost function on a twist grip you can manage the assistance that the motor provides to maximise the range of the battery or make the ride as easy as you want it to be. The 300wh battery gives a range of up to 108km on the lowest setting or 22km on high.
Featured on the Raleigh Array
Can I test ride a Raleigh electric bike?
Want to try out an ebike? You can use our Store Locator to find a Raleigh electric bike dealer near you. Most stores allow you to test ride electric bikes before purchasing so you can decide if they’re right for you. Alternatively, why not purchase your new ebike online at www.raleigh.co.uk?
We’re so confident that you’ll love the products that we offer have a Free 14 Day Returns policy. So you can try an ebike and make sure it’s right for you without feeling as though you’re taking such a big financial risk.
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