10 Types

There are around 10 types of electric bikes available to buy. These range from commuter specific electric bikes to electric mountain bikes.

25 km/h

In the UK the legal speed limit for an electric bike is 25 km/h. You can ride faster than that, but the motor will not be assisting.

250 Watts

The maximum power you can have on a UK legal electric bike is 250 watts or pedal assisted or throttle power.

What Electric Bike Should I Buy?

This is never an easy question to answer because it all depends what you intend to use electric bike for. 

You can get electric bikes for all types of biking disciplines. There are electric bikes that are perfect for commuting, limited storage space and even specialist electric bikes for road and mountain riding.

What Electric Bike is right for you and What are they

Electric bikes are the fastest growing category in the biking industry, the booming popularity of the ebike has been made possible by the increased development of lightweight electric motors and more powerful batteries. The recent development of electric bike technologies has resulted in many different ranges of electric bikes entering the market. There is pretty much an electric version of every bike type. But the key question many people ask themselves is; ‘what electric bike is right for me’? And the simple answer is: it depends what you want to use it for. There are few things to consider when you’re researching what electric bike to purchase. 

What Electric Bike

Electric Bike Rules, Regulation and Laws

You do not need a licence or any additional payments to ride an electric bike in the UK. However, they are regulated in the UK. They’re restricted to 25 kilometres per hour, or 250 watts of assistance. It’s also worth noting that insurance is recommended to protect yourself in case the bike is stolen or you accidentally collide with someone. Electric bike is relatively inexpensive in the grand scheme of all the costs associated with owning an electric bike.

Upkeep and Electric Bike Maintenance 

Unlike a normal bike, an electric bike also comes with unique maintenance requirements. For example a specialist technician is needed for maintenance on the motor, but a motor should not need much attention. Also, if you have any issues with the battery you will need to seek professional assistance.

electric bike motor

How does an Electric Bike work?

Power to your electric bike can come in two forms, via throttle where delivery of power works in the same way as a throttle on a motorbike or via pedal assist. When using a throttle the motor delivers the power and consistent output, based on the position of the throttle. When pedalling with pedal assistance you get an electrical assistance putting more power into the bike. There are sensors placed either in the motor or the cranks that measure the force you put into pedalling. Using pedal assist on your ebike delivers much more efficient use of the battery and overall a superior ride experience.

Electric Bike Battery

They all have some sort of some sort of battery, as well as a specific method for the delivery of electrical assistance. Typically you will have a battery and controller sourced in the middle of the frame and a hub motor either on the wheel or a motor attached near the cracks. Electric bikes with motors on the cracks typically have a more natural ride but also tend to cost more.

There are two types of battery on an electric bike, externally managed or integrated. External batteries are often a bit heavier than integrated but replaceable and removable, which means they’re often a more convenient option, particularly when charging integrated batteries requires you to park your bike next to a charging source.

No matter what battery type you have, charging is relatively easy. You plug your battery directly into the mains using a standard plug, a couple of hours later, you get to ride again.

Electric Bike Battery