The Surprising Truth About Electric Bike Costs

Electric bike cost per entertainment hour is among the best of anything you can buy.

This morning I read an article by Rory Sutherland in the Spectator about how we justify the expense of buying expensive items. One of the best ways to avoid buyer’s regret (after spending three or four figures on something) is to weigh the expense against how often you get to enjoy the item you’ve bought.

The idea of cost per entertainment hour comes from computer gaming.  A game can cost around £50 but this is usually weighed against the hours of playing time the buyer expects to enjoy.

Other examples of expensive items that give back many hours of enjoyment are golf clubs, television sets and beds (on which you spend around a third of your life, one way or another).

Cars are one of the most expensive items you can own but it’s arguable how many hours of driving pleasure are enjoyed compared to the hours spent sitting in traffic or earning enough money to pay for the thing. Continue reading “The Surprising Truth About Electric Bike Costs”

BH ready to conquer in France with the Arkéa-Samsic

2019 is the year BH bicycles will conquer all in the professional road cycling calendar. Its union with Arkéa-Samsic guarantees the team’s BH Ultralight EVO and BH G7 Pro will rank well this season.

They’re building on 2018’s showing in the high mountains with Warren Barguil, who’s back with the team this season. Now they will also do so in the fastest starts, most furious sprints and tightest stage finishes.

The signing of the German Andre Greipel represents a huge leap in quality for the team Arkéa-Samsic. They’ll soon see how he joins the fight for the many victories that are decided in big sprints. Continue reading “BH ready to conquer in France with the Arkéa-Samsic”

BH X-TEP Lynx 5.5 Pro S Review – Demands you to take it to the nearest trail

Review of 2019 BH X-Tep Lynx 5.5 Electric Mountain Bike available in the UK exclusively via 50cycles. Shimano E8000 motor, integrated 720Wh battery pack and innovative geometry make for plenty of outstanding riding.

Review of the 2019 BH X-Tep Lynx 5.5 Pro S

More and more e-bike manufacturers are installing powerful batteries. And Spanish brand BH is no exception. Their new the X-TEP comes with a class-leading 720 Wh battery pack.

This All-Mountain charger, based on Shimano’s E-MTB engine Steps E8000 motor, breaks new ground, especially in terms of battery life. The battery pack, as with many current E-MTBs, is integrated inside the down tube.

However, it is not taken to the side or down, but pulled upwards. The long design and a new, more compact cell structure allow you to store enormous 720 Wh in the X-TEP. The standard for most e-bikes – notably Bosch-powered ones – is currently at 500 Wh.

The fact that BH has almost 50 per cent more battery power available reflects a current trend – as Specialized recently showed on the new Levo with 700 Wh battery. But, compared to the American brand, BH offers the largest battery in all models, not just the £8000+ models like Specialized.

The bike is very smart in other ways: using a wristband, you can open the electronic battery door (a key is also included).

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Brose Drive S Mag – the best electric bike motor yet?

Brose Drive S Mag was awarded best in test in E-Mountain Bike magazines 2019 motor comparison. Light, powerful and super quiet, it snatched the prize from some very serious competition.

Brose Drive S Mag runs away with 2019 Best in Test Title

(and also wins a prestigious Design & Innovation award)

At the heart of every e-bike is its motor. There are now dozens to choose from but a small number of brands dominate.

Bosch has long provided motors for most reputable brands – Cube, Scott, Kalkhoff, Riese & Müller, Moustache, the list goes on. Their top-of-the-range Performance Line CX motor is fitted to several hundred thousand commuting, touring and mountain bikes. So they’ve enjoyed market domination for quite some time.

Shimano arrived late at the e-bike motor party but has claimed some of the market. It helps that their motors work well with Shimano gears that are found on 9 out of 10 bicycles.

There are dozens of also-ran motor systems these days. Some have won a reputation for reliability, others for sheer power. A sorry few for giving their owners and suppliers a lot of problems.

The best electric bike motors in 2019

But now it’s 2019 and a new cast of really, really good e-bike motors is here. Bosch is still in the running, as is Shimano, Panasonic and Yamaha. A relative newcomer out of Berlin, Brose, is now making a lot of noise (although their motors happen to be the quietest of all). Continue reading “Brose Drive S Mag – the best electric bike motor yet?”

Electric bikes at the Glastonbury Festival

Lucy from the Glastonbury Press Office taking deli
Lucy taking delivery of a folding ebike in 2007

50cycles has been supplying electric bikes at the Glastonbury Festival for over twelve years.

We donated a single bike for Lucy, the Festival’s Green Initiatives Coordinator, to use in 2007.

We also hosted a World of Electric Bikes tent that year as a way to introduce e-bike technology to a new audience. Continue reading “Electric bikes at the Glastonbury Festival”

BH Atom E-Bikes Price & Performance Combined

The BH Atom e-bikes range has options for all types of users. There are now models for all possible categories and to cater for the widest range of budgets.

The BH Atom E-Bike range is a perfect gateway to the world of electric bicycles

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What the Best Electric Bike Brands have in Common

50cycles carefully selects the electric bike brands for our customers. We only sell the best e-bikes and there are a few things our brands have in common.

The Best Electric Bike Brands have these characteristics

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How to choose the right electric bike

Choosing the right electric bike isn’t easy. There are so many brands and models to choose from. Fortunately, our experts help you choose the right electric bike for your needs and budget.

It’s easy to end up riding an e-bike that is the wrong size, built for the wrong purpose or that isn’t very reliable or satisfying to ride.

Fortunately, our experts help you choose the right electric bike for your needs and budget. Continue reading “How to choose the right electric bike”

The Ultimate Guide To E-Bike Touring Preparation

The joy of e-bike touring

The recent surge in the popularity of e-bikes is more than likely as a result of our growing desire to embark on fun-filled cycling tours of the country, without having to overexert themselves.

But when you’re gearing up to enjoy the stunning cycling routes of the UK, how do you ensure that you and your brand new e-bike are prepared for the journey ahead? These e-bike touring tips will help you along the way. Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide To E-Bike Touring Preparation”

Bosch CX 2020

Bosch has announced their new motor, Bosch CX 2020, which replaces the enormously popular Bosch Performance CX.

Bosch CX 2020 exploded viewBosch has been in the electric bike motor business for ten years now. Their range of motors has powered e-bikes for scores of brands including Cube, Scott, Kalkhoff, Riese & Müller and Haibike.

Their Performance CX motor was beginning to show its age in recent years, with limited battery capacity, excess noise and a less-than compact size and weight.

So what does the Bosch’s new CX 2020 system bring to the party?

Has it made Bosch Performance CX obsolete?

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