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

(More of our 2020 bikes will be powered by this amazing new motor, see the BH AtomX Cross Pros below!)

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”

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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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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Save up to 42% on your electric bike with Green Commute Initiative cycle to work scheme

Electric bikes are incredibly useful but they are often more expensive than traditional pedal cycles. Fortunately, help is at hand from the Government-backed cycle to work scheme, via the Green Commute Initiative.

It helps reduce and spread the cost of electric bike ownership. You’ll save of up to 42% if you’re higher-rate earner! Continue reading “Save up to 42% on your electric bike with Green Commute Initiative cycle to work scheme”

Haibike Flyon delivery delay disappoints customers

Has the Haibike Flyon delivery delay affected you?

We heard on the dealer grapevine that there is a problem with Haibike Flyon models reaching dealers in time.

We don’t know the full details, but it seems dealers are being informed that certain Flyon models will not be shipped until OCTOBER, a time when the cycling season traditionally draws to a close.

It’s also when NEXT SEASON’S models start to appear. Continue reading “Haibike Flyon delivery delay disappoints customers”

Great electric bikes under £1000 – Your High Quality Trade-In E-Bike Destination

You can buy electric bikes under £1000, and it usually comes down to two options:

1. Something new that’s cheap but is probably not a great electric bike
2. A used bike that’s already proven its reliability

At 50cycles, we can’t offer any of the first type. Our cheapest new bike is the BH Easygo Volt at £1295.

We now have a supply of high-quality used bikes that have been returned to us for refurbishment and resale.
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Trade in Electric Bike for a New 2019 BH E-Bike

Trade in electric bike at 50cycles. Electric bike trade in at 50cycles. We now accept trade-ins on electric bikes in part-exchange for a new 2019 E-Bike.

50cycles Trade In Electric Bikes

We’ve had a huge increase in enquiries about electric bike trade-in lately

Many of you own bikes that work but are showing their age. You still want to cycle, but more range, power or riding something a little different appeals.

So it’s time to announce that yes, we do now accept trade-ins and can offer part exchange deals when buying a new model from 50cycles (we’ve even created this new web page to get things moving) Continue reading “Trade in Electric Bike for a New 2019 BH E-Bike”

2019 BH Evo Jet E-Bike Hill Climb in Richmond Park, London

The first thing we do when a new e-bike arrives is take it for a test ride up a nice big hill. There’s no better way to get a sense of an electric bike’s potential than cycling straight for places other cyclists fear to pedal.

One such place is Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park, London. We’ve been testing bikes on this climb for years. Kalkhoff, Oxygen, Haibike, Focus e-bikes have all had their first UK outings there.

It’s a good spot because it’s popular with other cyclists (especially at weekends), it’s relatively free of motor traffic and it’s easy to film. About 50 yards further East there’s an off-road track that’s handy for test rides too.

We took the new BH Evo Jet on both of them last Sunday and were thrilled by the results. The BH Evo E-Bikes are the first we’ve had that pack a 48 volt motor and battery as standard. Continue reading “2019 BH Evo Jet E-Bike Hill Climb in Richmond Park, London”