Electric Mountain Bike Review

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Focus Thron 2.0 electric mountain bike at Devil’s Dyke near Brighton
We’ve always put electric bike reviews at the centre of our website. I remember the first review we ever received, from one of our Honda Step Compo owners, back in 2003. But this one is one of the best.

So that’s how 500 miles feels, in a little under 8 weeks I have covered this distance since taking delivery of my Focus electric mountain bike. Continue reading “Electric Mountain Bike Review”

Electric bikes safer in London

Kalkhoff Integrale LTD
A good electric bike will carry you across London in safety and style. Photo source: Kalkhoff.

What makes electric bikes safer in London?

My experience of riding both electric bikes and pedal cycles, as well as conversations with other ebike riders, offers an answer: Yes, emphatically so. E-bikes are safer, faster and more fun. Continue reading “Electric bikes safer in London”

What is an electric bicycle?

What is an electric bicycle?
What is an electric bicycle?

The New Wheel in San Francisco have produced this super little video that shows how an e-bike can have a powerful effect – improving your quality of life, your mood, your health and give you freedom you just do not get using public transport, schlepping around on foot or stuck in another traffic jam. Continue reading “What is an electric bicycle?”

Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort Electric Bike Reviews

Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort electric bike
With the most striking looks of any Kalkhoff electric bicycle, the Sahel Comfort has a level of style and equipment that is unique. It shares the latest 250W high assistance motor, Panasonic Lithium battery pack and Busch & Muller LED lights with several other models, but the Brooks aged leather saddle and handgrips, couple with excellent Magura hydraulic rim brakes, are reserved for the Sahel Comfort alone.

It’s now available to test ride at our new shop in Richmond, South West London and our premises in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Owners have commented on its reliability, good looks, pulling power and feeling of substantial quality. Along with the splendid Sahel Pro Disc, it’s one of our favourite models this year. It’s all very well us saying that, but here are three customers who picked this model over any other:
I rode the Trek (Bionx Trek FX+ electric bike) and generally found it a bit disappointing – it didn’t help as much as I had hoped on any incline (and I was trying it without James and his trailer).
I then tried several Kalkhoff bikes – they were all much better and I thought the heavier build suited my trailer needs better. In the end, I purchased a Kalkhoff Sahel Comfort.
It works brilliantly with James and his new trailer – the hub gears are something which I would have avoided but they are ideal for casual riding, especially when you are forced to stop unexpectedly with a heavy load. I had also planned to ride a Cytronex bike – the company were really helpful and helped me avoid a long, long drive to try out a bike which almost certainly would have been less suitable than the Kalkhoff.
Fergus, Lancashire
Has fully met my expectations. Had no problem and found the range good, although I don’t have a long commute and might not be the ideal person to judge. Has certainly kept a few disagreeable sweat pearls away. Lang lebe Kalkhoff!
Rolf, London
I selected the bike after considerable research and it has met all of my expectations. I’m delighted with it.
Michael, Buckinghamshire
This model originally went on sale for £2195 in the UK, but is now available at our Autumn sale price of for £1750, including VAT and UK delivery. It has already sold out in the very smallest frame size, but we still have a couple left with 50cm (medium) and 55cm (large) frames.

Taga Combined Baby Stroller and Trike comes to 50cycles

Taga Combined Baby Stroller and Trike comes to 50cycles 2
We can now offer test rides on the new Taga 2-in-1 baby stroller and tricycle urban mobility solution. It’s a head-turning, life-changing, multimodal, super-smart 21st Century vehicle like no other that transforms from a nifty 3-speed tricycle baby-carrier into a futuristic-looking baby stroller in less than a minute.

Taga is uniquely designed to suit the needs of today’s parents and children. Taga combines the benefits of a premium stroller and a carrier bicycle to create a new form of transport.

It lets you both move around easily, turning a typical day into an exciting adventure. There’s no need to lock Taga outside and nothing is left behind. Taga can also be taken on the tube, train, bus or any other means of public transportation, offering continuous riding to and from any destination.

Taga is available to order now at 50cycles bikes, either in DIY kit form or pre-assembled and checked by our workshop team and delivered ready to ride.

Honda reveal the U3-X – an omnidirectional, self-balancing electric personal transport device

Honda reveal the U3-X - an omnidirectional, self-balancing electric personal transport device 3Honda have taken technologies developed in their well-known Asimo android project and applied them to this novel electric personal transport device which they’ve called the U3-X. Particularly cool is the omni-directional propulsion system which allows the rider to glide effortlessly left, right, back and forth. At no great speed though, it must be said

There must be a better name for it than U3-X. Maybe the Seatatron, GlideMo, Uni Go, Omni Yum or something like that.
Here’s the full story (and video) from Honda