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For years, the benefits of electric bikes have been enjoyed by our cousins on the continent, but they are a relatively new concept to our shores. So, what is an eBike, what are the benefits of riding with motor assistance and how do you go about choosing one?

eBikes can be many things to many people. Whether a tool for business, a way to extend your cycling commute or to simply have fun, there’s an eBike out there for everyone.

The Benefits of eBikes

Healthy Body

No pain no gain is a thing of the past!

Forget the stress of public transport, sitting in traffic, or struggling up a hill on a bicycle, eBikes are a super-fun, fast and liberating alternative. Enjoy every aspect of your ride and arrive smiling and perspiration-free!

Healthy Planet

The need for our city to get a grip on its toxic air has never been more important, after reaching yearly legal pollution limit within a month in 2018!.

eBikes offer a sustainable method of transport that contributes to a cleaner, less congested city.

Healthy Mind

eBikes are fantastic machines, helping to reduce the stress associated with cycling. Forget worrying about the hills and arriving hot and bothered, eBike offer only the best bits, the fun, the smiles, the enjoyment you get out of cycling - whist, - feeling superhuman!.

Healthy Wallet

With increased taxation on fossil-fuelled vehicles and rising costs of public transport the eBike alternative is very financially attractive! With clever ways to purchase including 0% finance, cycle schemes and leasing, you can spread the costs and make great savings!

Which eBike is Right For You?

Urban eBike

Ride around the city in style. Travel further, faster and stress-free.

Cargo eBikes

Ditch the car or van. Carry loads throughout the city more efficiently - and save money!

eMTB

Ride more trail faster and have more fun! Make more of your riding time!

Trekking eBikes

Explore further afield! Ride off the beaten path and travel further.

Urban eBike

Getting around, especially in a city such as London, can be expensive, congested and somewhat miserable, not to mention polluting.

Whether you have a long commute, encounter hefty hills, don’t want to arrive at work hot and bothered, or simply want an efficient means of personal transport, choosing an eBike can save you time and money - and you can be a part of the future transport solution.

“The best damned upgrade I ever made, one of the best things I've ever bought. Said goodbye to lycra, now cycling around town and commuting is literally and metaphorically no sweat. “ – Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise UK

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eCargo Bikes

eCargo Bikes have seen a big uptake in usage in recent years as businesses realise their benefits - reducing their fleets of cars and vans to take advantage of the cleaner, greener, more efficient transport method.

As our cities become more congested, eCargo bikes offer a viable answer to getting around - travelling further, carrying more and saving time and money.

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eCargo Bikes

eCargo Bikes have seen a big uptake in usage in recent years as businesses realise their benefits - reducing their fleets of cars and vans to take advantage of the cleaner, greener, more efficient transport method.

As our cities become more congested, eCargo bikes offer a viable answer to getting around - travelling further, carrying more and saving time and money.

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eMTB

eMountain Bikes have been the driving force in the boom of the eBike industry, offering riders the opportunity to enjoy more of the great outdoors.

“These bikes were incredible. We went mountain biking down in Peaslake, Surrey, and the experience was phenomenal. Beautiful surrounding, stunning nature, fun weather, but it was the actual kit that really shone here. Much better than expected, and not like a electric scooter, but instead power assisting your actual cycling. So you still get a work out, but you feel like the incredible hulk as you leave all the other cyclists behind in your cloud of smoke up the big hills. Fantastic service - definitely going to become a regular!” - Jim Bee

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Trekking eBikes

Do you need an eBike that suits the town as much as the countryside? These bikes have the versatility for a mixture of uses, whether it be riding comfortably and smoothly on the road or tackling tough terrains in the rural areas.

Mudguards, lights, panniers and suspension are found on the majority of these bikes, whilst benefiting from a comfortable eBike geometry so all the necessities are covered.

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How eBikes Work

eBikes combine some form of motor, battery, controller and display to provide assistance whilst riding. You pedal just the same as a normal bike, but you have extra power at your disposal making those difficult hills and tiring journeys a thing of the past.

Don’t just take our word for it. Book an appointment and experience it for yourself.

hub drive

A hub motor is a motor unit mounted in the front, back (or in some cases both) wheels. Sensors detect a rider’s pedaling and power is sent to the motor. The extra propulsion helps the rider on, pushing from the rear or pulling from the front.As the name suggests, these have the Motor in the Front or less frequently, the Rear wheel.

There are various sensors that determine you’re speeding up, or slowing down, and whilst there might be different power levels, the bike still turns the Motor “on” or “off” as appropriate. This can sometimes give the feeling that the Bike is taking the rider, when perhaps they weren’t expecting it.

Crank Drive

With crank drive systems, the motor replaces the bottom bracket, keeping the centre of gravity low and central, making for more balanced ride. Typically crank drives are more intuitive, with triple sensor technology used to measure pedalling power, cadence and speed 1000 times a second to ensure the force of the motor is harmoniously coordinated with the riders’ cycling style.

The Crank drive bikes are also more advanced in other ways, for example many of the Motor manufacturers have a “diagnostic” capability. This enables Specialist shops like ourselves, with the correct training and investment in equipment, to plug into your bike and get an accurate health check. Perhaps it’s reporting an error, or even a potential error that can be resolved before it causes a problem. Preventative maintenance is a great tool for saving money. The Diagnostic system can also often be updated – thus allowing you and your eBike to benefit from any new features or functions that may be released.

FAQs

EU law states that for road use, electric bicycles must stop assisting at 15.5 MPH then you can push faster with your legs if you want. For off-road or private land use, you can derestrict your eBike allowing speeds of 28MPH (some even faster).
Anywhere between 15 and 180 miles. There are many varients that determine range - battery capacity, terrain, speed, rider weight and many more. Crank drive bikes from Bosch, Yamaha and Shimano often have larger ranges, and some Bosch eBikes have the option for Dual Battery technology with a 1000Wh capacity!
Depending on the battery, charge times range between 2 hours and 5 hours. All of our bikes use lithium ion technology meaning you don’t have to let the battery run flat before charging them up.
Our lithium batteries will hold their charge for around 550 charge cycles before it will start to deteriorate. With heavy usage the battery should last 3-4 years or light usage 5 -7 years. A good replacement battery will cost between £300 - £699.
We have a dedicated eBike service centre that’s certified in all the brands we sell. We have technicians with a wealth of eBike experience that can give you expert advice. Warranty work is carried out in the service centre, and if your bike can’t be fixed within 48 hours, we’ll lend you another bike until yours is back fully working! Fully Charged are proud to be a verified Bosch Expert service centre. So if you haven’t bought a Bosch bike from us and your local eBike shop can’t fix a problem, we’ll take a look and fix it! Also for international purchases, Bosch have a worldwide network that can carry out any warranty work wherever you are. All new eBike’s sold by Fully Charged have a 2-year warranty on the electrics and 5 years at least on the frame, we also offer a free 6 week health check on all bikes sold.
No, you do not. It qualifies as a standard bicycle as long as it emits 250Watts and the assistance is limited to 15.5mph. However you must be over 14 years old to ride on the road.
Absolutely, we encourage test rides as much as possible, they are the best way to understand how fantastic these machines are. You can visit our showroom on Bermondsey Street and choose from over 50 demo eBikes we have in store, and we can talk you through what bike best fits your needs.Overnight Test-Rides are also available for those wanting to test out their commute, or test out one particular hill.
A flick through your chosen internet search engine and you’ll probably find eBikes for in and around £700. Baring in mind a good battery costs £350, are you sure the bike is good for quality? Buying cheap may not always be the most cost effective in the long run. European built bikes with Bosch, Yamaha and Shimano motors often have much longer shelf lives. Also the humongous amounts of research and development these companies have put in to their systems is not only a jump up in price, but a jump in quality. Of course, there are a few acceptions from the hub motored eBikes.
For those outside the UK, we offer express international shipping. Please contact us before making your purchase for a shipping quotation. Purchases made online will be offered a standard shipping rate, but due to the complexity of shipping routes and the shape and sizes of bikes shipped, these are subject to change. Please note that we reserve the right to adjust shipping charges and we will contact you in the event of any change.
For purchases made in store by overseas visitors to the UK and entitled European Union residents exporting goods from the EU, we can offer a completed VAT 407 application for tax-free shopping. Present the completed form along with the goods at the point of exit of the UK within three months of your purchase to claim the UK VAT refund.For door-to-door export shipments to customers outside of the European Union, or to a business outside of the UK with a valid EU VAT number, we can remove the UK VAT on your invoice. Please contact us for your VAT-free quotation including shipping.*Free shipping available to mainland UK addresses for selected bikes over £2000. Due to the size and weight of the Bultaco Electric Bikes and our eCargo bikes, we are unable to provide shipping on these items. We are sorry but we cannot offer free shipping on discounted bikes.A free health check is offered on all bikes purchased in store. Please contact us in advance to book your service appointment. Bikes are returned at the customer's expense.Shipping costs associated with repairs or returns are the responsibility of the customer. In the unusual event that your product is not functioning correctly , you must return it to us for inspection by our trained mechanics who will, with the manufacturer's guidance, make the decision to either repair, replace or refund in accordance with the Consumer Rights Act (2015).