Fully Charged Insights
The Top 10 Urban Electric Bikes in 2023
Words By Issy Hobday
The rise of the electric bike continues in 2023, fast establishing itself as an enjoyable method of transport that can save you both time and money when in the big metropolis.
We have seen significant technological improvements to the urban electric bike category for 2023, with the introduction of the Bosch Smart System on certain models, to the new lightweight Riese & Müller UBN eBikes, as well as improvements to Super73, Tern, Gocycle, Desiknio & Benno eBikes.
Here are our top picks for the Urban eBike category:
Riese & Müller Tinker2
The Riese & Müller Tinker has been reborn for 2023!
With a bigger 545Wh PowerPack battery and an extra 10 Nm of torque on its predecessor, the new Tinker2 is a compact electric bike that is made for the everyday challenges of urban life.
Whether you need something that can be carried up stairs, neatly tucked away at home or put in the back of a car thanks to its foldable handlebars, the Tinker2 is a delightful city run-around.
The Tinker2 has already been purchased by four members of the Fully Charged staff, so that does give you an insight into its popularity this year!
The Gocycle G4i recently won T3’s electric bike of the year award (T3 Awards 2022) and we can understand why. With its striking Formula 1 design thanks to ex-McLaren engineer Richard Thorpe, the foldable Gocycle continues to be a stellar option for getting from A to B in an urban environment. The latest incarnation of the Gocycle, the G4, spans across three different models; the G4, G4i and G4i+. New for 2023, the G4i is now retailing at £500 less at £4,499, the G4 at £3,399 and the G4i + at £5,999.
All models can be folded down in less than 7 seconds, with the bikes ranging from 16.3kg - 16.6kg. The Gocycle is the perfect electric bike for someone who is short on space, uses the train or has to tackle stairs and lifts.
The G4i and G4i+ features the advanced Predictive Shifting™, which cleverly drops to first gear when you come to a stop at the lights, as well as a daytime running light.
Moustache Lundi 27.5
Revamped for 2023 whilst still radiating timeless style, the Lundi 27.5 offers a classical upright riding position. This is a safe and comfortable, yet eye-catching urban electric bike.
With a neatly integrated 625Wh PowerTube battery, smooth Enviolo 380 gearing and the all new Bosch Performance Line Smart System motor, the Lundi 27.5 effortlessly glides through the city streets. The Performance Line Smart System motor provides 340% pedal assistance and 75 Nm of torque, a great upgrade from its predecessor! The Smart System technology brings a wealth of new features, including GPS navigation and the ability to lock/unlock the bike through your smartphone!
The MIK HD compatible rear luggage rack allows for the easy use of panniers; perfect for picking up groceries or parcels. Maximum comfort and style, the Lundi 27.5 is all about Happy Mondays - as is in the name!
Desiknio Pinion Urban
You’d be mistaken for thinking the Desiknio Pinion Urban isn’t an electric bike. With its minimalistic design features and discrete Mahle motor, the Desiknio range continues to turn heads when customers walk into the Fully Charged showroom.
Weighing in at just 14.7kg, this is the best lightweight electric bike we stock at Fully Charged, making it the perfect option for a commuter who has to venture up and down stairs.
A hand-painted aluminium frame, Brooks leather saddle and curved handlebars combine to give this Granada born electric bike a truly stylish finish.
Riese & Müller UBN
A relatively new kid on the block, the Riese & Müller UBN arrived at the Fully Charged showroom during the sunny days of June 2022 and we think it will really come into light in ‘23!
With the option of the step-through UBN 7 model or full-frame UBN 5, this is a responsive electric bike that incorporates a flare for minimalistic style, whilst still maintaining the standard of production Riese & Müller are known for.
Weighing in at 18kg, the UBN is an incredibly lightweight mid-drive motor electric bike. This is due to its Porsche owned, FAZUA 60 motor that weighs just 1.96kg. Don’t be fooled though, the bike still maintains 60 Nm of torque, which is more than adequate for getting to your destination within the city.
Tern Vektron S10
Portable yet powerful, the Tern Vektron is a pragmatic, attritional foldable electric bike. With foldable dimensions of just 41x86x61cm, the versatile Vektron can fit under your desk, the pub bench or on a boat.
Perfect for door-to-door urban commuting whilst still being able to fit into lifts or space constrained apartments, the Vektron simply makes day to day life that bit easier.
Forever the classroom cool kid, the Super 73 S2 is a road legal eBike styled like a vintage motorbike.
This Califorian born urban electric bike brings an element of Long Beach promenade to the UK’s city streets, while the 5 inch tyres allow you to adventure across sand, snow and more.
Benno has a unique approach to electric bikes. Summed up through their term ‘Etility’, they’ve combined ride, cargo and looks into one, producing a range of eBikes that have a uniquely cool and collected look to them, whilst still offering practicality.
Often compared to the Mini Cooper, the Benno RemiDemi is a ball of fun. With its compact 20 inch tyres and bright colour options, getting from A to B is simply enjoyable when riding the RemiDemi.
With a multitude of different cargo options thanks to Benno’s Racktime accessory range, the RemiDemi is perfect for carrying groceries, tools, plants, as well as a Yepp Maxi child seat on the compatible rear rack.
Riese & Müller Roadster
Sleek, powerful and comfortable to ride, the Roadster is the pinnacle eBike in the Riese & Müller urban range. Available in two gearing systems; either the Enviolo 380 or Shimano Deore XT 11-speed derailleur system, both combine with the best-in-class Bosch Performance Line CX motor to create a sporty urban eBike.
A 625Wh Bosch PowerTube battery offers ample range and is neatly integrated into the downtube; blending into the Roadster’s angular design. The Roadster is the perfect practical weekday or weekend companion. The rear pannier features the easy to use ‘Racktime’ system, whilst there is also the option of a 7kg carrying capacity front rack.
Available in either a matt grey or duck egg blue, the Riese & Müller Roadster also comes in a slightly lowered top tube design, for easy hop-on/hop-off access.
Moustache Samedi 28.7
The top specification model in Moustache’s trekking range, the Samedi 28.7 offers both high performance and sublime comfort. If you’re looking for an electric bike that’s a commute mastering machine but can also tackle gravel tracks and light off-road paths, this is the eBike for you.
Equipped with touchscreen Bosch Kiox 300 and connected LED remote, the Samedi 28.7 has 5 assistance modes including the new ‘Auto’ mode which automatically determines the appropriate level of assistance required. The Samedi 28.7 comes with an MIK HD and QL3 compatible rear luggage rack, perfect for carrying panniers.